U.S.S. Defiant NCC-1764
Construction began on the Federation Starship Defiant, a Constitution class cruiser, at Tranquility Base, Luna, in 2249, and the ship was commissioned c.2250. During the early years of her service, the Defiant conducted many missions of importance for Starfleet, and constantly patrolled the Klingon Neutral Zone as tensions between the two powers continued to rise prior to the start of the Klingon War. During the war, the Defiant and her Constitution class sister ships were largely redeployed away from the fighting. During the ship's early years, the Defiant became the sixth Federation starship to encounter the N'shaii, and was easily able to dispatch them.
In late 2265, the Defiant returned from her first five-year mission, and Captain Serling stepped down as commanding officer. He was replaced by Captain Thomas Blair, who took the Defiant out on her second five-year mission in early 2266. Amid increasing tensions with the Klingons, the Defiant was once again posted along the Neutral Zone. By 2267, the Defiant had been assigned to operations in the Taurus Reach. That year, it accompanied the U.S.S. Endeavour NCC-1895 and the U.S.S. Akhiel on a mission to drive Klingon forces off of Golmira, a low-tech planet where a Shedai conduit had been discovered.
In 2270, the Defiant was called to the Klingon colony on Traelus II after receiving a distress call. A landing party discovered no Klingon survivors left on the colony, but they recovered a land-based web generator of Tholian origin. The Defiant set a course back for Federation space, but soon found themselves being pursued by three Tholian vessels. Trying to escape the Tholians, the Defiant entered a spatial interphase and became trapped. This interphase had an adverse effect on humanoid neurophysiology and caused mass insanity among the crew. Captain Blair managed to get a distress call out to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 before the crew succumbed to madness and started to kill each other.
By the time the Enterprise arrived at the Defiant's location on Stardate 5693.2, three weeks had passed. The crew of the Defiant was dead, and the ship had been drawn deeper into the interphase rift. Interference from the Tholians prevented the Enterprise from retrieving the Defiant, and the ship was left behind. The Defiant was last seen shimmering, suspended between dimensions, until it faded into interspace.
The interphase, however, was actually a rift between realities created by the Tholians of the Mirror Universe in 2155. The Defiant, after disappearing from its universe of origin, appeared in that universe and was taken by the Tholians to a drydock in the Vintaak system for study. Word of this eventually reached Commander Jonathan Archer, first officer of the I.S.S. Enterprise NX-01, who saw the ship as an opportunity to seize power for himself within the Terran Empire. He seized control of the Enterprise from Captain Forrest long enough to reach the Defiant. While Archer led a boarding party to the Defiant, the Enterprise was detected by the Tholians and destroyed. Using the Defiant's advanced weapons, Archer was able to rescue most of the Enterprise crew and escape back to Imperial space, where it quickly became obvious that the balance had just tipped back in favor of the Empire in an ongoing civil war, led by Vulcans and Andorians who sought to unseat the Humans in control of the Empire. The Defiant rendezvoused with an assault fleet, but discovered the I.S.S. Avenger NX-09 was the only ship remaining. Destroying the rebels, Archer then proceeded to assassinate Admiral Black, and decided he was going to use the ship from the future to overthrow the Emperor. The alien crew members on the Avenger, however, led by T'Pol and Soval—inspired by the Defiant's database, which described a United Federation of Planets in the other universe—convinced Dr. Phlox—the only remaining non-Terran aboard the Defiant—to disable the ship, allowing the Avenger to attack. However, the crew was able to restore the ship's systems and destroy the Avenger, killing Soval. Shortly after arriving at Earth, Archer was poisoned by Hoshi Sato, formerly the Captain's Woman to Forrest and an old flame of Archer's as well, who then declared herself empress.
When Starfleet refused to surrender, the Defiant engaged a fleet of seven Terran vessels, including the dreadnought I.S.S. Imperator; four NX class battlecruisers, including the I.S.S. Broadsword and I.S.S. Khan's Wrath; as well as a pair of destroyers. Despite this heavy resistance, the Defiant was able to disable the Imperator and destroy three of the NX class ships before bombarding Starfleet Headquarters from orbit, eliminating Fleet Admiral Gardner.
MACO Sergeant Travis Mayweather was appointed the ship's captain, and over the next few months the interior and exterior appearance of the Defiant was modified to reflect Empress Sato's propaganda that the ship was from the future of the Mirror Universe, where the Terran Empire flourished into the 23rd century. The Defiant was also the subject of a massive attempt to reverse-engineer its weapons systems for installation on other Terran vessels. The Defiant was sent to the Devolin system to search for a potential rebel base; this was revealed later to be a ploy by General Shran to get the powerful ship away from Earth, leaving it vulnerable to a rebel attack. The ship later participated in battle over Aldus Prime against rebel ships in an attempt to rescue Empress Sato. After her successful rescue, Sato discussed with T'Pol, now the Regent of Vulcan, about sending the Defiant into an unexplored region of space to make first contact with a race believed to inhabit the area, known as the Romulans. The Defiant also apparently set a trend in the Mirror Universe for a number of ships named Defiant.
By 2257, after more than a century in the Mirror Universe, the Defiant had seen numerous modifications by the Terran Empire. The U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031, while briefly stranded in that reality, downloaded information about the Defiant from the Terran Empire's computer networks, as well as secured files aboard the flagship of the Terran Starfleet, the I.S.S. Charon.
The Defiant was destroyed by a Tholian force led by Loskene in 2268, after Loskene demanded the Defiant retreat; the Defiant's recorder beacon was recovered from the wreckage by the I.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Despite standard precedure to retaliate against any force that attacked a Terran vessel, the Empire did not respond to this particular attack, per the recommendation of Captain Spock to Emperor John Gill, in light of the Empire's greater concern at the time with the growing Klingon-Cardassian Alliance.
Ships Named Defiant
Constitution class vessels
Constitution class Mk I (2245)
U.S.S. Constellation NCC-1017 • U.S.S. Constitution NCC-1700 • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 • U.S.S. Excalibur NCC-1664 • U.S.S. Exeter NCC-1672 • U.S.S. Farragut NCC-1647 • U.S.S. Hood NCC-1703 • U.S.S. Intrepid NCC-1631 • U.S.S. Lexington NCC-1709 • U.S.S. Potemkin NCC-1657 • U.S.S. Republic NCC-1371 • U.S.S. Yorktown NCC-1717
Bonhomme Richard subclass (c.2250)
U.S.S. Ari NCC-1723 • U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard NCC-1712 • U.S.S. Defiant NCC-1764 • U.S.S. Eagle NCC-956 • U.S.S. El Dorado NCC-1722 • U.S.S. Endeavour NCC-1895 • U.S.S. Essex NCC-1727 • U.S.S. Excelsior NCC-1718 • U.S.S. Graf Zeppelin NCC-1726 • U.S.S. Hornet NCC-1714 • U.S.S. Kent NCC-1725 • U.S.S. Lafayette NCC-1720 • U.S.S. Merrimac NCC-1715 • U.S.S. Monitor NCC-1713 • U.S.S. Saratoga NCC-1724 • U.S.S. Valiant NCC-1731 • U.S.S. Wasp NCC-1721
Achernar subclass (2252)
U.S.S. Achernar NCC-1732 • U.S.S. Ahzdar NCC-1790 • U.S.S. Akagi NCC-1779 • U.S.S. Alam'ak NCC-1796 • U.S.S. Androcus NCC-1738 • U.S.S. Ark Royal NCC-1791 • U.S.S. Astrad NCC-1739 • U.S.S. Behr'ak NCC-1797 • U.S.S. Bunker Hill NCC-1745 • U.S.S. Caspan NCC-1753 • U.S.S. Chikuma NCC-1759 • U.S.S. Clemenceau NCC-1784 • U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1798 • U.S.S. Ekinus NCC-1771 • U.S.S. Emperador NCC-1774 • U.S.S. Eskiis NCC-1789 • U.S.S. Fontana NCC-1793 • U.S.S. Forrestal NCC-1751 • U.S.S. Franklin NCC-1743 • U.S.S. Friedland NCC-1781 • U.S.S. Ghar NCC-1786 • U.S.S. Gniesenau NCC-1773 • U.S.S. Hancock NCC-1735 • U.S.S. Horok NCC-1748 • U.S.S. Java NCC-1794 • U.S.S. Jupiter NCC-1734 • U.S.S. Kaga NCC-1780 • U.S.S. Kars NCC-1769 • U.S.S. Kep Salu NCC-1767 • U.S.S. Kestral NCC-1766 • U.S.S. Ketoi NCC-1768 • U.S.S. King George V NCC-1740 • U.S.S. Kirishima NCC-1775 • U.S.S. Kitty Hawk NCC-1754 • U.S.S. Konigsburg NCC-1782 • U.S.S. Langley NCC-1749 • U.S.S. Marcello NCC-1785 • U.S.S. Mazda NCC-1778 • U.S.S. Minsk NCC-1752 • U.S.S. Mirazh NCC-1788 • U.S.S. Ndele NCC-1758 • U.S.S. Oomaru NCC-1761 • U.S.S. Oriskany NCC-1733 • U.S.S. Paegan NCC-1755 • U.S.S. Pari NCC-1787 • U.S.S. Phardos NCC-1757 • U.S.S. Pilar NCC-1746 • U.S.S. Prince of Wales NCC-1741 • U.S.S. Procyon NCC-1756 • U.S.S. Proxima NCC-1737 • U.S.S. Qual'at NCC-1700 • U.S.S. Radetsky NCC-1792 • U.S.S. Richelieu NCC-1750 • U.S.S. Rivoli NCC-1765 • U.S.S. Santissma Trinidad NCC-1742 • U.S.S. Scharnhorst NCC-1772 • U.S.S. Shaandra NCC-1795 • U.S.S. Sinuiji NCC-1770 • U.S.S. Sirius NCC-1744 • U.S.S. Temir NCC-1763 • U.S.S. Tholus NCC-1747 • U.S.S. Ticonderoga NCC-1736 • U.S.S. Tulan NCC-1777 • U.S.S. Tutakai NCC-1799 • U.S.S. Ukrania NCC-1783 • U.S.S. Victory NCC-1760 • U.S.S. Yaan NCC-1762
Tikopai subclass (2252)
U.S.S. Acrux NCC-1818 • U.S.S. Adhara NCC-1827 • U.S.S. Agena NCC-1816 • U.S.S. Aldebaran NCC-1812 • U.S.S. Alioth NCC-1828 • U.S.S. Alkaid NCC-1829 • U.S.S. Alnilam NCC-1830 • U.S.S. Altair NCC-1803 • U.S.S. Anak NCC-1821 • U.S.S. Antares NCC-1820 • U.S.S. Arcturus NCC-1807 • U.S.S. Arided NCC-1831 • U.S.S. Bellatrix NCC-1832 • U.S.S. Betelgeuse NCC-1822 • U.S.S. Binar NCC-1819 • U.S.S. Canopus NCC-1814 • U.S.S. Capella NCC-1809 • U.S.S. Castor NCC-1833 • U.S.S. Darion NCC-1810 • U.S.S. Deneb NCC-1826 • U.S.S. Dubhe NCC-1834 • U.S.S. El Nath NCC-1835 • U.S.S. Fomalhaut NCC-1804 • U.S.S. Helios NCC-1825 • U.S.S. Hor NCC-1813 • U.S.S. K'Hotan NCC-1802 • U.S.S. K'Ushui NCC-1801 • U.S.S. Lux NCC-1823 • U.S.S. Miaplacidas NCC-1836 • U.S.S. Mirfak NCC-1837 • U.S.S. Murzim NCC-1838 • U.S.S. Nakarat NCC-1805 • U.S.S. Polaris NCC-1839 • U.S.S. Pollux NCC-1808 • U.S.S. Regulus NCC-1840 • U.S.S. Rigel NCC-1824 • U.S.S. Sardar NCC-1811 • U.S.S. Shaula NCC-1841 • U.S.S. Spica NCC-1815 • U.S.S. Tikopai NCC-1800 • U.S.S. Vega NCC-1806 • U.S.S. Vena NCC-1817 • U.S.S. Wezen NCC-1842 • U.S.S. Xanthii NCC-1843
Constitution class Mk II (2257)
Constitution class Mk III (2262)
Enterprise subclass Mk I (2273)
U.S.S. Akagi • U.S.S. Constellation NCC-1728 • U.S.S. Defiant • U.S.S. Excalibur • U.S.S. Exeter NCC-1706 • U.S.S. Farragut NCC-1729 • U.S.S. Forrestal • U.S.S. Hood • U.S.S. Potemkin • U.S.S. Republic • U.S.S. Rivoli • U.S.S. Valley Forge • U.S.S. Yorktown
Enterprise subclass Mk II (2280)
Enterprise subclass Mk III (2284)
U.S.S. Constitution NCC-1700-A (STO) • U.S.S. Eagle NCC-956 (OSDC73) • U.S.S. Eagle NCC-1719 (FASA) • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 (Myriad) • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A (Myriad) • U.S.S. Republic NCC-1373 (FASA)
Notes and References
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- Berman, Rick & Braga, Brannon & Coto, Manny (Executive Producers). "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I." Star Trek: Enterprise, Season 4, Episode 18. Directed by James L. Conway. Written by Mike Sussman. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 22 April 2005.
- "My Brother's Keeper, Book Two: Constitution." Star Trek, Book 86. Novel. January 1999. Pocket Books.
- Fuller, Bryan & Roddenberry, Eugene & Roth, Trevor & Goldsman, Akiva & Kadin, Heather & Berg, Gretchen J. & Harberts, Aaron & Kurtzman, Alex (Executive Producers). "Brother." Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2, Episode 1. Directed by Alex Kurtzman. Written by Ted Sullivan & Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts. CBS Entertainment, 17 January 2019.
- Mack, David. "Precipice." Star Trek: Vanguard, Book 5. Pocket Books, November 2009.
- "Interphase, Book One." Star Trek: S.C.E.. Book 4. Novel. March 2001. Pocket Books.
- "Interphase, Book Two." Star Trek: S.C.E.. Book 5. Novel. April 2001. Pocket Books.
- Berman, Rick & Braga, Brannon & Coto, Manny (Executive Producers). "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II." Star Trek: Enterprise, Season 4, Episode 19. Directed by Marvin V. Rush. Story by Manny Coto. Teleplay by Mike Sussman. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 29 April 2005.
- Glass Empires, "Age of the Empress." Star Trek: Mirror Universe. Novel. February 2007. Pocket Books.
- Fuller, Bryan & Roddenberry, Eugene & Roth, Trevor & Goldsman, Akiva & Kadin, Heather & Berg, Gretchen J. & Harberts, Aaron & Kurtzman, Alex (Executive Producers). "Despite Yourself." Star Trek: Discovery, Episode 10. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Written by Sean Cochran. CBS Entertainment, 7 January 2018.
- Fuller, Bryan & Roddenberry, Eugene & Roth, Trevor & Goldsman, Akiva & Kadin, Heather & Berg, Gretchen J. & Harberts, Aaron & Kurtzman, Alex (Executive Producers). "Vaulting Ambition." Star Trek: Discovery, Episode 12. Directed by Hanelle M. Culpepper. Written by Jordon Nardino. CBS Entertainment, 21 January 2018.
- Heinig, Jess (Line Developer). "Mirror Universe: Through a Glass Darkly." Star Trek Roleplaying Game, Book 8. Written by Matthew Colville, Kenneth Hite, Steven S. Long, Don Mappin, Christian Moore, and Owen Seyler. Art by Blake Beasley, Paul "Prof" Herbert, Norman Lao, and Kieran Yanner. Decipher, Inc., 2005.