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The IKS Hegh'ta was a Klingon Bird-of-Prey that was in service with the Klingon Defense Force in the mid-24th century. In 2367, the Hegh'ta was under the command of Captain Kurn.

In that year, the Hegh'ta fought for the forces loyal to Gowron during the Klingon Civil War in late 2367, successfully assisting in repelling an attack on Gowron's flagship, the IKS Bortas.

By early 2368, Worf had been assigned to the Hegh'ta as tactical officer. During an engagement with two other enemy Birds-of-Prey, Kurn was able to elude and destroy both vessels by flying close to the surface of a star, then jumping to warp, triggering a solar flare which consumed both pursuing ships, (TNG: "Redemption", "Redemption II")



Background information

Translated from the Klingon language, the ship's name means "everlasting death". There is also a location with the same name. The pronunciation for the name, according to the script for both episodes, was "heg-TA". [1] [2]

The scenes aboard the Hegh'ta bridge were filmed on Paramount Stage 5 on Thursday 11 July 1991. The set was reused and previously used to portray Chang's Bird-of-Prey in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The Starships RPG sourcebook gives its registry as IKC-55342.

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 65) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), there was a system named Hegh'ta, which might be the possible origin for the name of this starship, in the Beta Quadrant. The system's primary was a G-class star.

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