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- One source has the registry as NCC-1697; however, the Star Fleet Technical Manual had the Essex's registry as NCC-1727.
The Essex made first contact with the Sheliak and would later play a key role in establishing the Treaty of Armens between the Sheliak and the Federation. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 4: Starships of the Original Series Era)
During the Kelvan War in 2285, Essex was assigned to Task Force Four and was one of the few survivors of the engagement against the Kelvans. Her personnel were rescued by ships from Task Force Six. (Orion Press: In Harm's Way)
|Bonhomme Richard-class starships|
|USS Ari - USS Bonhomme Richard - USS Eagle - USS El Dorado - USS Essex - USS Krieger - USS Lafayette - USS Merrimac - USS Saratoga - USS Tori - USS Wasp|
|See also: Achernar - Bonhomme Richard - Constitution - Constitution (II) - Endeavour - Enterprise - Enterprise (II) - Tikopai|