Federation tug towing USS Fredrickson

A Federation tug

In starship classification, a tug, tow ship, or towing vessel was a starship specialized for towing other starships or similarly large objects with tractor beams. (DS9: "A Time to Stand")


In 2257, the USS Enterprise was towed by two Federation tugs. (DIS: "Brother")

In 2285, the schematics of the Ptolemy-class Federation starship, designed as a tug / transport ship for large containers, was displayed on the monitors on the bridge of the Enterprise. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

Following the discovery of the USS Stargazer in 2364, the USS Enterprise-D received a communique from Starfleet Command informing them that a tug would rendezvous with them to tow the Stargazer back to Xendi Starbase 9. (TNG: "The Battle")

When the Enterprise-D experienced a series of engine problems in 2370, leaving the vessel adrift and potentially thwarting Captain Picard's arrival at Starbase 219 for the Admirals' Banquet, Vice Admiral Nakamura inquired if they were going have have the problem fixed soon, or if he had to send a tow ship to bring the Enterprise in. Picard declined the offer for a tow, stating that he had the utmost confidence in his engineers to getting the problem fixed. (TNG: "Phantasms")

During the Dominion War, Federation tugs were utilized in the evacuation of disabled vessels from battle zones. The USS Fredrickson was one such starship to benefit from these utility vessels in 2374. (DS9: "A Time to Stand")

After acquiring a vessel, later named Alice, from a Haakonian trader, Abaddon tried to turn the ship into a towing vessel. At first the ship cooperated, but later began to require constant repairs. He sold the ship to the crew of the USS Voyager in 2376. (VOY: "Alice")

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