Commanded by Captain Richard Robau in 2233, the Einstein class Starship Kelvin was assigned to patrol near the Klingon border. Also serving aboard the Kelvin were first officer Commander George Samuel Kirk, Sr., his wife Lieutenant Winona Kirk, and helmsman Lieutenant Pitts.
On Stardate 2233.04, the Kelvin detected an anomaly near the Klingon border that resembled a "lightning storm in space." Upon investigation, an enormous Romulan ship, the Narada, emerged, having traveled back in time from the year 2387. The Narada immediately attacked, crippling the Kelvin. Captain Robau boarded the Narada, but was killed when the Romulans realized what had happened to them. Commander Kirk, now in command, followed Captain Robau's final instructions to him, ordering an evacuation of the ship in order to implement General Order 13—attempting a last-ditch effort to destroy the Narada by ramming it with the Kelvin. Kirk was forced to sacrifice himself in order to pilot the ship, but he saved more than 800 lives in the process.
|Prior to Stardate 2233.04, the Prime and Kelvin timelines were the same, and the two Kelvins were the same vessel.|