In 2375, the Gander was piloted by Lieutenant Ezri Dax in her search for Worf, who had been reported missing in action from the IKS Koraga near the Badlands. She directed the ship to where his escape pod's last known position likely was, and shut off engines to allow the plasma storms to drift the Gander to the same place the escape pod was. Her plan worked, although the ship took minor damage from the plasma field. She was able to lock a tractor beam on to the escape pod and transport Worf aboard.
On the return trip to Deep Space 9, the Gander was attacked by two Jem'Hadar attack ships near the Goralis system. Their engines damaged, they entered Goralis III's atmosphere, beaming down shortly before the Gander exploded in the night sky above them. (DS9: "Penumbra")
|Danube-class: USS Gander • USS Ganges • USS Mekong • USS Orinoco • USS Rio Grande • USS Rubicon • USS Shenandoah • USS Volga • USS Yangtzee Kiang • USS Yukon • NCC-73918 • Unnamed|
|Yellowstone-class: USS Yellowstone|
According to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. 686), writer René Echevarria had originally used "the Ganges, and his script reflects that decision. "Then some smartass said, 'That one was destroyed ["Armageddon Game"].' And I said, 'Oh, yeah? Well, this is a new one.' And the discussion got all the way up to Rick, who said, 'It was destroyed. We need a new one.'" Clearly, it would have been simple for Echevarria to come up with the name of a previously untapped river, but he was feeling feisty. "My feeling was, 'So what if it was destroyed?'" he says. "That was five years ago. This is a new one. How many Galileos have there been?" Ultimately, the majority ruled and the runabout was christened Gander, after a Canadian river."
The line was dubbed in post-production, but still appears as Ganges in closed captioning. Even then, on the DVD subtitles, it was mistakenly spelled Ganda, and Ganda was, according to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 296), the name of the runabout. Furthermore, the runabout model was labeled with this name. The authors noted that Ezri's pronunciation might sound like "Gander", which was the name of a river in Canada, and conclude by saying, "It could go either way."
According to the Starships RPG sourcebook, the Gander's registry was NCC-72311.