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"The Cerritos might be falling apart, but that's kind of awesome too. It's our job to keep it together"
Sam Rutherford, 2380[src]

The USS Cerritos (NCC-75567) was 24th century California-class Federation Starfleet starship.

Service history and disposition

The Cerritos in 2380.

In the year 2380, the Cerritos was under the command of Captain Carol Freeman, being docked at Douglas Station where it took on new personnel before it set course for the Galardonian homeworld to deliver Federation infrastructure. While on the planet, first officer Jack Ransom was bit by an insect which caused a viral infection to spread across the ship when he beamed aboard, driving the crew into a murderous rage. Concurrently, Ensigns Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler ran afoul of more local wildlife, Boimler bringing back a substance that was synthesized into a cure. To Boimler's ire however, only Chief medical officer T'Ana was given credit for this by captain Freeman. (LD episode: "Second Contact")

This ship was later tasked with transporting Klingon flag officer K'orin to Tulgana IV for peace accords. (LD episode: "Envoys")

The Cerritos inside Douglas Station.

The Cerritos was later dispatched to Cardassia so Captain Freeman could take part in a peace conference, but since no one wanted to go to Cardassia, the talks were moved to Vulcan with the Cerritos instead being tasked to deliver some "diplomatic trinkets" to the planet Gelrak V, something that deeply insulted Freeman. It was in this volatile mindset that Boimler unwittingly revealed to Freeman the existence of "buffer time", where crewmembers padded the projected time of their duties to be allowed to take breaks. Furious, Freeman instituted strict schedules that wore down the crew enough that when they arrived at Gelrak V, their insomnia led to a diplomatic incident, with them being too disoriented to repel Gelrakian boarders. When Boimler convinced Freeman to allow buffer time to return, the inspired crew repelled the boarders and later beamed down the correct artifact to the Gelrakians. These events led to the creation of the ironically named Boimler Effect, a ship-wide mandate that promoted the importance of buffer time. (LD episode: "Temporal Edict")

[[[file:cerritos and Merced.jpg|thumb|left|The Cerritos and Merced.]] When the USS Merced had discovered an ancient generation ship, the Cerritos was assigned to help tow the ancient vessel back to Federation territory so its terraforming goo could be studied. When Captain Durango's ego was threatened, the delicate tractor beam balance was disrupted and the Cerritos was partially terraformed before Mariner managed to flood the ship with Perizene gas, undoing the effects. With the Merced beyond repair, the Cerritos towed the generation ship on its own. (LD episode: "Moist Vessel")

The Cerritos was later assigned to help the USS Vancouver demolish an unstable moon of Mixtus III. As the two crews mingled, Vancouver Lieutenant commander Ron Docent attempted to transfer to the Cerritos, tired of the high profile missions the Vancouver undertook, by manipulating ensigns D'Vana Tendi and Samanthan Rutherford. Having recorded everything, Rutherford blackmailed Docent into giving this up, along with surrendering a handful of T88s to him and Tendi. (LD episode: "Cupid's Errant Arrow")

When the wreckage of a Antares-class was discovered, the Cerritos squared off against Drookmani scavengers for the salvage. At the same time, ensign Fletcher's rewiring of the computer core had caused it to become sentient, ejecting itself from its casing and compromising the ship's functionality. Boimler and Mariner managed to eject the corrupted core and send it against the Drookmani. Not wanting to deal with him anymore, Boimler and Mariner gave Fletcher all the credit, correctly predicting it would get him promoted off the Cerritos. (LD episode: "Terminal Provocations")

The command crew was later selected by Admiral Syltrack to liaise with the Pisepian agricultural colony. In the absence of Captain Freeman, the Cerritos was captained by Amina Ramsey. Under her command, the Cerritos rescued the crew of the USS Rubidoux, even as their ship was taken over by a space-borne entity. During this time, the Osler, a Division 14 vessel, arrived to collect Ensign Boimler, stuck in mid-transport, and "The Dog", a genetically engineered lifeform created by Ensign Tendi. (LD episode: "Much Ado About Boimler")

At times, the Cerritos was visited by Q who frequently put humanity on trial.

The Cerritos was later assigned the high profile mission of rescuing Clar from the Romulan Star Empire, being invited to his homeworld to celebrate this afterwards. When Ensigns Boimler, Mariner, Rutherford and Tendi were called to speak however, they misinterpreted the proceedings as a drumhead trial. When returned to the ship, the Ensigns, though denied any answers about the mission, were praised for their defence of Starfleet. The four were then approached by Q only for them to wave him off, too tired to deal with him. (LD episode: "Veritas")

The Cerritos later visited a planet where the ruling class of rats oppressed the lizards. Mariner led the rats in overthrowing their oppressors only for Freeman to stop her violation of the Prime Directive, restoring the planet. Furious, Mariner used Boimler's highly realistic holodeck simulation to work through her feelings, the program allowing Boimler to learn that Freeman and Mariner were mother and daughter respectively. (LD episode: "Crisis Point")

After the people had Beta III had reverted to worshipping Landru, the Cerritos was sent to free the people again, Boimler accidentally revealing on open comms that Mariner was Freeman's daughter. After taking on some new crew, the Cerritos was sent to investigate the last known position of the USS Solvang, discovering that it had been destroyed by the Pakleds, now far more powerful than the Federation had previously known them to be. After security chief Shaxs had given his life upload a virus that destroyed the Pakled ship, the Cerritos was surrounded by three other Pakled crafts only to be saved by the USS Titan. Towed back to spacedock, the Cerritos underwent a refit. At the advice of first officer Jack Ransom, Captain William T. Riker offered Brad Boimler a promotion to the Titan. (LD episode: "No Small Parts")


During a second contact mission on Apergos, Commander Jack Ransom is exposed to strange energies, and temporarily gains god-like powers. (LD episode: "Strange Energies")

Lieutenant junior grade Kayshon was assigned to the USS Cerritos as the ship's new head of security. (LD episode: "Kayshon, His Eyes Open")

Chairman Siggi of the Collector's Guild requested Federation assistance to catalog and dispose of dangerous items in the late Kerner Hauze's collection. The USS Cerritos was assigned to the task. (LD episode: "Kayshon, His Eyes Open")

Bradward Boimler returns to the Cerritos as an ensign. However, the computer refuses to recognize him, leading to mishaps. (LD episode: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")

Lieutenant Shaxs returns from the dead due to reasons preferred to be kept secret. Ensign Samanthan Rutherford learns the secret and is traumatized. (LD episode: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")

Lieutenant Tom Paris visits the Cerritos. He accidentally gets into a fist fight with Boimler due to his accidental resemblence to a Kazon. (LD episode: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")

The Cerritos was sent to Frylon IV to investigate the reported sighting of a Mugato, a dangerous creature not indigenous to this planet. They discovered an illegal Ferengi poaching operation where they harvested the Mugato's horn. Both Boimler and Rutherford manage to reach a compromise with the Ferengi to change the poaching operation to a nature reserve by appealing to the Ferengi love of profit. (LD episode: "Mugato, Gumato")

Crew of the Cerritos are tasked with transporting a Doopler emissary to Starbase 25 for trade negotiations, they were briefly hampered when the emissary began to duplicate himself exponentially via embarrassment but Captain Carol Freeman discovered that, when she was no longer placating insecure Dooplers, that angering them is the key to them rejoining into a single being. LD episode: "An Embarrassment Of Dooplers")

Due to the Pakleds continuing their unprovoked attacks on Federation trade routes, the Federation tries to attempt a cease fire, with the Cerritos being sent on a diplomatic mission to the Pakled homeworld, which they call Pakled Planet. The Pakled use this as a ruse to send their spy Rumdar to spy on the ship schematic by pretending to be a asylum seeker. This plan backfired with Captain Freeman ultimately learning that the Pakleds planned to smuggle a Varuvian bomb onto Earth. (LD episode: "The Spy Humongous")

Cerritos is tasked with ending a war on an unnamed planet caused by the supercomputer AGIMUS. Mariner and Boimler are tasked with sending it to the Daystrom Institute for storage. Lieutenant junior grade Andarithio Billups finds himself in another plot to take the throne of his planet Hysperia by his mother, Queen Paolana. (LD episode: "Where Pleasant Fountains Lie")

Shari yn Yem, Starfleet Drill instructor, conducts tests on the Cerritos, all of the tests set to fail in order to keep her job. Mariner and Freeman are able to expose this plot. (LD episode: "I, Excretus")

The Cerritos accidentally discover an encounter between the Pakled Clumpship Pakled and the IKS Che'ta and are attacked. The Vulcan cruiser Sh'vhal arrives to aid them while Ma'ah slays his captain Dorg and takes over the Che'ta, escaping. (LD episode: "wej Duj")

The Cerritos rescues the USS Archimedes when a wave of magnetized ionic plasma disables the ship. Freeman is asked to perform first contact with the Lapeerians in Captain Sonya Gomez's stead. However, Freeman is subsequently arrested and charged with colluding with Klingon extremists to destroy the Pakled Planet. (LD episode: "First First Contact")


The Cerritos in the Kelvin timeline.

In 2381, the Cerritos was recreated for several holographic training simulations on the holodeck. One of these included the ISS Cerritos of the Terran Empire. (LD episode: "I, Excretus")

The Cerritos visited the Kelvin timeline in the year 2263. (ST video game: Fleet Command)

Crew manifest

See USS Cerritos personnel

Command crew

Commanding officer

First officer

Chief engineer

Chief medical officer

Security officer



California-class starships
Federation icon image. AlhambraCerritos (ISS Cerritos hologram) • MercedRubidouxSan ClementeSaticoySolvang Seal of the Federation Starfleet icon image.

Appearances and references



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