- For other uses, see Constellation.
Service history and disposition
Constellation II was authorized for construction on stardate 5960 to replace one of the original 13 Constitution class ships lost in the line of duty, namely the USS Constellation (NCC-1017). Initially authorized as NCC-1728, the Constellation II was referred to as NCC-1017-A while on duty, sharing the registry of her predecessor. The ship was also recorded as having borne the registry NCC-1706. While the vessel entered service with the starship classification of a light cruiser, the ship was later refit to the specifications of the Enterprise-subclass, modified to serve as a heavy cruiser (CA). (ST reference: Star Fleet Technical Manual, TOS - Rihannsu novel: My Enemy, My Ally; TOS novel: The Wounded Sky; FASA RPG modules: Federation Ship Recognition Manual, Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual; TOS video game: Starfleet Command)
The Constellation was one of the vessels assembled to greet the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) returning from testing the Inversion drive, a new method of instantaneous point-to-point travel that would render warp drive obsolete. (TOS novel: The Wounded Sky)
- Constellation was listed as a light cruiser, and implied (but not specified) to be of a different class, as it was not listed among the other Constitution-class vessels present.
- My Enemy, My Ally and Starfleet Command list the registry number of this second Constellation as NCC-1017-A, which is identical to the registry of the original Constellation, and in contradiction to the other sources that refer to the successor vessel as NCC-1728 and NCC-1706.
In 2285, the Constellation II was under the command of Captain Carmen Ikeya. She was lost with all hands after coming out of warp too close to a star. It was later determined that the clocks on board had been running too fast (due to temporal distortion from the malfunctioning Guardian of Forever), resulting in the navigational error that caused her destruction.
- The 2280s date of the loss of the Constellation II is somewhat at odds with the introduction of the Constellation-class in the 2270s, since the prototype USS Constellation might be presumed to be in service by that point, since the namesake of a starship class is usually the first commissioned. The prototype Constellation was, however, still in service in 2293, as per the starship charts listing it in TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
|Bonhomme Richard-subclass (Constitution-class mk II class I/class XI cruiser/heavy cruiser starships)|
|Refit with mk II engines||Kongo|
|Built to mk II specifications||Bismark • Bonhomme Richard • Centurion (fm. Farragut II) • Constellation II • Challenger • Eagle • El Dorado • Endeavour • Essex • Excelsior • Hornet • Intrepid • Kent • Merrimac • Monitor • Saratoga • Valiant II • Wasp • Yamato|
|Authorized for construction||Ari • Defiance • Krieger • Lafayette • Tori|