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The USS Exeter (NCC-1672) was a Federation Constitution-class class I/class IX heavy cruiser starship in service to Starfleet in the 23rd century. (TOS roleplay module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual; ST roleplay module: Starships)


Service history


Early service

The Exeter, with an assigned registry number of NCC-1706, was one of the initial batch of Constitution-class starships that were ordered for Starfleet appropriation on stardate 0965. (TOS reference: Star Fleet Technical Manual) She was built to Mk I specifications and was launched on reference stardate 1/9003, entering service with a new registry number, NCC-1672. (TOS roleplay module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)

The Exeter was docked at Earth Spacedock undergoing replenishment in 2251, whilst the USS Enterprise was undergoing her first major refit. (TOS novel: Academy: Collision Course)

In 2259 the Exeter, under the command of Captain Brittany Mendez, made first contact with the Chyrellkans. (TOS novel: Renegade)

The Exeter was later refit to Mk III (Achernar-subclass) specifications around stardate 2/0307. (TOS roleplay module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)


At some point in the early 2260s, the Exeter was largely responsible in putting an end to Klingon harassment of Federation shipping along the Federation-Klingon border. (TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Sacrifices of War)

Ensign Kevin Riley was assigned to the Exeter as a navigator in 2262, following his graduation from Starfleet Academy. He remained aboard until 2265, when he transferred to the USS Enterprise. (ST video game: Starship Creator)

In 2265 the Exeter, now commanded by Captain Ronald Tracey, was sent to relieve the Enterprise of their patrol of the Klingon border. (VGD novel: Harbinger)

The Exeter was one of several starships undergoing repairs at Starbase 11 in 2267, when the Enterprise arrived for her own repairs. (TOS episode: "Court Martial")

Later that year the Exeter was assigned to a sector near the Romulan Neutral Zone. Following rumors of a build-up of a Romulan invasion of the Federation and the supposed disappearance of the Enterprise, Admiral Iota assigned the Exeter to a task force (including the USS Farragut, USS Potemkin, USS Hood and six scout ships) that were to proceed to the Neutral Zone to investigate, under the joint command of Iota and Captain Garson of the Potemkin. (TOS novel: Web of the Romulans)

In 2268, the Exeter visited the planet Omega IV on a survey mission. Captain Tracey led a landing party to the surface and discovered two groups of people, the Yangs and the Kohms, at war with each other. Tracey remained on the surface to talk to the Kohms while the rest of the landing party returned to the Exeter, the crew soon fell to a mysterious disease. Tracey survived on the surface, and believed that Omega IV was a fountain of youth and good health. His illusions were shattered, however, when the USS Enterprise responded to the distress call, and eventually arrested Tracey for violating the Prime Directive. (TOS episode: "The Omega Glory"; TOS novels: Ex Machina, Garth of Izar)

Following the incident on Omega IV, the Enterprise recovered the abandoned Exeter and towed her to the nearest starbase where she was decontaminated and recrewed and eventually returned to active service. Captain Douglas Newman was also appointed as the ships new commanding officer. (ST roleplay module: Starships; TOS novel: First Frontier)

According to TOS roleplay module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual, the Exeter was scrapped soon after her recovery, on stardate 2/1012.

Shortly after the Exeter was assigned to participate in wargames alongside the Farragut and the Enterprise near Izell, in order to test the new warp-powered shield technology that had been installed aboard the Enterprise. (TOS novel: First Frontier)

The following year, the Exeter was assigned to transport two warp nacelles that were originally destined for the USS Intrepid, to the Enterprise, while she was undergoing extensive repairs in orbit of Talin IV. (TOS novel: Prime Directive)


In 2270 the Exeter was assigned a month-long protection duty of the planet Gateway. The Exeter's crew were informed that they were guarding an important archaeological site. They were eventually relieved by the USS Potemkin. (TOS - The Yesterday Saga novel: Yesterday's Son)

Shortly after the Exeter, now under the command of Captain Andreoni, assisted the Enterprise, the USS Majestic and the USS Yorktown in keeping an experimental transwarp drive from falling into enemy hands. (TOS - Fortunes of War novel: Battlestations!)

In 2273 the Exeter was operating in sector 001 when she was reassigned, along with the USS Potemkin, to deal with the Albasynnia affair. Rear Admiral Kirk had advised Admiral Heihachiro Nogura against sending both starships on the grounds that it would leave the sector largely undefended. Nogura overruled him, but Kirk was later proved correct when the V'ger cloud entity moved towards Earth. (TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows)

By the mid-2270s the Exeter had either been decommissioned or lost and replaced by a new starship bearing the name Exeter. (TOS roleplay module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)

USS Exeter personnel



The Exeter first appeared in the episode "The Omega Glory", in the second season of TOS. The appearance of USS Enterprise onscreen with Exeter was the second of three times that Enterprise ever appeared simultaneously with another vessel of the Constitution-class (in the original, non-remastered, Star Trek releases).

In non-canon, Exeter was first given a registry number, NCC-1706, in Franz Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual. When FASA made the RPG reference book Federation Ship Recognition Manual, they used the registry NCC-1672, based on a system assigning known starship names with a registry list seen in episode "Court Martial". This assertion was made by Star Trek fan (and future FX modeler) Greg Jein, and published in fan magazines. When the Star Trek Encyclopedia was published, over a decade later, editors Michael and Denise Okuda used Jein's Exeter registry. Jein's registry list, with some modifications by Okuda, is also being honored by official productions, such as the remastered TOS.

To date, the NCC-1706 registry has not been used in any more licensed publications, but is popular in fan fiction. Under Michael Okuda's direction, the NCC-1672 became the official "canon" registry in 2007 with the broadcast of the remastered version of "The Omega Glory"


Ships named Exeter
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets USS Exeter (NCC-1672, Constitution-class)USS Exeter (NCC-1712, Constitution-class)USS Exeter (NCC-2016, Excelsior-class)USS Exeter (NCC-26531, Ambassador-class) • USS Exeter (Galaxy-class) Seal of the Federation Starfleet
Early series of Constitution-class class I/class XI heavy cruiser starships
Federation Starfleet

(primary universe)
Built to mk I specifications ConstellationConstitutionDefiantEndeavorEnterpriseExcaliburExeterFarragutHoodIntrepidKongoLexingtonPotemkinRepublicValiant (I)Yorktown Seal of the Federation Starfleet
Various specifications AlexanderAsimovConfederateEnterprise (Vardaine copy)GloryIndomitableIsshasshteJeffersonJohn F. KennedyNautilusOlympus MonsOrtiseiPathfinderSurakTao FengTrojanVentureZimbabweunnamed Constitution-class starships
Terran Empire Starfleet
(mirror universe)
CarnageBansheeDefiantEnterpriseExcaliburHoodKodosLexingtonNobunagaPotemkin Seal of the Terran Empire.
See also the later subclasses: Bonhomme Richard-subclass (mk II) • Achernar-subclass (mk III) • Tikopai-subclass (mk IV) • Enterprise-subclasses (mk I-III refits) • other Constitution variants
Achernar-subclass (Constitution-class mk III class I/class XI cruiser/heavy cruiser starships)
Refit with mk III engines BismarkBonhomme RichardChallengerConstellationConstitutionDefiantEagleEl DoradoEndeavourEnterpriseEssexExcaliburExeterFarragutHoodHornetIntrepidKentKongoLexingtonPotemkinRepublicSaratogaValiantYamatoYorktown Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
Built to mk III specifications AkagiArk RoyalCaspanChikumaDiscoveryForrestalKagaKitty HawkLangleyLittorioMarseilleRadetskyRichelieuRivoliSantissima TrinidadSiriusTiconderogaVictory
Authorized for construction AchernarAhzdarAlam'akAlferazAlfrAndrocusAnnobonAstradBehr'akCzar'akEkinusElohimEsablEskiisGalinaGharGhondrHajjHiemdalHorokJassanJenshahnJupiterKarsKasimarKep SaluKestralKetoiMaatMazdaMengenMirazhMondoloyMongoNdeleOblikOomaruPaeganPariPelionePhardosPilarProcyonProximaQizanQual'atQuindarRigil KentaurusSalaynaSamaaraShaandraShahrSinuijiSolTajarhiTaliTemirTheloniiTholusTulanTutakaiXanthiiYaanZa'faranZaahmZindar

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The USS Exeter was a Constitution-class heavy cruiser on active duty in Starfleet from the mid- to at least the late 23rd century.



Exeter and USS John F. Kennedy helped establish the Federation colony on Gamma Hydra IV in 2254. (Orion Press: The Mindsweeper)

Captain Ronald Tracey commanded the Exeter in the 2260s until 2267, when an infection form the planet Omega IV killed the entire crew, apart from Tracey, who survived on the planet until arrested by James Kirk six months later for violation of the Prime Directive. (TOS: "The Omega Glory")

A mission was later put together by Starfleet Command to recover the vessel led by Commander John Quincy Garrovick. The vessel was successfully retrieved, decontaminated and returned to service under Garrovick's command. (Starship Exeter: "The Savage Empire")

Ben al-Faisal was in command of Exeter beginning in 2282. (Orion Press: "The Captain's Bars") As part of Task Force Four in 2285, Exeter survived the onslaught of Kelvan invasion forces and joined up with Task Force Six. (Orion Press: In Harm's Way)

Alternate continuities

In the continuity of a Starfleet International chapter USS Exeter (NX-1706), an Enterprise subclass Exeter was one of the many heavy cruiser testbeds for transwarp drive ca. 2285. "The Great Experiment" failed and the ship was retrofitted with conventional warp drive. (Starfleet International: Starfleet Communiqué, May 1985)

Assignment patch

Command division assignment patch

Like other ships in the 23rd century, the Exeter had a distinctive assignment patch, worn on the left breast of the crew uniform.

The badges used in "The Omega Glory" were made from a cut-up hand bag. The Starship Exeter costumes used gold fabric embroidered with black.

Command crew (Starship Exeter)


Different chapters in Starfleet International used the fictional metaphor of the Constitution-class USS Exeter in the early years of the parent organization. The Constitution-class was a popular one, so there was more than one chapter named Exeter, Intrepid II, Lexington, Saratoga, etc.


Original footage of the Exeter in orbit of Omega IV
Remastered footage of the Exeter in orbit of Omega IV
No official registry was established for the Exeter during the initial run of the Star Trek television series. In "The Omega Glory", the vessel was seen in from a distance which established her as a starship, a term that was used throughout the entire series to described the USS Enterprise and other vessels of a similar configuration, which we would later come to know as the Constitution class.

Several publications (most notably Stephen E. Whitfield's The Making of Star Trek and Franz Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual) list Exeter with the registry NCC-1706. This is the registry shown in Starship Exeter and Star Trek: The Animated Series Comics.

More recently, official sources, including the official Star Trek web site and Michael Okuda’s Star Trek Encyclopedia and Star Trek Chronology, list the ship's registry as NCC-1672. This registry was assigned by Greg Jein, a model maker who worked with Okuda on TNG and the later incarnations of the Star Trek franchise. The number was derived from a chart in the office of Commodore Stone at Starbase 11 in "Court Martial". “Star Trek: Remastered” consistently uses the Jein registries, and in the remastered version of "The Omega Glory" the Exeter's registry is clearly visible as NCC-1672.


USS Exeter insigne
Starships named Exeter
USS Exeter (NCC-1706) - USS Exeter (NCC-26531)

Constitution class heavy cruisers
Original Constitution class ships: Constellation - Constitution - Enterprise (mirror) - Enterprise - Excalibur - Exeter - Farragut - Hood - Intrepid (NCC-1631) - Intrepid (NCC-1708) - Kongo - Lexington - Potemkin - Republic - Yorktown
Other notable ships: Agincourt - Ahwahnee - Alexander - Arcturus (Shadowstar) - Arcturus - Arcturus-A - Asimov - Challenger (NCC-1745) - Constituton-A - Cumberland - ISS Defiance - Emden - Glory - Indomitable - Isshasshte - John F. Kennedy - John Paul Jones - Justice - Lubien - Niagara - Oceanic - Olympus Mons - Ortisei - Pathfinder - Surak - Tao Feng - Townshend - Trojan - Valley Forge - Zimbabwe
Starfleet International: Achernar - Alam'ak - Altair - Antares - Ari - Armageddon - Arcturus (NCC-1807) - Arcturus (NCC-1985) - Asimov - Challenger (NCC-1676) - Challenger (NCC-1676-A) - Constellation (NCC-1728) - Constitution - Czar'ak - Czar'ak-A - Daniel Soule - Defiance - Eagle (NCC-1719) - Essex - Europe - Excalibur - Exeter (NX-1706) - Farragut-A - Heimdal - Hood (NCC-1707) - Horizon-A - Hornet - Intrepid II - Jamestown - Jupiter - Kasimar - Kestral - K'hotan - Kitty Hawk - Lexington - ISS Lexington - Maat - Maelstrom - Mengen - Ndele - Paegan - Potemkin - Republic - Riverside - Sol - ISS Thunderwolf - Tikopai - Tulan - Vindicator - Wasp - Yorktown (NCC-1704)
The Starfleet Museum: Argus - Ari - Ark Royal - Arromanches - Bonaventure - Bonhomme Richard - Bunker Hill - Clemenceau - De Gaulle - El Dorado - Foch - Glory - Hornet - Implacable - Jeanne D'Arc - Kiev - Krieger - Lafayette - Lion - Magnificent - Minsk - Monitor - Ranger - Saratoga - Shokaku - Theseus - Tori - Triumph - Valiant - Vikrant - Virginia - Warrior - Wasp - Zuikaku
Trekmania: Agamemnon - Ajax - America - Anchorage - Atlantis - Cochrane - Constantinople - Daystrom - Gagarin - Galaxy - Halcyon - Hera - Icarus - Iridon - Liberty - London - New Orleans - Pacific - Pioneer - Prospector - Retainer - Shield - Swift - Sydney - Trident - Venture - Visionary - Wellington
Modified: Cantabrian - Challenger (NCC-1676) - Challenger-A - Daedalus - Enterprise - Enterprise-A - Gibraltar - Intrepid (NCC-1708) - Intrepid II - Lexington - Spectre - Kierkegaard (NCC-1855)
See also: Achernar - Bismarck - Bonhomme Richard - Byrd - Constitution - Constitution (II) - Endeavour - Enterprise - Enterprise (II) - George Washington - Gettysburg - Irreverence - Kirov - New Jersey - Nimitz - Tikopai - Vincennes

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