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Admiral Nogura was a Starfleet flag officer who served during the late 23rd century.

Nogura temporarily transferred command of the USS Enterprise to Rear Admiral James T. Kirk, and demoted Captain Will Decker. The transfer was done at Kirk's request in reference to the V'ger crisis. When hearing that Admiral Kirk had talked Nogura into giving him command of the Enterprise, now-Commander Montgomery Scott commented, "I doubt it was that easy with Nogura!" Kirk responded, imitating the engineer's Scottish burr, "Yer right."

Nogura was also responsible for "drafting" Doctor McCoy by invoking the little-known, seldom-used reserve activation clause, much to the doctor's initial frustration. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)


Background information

This Nogura was only mentioned in dialogue.

According to the shooting script, after the Enterprise locked onto the Starfleet transceivers, the ship received notification that Nogura had received their reports. This information was cut from the theatrical film.

The character's first name was never revealed on screen, but it was given as "Heihachiro" by Gene Roddenberry in the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture which Roddenberry wrote himself.


Nogura was also referred to several times, but never actually shown, in the Star Trek newspaper comic strip as well as in the novel The Lost Years, where he was said to have been a decades-long friend to the Kirk family and the man responsible for getting Kirk his first assignment as captain of the Enterprise. Nogura also appeared in the second DC Comics series and the Star Trek: Vanguard novel series.

The character was intended for Japanese actor James Shigeta, who, unfortunately, never got to act out the role.

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