The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) was a Federation Ambassador-class heavy cruiser in service to Starfleet in the early 24th century. In 2344, the Enterprise and her crew sacrificed themselves to save a Klingon outpost, and started the process of peace. The Enterprise-C had an illustrious service career.
The fourth Federation starship to bear the name Enterprise was commissioned in 2332 at Earth Station McKinley. She was under the command of Captain Rachel Garrett. (ST reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, Starfleet Academy novel: The Haunted Starship; TLE novels: The Art of the Impossible, Well of Souls; TNG short story: "The Fourth Toast").
In late 2335 or early 2336, first officer Commander Nigel Holmes was killed in a raid by Klingon renegades, and replaced by Commander Samir al-Halak. Al-Halak became involved in the Asfar Qatala cartel while taking shore leave on Farius Prime, and was later captured by Qatala agents who posed as Starfleet Intelligence operatives. These false agents then had the Enterprise dispatched to the Draavid nebulae cluster. There, the Enterprise discovered a disabled Atawhean colony ship. The Enterprise rescued the colonists and transferred them to the USS Blakely.
Alerted to the ruse after this rescue, the Enterprise tracked Halak to a dead pre-Cardassian world, where they discovered Captain Garrett's ex-husband, Ven Kaldarren, attempting to find a portal that would have been used by the Hebitians to travel from this world to Cardassia Prime. Alien entities then attacked the Enterprise away team, and Kaldarren sacrificed himself so the rest could escape. (TLE novel: Well of Souls).
On stardate 16883.1, the Enterprise visited the planet Zalda to initiate first contact with the Zaldan government. Commander al-Halak, Lieutenant Commander Darya Bat-Levi and chief medical officer Jo Stern took part in the landing party, but Stern took the lead in discussions given the Zaldans' aversion to falsehoods and appreciation of blunt honesty. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)
In May 2344, the Enterprise was patrolling near the Klingon-Romulan border, when they received a distress call from a Klingon outpost on Narendra III. On arrival at Narendra, the Enterprise found the outpost under attack by four Romulan Warbirds, the Enterprise put up a gallant fight, but was ultimately destroyed by the superior numbers. Some of the crew survived however, and were taken prisoner by the Romulans. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Heart and TNG episodes: "Yesterday's Enterprise" and "Redemption, Part 2").
|Ships named Enterprise|
|United Kingdom||HMS Enterprize|
|United States||Enterprise • CV-6 • CVN-65 • OV-101|
|United Earth||XCV 330 • NX-01|
|United Federation of Planets||NCC-1701 • NCC-1701-A • NCC-1701-B • NCC-1701-C • NCC-1701-D • NCC-1701-E|
|Terran Empire (mirror universe)||NX-01 • NCC-1701 • NCC-1701-E|
|UFP (alternate reality)||NCC-1701|
|UFP (alternate futures)||NCC-1701-F • NCC-1701-J • NCC-1701-∞|
|Ambassador-class explorer/heavy cruiser starships|
|Adelphi • Ambassador • Aurora • Ayers • Champlin • Crescent • Enterprise-C • Excalibur • Exeter • Fury • Gandhi • Gravina • Hammarskjöld • Hannibal • Harding • Hawkesbury • Hickok • Horatio • Independence • Iroquois • Isis • Kadosca • Krotus • MacDonald • Madison • Manassas • Monroe • Montgomery • Norman • Quiberon • Seattle • Shelton • Strong • Thorn • Valdemar • Velasco • Warakurna • Wilson • Winslow • Yamaguchi • Zarnitza • Zhukov|
During the battle, the Enterprise-C was transported to 2366 by a temporal rift. This created an alternate timeline in which a state of war existed between the Klingon Empire and the Federation. The Enterprise had taken severe damage to her warp nacelles and external hull, but 125 crew survived at that point. Her successor, the USS Enterprise-D, assisted in repairing the Enterprise-C, and the timeline was restored when Lieutenant Richard Castillo took the Enterprise back into the rift (Captain Garrett having been killed whilst in the future timeframe). (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")
It was initially believed that the ship was lost with all hand, however over two decades later it was revealed that a number of the crew had survived and were taken prisoner by the Romulans. (TNG: "Redemption, Part II")
|Ships named Enterprise|
|Enterprise - USS Enterprise (CV-6) - USS Enterprise (CVN-65) - Enterprise (OV-101) - VSS Enterprise - HMS Enterprize|
|USS Enterprise (XCV 330) - Enterprise (NX-01) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1008) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) - USS Enterprise (NX-74206) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) (I) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) (II) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-G) (I) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-G) (II) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-G) (III) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-H) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J) - USS Enterprise (JFAZW) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-O) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-P) - USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-R)|
|ISS Enterprise (NX-01) - ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) - ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) - ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) - Enterprise (NX-1701-E) - ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-O) - ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-JFAZW)|
|Ambassador class heavy cruisers|
|Canon: Adelphi - Enterprise-C - Excalibur - Exeter - Gandhi - Horatio - Valdemar - Yamaguchi - Zhukov|
|Other notable ships: Ambassador - Annan - Argus - Baikonur - McKinnon - Christchurch - Churchill - Columbia - Corsair - Cortéz - Courageous - Cuxhaven - Cybele - Damascus - Finian - Hammarskjöld (I) - Highlander - Hillary - Horatio-A - Jamestown-C - Justice - Kadosca - Krotus - Maat - Mandela - McKinnon - Olympia - Reliant - Republic - Ruapehu - Soval - Thelian - T'Plana-Hath - Vicksburg - Wayfarer - Wellington - Wildfire - Winter Solstice|
|Star Trek: Shadowstar Station: Ban - Boutros-Ghali - Hammarskjöld (II) - Lie - Pérez de Cuéllar - Stormgren - U Thant - Waldheim|
|Trekmania: Adirondack - Altair - Bounty - Champlain - Columbus - Constant - Copernicus - Delta - Devane - Emphatic - Essex - Hercules - Holland - Kalmar Nyckel - Kismet - Marikidia - Mirax - Moscow - Murasaki - Norfolk - Norton - Perseus - Premier - Pride - Principle - Proxima - San Francisco - Smithson - Storm - Sublime - Tomcat - Toulouse - Tracker - Trondheim - Valiant - Venerable - Virginia|
|Similar designs: Ambassador - Niagara - Orion - Thoth|