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The Columbus (NCC-1701/2) was a Class F shuttlecraft assigned to the USS Enterprise in the 23rd century.

Service history[]

In the year 2251, the Columbus transported Captain Christopher Pike to the Enterprise so that he could assume command of the starship. Although he could have beamed aboard, Pike preferred to inspect the Enterprise with his own eyes. (ST reference: Ships of the Line)

In 2254, the Columbus was used to take a landing party down through the turbulent atmosphere of the planetoid Darien 224. On the planetoid the landing party were captured by an estranged group of Vulcans. Captain Pike was later allowed to use to Columbus to return to the Enterprise, and was attacked en route by the USS Cortez, a starship captured by an opposing group of Vulcans from the same planet. Number One had the Enterprise placed between the two ships, allowing the Columbus to safely return to the shuttlebay. The rest of the landing party were rescued shortly after by the Enterprise. (EV comic: "Cloak and Dagger")

In 2267, the Columbus participated in the search for the Galileo, when it had crashed on Taurus II. (TOS episode: "The Galileo Seven")

In 2267, Hikaru Sulu landed Columbus near dangerous fissures on Merope IV to rescue Pavel Chekov, Nyota Uhura, Teressa Aliss, and Trent Ojuremi. Before he could lift off, however, the shuttle became trapped in one of the fissures. The crew were beamed to the Enterprise before it fell too far underground. The shuttle was likely recovered, as all who went missing or were presumed dead on the planet were safely returned by the Meropean planetary entity. (TOS novel: Across the Universe)

Columbus led an assault force to help rebels destroy active identity transference equipment on the planet Plixes. The equipment was disguising two Plixeans so they could visit the Federation Council Chambers and plant a bomb. The assault force withdrew after one shuttle was destroyed by anti-aircraft fire. To complete the mission, rebels sneaked through sewers and destroyed the equipment from underground. (TOS comic: "To Rule the Universe")

That same year, Captain James T. Kirk, along with Spock and McCoy, used the Columbus to land on planet NGC 667, due to the radiation surrounding the planet and its interference to the transporters. (TOS short story: "First, Do No Harm")

In 2268, the Columbus was used to take a landing party to Mu Arigulon V while the Enterprise transferred medical supplies to Deep Space Station C-15. (TOS novel: A Choice of Catastrophes)

That same year, she participated in operations to repair the Enterprise's warp nacelle at the Bolarus Prime shipyards, and aided in the recovery of bodies from the USS Excalibur. (ST reference: Ships of the Line)

In 2269, Kirk made first contact with the Bajorans from Pillagra from aboard the Columbus. (TOS novel: Allegiance in Exile)

On Stardate 7004.1, James T. Kirk used this craft as a conveyance to the planet Sycorax. This vehicle was destroyed by atmospheric turmoil after assisting in repairs to the environmental dome of the Paragon Colony, post Klingon attack. (TOS novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1)

An alternate account of the shuttlecraft's destruction is given in the Star Trek Unlimited story "Message in a Bottle", where it is destroyed by a plasma flare while exploring a pocket universe.



Ships named Columbus
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets starships: USS Columbussmall craft: Columbus (NCC-1701/2)Columbus (2270s)Columbus (USS Stargazer)see also: Columbus-class Seal of the Federation Starfleet
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) auxiliary craft
2240s-2264 Columbus (I)IcarusKepler (2254)Keppler (2264) UFP emblem. USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
2260s five-year mission NCC-1701/3NCC-1701/3 (II)NCC-1701/4NCC-1701/4 (II)NCC-1701/5NCC-1701/5ANCC-1701/8NCC-1701/9NCC-1701/12ArmstrongArmstrong (II)John BurkeChristopherColumbus (I)Copernicus (NCC-1701/7)Copernicus (NCC-1701/12)da GamaEdwin DrakeEinsteinEllisEricksenGalileo (NCC-1701/1)Galileo (I)Galileo (II)Galileo IICaroline HerschelKepler (2270)Leonardo (I)Leonardo (II)MitriosNiagaraPursuit 1Pursuit 3Pursuit 4Pursuit 7Space Bug 4Space Bug 7Space Bug X-4Space Rescue BugSpace Rescue Bug 5Sutherland
2270s-2280s BraheClarkeColumbus (II)ConradCopernicus (NCC-1701/5)Copernicus (two-man shuttle)Galileo IIIGamowHalleyHawkingHerschelHoyleKahoutekKepler (2293)OnizukaValgardZhang Sui
Class F shuttlecraft
Federation, Starfleet NCC-1701/3NCC-1701/4NCC-1701/5NCC-1701/8NCC-1701/9NCC-6038/5NCC-K7ApolloArmstrong (II)BalboaBeanChristopherColumbusConrad (USS Enterprise) • Conrad (Starbase 11)Copernicus (USS Constellation)Copernicus (NCC-1701/7)da Gamada VinciEinsteinEllisGalileo (2251)Galileo (NCC-1701/1)Galileo (2265-2267)Galileo (2267-2268)Galileo IIGuo ShoujingIcarusKepler (USS Defiant)Kepler (USS Endeavor)KepplerLeonardo (I)Leonardo (II)MasaoMcAuliffeMitriosNiagaraPicassoSimoneSutherland Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
Terran Empire, Starfleet
(mirror universe)
BellarmineGalileo Seal of the Terran Empire.

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