|Status:||Active (as of 2312)|
In 2298, Bluford intercepted several subspace communications bursts in a heretofore unknown language. Among the communications specialists on board who struggled to decipher the transmissions was Ensign Hugh Sesay. Years later, these were found to be from a ship of the Tzenkethi Coalition. (Star Trek: Avenger: "Nearly a Valediction")
|USS Bluford - USS Bondarenko - USS Christa McAuliffe - USS Grissom - USS Leonov - USS McKay - USS Ride - USS Shepard - USS Tereshkova - USS Thagard|
The ship was named after Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut.