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The USS Excelsior (NX-2000, later NCC-2000) was a Federation Excelsior-class explorer in service to Starfleet for nearly ninety years from her commission in 2284. When newly commissioned, the Excelsior was the prototype for a new class of explorers. She was the test-bed for a failed transwarp drive in the 2280s, and protected the Khitomer conference which drafted the Khitomer Accords in 2293. Her most famous commander was Hikaru Sulu who commanded the Excelsior from 2290 to at least 2320. Other commanders included Rear Admiral James T. Kirk and Captain Styles. The Excelsior had a long and illustrious service career.(TOS novelizations: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, ST roleplay module: Starfleet Operations Manual, ST roleplay module: Starships).

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Service History

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Undergoing Trials

In the late 2270s, Starfleet was working towards the development of transwarp drive, and had a starship designed that would act as a test-bed for the new technology, which resulted in the prototype USS Excelsior (NX-2000). The construction was overseen by Captain Styles, who would later go on to command the ship.

By 2285, the Excelsior was ready to undergo performance trials for the transwarp drive, but some minor details needed to be worked out. To achieve this end, Styles was able to obtain Captain Montgomery Scott from the USS Enterprise as chief engineer. However, this proved to be Styles' undoing as Scott sabotaged the Excelsior's systems so that they couldn't pursue the Enterprise when Admiral James T. Kirk stole her to return to the Genesis Planet. (TOS movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock).

The Mirror Universe

A few weeks later the damage was repaired to the Excelsior, and Captain Styles was ordered to proceed to the Regula 1 Space Laboratory to collect Admiral Kirk and his command staff and bring them back to Earth to face a court martial. Unfortunately, enroute back to Earth they were intercepted by the ISS Enterprise from a version of the mirror universe. A brief battle ensued, but the Enterprise crew were able to board the Excelsior and take control.

However, Kirk had Styles leave in an escape pod and raise the alarm, while he and his staff engineered their way out. After confusing their mirror universe guards, Kirk and his crew beamed aboard the ISS Enterprise and took over. A battle ensued between the Enterprise and the Excelsior which resulted in the destruction of the Enterprise's drive section. But Kirk was able to use the tantalus field to remove key components aboard the Excelsior and was able to regain control of the ship.

After regaining the Excelsior, Kirk learned that this was all part of an invasion plan by the mirror universe, and he was ordered to take Excelsior into the mirror universe and stall the Terran Empire until Starfleet could mass a fleet. Following the battle between Starfleet and Terran forces, Captain Kirk was granted command of the Excelsior and the bulk of his command crew transferred with him, while Captain Styles was assigned command of the Christopher Pike. (TOS comic collection: The Mirror Universe Saga).

Service Under Captain Kirk

A few weeks into Kirk's command of the Excelsior, the starship was intercepted by an Ajir warship and they demanded Kirk's surrender. Learning that the Ajir warship had no shields and primitive weapons, Kirk still decided to surrender in order to learn about the Ajir. The Ajir portray themselves as a powerful race who dominate the region, but the crew soon learn that they have very little knowledge about starship systems.

However, as their facade begins to collapse the Excelsior is approached by a Grond warship, who also demands that Captain Kirk surrenders to them. Kirk agrees to surrender to the Grond and they also board the Excelsior and also proclaim to be a fearsome species. However, when the Ajir and the Grond meet they are fearful of each other having heard stories about each others ruthlessness. Captain Kirk got the two sides to establish friendly relations with each other, and agree to release the Excelsior in return for Federation aid. (TOS comic: "Double Blind").

A few months later, the Excelsior received a distress call from the USS Surak, an Oberth-class science vessel commanded by Captain Spock. Upon reaching the Surak, they discover that all the crew with the exception of Spock was dead. After studying the Surak's logs they discovered that the crew were killed by a plague brought aboard by an Andorian. They discover that the Andorian had escaped via shuttlecraft and entered the Romulan Neutral Zone. Despite increasing tensions with the Romulan Star Empire, Kirk ordered a pursuit course. (TOS comic: The Doomsday Bug: "Death Ship").

The Excelsior was quickly surrounded by Romulan warships, but Kirk managed to convince the Romulan Commander that the Andorian plague carrier threatened the Empire. When Romulans begin dying of the plague, one of the Romulan ships accompanied the Excelsior to Romulus. Enroute to Romulus, Captain Scott managed to remove the plague from a host's body by using the transporter. While the cure is effective on Captain Spock's body, his mind is in tatters. Using a Klingon bird-of-prey, Kirk and his crew head to Vulcan. Meanwhile, the Excelsior returns to Federation space, once again under the command of Captain Styles. (TOS comics: The Doomday Bug: "Stand Off" and "The Apocalypse Scenario").

Service Under Captain Sulu

The bridge of the Excelsior in 2293.

In 2290, Captain Hikaru Sulu took command of the Excelsior. He and Excelsior crew spent the next three years cataloging various gaseous anomalies in the Reydovan sector. (TOS novel: Excelsior: Forged in Fire)

It was Sulu and the Excelsior crew that first learned of the destruction of Praxis in 2293. The Excelsior attempted an unauthorized rescue of Captain Kirk and Doctor McCoy from Rura Penthe, but they were stopped by Klingon Captain Kang. The Excelsior did play a role, along with the USS Enterprise-A, in saving the Khitomer Conference. (TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Unknown to the crew of the Excelsior during her aborted rescue attempt, Starfleet was proposing an operation code-named Operation Retrieve wherein James T. Kirk and Leonard McCoy would have been saved from Rura Penthe. If the operation had been approved, the Excelsior would have covered the USS Potemkin's starboard flank as she made the rescue attempt. (TOS movie: The Undiscovered Country)

Later in 2293, the Excelsior transported Ambassador Spock and other former Enterprise officers to planet Mestiko, to negotiate that world's possible admission into the Federation. (TOS - Mere Anarchy eBook: Its Hour Come Round)

Also in 2293, the Excelsior travelled to Askalon V to rescue Ensign Demora Sulu. (TOS novel: The Captain's Daughter)

In 2294, eleven of her crew, including Captain Hikaru Sulu, were kidnapped by Beta Prometheans. (TOS novel: The Fearful Summons)

In 2308 the Excelsior, under the command of Captain Crajjik, completed a survey of the Delta Campara system. (STA novel: Enigma)

Captain Sulu remained in command of the Excelsior until at least 2320. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

The contradiction between Enigma and Burning Dreams would suggest Crajjik's assignment as Excelsior CO was only temporary.

Later Years

In 2369 the Excelsior was operating in the area of space near the planet Riat. (TNG comic: "Light of Day")

In 2370, the Excelsior was in service along the Federation's border with the Cardassian Union. In that year, it was assigned to help search for the missing USS Hera. (TNG episode: "Interface")

USS Excelsior personnel

Commanding officer

First Officer

Science Officer

Communications Officer

Chief Engineer

Chief Medical Officer

Chief of Security

Conn Officer

Transporter Chief

Other Crew

Connections

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The Excelsior launching from Spacedock.

The USS Excelsior (NCC-2000) was a Federation starship in service from the late 23rd to (at least the last quarter of) the 24th century. Originally dubbed the "Great Experiment", Excelsior was the first Starfleet ship fitted with transwarp drive. Though the "experiment" apparently failed, the vessel played a role in the historic Khitomer Accords and became the prototype for Excelsior-class heavy cruisers, serving the front lines of Federation exploration and defense efforts until the end of the 24th century. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, TNG: "Interface")

Some fans debate the apparent failure of the transwarp drive, but the Star Trek Encyclopedia mentions that the Excelsior showed different computer display graphics on the bridge in Star Trek VI, indicating that it was no longer equipped with transwarp drive.

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Late 2280s

From its relaunch until late 2289, Captain Lawrence H. Styles commanded Excelsior, with Commander Hikaru Sulu serving as first officer. (TOS novel: Forged in Fire)

In 2289, Excelsior ferried relief crews to the Gorn nestworld, which had been decimated by the Kelvan War. {Orion Press: In Harm's Way)

2290s

The Excelsior above Earth. (STNV: "World Enough and Time)

Beginning in 2290, Excelsior was under the command of Captain Hikaru Sulu. It was then assigned to a three-year shakedown cruise, cataloguing gaseous anomalies in planetary atmospheres in the Beta Quadrant. The Excelsior design was so successful that it was put into mass production; by the 24th century, numerous Excelsior-class vessels were in Starfleet service.

The main bridge in 2293

On his graduation from Starfleet Academy, Luciano Mantovanni was posted to Excelsior as weapons officer, on the recommendation of James T. Kirk. (Star Trek: Liberty: "Winning the Exchange", "Rank and Privilege")

24th century

In May 2302, Excelsior transported Admiral Alexander Rosenzweig to Starbase 7 to assume command of the Starfleet Seventh Fleet. (Star Trek: Avenger: "Back in the Saddle Again")

A Commander Rachel Garrett — though not the woman of the same name who was newly in command of the USS Enterprise-C — was second officer of Excelsior in 2333. (Stargazer novel: Progenitor)

Captain Hiromi Sulu was Excelsior's commanding officer in the 2340s and 50s. (VGR novel: Pathways)

Alternate continuities

Star Trek: Hidden Frontier continuity

In an alternate timeline, Excelsior disappeared into a temporal rift while en route to Khitomer in 2293. The assassination attempt on the Federation president, Ra-Ghoratreii, was successful, resulting in the Federation's obliteration of the Klingons. As punishment, the Q Continuum inflicted the Borg upon the races of the Alpha Quadrant. The crew of the 24th century dreadnought Excelsior aided Sulu's Excelsior in going back to 2293, thus repairing the timeline. (Star Trek: Hidden Frontier: "Yesterday's Excelsior")

Star Trek: Pendragon continuity

In the Pendragon timeline, the Excelsior was the oldest Starfleet vessel on active duty, and celebrated her 100th year of service in 2385. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

Related topics

External link

USS Excelsior article at Memory Alpha, the canon Star Trek wiki.


Excelsior class exploratory cruiser
Canon: Al-Batani - Berlin - Cairo - Charleston - Crazy Horse - Crockett - Enterprise-B - Excelsior - Farragut - Fearless - Fredrickson - Gorkon - Grissom - Hood - Intrepid - Lakota - Lexington - Livingston - Malinche - Melbourne - Okinawa - Potemkin - Repulse - Roosevelt - Tecumseh - Valley Forge
Other notable ships: Aldrin - Apache - Arlington - Athena - Barrington - Beachmont - Bill of Rights - Blackeagle - Bolsetu - Brisbane - Caldos - Cantabrian - Carpathia - Chesapeake - Constant - Crockett - Cunningham - Des Plaines - Dallas - Delaware - Denpasar - Excalibur - Forester - Heading - Jamestown-A - José Mendez - Kolno - Lovell - Mabo - Manila - Milano - Milburn - Minnesota - Normandy - Omaha - Palatine - Park Ridge - Pentok - Polyneices - Prospect - Regal - Resolution - Russell - Saladin - San Pablo - Sherman - Skyfox - Sunchaser - Tyr - Vasidrun - Yorktown
Variant: Bismarck - Canada - Daedalus - Eire - Enterprise-B - Franklin - Immanuel Kant - Lakota - London - Midway - Miyazaki - Pacific - Scott - Shangri-La - Swiftfire - Tai Kamiya
Mirror universe: ISS Repulse
See also: Clemenceau - Curnow - Excelsior - Ingram - Joshua Paul - Leavenworth - Rothwell

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