- For other uses, see Discovery.
The USS Discovery (NCC-85527 and NCC-91784) was a 25th century Federation starship, the prototype of the Discovery-class long-range science vessel in Starfleet service from the 2400s decade. (STO website: Ships of the Line, STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
Service history and disposition
Commander Jacob Kurtz of the Advanced Starship Design Bureau was the lead designer of the Discovery class. It was conceived as a variant and evolution of the Intrepid-class science vessel originally launched in the 2370s decade. Kurtz announced the new Discovery would be at the forefront of exploration for years to come. The Discovery was launched in the year 2400. It incorporated "fins" attached to the warp nacelles as an innovative feature. (STO website: Ships of the Line)
Between 2400 and 2409, the next long-range science vessel classes launched, the Cochrane (science vessel), did not incorporate the nacelle fins. Meanwhile, the Discovery became involved in combat with the Klingon Empire and other hostile factions during the Federation-Klingon War of 2405-2410. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
At one point in 2409, the Discovery flew in formation with the Prometheus-class starship USS Reliance and the Stargazer-class prototype USS Stargazer-A. (Star Trek Magazine Issue 151: "Klingons Strike Back!")
From the year 2410 onward, the Discovery represented its class in the Starfleet Shipyards Operations interface. By that time, another ship named Discovery entered service, a replica of the 23rd century Crossfield-class science vessel USS Discovery. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
Khitomer Alliance flag officer in, or aligned with, Starfleet, deployed Discovery for missions around the galaxy's four quadrants as part of the four-quadrant strategy. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock", admiralty system)
Following the Battle of Excalbia on stardate 84999.22 in early 2411, which saw the prominent involvement of hero ships from the Federation's past and present, the Discovery was among the long-range science vessels that received a refit to legendary starship qualifications. (STO - Legacy missions: "Measure of Morality (Part 2)", "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
The Discovery was upgraded to a tier 6 legendary miracle worker multi-mission science vessel. (STO website: Legendary Miracle Worker Multi-Mission Science Vessel)
Appearances and references
- STO website: Ships of the Line (named and classified)
- STO reference: The Art of Star Trek Online
- STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock"
- STO website: Legendary Miracle Worker Multi-Mission Science Vessel