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The USS Exeter (NCC-1672) was a 23rd century Federation starship, a Constitution-class heavy cruiser in service to Starfleet. (TOS episode: "The Omega Glory")

Service history and disposition

Early service

The Exeter, with an assigned registry number of NCC-1706, was one of the initial batch of Constitution-class starships that were ordered for Starfleet appropriation on stardate 0965. (TOS reference: Star Fleet Technical Manual) She was built to Mk I specifications and was launched on reference stardate 1/9003, entering service with a new registry number, NCC-1672. (FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)

The Exeter was docked at Earth Spacedock undergoing replenishment in 2250, whilst the USS Enterprise was undergoing her first major refit. (TOS novel: Academy: Collision Course)

In 2259 the Exeter, under the command of Captain Brittany Mendez, made first contact with the Chyrellkans. (TOS novel: Renegade)

The Exeter was later refit to Mk III (Achernar-subclass) specifications around stardate 2/0307. (FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)


Captain Ronald Tracey in 2268.

At some point in the early 2260s, the Exeter was largely responsible in putting an end to Klingon harassment of Federation shipping along the Federation-Klingon border. (TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Sacrifices of War)

Ensign Kevin Riley was assigned to the Exeter as a navigator in 2262, following his graduation from Starfleet Academy. He remained aboard until 2265, when he transferred to the USS Enterprise. (ST video game: Starship Creator)

In 2265 the Exeter, now commanded by Captain Ronald Tracey, was sent to relieve the Enterprise of their patrol of the Klingon border. (VAN novel: Harbinger)

The Exeter was one of several starships undergoing repairs at Starbase 11 in 2267, when the Enterprise arrived for her own repairs. (TOS episode: "Court Martial")

Later that year, the Exeter was assigned to a sector near the Romulan Neutral Zone. Following rumors of a build-up of a Romulan invasion of the Federation and the supposed disappearance of the Enterprise, Admiral Jake Iota assigned the Exeter to a task force (including the USS Farragut, USS Potemkin, USS Hood and six scout ships) that were to proceed to the Neutral Zone to investigate, under the joint command of Iota and Captain Mikel Garson of the Potemkin. (TOS novel: Web of the Romulans)

The Enterprise and the Exeter.

Just a few months later, Admiral Withrow recalled the Exeter to support the USS Enterprise during the Kenisian-Maabas situation. But the Exeter was in fact still three weeks from Enterprise's position, and could not make it to the disputed region in time. (TOS novel: Crisis of Consciousness)

In 2268, the Exeter visited the planet Omega IV on a survey mission. Captain Tracey led a landing party to the surface and discovered two groups of people, the Yangs and the Kohms, at war with each other. Tracey remained on the surface to talk to the Kohms while the rest of the landing party returned to the Exeter, the crew soon fell to a mysterious disease. Tracey survived on the surface, and believed that Omega IV was a fountain of youth and good health. His illusions were shattered, however, when the USS Enterprise responded to the distress call, and eventually arrested Tracey for violating the Prime Directive. (TOS episode: "The Omega Glory"; TOS novels: Ex Machina, Garth of Izar)

Following the incident on Omega IV, the Enterprise recovered the abandoned Exeter and towed her to the nearest starbase where she was decontaminated, recrewed and eventually returned to active service. Captain Douglas Newman was also appointed as the ship's new commanding officer. (Decipher RPG module: Starships; TOS novel: First Frontier)

According to FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual, the Exeter was scrapped soon after her recovery, on stardate 2/1012.

Shortly afterwards, the Exeter was assigned to participate in war games alongside the Farragut and the Enterprise near Izell, in order to test the new warp-powered shield technology that had been installed aboard the Enterprise. (TOS novel: First Frontier)

The following year, the Exeter was assigned to transport two warp nacelles that were originally destined for the USS Intrepid, to the Enterprise, while she was undergoing extensive repairs in orbit of Talin IV. (TOS novel: Prime Directive)


In 2270 the Exeter was assigned a month-long protection duty of the planet Gateway. The Exeter's crew were informed that they were guarding an important archaeological site. They were eventually relieved by the USS Potemkin. (TOS - The Yesterday Saga novel: Yesterday's Son)

Shortly after the Exeter, now under the command of Captain Andreoni, assisted the Enterprise, the USS Majestic and the USS Yorktown in keeping an experimental transwarp drive from falling into enemy hands. (TOS - Fortunes of War novel: Battlestations!)

In 2273 the Exeter was operating in sector 001 when she was reassigned, along with the USS Potemkin, to deal with the Albasynnia affair. Rear Admiral Kirk had advised Admiral Heihachiro Nogura against sending both starships on the grounds that it would leave the sector largely undefended. Nogura overruled him, but Kirk was later proved correct when the V'ger cloud entity moved towards Earth. (TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows)

By the mid-2270s the Exeter had either been decommissioned or lost and replaced by a new starship bearing the name Exeter. (FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)

Crew manifest



The Exeter first appeared in the episode "The Omega Glory", in the second season of TOS. The appearance of USS Enterprise onscreen with Exeter was the second of three times that Enterprise ever appeared simultaneously with another vessel of the Constitution-class (in the original, non-remastered, Star Trek releases).

In non-canon, Exeter was first given a registry number, NCC-1706, in Franz Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual. When FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual was released, they used the registry NCC-1672, based on a system assigning known starship names with a registry list seen in episode "Court Martial". This assertion was made by Star Trek fan (and future FX modeler) Greg Jein, and published in fan magazines. When The Star Trek Encyclopedia was published, over a decade later, editors Michael and Denise Okuda used Jein's Exeter registry. Jein's registry list, with some modifications by Okuda, is also being honored by official productions, such as the remastered TOS.

To date, the NCC-1706 registry has not been used in any more licensed publications, but is popular in fan fiction. Under Michael Okuda's direction, the NCC-1672 became the official "canon" registry in 2007 with the broadcast of the remastered version of "The Omega Glory"


Ships named Exeter
Federation, Starfleet USS Exeter (NCC-1672, Constitution-class)USS Exeter (NCC-1712, Constitution-class)USS Exeter (NCC-1788, Class J starship)USS Exeter (NCC-2016, Excelsior-class)USS Exeter (NCC-26531, Ambassador-class)USS Exeter (Galaxy-class)USS Exeter (NCC-1672-C, Exeter-class) Federation icon image. Starfleet icon image.
Federation, Starfleet
(Kelvin timeline)
USS Exeter (Kelvin timeline) Federation icon image. Starfleet icon image. Terran Empire, Imperial Starfleet
(mirror universe)
ISS Exeter (NCC-13701, Exeter-class) Terran Empire icon image. Terran Starfleet icon image.
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

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