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The USS Gorkon was a 24th century Federation Excelsior-class starship operated by Starfleet.

In late 2369, the Gorkon was Admiral Alynna Nechayev's flagship for the armada she assembled to patrol Federation space for a possible renewed Borg invasion that year. (TNG: "Descent")

In late-2370, the ship again transported Fleet Admiral Alynna Nechayev to rendezvous with the USS Enterprise-D, where Nechayev discussed the Maquis situation with Captain Jean-Luc Picard. (TNG: "Preemptive Strike")


Background information

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 330), the registry number for the Gorkon was NCC-40512. Decipher's Starships sourcebook gave its registry number as NCC-40521.

The Gorkon was named for the Klingon chancellor Gorkon. (Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 309); In early drafts of "Descent," this ship was named USS Valiant. It was Rick Berman who asked for a first-ever alien namesake for a Starfleet ship. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion (2nd ed., p. 253))

For the sake of continuity, this article assumes that this ship remained Nechayev's flagship following the Borg incursion. It is of note, however, that in the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 471), the USS Cairo was identified as the Excelsior-class starship in "Preemptive Strike", but for the fourth edition, this was changed to where the ship in "Preemptive Strike" was not identified at all.

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