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"But you tell me, Captain Kirk, if you really are captain of the Enterprise now, how's my ship doing?"
- — Robert April, 2259
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) was a Federation starship in service during the late 2230s in the alternate reality created by Nero's temporal incursion into the 23rd century. This Enterprise existed subsequent to the Enterprise (NX-01) and prior to the USS Enterprise launched in 2258.
The ship was under the command of Captain Robert April in the 2230s. In 2239 the Enterprise conducted a routine survey of planet Phaedus IV and its inhabitants. Seeing how Shadows were oppressing non-shadow Phaedans, April decided to remain behind to help them. With the assistance of his first officer Alexander Marcus, April faked his own death, and left with a good deal of weapons and technology to help the Phaedans. (TOS - Countdown to Darkness comic: "Countdown to Darkness, Number Two")
The Enterprise continued to serve in Starfleet until the 2250s, when it was decommissioned. This Enterprise was succeeded by the Constitution-class Enterprise which was commanded by Captain Christopher Pike and eventually Captain James T. Kirk, shortly after. (TOS movie: Star Trek (2009), TOS - Countdown to Darkness comic: "Countdown to Darkness, Number Two")
Although the given timeframe of the ship's launch date is the "2230s", it is very unlikely that the Enterprise would have launched at any time before stardate 2233.04 (January 4th, 2233), the day the alternate reality was formed. The ship's history in the prime reality indicates no starship of that name existed between the Enterprise (NX-01) and the original USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), making this ship a byproduct of the new timeline. The starship classification of the Enterprise is not given, although its external configuration resembles that of a Constitution-class ship, which was not offically introduced until the mid-2250s of the new reality. Additionally, Robert April mentioned he had been captain for ten years in 2239, suggesting he may have had other assignments prior to the Enterprise. (TOS movie: Star Trek (2009), TOS - Countdown to Darkness comic: "Countdown to Darkness, Number Two")
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