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USS Excelsior (prototype)

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The Excelsior launching from Spacedock.

The USS Excelsior (NCC-2000) was a Federation starship in service from the late 23rd to (at least the last quarter of) the 24th century. Originally dubbed the "Great Experiment", Excelsior was the first Starfleet ship fitted with transwarp drive. Though the "experiment" apparently failed, the vessel played a role in the historic Khitomer Accords and became the prototype for Excelsior-class heavy cruisers, serving the front lines of Federation exploration and defense efforts until the end of the 24th century. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, TNG: "Interface")

Some fans debate the apparent failure of the transwarp drive, but the Star Trek Encyclopedia mentions that the Excelsior showed different computer display graphics on the bridge in Star Trek VI, indicating that it was no longer equipped with transwarp drive.

As NX-2000Edit

Lieutenant Gretchen Jaeger was a navigator on Excelsior for one year, then transferred to the Enterprise-A. (Orion Press: The Dianasian Gift)

Late 2280sEdit

From its relaunch until late 2289, Captain Lawrence H. Styles commanded Excelsior, with Commander Hikaru Sulu serving as first officer. (TOS novel: Forged in Fire)

In 2289, Excelsior ferried relief crews to the Gorn nestworld, which had been decimated by the Kelvan War. (Orion Press: In Harm's Way)


STNV USS Excelsior

The Excelsior above Earth. (STNV: "World Enough and Time)

Beginning in 2290, Excelsior was under the command of Captain Hikaru Sulu. It was then assigned to a three-year shakedown cruise, cataloguing gaseous anomalies in planetary atmospheres in the Beta Quadrant. The Excelsior design was so successful that it was put into mass production; by the 24th century, numerous Excelsior-class vessels were in Starfleet service.

Excelsior Bridge 1

The main bridge in 2293

On his graduation from Starfleet Academy, Luciano Mantovanni was posted to Excelsior as weapons officer, on the recommendation of James T. Kirk. (Star Trek: Liberty: "Winning the Exchange", "Rank and Privilege")

A blonde Vulcanoid woman named Soudek was a navigator. (World Enough and Time)

24th centuryEdit

In May 2302, Excelsior transported Admiral Alexander Rosenzweig to Starbase 7 to assume command of the Starfleet Seventh Fleet. (Star Trek: Avenger: "Back in the Saddle Again")

A Commander Rachel Garrett — though not the woman of the same name who was newly in command of the USS Enterprise-C — was second officer of Excelsior in 2333. (Stargazer novel: Progenitor)

Captain Hiromi Sulu was Excelsior's commanding officer in the 2340s and 50s. (VGR novel: Pathways)

25th centuryEdit

In 2409, the Excelsior was still in active service along with the Excelsior class USS Excelsior (NCC-2000-D).(Star Trek Online)

Alternate continuitiesEdit

TOS novel: The Fearful SummonsEdit

In this continuity, Valtane was not killed, but transferred off Excelsior by 2294. Janice Rand was only a lieutenant, serving as chief communications officer. Sencus, a Vulcan, was both executive officer and chief science officer.

Orion PressEdit

At the end of 2295, Excelsior -- along with other ships of the Sixth Fleet -- was tasked with the exploration of the Beta Quadrant on a seven-year mission. ("New Order") Many of its senior staff -- including Janice Rand, Lojur and Tuvok -- requested transfers before the ship was to embark on its new mission. ("Warp Speed")

Star Trek: Hidden Frontier continuityEdit

In an alternate timeline, Excelsior disappeared into a temporal rift while en route to Khitomer in 2293. The assassination attempt on the Federation president, Ra-Ghoratreii, was successful, resulting in the Federation's obliteration of the Klingons. As punishment, the Q Continuum inflicted the Borg upon the races of the Alpha Quadrant. The crew of the 24th century dreadnought Excelsior aided Sulu's Excelsior in going back to 2293, thus repairing the timeline. (Star Trek: Hidden Frontier: "Yesterday's Excelsior")

Star Trek: Pendragon continuityEdit

In the Pendragon timeline, the Excelsior was the oldest Starfleet vessel on active duty, and celebrated her 100th year of service in 2385. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

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