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The USS Centaur (NCC-42043) was a Federation Centaur-type starship operated by Starfleet. In 2374, the Centaur was under the command of Captain Charlie Reynolds.

In that year, the Centaur mistakenly attacked a Jem'Hadar attack ship being commanded by Captain Benjamin Sisko for a covert mission. The Centaur pursued the attack ship into Dominion territory before being chased off by three additional Jem'Hadar ships. (DS9: "A Time to Stand")

While posing as Kamar, a Cardassian "loyal" to the Founders, Elim Garak claimed to have been taken prisoner by the Centaur and held aboard one of their shuttlecraft. (DS9: "Rocks and Shoals")

The Centaur was also part of the fleet that carried out Operation Return a few weeks later. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")


Background information

The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 126) stated the starship was "named for the creature from Greek mythology, that had the head and torso of a man joined to the body of a horse."

Centaur detail

The third edition of the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 591) gave no registry number in its entry about this ship, although NCC-42043 was used in the Star Trek Fact Files, Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 3, Issue 6, p. 30, and Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 3, Issue 9, p. 36. The shooting model itself used that registry, but featured the name USS Buckner (illegible on screen.) [1](X)

Many years later, there was a side view of the Centaur in the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 127). The ship bore the registry NCC-42043.

A model of the Centaur was released as an issue of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection.


The Centaur and its crew were featured in the Star Trek: The Dominion War novels Call to Arms and Sacrifice of Angels. The vessel was believed lost in Operation Return, as Captain Reynolds recorded a captain's log in the event the Centaur was destroyed. Reynolds survived, and retired several years later.

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