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Can anyone tell me why this ship is SS Vico NAR-18834 and not USS Vico NCC-18834?

it is briefly mentioned in the page that is is not a strfleet ship, but it in contradiction is said that is is a federation ship operating out of a federation (starfleet?) star base! KetracelWhiteJunkie 09:37, 1 Jan 2006 (UTC)

I have no idea but I suspect it was an Okudagram that didn't conform to specs - had a typo, was an inside joke, etc. I was wondering that myself. --Vedek Dukat Talk | Duty Roster 10:34, 26 May 2006 (UTC)
Unless it was stated in the episode that the ship was not Starfleet, it's speculative to make that assertion here. Maybe it was; maybe it wasn't. The ship was a Starfleet design. It could have been operated by a science only division within Starfleet or it could have been turned over to a civilian agency. A separate Federation science agency could still operate out of a Starfleet base. I think the 'SS-NAR' designations indicate the ship was either civilian or an unarmed division of Starfleet but that's only speculation on my part. Though, if Starfleet is the scientific force of the Federation as alleged, why would there be another civilian scientific agency?
I think the ship is more likely named for the (in franchise) Vico system rather than an obscure Italian philosopher. -- 14:38, 21 August 2007 (UTC)


See Talk:Federation starships#Cross listing.


This ship was on loan to a civilian agency, and was given a civilian registry. Vico operated out of Starbase 514.
The Vico's nacelles were adorned with the Starfleet pennant, heavily implying that this ship was originally commissioned for Starfleet service before she was placed on loan to a civilian agency. This case mirrored what happened with the USS Raven which, also, bore the Starfleet pennant and the registry prefix NAR.

Speculation.--Memphis77 (talk) 21:41, September 8, 2016 (UTC)

The Vico was named for Giambattista Vico, an Italian philosopher who was born in Naples in 1668 and died in 1744. [1] --> {{incite}}
The external Ex Astris link is my own add, but in either case, it is still uncited. --Alan (talk) 11:55, July 28, 2020 (UTC)
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