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")

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Background information Edit

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)

If the Gorkon remained Nechayev's flagship following the Borg incursion, it was most probably the ship later seen rendezvousing with the USS Enterprise-D in "Preemptive Strike", when Picard met with Nechayev to discuss possibly infiltrating the Maquis. However, in the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 471), the Cairo was identified as the unnamed Excelsior class starship in "Preemptive Strike".

For the fourth edition, this was changed to where the ship in "Preemptive Strike" was not identified as the Cairo and it opened the possibility to this ship being the Gorkon.

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