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- For the mirror universe counterpart, please see the ISS Constellation.
- For other uses, see Constellation.
The USS Constellation (NCC-1017) was a Federation Constitution-class heavy cruiser in service to Starfleet in the 23rd century. (TOS episode: "The Doomsday Machine", ST reference: Star Trek Encyclopedia)
The Constellation was one of the original batch of Constitution-class starships that were authorized for Starfleet appropriation on stardate 0965. She was finally built to Mk I Constitution specifications and entered service on reference stardate 2/8803. (FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)
By the 2250s, the Constellation was under the command of Captain Matthew Decker, formerly of the USS Yorktown. In October of this year, the Constellation was operating in the vicinity of Tarsus IV when they received a discrete distress call from the survivors of the Tarsus IV Massacre. The Constellation was the first Federation vessel to arrive at Tarsus and quickly re-established order. (Last Unicorn module: Star Trek: The Original Series Core Game Book; TOS novel: Prime Directive)
On stardate 2/0211, the Constellation was relaunched after being refit to Mk III (Achernar-subclass) specifications. As well as receiving new technologies, several cosmetic changes were also made to the ship. In 2265, Starfleet Command planned to make similar changes to several other Constitution-class vessels, including the USS Defiant and the USS Enterprise. (FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual; TOS - Crucible novel: The Fire and the Rose)
In 2263, the Constellation discovered a mold on planet Ravanar IV with an unusually large DNA sequence, dubbed a "meta-genome". This discovery led to the fast-tracking of the construction of Starbase Vanguard. (VAN novel: Harbinger)
In late 2265 or early 2266, the Constellation established a mining outpost on Beta Argola. During this mission, one of the miners suffered a psychotic episode, and nearly killed Commander Hiromi Takeshewada and Lieutenant Etienne Vascogne.
In 2266, the Constellation responded to an emergency distress call from Alpha Proxima II, along with the Enterprise, where an unidentified plague had incapacitated the government. Decker and Enterprise commander James T. Kirk imposed martial law on the planet until the alien artifact causing the plague was seized and destroyed. (TOS - The Brave and the Bold, Book One novella: The First Artifact)
In early 2267, the Constellation received an overhaul of its defensive and tactical systems as part of a Starfleet-wide refit program in preparation for the coming war with the Klingon Empire. (TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Demands of Honor)
In 2267, Constellation was destroyed in battle, in a successful effort to stop an extra-galactic "planet killer" threatening Federation planets. After Commodore Decker had attempted to destroy the planet killer using a Federation shuttlecraft, USS Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk had the idea of using the Constellation itself for the same purpose. The ship was piloted into the maw of the alien vessel and subsequently detonated, rendering the planet killer inert. (TOS episode: "The Doomsday Machine")
- A new Constitution class starship, the USS Constellation began construction shortly after.
|Ran Armstrong||commanding officer||early 2260s|
|Matthew Decker||commodore||commanding officer||2260 - 2267|
|Hiromi Takeshewada||commander||first officer||2263 - 2267|
|Lewis Rosenhaus||chief medical officer||2266 - 2267|
|Guillermo Masada||lieutenant||second officer and science officer||2263 - 2267|
|Etienne Vascogne||lieutenant||security chief||2266 - 2267|
|George Howard||lieutenant||communications officer||2266 - 2267|
|Chaoyang Soo||lieutenant junior grade||2266|
|Helga Litwak||ensign||assistant security chief||2266|
|Emil Jazayerli||head nurse||2266|
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- Star Trek: Vanguard
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- DS9 - Hearts and Minds comic: "Masters of War"