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The USS Galaxy (NCC-70637) was a 24th century Federation Galaxy-class starship operated by Starfleet. She was the prototype of her class.

In 2367, Lieutenant Paul Hickman stole a Type 7 shuttlecraft from the Galaxy and deserted from Starfleet. (TNG: "Identity Crisis")

The shuttle model was labeled with two numbers: 70367, which was seen prominently on the starboard side of the hull, and 70637. This latter number, corresponding to what was later identified as the registry of the Galaxy, was seen briefly above the rear hatch. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, which postdated this episode, Michael Okuda assigned this number to the Galaxy.

During the Dominion War, the Galaxy saw action in pivotal battles, including the First Battle of Chin'toka in 2374 and the Battle of Cardassia the following year. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets", "What You Leave Behind")

In 2379, the ship was assigned to Star Fleet Battle Group Omega to engage the Reman Warbird Scimitar; however the Scimitar was destroyed by the USS Enterprise-E before the battle group saw action. (Star Trek Nemesis)


Background information

The Galaxy's appearance in "Tears of the Prophets" was confirmed by John Gross and Karen Sickles of Digital Muse in a 25 June 1998 post, by DS9 Visual Effects Supervisor David Stipes, on the newsgroup

According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, the Galaxy was launched from the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on Mars in 2356 and commissioned in 2357.

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 163), as a prototype, the Galaxy had an NX registry prefix much like the USS Excelsior was originally given. However, when the ship made its first on-screen appearance it was given a commissioned NCC registry prefix. This was consistent with the Excelsior, whose NX prefix was replaced with an NCC prefix when it transitioned from an experimental vessel to an operational one.

In an internal list of starships from 26 September 1990, the Galaxy's registry was NCC-59637. It was originally NX-59637. [1]

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