- For the mirror universe counterpart, see ISS Oberth
The USS Oberth (NX-602, later NCC-602) was the prototype for the Oberth-class of Federation starships in service from the late 23rd century to the early 25th century.
In the year 2293, the Oberth was assigned to a deep-space exploration mission at the time that Operation Retrieve was proposed. (TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
- This ship was not specifically mentioned in the movie's dialogue, but was listed in several starship status charts seen on the sets of the film.
Sonya Gomez transferred to the Oberth in 2368, following a three-year assignment aboard the USS Enterprise-D. In 2369, Gomez transferred off of the Oberth to the USS Sentinel. (SCE eBooks: Invincible, Many Splendors)
In 2409, the Oberth was still in service as a light science vessel. In that year, Oberth was assigned to Deep Space K-7. (STO missions: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock", "Neutral Zone Diplomacy")
- The USS Oberth is likely named after Hermann Oberth, a Austro-Hungarian-born German 20th century pioneering space rocketry engineer.