- For other uses, see Franklin.
- "This is the USS Franklin, sir, can you believe it? First Earth ship capable of warp 4."
- —Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott, 2263[src]
This vessel was one of a number of vessels named Franklin, for various persons and places that share that name, including Benjamin Franklin, a statesman of Earth history. Another ship in service in the year 2159 also shared this name, the Strider-class USS Franklin. (ST video game: Legacy)
After service to Earth as the prototype Warp 4 vessel, this vessel was eventually adopted into Federation Starfleet service, commanded by Balthazar M. Edison, following the founding of the United Federation of Planets. (TOS movie: Star Trek Beyond)
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On 01 July 2164, Uraei accessed Starfleet Command and generated an order to have Mosel Thomas assigned to the Franklin. Thomas had been part of Admiral Ko Ji-hoon and Professor Aaron Ikerson's conspiracy attempt against Uraei. (ST - Section 31 novel: Control)
The Franklin disappeared in 2164 during a mission in the Gagarin Radiation Belt. Popular speculation ranged from the ship being captured by Romulans to being captured by a giant green hand. In truth, the Franklin was displaced by a wormhole, and crash-landed on the planet Altamid. Only Edison and two others survived. (TOS movie: Star Trek Beyond)
In the Kelvin timeline, the Franklin was rediscovered in 2263 by Captain James T. Kirk and the survivors of the USS Enterprise crashed on the planet Altamid. By then, it was the home of Jaylah, who had placed it under a holographic cloak to hide the ship from Edison, who by then was known as Krall.
Repairing the Franklin, Kirk and the crew of the late starship Enterprise left Altamid and defeated Krall as he attempted to destroy Yorktown Station with a bio-weapon. After the incident, the ship crashed into Yorktown Station, with the surviving crew members disembarking there. (TOS - Boldly Go comic: "Issue 5"; TOS movie: Star Trek Beyond)
The Franklin was the first starship of Earth's Starfleet to reach warp four. Among its armaments were pulsed phase cannons and spatial torpedoes, with polarized hull plating for defense. Among its vehicles were some shuttlepods and a PX-70 motorcycle. Some uniforms, jackets and medical equipment were left aboard. Also a collection of music, which included "Sabotage", was kept in a music player. (TOS movie: Star Trek Beyond)
|USS Franklin personnel|
|Primary universe||Cormier • Crosby • Edison • Le • Noble • Peters • Smith • Wolff • Yanovich • Thomas • unamed USS Franklin personnel|
|Kelvin timeline||Kirk • Spock • Scott • McCoy • Sulu • Chekov • Uhura • Keenser • Jaylah • unnamed USS Enterprise personnel|
|Ships named Franklin|
|United Earth, Starfleet||USS Franklin (NX-326, warp 4 ship) • USS Franklin (NCC-246, Strider-class)|
|Federation, Starfleet||USS Franklin (NX-326, warp 4 ship) • USS Benjamin Franklin (NCC-013, Daedalus-class) • USS Benjamin Franklin (Clarke-class) • USS Franklin (NCC-1743, Constitution-class) • USS Franklin (Defiant-class) • see also: shuttlecraft Franklin|
This Franklin's time as the prototype Warp 4 ship, in the primary universe timeline, would have been in Earth-service prior to subsequent Warp 5 ships that had been built during Star Trek: Enterprise. The Star Trek Beyond ship, in the course of the film, was revealed to have been adopted into Federation Starfleet service in the 2160s decade, after ST video game: Legacy showed a Strider-class USS Franklin, in the Earth-Romulan War era of the year 2159. It is possible the Warp 4 ship Franklin had been taken out of service and then recommissioned after the Strider-class Franklin's retirement, or the two vessels had been in service concurrently (possibly with one or both having a different namesake). A third possibility is that the changed premise between the sources means there are alternating realities at play. Since no source explains the mechanism for any possible timeline-discontinuity, this wiki does not present any such speculation.