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The USS Constitution (NCC-1700) was a Federation Constitution-class heavy cruiser in service to Starfleet in the 23rd century.

Construction and initial service

When she was commissioned in the year 2245, Constitution was the prototype for a new class of heavy cruisers. Constitution had an illustrious service career. (Decipher RPG modules: Narrator's Guide, Starships)

In the 2230s decade, the Human engineer Lawrence Marvick was involved with designing the Constitution. Unbeknownst to the wider public, Marvick's design was a cooperation with his "Uncle Carl" - the alias of Charles Tucker III, former chief engineer of the pioneering NX-class starship Enterprise NX-01. By 12 August 2238, efforts to construct the Constitution were underway at the San Francisco Fleet Yards in Earth's orbit. (ENT novel: Last Full Measure)

Construction began on the USS Constitution at the San Francisco Fleet Yards in November 2239, under the direction of Admiral William Jefferies. In 2242, while the Constitution was under construction, work began on the second vessel of the class, the as yet unnamed NX-0002, which would later be destined to become the famous USS Enterprise. Because of the fast pace of technological development, the Constitution was significantly less advanced than the later vessel, which would eventually be assigned later naval construction contract 1701. (TOS novel: Final Frontier)

Construction was completed in 2244, and she began a series of shakedown cruises. The first voyage was a round trip between Earth and the planetoid Babel, with a passenger list that included Starfleet cadets, flag officers, and members of the Federation Diplomatic Corps. (TOS - Who's Who in Star Trek comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 2")

A Klingon battlecruiser is destroyed by the USS Constitution inside the Sol system in 2245.

Despite remaining on shakedown-status, the Constitution prototype was instrumental in stopping the attempted theft of the NX-0002 vessel when Klingon agents boarded the unnamed construction project during a cadet cruise. (TOS - Crew comic: "Shakedown")

A few weeks later, the Constitution was rushed to aid the USS Endeavour and the USS Yorkshire, who were engaged in battle against Klingon vessels near Donatu V. The Constitution's enhanced warp drive and shields proved vital in the battle despite possessing inactive weapons systems, and forced the Klingons back, creating a stalemate. As a result, the Klingons were able to be repulsed long enough for the Constitution to return the Endeavour and Yorkshire survivors to Earth. (TOS - Errand of Vengeance novels: Killing Blow, River of Blood; TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Seeds of Rage)

Service history and disposition


In 2245, Starfleet assigned Fleet Captain Garth of Izar to the Constitution as her commanding officer. Under his command, the Constitution participated in the Axanar Rebellion. She performed the role of flagship during this time of crisis.

During the Four Years War, the Constitution and a pair of unnamed Larson-class destroyers were involved in the Battle of Lea; ambushed by a squad of D4Es from the 127th cruiser squadron in a vicious swarming attack. The Constitution was raked amidships, suffering severe damage, and one of the Larsons exploded. The Klingons then moved on in search of more targets. The captain of the Constitution instituted a Cochrane Deceleration maneuver, saving the squadron. (FASA RPG module: The Four Years War)

In 2256, Commodore Darion Page assumed command of the Constitution, a position he would hold until the following year. (Decipher RPG modules: Narrator's Guide, Starships)

By 2257, Captain Augenthaler had assumed command of the Constitution. Later that year, Lieutenant James T. Kirk was assigned to the Constitution shortly following the disaster aboard the USS Farragut. Shortly after, on a mission to Sordinia IV, Kirk was forced to assume command when Captain Augenthaler and the first officer were stranded on the planet following an attack by N'shaii satellites. Still fighting with grief, Kirk managed to overcome this, and rallied the Constitution's crew to overcome the N'shaii threat. A few months later, Dr. Leonard McCoy came aboard the Constitution as assistant CMO. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novels: Constitution, Enterprise)

In 2259, the Constitution remapped and resurveyed the surface of Capella IV, and discovered rich, easily accessible veins of topaline located beneath the surface. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)


In 2263, Commodore Robert Wesley assumed command of the Constitution. (ST video game: Starship Creator)

The Constitution docked at Starbase 11 for repairs in 2267. (TOS episode: "Court Martial")

The USS Constitution and other Starfleet vessels over Organia in 2267

In mid-2267, the Constitution, along with the USS Enterprise, USS Lexington, eight other unnamed Constitution-class starships, two Miranda-class starships, a few Icarus-class starships, and numerous cargo, fuel, and support vessels proceeded to Organia to intercept the Klingon fleet positioned there. The conflict was ultimately defused by the Organians themselves without further loss of life on either side. (TOS episode: "Errand of Mercy"; TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Sacrifices of War; TOS - Klingons: Blood Will Tell comic: "Against Their Nature")

The USS Constitution rendezvouses with the USS Enterprise in 2267.

A few months later during the same year, the starship rendezvoused with the USS Enterprise near the planet Pollux IV following the Apollo-incident, where Lt. Carolyn Palamas and her newborn, demigod son transferred over for transport back to Earth Colony Nine. (TOS comic: "Of Woman Born")

The Constitution returned to Earth in late 2268, and was drydocked for heavy refitting. The USS Hood assumed her patrol duties. (TOS novel: Crisis on Centaurus)

The TOS novel: Cloak establishes that Captain Phil Waterston was commanding officer of the Constitution, as of late 2268. It is uncertain when he took command, or when Wesley left Constitution for the USS Lexington, which he commanded in TOS episode: "The Ultimate Computer".

In 2269, under the command of Darion Page, Constitution was recorded as lost in service. (Decipher RPG module: Starships)

While the ship was recorded as lost, both The Wounded Sky and the Starfleet Command games list this ship as active in the two decades following. It is possible the vessel was recovered, although no such explanation exists in currently-published sources.


The USS Constitution engages the forces of the Klingon-Romulan Alliance near the Neutral Zone in 2270

During an attempted Romulan invasion of the Federation around 2270, the Constitution (under the command of Captain Dhruva) led a Starfleet task force of three other starships of its own class in rescuing the disabled USS Yorktown from a combined Klingon/Romulan assault fleet. In the midst of the battle, the intervention of the Organians served to extend the imposition of the recent peace treaty onto the Romulan Star Empire, followed by the dissolution of the Klingon-Romulan Alliance. (TOS comic: "Romulans: Schism")

In 2275, the Constitution was in service as a light cruiser, and greeted the USS Enterprise when the Enterprise came back from testing the inversion drive. (TOS novel: The Wounded Sky)

By the 2280s, this vessel had been refit from its previous light cruiser modification into the specifications of a heavy cruiser of the Enterprise-subclass. (TOS video game: Starfleet Command)

In 2293, a mural of the Constitution was on the wall of Starfleet Command. (TOS novel: The Ashes of Eden)

In 2364, a schematic of the Constitution was on Data's computer aboard the starship USS Enterprise-D. (TNG episode: "Datalore")


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Ships named Constitution
United States of America USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") USA flag
Federation Starfleet USS Constitution (22nd century)USS Constitution (2220s-2230s)USS Constitution (NCC-1700, Constitution-class)USS Constitution (Excelsior-class, NCC-2025)USS Constitution (Galaxy-class)see also: Constitution-class UFP emblem image. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
Terran Empire ISS Constitution (Constitution-class prototype) Seal of the Terran Empire.
Early series of Constitution-class class I/class XI heavy cruiser starships
Federation, Starfleet built to mk I specifications ConstellationConstitutionDefiantEndeavorEnterpriseExcaliburExeterFarragutHoodIntrepidKongoLexingtonPotemkinRepublicValiant (I)Yorktown Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
various specifications AlexanderAsimovBraheConfederateEnterprise (Vardaine copy)Excalibur IIGloryIndomitableIsshasshteReuben JamesJohn F. KennedyMendelNautilusOlympus MonsOrtiseiPathfinderSurakTao FengTrexelpriseTrojanVentureZimbabwe

see also: unnamed Constitution-class starshipsExcalibur-subclass: ExcaliburTuckerExeter-subclass: Exeter-CKirkKirk-subclass (3060s refit): ArmstrongExcalibur-MNobleVesper-subclass: VesperMontrealOakland

Terran Empire, Starfleet
(mirror universe)
ConstitutionCarnageConstellationBansheeDefiantEnterpriseExcalibur (23rd century)Excalibur (Excalibur-subclass)ExeterHoodKodosLexingtonNobunagaPotemkin Seal of the Terran Empire.
23rd century subclasses: Bonhomme Richard-subclass (mk II) • Achernar-subclass (mk III) • Tikopai-subclass (mk IV) • Enterprise-subclasses (mk I-III refits)

24th and 25th century subclasses: Excalibur-subclassExeter-subclassVesper-subclass • other Constitution variants
31st and 32nd century subclass: Kirk-subclass

Achernar-subclass (Constitution-class mk III class I/class XI cruiser/heavy cruiser starships)
Refit with mk III engines BismarkBonhomme RichardChallengerConstellationConstitutionDefiantEagleEl DoradoEndeavourEnterpriseEssexExcaliburExeterFarragutHoodHornetIntrepidKentKongoLexingtonPotemkinRepublicSaratogaValiant IIYamatoYorktown UFP emblem image. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
Built to mk III specifications AchernarAkagiArk RoyalCaspanChikumaDiscoveryForrestalKagaKitty HawkLangleyLittorioMarseilleRadetskyRichelieuRivoliSantissima TrinidadSiriusTiconderogaVictory
Authorized for construction AhzdarAlam'akAlferazAlfrAndrocusAnnobonAstradBehr'akCzar'akEkinusElohimEsablEskiisGalinaGharGhondrHajjHiemdalHorokJassanJenshahnJupiterKarsKasimarKep SaluKestralKetoiMaatMazdaMengenMirazhMondoloyMongoNdeleOblikOomaruPaeganPariPelionePhardosPilarProcyonProximaQizanQual'atQuindarRigil KentaurusSalaynaSamaaraShaandraShahrSinuijiSolTajarhiTaliTemirTheloniiTholusTulanTutakaiXanthiiYaanZa'faranZaahmZindar
Enterprise-subclass (Constitution-class class XI/class XII cruiser/heavy cruiser starships)
Federation, Starfleet Ships of various specifications NCC-1335AchillesApolloBooneChristopher PikeExplorerFuriousHuntingtonIcarusIndependenceJeffersonKelleghanKirishimaLucasMusashiRauerSalazarSomersTigressVengeanceheavy cruiser (CA): Constellation IIGoebenEximerOriskanyRepublicReshadijeRamillesConstitutionEnterpriseFarragut IIrear-fire heavy cruiser (CAR): YorktownExeterIntrepid IIValiant IIPotemkinMonitorHornetMerimacEndeavourDefianceadvanced heavy cruiser (CA+): ExcelsiorHoodWaspEl DoradoAriSaratogaToriKriegerPort MoresbyPharsallusHastingsArbelaheavy drone cruiser (CAD): AgincourtBallistaBarrReprisalVulturecommand cruiser (CC): EssexExcalibur IIKongoLafayetteLexingtonheavy command cruiser (CB): AlesiaAlfeldAusterlitzBasraCannaeCoral SeaGaugamelaGettysburgGolanGravelotteInchonIsandhlwanaKadeshKhe SonKurskPanjsherRocroiRossbachSuomussalmiTannenbergThermopolaePoltavaVincennesfire support cruiser (CFS): HighwaymanKnight ErrantPaladinRangeradvanced fire support cruiser (CFS+): BerserkerCavalierFencerSamuraitactical command cruiser (TCC): Enterprise-Agalactic survey cruiser: Achernar UFP emblem. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
Refit to mk I specification EnterpriseBismarkExcalibur IIYamatoChallengerValiant IIEssexBonhomme RichardPotemkinConstellation IIIntrepidCenturion (fm. Farragut II)LexingtonYorktownWaspForrestalRepublicAkagiRivoli Built to mk I specification ExeterDefiantHoodValley ForgeOriskanyRepublicHancockMinskYorktown
Refit to mk II specification EagleSantissima TrinidadMarseilleRadetsky Built to mk II specification ZuihoGraf ZeppelinSoryuHiryuKing George VPrince of WalesFranklinVictory IIScharnhorstGneisenauKaga IIKashimaFreidlandKonigsbergClemenceau
Refit to mk III specification KongoSaratogaEl DoradoTiconderogaKitty Hawk Built to mk III specification KearsargeBunker HillChikumaEmperadorUkraniaMarcelloFontanaJava
Terran Empire, Starfleet
(mirror universe)
ConstellationContemptibleDeceiverEnterprise (refit)Enterprise-AFarragutIntrepidNixonRelentless Seal of the Terran Empire.

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