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A flagship was a term referring to the status conferred upon a starship. Typically, a flagship was a starship commanded by a flag officer (an admiral or similar rank). The term was also properly applied to the ship of whatever commanding officer was in charge of a grouping of ships. A third, more colloquial usage of the term can mean that the ship in question was considered an "exemplar" of the best capabilities and virtues of the force it represents.

United Federation of Planets Edit

USS Enterprise-D, 2371

The USS Enterprise-D, "flagship of the Federation"

The USS Enterprise-D served as the "flagship of the Federation" and of Starfleet, from 2364 to 2371. (TNG: "The Icarus Factor", "Sarek", "The High Ground", "Remember Me", "Ensign Ro", "Man of the People", "Chain of Command, Part I", "Starship Mine", "Force of Nature", "Parallels"; Star Trek Generations; DS9: "Bar Association")

While commanding the USS Sutherland, Data made continuous reports to the Enterprise-D, the flagship of the armada that employed the tachyon detection grid along the Klingon-Romulan border in 2368. (TNG: "Redemption II")

During the Borg threat of 2370, the USS Gorkon served as Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev's flagship. (TNG: "Descent")

In 2373, Vice Admiral Hayes led the Federation fleet against a Borg cube at the Battle of Sector 001 aboard his flagship. Following its destruction, Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the USS Enterprise-E took command of the fleet in order to coordinate the destruction of the Cube. (Star Trek: First Contact)

The USS Defiant frequently served as a flagship during the Dominion War with Captain Benjamin Sisko leading attack fleets into Dominion-held space, although overall theater command was under Vice Admiral William Ross, who led from his own flagship during the Battle of Cardassia. (DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels", "Tears of the Prophets", "The Changing Face of Evil", "What You Leave Behind")

Alternate timelines Edit

In the anti-time future, Admiral William T. Riker commanded the Enterprise-D as his flagship explaining that "they tried to decommission her about five years ago. One of the advantages of being an Admiral is you choose your own ship." (TNG: "All Good Things...")

First Federation Edit

In 2266, the USS Enterprise encountered the First Federation flagship Fesarius, under the command of Commander Balok. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

Klingon Empire Edit

At one time during Romulan Commander Toreth's illustrious career, she commanded a ship that attacked a Klingon outpost which was supposedly undefended, but was discovered to in fact be defended by an attack force of cloaked warships, that took her squadron completely by surprise. Half of her ships were destroyed before the Romulans even opened fire, but when they did, the Klingon ships were no match for the Romulans. In fact, Toreth even destroyed the Klingon flagship herself, following the assault, she received the Sotarek Citation for her actions that day. (TNG: "Face of the Enemy")

For five years of Martok's civilian career, he served as a laborer aboard ShiVang's flagship. As he explained it, "then, as fortune would have it, the Romulans made a foolhardy attempt to board our ship. I earned a battlefield commission." (DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach")

IKS NeghVar attack

IKS Negh'Var, "the new Klingon flagship"

In 2372, the Klingon Empire introduced the IKS Negh'Var as its new flagship. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

When General Martok was promoted to Supreme Commander of the Ninth Fleet, following the recapture of Deep Space 9 in 2374, Captain Benjamin Sisko offered to arrange quarters for him on the station. Martok declined, stating: "I'll keep my flag aboard the Rotarran. It's cramped but at least I'll feel like I'm still at war." The Rotarran was still Martok's flagship as of late 2375. (DS9: "You Are Cordially Invited", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges")

Romulan Star Empire Edit

Romulan bird-of-prey, TOS-profile

The Praetor's flagship, "the finest and proudest"

In 2266, the Praetor's flagship, "the finest and proudest," in the Romulan Empire attacked several Earth Outpost Stations. It was successfully beaten by the USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, and eventually destroyed by the ship's own commander in defeat. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")

The USS Enterprise encountered and was initially captured by a group of ships including two Romulan D7 class battle cruisers and a Bird-of-Prey after illegally crossing the Romulan Neutral Zone in 2268.

Romulan flagship, TEI remastered

Romulan flagship

After a series of deceptions on the part of Kirk and Spock, aboard the Romulan flagship, they were successful in stealing its cloaking device. (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident")

In 2370, Romulan and Federation task forces built up along the Romulan Neutral Zone in response to anomalous readings in the Devron system, located within the Zone. Four Warbirds held position along the Romulan side of the Neutral Zone, led by the flagship Terix, commanded by Tomalak. (TNG: "All Good Things...")

In 2375, during the Battle of Cardassia, Admiral William Ross reported to Captain Sisko that "the Romulan flagship's been destroyed. Their entire line is collapsing." (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

Mirror universe Edit

Terran Empire Edit

In the mirror universe, in 2155, the ISS Enterprise served as the flagship of the Terran Empire. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly")

Later, Jonathan Archer declared the USS Defiant his flagship after he captured it and worked to quell the alien rebellion. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II")

An ISS Charon was also in use during the 2250s. (DIS: "The Wolf Inside")

Klingon-Cardassian Alliance Edit

Regent Worf commanded the Klingon-Cardassian flagship responsible for leading the assault, on several occasions, against Terok Nor and the Terran Rebellion. (DS9: "Shattered Mirror", "The Emperor's New Cloak")

This vessel was only referred to as the "Klingon flagship" in the script, and was not identified as such in dialogue.

Alternate reality Edit

In the alternate reality, the USS Enterprise served as the flagship of Starfleet. (Star Trek)

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Apocrypha Edit

According to the McDonald's comic "Star Trek Stars", the USS Enterprise was considered "command ship of the Federation" after the V'ger incident.

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