In 2256, the Europa was one of the nearest Federation starships sent to rendezvous with the USS Shenzhou following contact with an unidentified Klingon vessel during the Battle of the Binary Stars in 2256. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")
The Europa served as Admiral Anderson's flagship and transported him to the rendezvous with the Klingons. After Anderson contacted the Klingon commander, T'Kuvma, a massive cloaked Klingon vessel rammed the Europa, causing critical damage. As escape pods launched from the Europa, the vessel's antimatter containment field was deliberately breached, destroying both ships. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")
According to the inmate Psycho, she had a cousin who died on board the Europa. A display of the Europa was visible in the mess hall aboard the USS Discovery when Psycho visited that area shortly after arriving aboard the Discovery six months after the battle. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")
- See: USS Europa personnel
The Europa was initially referenced in Star Trek: Discovery premiere "The Vulcan Hello" before appearing in "Battle of the Binary Stars" and "Context Is for Kings".
According to StarTrek.com, the Europa was a Nimitz-class starship.