The Kongo was eventually built to Mk II (Bonhomme Richard-subclass) specifications and entered service on reference stardate 1/9909. She was later refit to Mk III (Achernar-subclass) specifications on stardate 2/0406. (TOS reference: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)
- While the ship wasn't named, the Kongo's registry number was displayed on a chart in Commodore Stone's office.
The Kongo was under the command of Captain J.C. Frederiksen in 2274. That year, the Kongo, joined by the USS Halk and the USS Rome, responded to a distress call from a Federation outpost in the Orion sector. Upon arrival, the Starfleet ships were engaged by six Klingon D18-class ships, commanded by Captain Kresz sutai-Kargon. (FASA RPG: Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update)
- The timeline in the Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update claims the Kongo was destroyed when it engaged the Klingons. Unless another starship were assigned the name, or the wrecked Kongo had been refurbished, the ship wouldn't have been able to participate in the novel Shell Game or in Operation: Retrieve.
In 2275, the Kongo was 36 hours away from the USS Enterprise's position. The Kongo later met with the Enterprise at the Romulan Station Reltah. The Kongo was under the command of Capt Kosnett. (TOS novel: Shell Game)
On stardate 8747.6 the Kongo suffered a containment field breach in her engineering hull that killed 100 of her crew and irradiated many others. Medical assessment predicted that 50 more crew would die from this radiation poisoning. A brace of tugs was sent from Space Station Sigma One on the Andorian/Orion border to locate her and bring her in. At that time, the original assessment of her damage was so severe that it wasn't known if the Kongo would ever be spaceworthy again.
Pavel A. Chekov's best friend from the Academy, Robert "Bob" Cecil, was the science officer on board the Kongo at the time of the incident. Cecil - who Chekov was the only one to call him "Robert" - sacrificed his life in an attempt to limit the spread of the radiation. Chekov had a hard time accepting this as both he hearing about the incident days later and Robert at the time knew it was a suicide mission. He couldn't accept why his friend had done this and he saw it as a pointless death.
A memorial service for the Kongo crew was held at Space Station Sigma One about 5 days later, when the death count had been established at 143 dead. The service lasted all morning, and Pavel Chekov was in attendance. While at the memorial, Chekov met and talked with the Chief Engineer of the Kongo - the person that his friend Robert replaced on the suicide mission - and discovered that she was a mother of two small children. From learning this, Pavel was finally able to accept Robert's death as a heroic and meaningful sacrifice a in doing so - if accomplishing nothing else - he saved a family and those two children would still have their mother in their lives. (TOS novel: Death Count)
|Ships named Kongo|
|USS Kongo (NCC-1710, Constitution-class) • USS Kongo (NCC-2009, Excelsior-class) • USS Kongo (Aegian-class) • USS Kongo (Galaxy-class)|
|Early series of Constitution-class class I/class XI heavy cruiser starships|
|Federation, Starfleet||built to mk I specifications||Constellation • Constitution • Defiant • Endeavor • Enterprise • Excalibur • Exeter • Farragut • Hood • Intrepid • Kongo • Lexington • Potemkin • Republic • Valiant (I) • Yorktown|
|various specifications||Alexander • Asimov • Brahe • Confederate • Enterprise (Vardaine copy) • Excalibur II • Glory • Indomitable • Isshasshte • Reuben James • John F. Kennedy • Mendel • Nautilus • Olympus Mons • Ortisei • Pathfinder • Surak • Tao Feng • Trexelprise • Trojan • Venture • Zimbabwe|
| Terran Empire, Starfleet|
|Constitution • Carnage • Constellation • Banshee • Defiant • Enterprise • Excalibur (23rd century) • Excalibur (Excalibur-subclass) • Exeter • Hood • Kodos • Lexington • Nobunaga • Potemkin|
|23rd century subclasses: Bonhomme Richard-subclass (mk II) • Achernar-subclass (mk III) • Tikopai-subclass (mk IV) • Enterprise-subclasses (mk I-III refits)|
|Bonhomme Richard-subclass (Constitution-class mk II class I/class XI cruiser/heavy cruiser starships)|
|Refit with mk II engines||Kongo|
|Built to mk II specifications||Bismark • Bonhomme Richard • Centurion (fm. Farragut II) • Constellation II • Challenger • Eagle • El Dorado • Endeavour • Essex • Excelsior • Hornet • Intrepid • Kent • Merrimac • Monitor • Saratoga • Valiant II • Wasp • Yamato|
|Authorized for construction||Ari • Defiance • Krieger • Lafayette • Tori|