In 2374, the Bonchune was assigned to pursue the prototype vessel USS Prometheus after it was commandeered by Romulan agents. The ship was quickly overpowered by the Prometheus' superior firepower resulting from its multi-vector assault mode. (VOY: "Message in a Bottle")
In 2378, the Bonchune was in the Sol system and was part of the fleet gathered to respond to an anticipated Borg incursion. It later escorted the USS Voyager back to Earth upon its return from the Delta Quadrant through a Borg transwarp conduit. (VOY: "Endgame")
|USS Bellerophon • USS Bonchune • USS Farragut • USS Honshu • USS Leeds • USS Lexington • USS Merrimac • USS Monitor • USS Phoenix • USS Prometheus • USS Sutherland • USS T'Kumbra • Unnamed|
The Bonchune was named for Foundation Imaging visual effects supervisor Rob Bonchune, with the registry being his birthday (1970/9/15). The ship was not identified in dialogue and its on-screen appearance was the first time a computer-generated effect was used of the ship class (rather than a physical model). Its presence in "Message in a Bottle" was confirmed by Rob Bonchune, who built the CGI model, and one of the Nebula-class ships seen in "Endgame" carried its registry. (SciFi & Fantasy Models, issue 32, p. 2) As Bonchune told it, its appearance in "Message in a Bottle" was "kind of" a mistake, where portions of footage of the ship were combined with recycled footage of the USS Honshu from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Waltz". Close-ups of a later rendering of the Bonchune were published in several works such as the 2001 Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendar and the Ships of the Line book, in which the ship was identified as the USS Ranger (β). A port side profile of the Bonchune later appeared in the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 70).