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The Prakesh was a Cardassian Galor-class cruiser that was in service with the Cardassian military during the mid-to-late 24th century. From 2369 to 2372, this ship was commanded by Gul Dukat of the Second Order, following the loss of his post aboard Terok Nor and as Prefect of Bajor. (DS9: "Emissary", et al.)

In 2369, the Prakesh visited Deep Space 9. The starship arrived at the station, which was still in orbit of Bajor at the time, soon after the USS Enterprise-D left. In order to stop Benjamin Sisko and Jadzia Dax's search for the Celestial Temple from being observed by the starship, Odo beamed aboard and sabotaged the ship's energy distribution net, causing the vessel's computers to crash, which subsequently disabled its shields and sensors.

The Prakesh towed from the Bajoran wormhole

The Prakesh later observed the Bajoran wormhole and set a course towards it. It was able to enter it and arrive at the Gamma Quadrant. However, the ship was damaged, and the Prophets closed the wormhole. Using the USS Rio Grande, Commander Sisko later towed the Prakesh out of the wormhole, after it reopened. (DS9: "Emissary")

In the revised final draft script of "Emissary", the ship was simply described as "a huge Cardassian warship." [1]
The same script later described the final scene as "an incredible sight... the tiny Runabout towing out the huge Cardassian warship, at the end of a tractor beam, fifty times larger than the Starfleet vessel..." [2]

In 2371, the Prakesh was on a patrol of the Demilitarized Zone when Dukat received a distress call from himself, transmitted by his own counter-insurgency program. The ship traveled to DS9, where Dukat told Major Kira a garrison of troops from his ship would have to be allowed onto the station for him to help them. When Dukat tried to return to the ship, Legate Kell's sub-program was activated and Dukat was unable to leave the station. (DS9: "Civil Defense")

The Prakesh and two other cruisers greeted Benjamin and Jake Sisko with a fireworks display, when the Siskos arrived at Cardassia in a Bajoran lightship later that year. (DS9: "Explorers")

The Prakesh explodes

In 2372, the Prakesh was on a mission to evacuate the members of the Detapa Council from Cardassia Prime during the early days of the Klingon-Cardassian War. The Prakesh was scheduled to rendezvous with the USS Defiant, which was to escort the Cardassian cruiser back to Deep Space 9. En route, the Prakesh was intercepted by three Klingon Birds-of-Prey and subsequently destroyed, but not before its passengers and crew were rescued by the Defiant. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

According to the final draft script for "The Way of the Warrior", the pronunciation for Prakesh was "pra-KESH". [3]
The Starships RPG sourcebook gives its registry as "CUW-8481".


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