The USS Malinche (NCC-38997) was a Federation starship, an Excelsior-class exploration cruiser in Starfleet service in the in the 24th and 25th centuries. (DS9 episode: "For the Uniform", STO - "Victory is Life" mission: "Badlands Battlezone")
In mid-2373, the Malinche was assigned to patrol the Demilitarized Zone near the Gamma 7 Outpost. When Maquis leader Michael Eddington disabled the USS Defiant with a cascade virus, the Malinche towed that ship back to Deep Space 9, and assumed their mission to stop Eddington at Veloz Prime. However, they responded to a distress call en route, only to discover a Maquis booby trap. The disabled Malinche was then rescued by the Defiant, which eventually succeeded in apprehending Eddington. (DS9 episode: "For the Uniform")
On stardate 58199.3, during the Borg Invasion of 2381, the Malinche was to join the fleet led by the USS Venture defending the Andorian system, but their route allowed them to intercept the Borg in interstellar space. The Malinche was destroyed during its engagement with the six cubes. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)
By 2410, the Malinche had returned to service. Commander Mesi Achebe commanded the ship and coordinated an Alpha Quadrant Alliance fleet in the Badlands when Admiral Leeta attempted another invasion by the Terran Empire. Achebe advised the Allied captains how to engage the Terran forces and disbale their space stations and satellites. (STO - "Victory is Life" mission: "Badlands Battlezone")
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- USS Malinche (NCC-38997) article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.
- U.S.S._Malinche article at The Star Trek Online Wiki.