In our previous articles, Star Trek 101 and 102, we covered important people and places in the Star Trek universe. Now, to develop and move the plot forward, these people have to travel, explore, sometimes occupy and colonise the places which they do with starships and other spaceships. So here is the last part of our crash course to becoming a Trekkie. A list of most important spaceships from the Star Trek franchise.

USS Enterprise

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USS Enterprise

The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) is the original Star Trek spaceship first appeared in the pilot for The Original Series, 'The Cage’. From the anime series, it was revealed that initially Enterprise was captained by Robert April and later by Christopher Pike. However, during the course of The Original Series, it was commanded by none other than Captain James T Kirk himself. The ship was also commanded by Spock and Willard Decker later before it was self-destructed by Kirk and crew while in orbit of the Genesis Planet to prevent the ship from falling into Klingon hands.

USS Enterprise D

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USS Enterprise D

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) was the principal setting for the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. The Enterprise-D, a Galaxy-class ship and the fifth Federation starship in the Star Trek universe to carry the name Enterprise, was commanded by Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Later in the series, the ship’s stardrive section was severely destroyed and the saucer section crash landed on the surface of the planet Veridia during a combat.

USS Enterprise E

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USS Enterprise E

After the destruction of the Enterprise D, the Federation commissioned USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) as the new flagship under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, with most of the key officers from Enterprise-D retained.

Deep Space Nine

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Deep Space Nine

Deep Space Nine space station, which provides the main premise for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Deep Space or DS9, served as a base for the exploration of the Gamma Quadrant via the Bajoran wormhole and is a hub of trade and travel for the sector's denizens. The DP9 has a diameter over a kilometre and was composed of a broad outer docking ring and an inner habitat ring containing residential apartments.

The Borg Cube

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The Borg Cube

The Borg cube was a type of starship used by the Borg Collective, a vast collection of "drones", or cybernetic organisms linked in a hive mind. It was the primary type of vessel for its fleet, and every time Starfleet encountered a single cube resulted, Federation suffered heavy losses. In fact, an armada of 40 Starfleet ships was assembled to stop a single Borg Cube at the Battle of Wolf, only for 39 of them to be destroyed in minutes.

V'ger

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V'ger

V'ger was a massive entity, one of the most extraordinary lifeforms ever encountered by the Federation. V'ger appeared to generate enormous levels of power and threatened to destroy the Earth. Initially, it appeared as a vast luminous cloud that was emitting energy. However, later it was revealed at the centre of V'ger was the Voyager 6, an unmanned deep space probe launched by NASA in the late 20th century. The entire entity of V'ger was built by unknown machine race in order to help it complete its primary mission which was to gather data and return it to its "creator".

SS Botany Bay

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SS Botany Bay

Continuing with another 20th-century spaceship, the SS Botany Bay was a DY-100-class sleeper ship built on Earth. It was used by Augments, a group of genetically-enhanced humans under the leadership of Khan Noonien Singh, to escape from Earth after being defeated by non-Augments. Khan wanted to find a world for himself and his people that they could colonize, and he placed himself and his 84 followers in a cryogenic freeze on the Botany Bay out of which 12 canisters failed, leaving Khan and 72 survivors onboard.

USS Reliant

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USS Reliant

The USS Reliant (NCC-1864) first appeared in the franchise assigned to Project Genesis. The ship on which Pavel Chekov served as the first officer, was hijacked by Khan Noonien Singh and was later destroyed by Genesis Device detonation.

USS Voyager

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USS Voyager

Federation starship USS Voyager (NCC-74656) is the primary setting for the series Star Trek: Voyager. The vessel, commanded by Kathryn Janeway, was an Intrepid-class starship.

USS Prometheus

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USS Prometheus

USS Prometheus (NX-59650/NX-74913) was an experimental starship. It was captured by the Romulans, which was then recovered by Starfleet. The USS Prometheus was a ‘prometheus-class starship’ and a prototype designed for deep space tactical assignments and equipped with regenerative shields, ablative hull armour, and multi-vector assault mode.

USS Excelsior

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USS Excelsior

USS Excelsior (NCC-2000) was another experimental ship which was called to service unexpectedly before its trial run, in order to stop Admiral Kirk and crew from stealing the soon to be decommissioned Enterprise. While trying to use its transwarp drive to bring the ship back to spacedock, the Excelsior was sabotaged by Scotty and was left inoperable. Later it underwent repairs in spacedock and was recommissioned into active duty, commandeered by Captain Styles, and later by Hikaru Sulu.

USS Defiant

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USS Defiant

The USS Defiant (NX-74205) is a starship that first appeared in the series Deep Space Nine. It was one of the first purpose-built warships, and one of a kind. It was later lost in an interdimensional rift in "The Tholian Web".

Romulan Warbird

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Romulan Warbird

The Romulan Warbird was one of the most powerful warships used by the Romulan Empire, that can use a tachyon pulse to weaken the shields of another vessel.