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The USS Thunderchild (NCC-63549) was an Akira-class cruiser/heavy cruiser starship in service to the Federation Starfleet in the late 24th century. It was named for the fictional British warship, HMS Thunder Child, from H.G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds, and had an illustrious service career. (TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact; Decipher RPG modules: Starfleet Operations Manual, Starships; The Official Starships Collection Issue 12: "USS Thunderchild NCC-63549")

Service history and disposition[]

Fleet Admiral Taela Shanthi commanded it during its shakedown cruise. Early in the 2370s, the Thunderchild was commanded by Captain Bem Okala. (CCG set: Blaze of Glory; Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Players' Guide)

In 2371, the Thunderchild was part of the 20th Fleet, based out of Starbase 364, assigned to patrol along the Shackleton Expanse. (Star Trek Adventures module: Beta Quadrant Sourcebook)

In 2372, the Thunderchild was commanded by Captain Evelyn Hoffman when it transferred Vice Admiral Marta Batanides to the USS Enterprise-E for a diplomatic mission to Chiaros IV. (TNG - Section 31 novel: Rogue)

In 2373, the Thunderchild was a participant in the Battle of Sector 001. During this battle, the Thunderchild assisted in the destruction of the attacking Borg cube. (TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact)

In 2374, the Thunderchild docked at Deep Space 9 where several of its fighter pilots visited Quark's. (DS9 - Millennium novel: The Fall of Terok Nor)

The Thunderchild engaged in battle during the Dominion War, while Doctor Savel served aboard the ship. (STO - Star Trek Magazine short story: "Of Chaos and Kal-toh, Part 1")

In 2377, the Thunderchild was one of many Akira-class vessels to be involved in Starfleet fleet actions. (ST video game: Armada II)

Thunderchild was modified for service as a fleet cruiser, in active service around the year 2378. (ST video game: Starfleet Command III)

No specific history or definitive final fate was established for this vessel in Armada II or SFC3 as its name was randomly selected for a playing field ship by the games' software, placed randomly each time the ship appears.

In 2384, the Thunderchild was part of a Starfleet armada dispatched to intercept the USS Protostar. The ship would later become infected by the Living Construct placed on board the Protostar. (PRD episode: "Supernova")

In 2401, the Thunderchild was part of an armada dispatched to assist the USS Stargazer in intercepting an unknown Borg vessel. The ship had briefly been compromised after the Queen boarded the Stargazer. (PIC episode: "The Star Gazer")

Thunderchild again became entangled with Borg activity as part of the Frontier Day fleet. (Star Trek: Picard season 3)

In 2409, the ship was one of the first to arrive at Gamma Orionis sector block upon the Borg's return. Lena Kuzmina was the ship's first officer at this time, and witnessed her captain's capture and assimilation. The crew rescued him, but the ship was significantly damaged in the process. The captain resigned from Starfleet and most of the senior crew was reassigned. (STO mission: "Borg Invasion - Sirius Sector Block Defense")

First Splinter timeline[]

In 2380, the Thunderchild, under the command of Captain Matsuda, attempted to intercept Grim Vargo's ship, the Pride, as it left Titan with Seven of Nine aboard. With some deft maneuvering and with the aid of a stolen cloaking device, the Pride was able to escape.

Some time later, the Thunderchild was able to apprehend the Pride and take Vargo into custody, but Seven of Nine had already departed on Vulcan. Following this, the Thunderchild intercepted the science vessel Einstein as it towed a large Borg cube to the Sol system. In the resulting battle, the Thunderchild and her crew were "absorbed" into the Borg Collective and only Vargo managed to escape. (TNG novel: Before Dishonor)




Frontier Day fleet
USS AkiraUSS CallistoUSS CochraneUSS DrexlerUSS Enterprise-FUSS ExcelsiorUSS FireswordUSS GanymedeUSS GilgameshUSS HuygensUSS John KellyUSS MandelUSS OkudaUSS PulaskiUSS ResnikUSS RheaUSS Hikaru SuluUSS SutherlandUSS TourangeauUSS TrumbullUSS VentureUSS ThunderchildUSS Zheng He
Ships named Thunderchild
British Empire, Royal Navy HMS Thunder Child (fictional sail ship) British Empire flag icon image.
Federation, Starfleet USS Thunderchild (NCC-63549, Akira-class)USS Thunderchild (NCC-63549-B, Thunderchild-class)
see also: Thunderchild-class
Federation icon image. Starfleet icon image.
Klingon Empire, Defense Force IKV Thunderchild Klingon Empire emblem icon image.
Akira-class starships
Federation, Starfleet standard class III heavy cruiser configuration AkiraAkira-BAndromedaAscensionAvalonBlack ElkBondarCapetownCarla RomneyCitadelConstantDevoreDominanceGarneauGeronimo (I)Geronimo (II)GryphonHeliosHopeJames T. KirkJubeiJupiterKaliKal-if-feeLeyte GulfMalevolentMasamuneMateoMeneleasNez PerceNikitaOsceolaPawneePerseusRabinRed CloudRenownReverentScimitarSentinelSharanskySinghSpectorSummitSusquehannaThunderchildTridentTripoliValhallaVindictive Federation icon image. Starfleet icon image.
fleet cruisers
mid-2370s decade
fleet cruisers
late 2370s decade
other variant configurations Alita-subclass: AlitaArmitage-subclass: Akagi-AArmitageCheronOkitaunnamed Armitage-class starshipsThunderchild-subclass
Terran Empire, Starfleet
(mirror universe)
Armitage-subclass: ArmitageFortuna
Terran Empire icon image. Imperial Starfleet icon image.

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