Starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D
Episode: TNG 1 - Encounter at Farpoint
Entering service in 2363, the Enterprise serves eight years as the flagship of the Federation Starfleet until its destruction in 2371. Throughout its mission, it is primarily under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard; however, William Riker and Edward Jellico briefly commanded the ship.
As the third Galaxy class ship, after the prototype starship USS Galaxy and the USS Yamato, the Enterprise-D was commissioned on October 4, 2363 after its construction at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards orbiting Mars. It becomes one of the most important and noted ships of the late 24th century while under the command of Captain Picard. The ship's crew makes first contact with a multitude of species, including the Borg, the Q Continuum, and the Ferengi. The crew's diplomatic efforts, such as mitigating Romulan aid to the Duras faction during the Klingon Civil War and preventing a Cardassian strike near the McAllister C5 Nebula, help cool tensions among other races and prevent dramatic upheavals to Federation security. The Enterprise-D is instrumental in the defeat of the Borg during their 2366 attempt to invade the Federation.
In 2371, as depicted in Star Trek: Generations, the Klingon Duras sisters render the Enterprise-D's shields useless by finding the shields' modulation frequency and altering their weapons accordingly. Although the Enterprise-D destroys the sisters' ship, damage to the warp drive coolant system prompts an emergency saucer separation. The warp core breaches moments after the saucer begins to move away. The resulting shock-wave impacts the saucer, disabling propulsion and other primary systems, sending it into Veridian III's atmosphere. Caught in the planet's gravity, the saucer section crash-lands on the surface, damaged beyond repair.
In the alternate future featured in the TNG series finale "All Good Things...", the Enterprise-D is shown intact in 2395. In this alternate future, the ship is commanded by Admiral William Riker and has undergone major refits, including the addition of a third warp nacelle, new weapons, a faster propulsion system, and a cloaking device.
This future timeline arises from a temporal anomaly that Picard, with Q's help, manages to eliminate.
In October 2006, the six-foot Enterprise shooting miniature was auctioned in New York City, along with other models, props, costumes, and set pieces from the Star Trek franchise. Its projected value was $20,000 to $30,000, but the final sale price was $576,000. It was the most expensive item in the auction.
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