The USS Hiawatha (NCC-815) was a 23rd century Hiawatha-type medical frigate, operated by Starfleet Medical as indicated by its red emblem on the dorsal primary hull section in front of its bridge.

It was still equipped with lateral vector transporters, considered obsolete by the mid-2250s.

In 2256, during the Federation-Klingon War, the Hiawatha was believed to have been destroyed by the Klingons. In fact, it had crashed on the surface of an interstellar asteroid as a result of encountering wildly fluctuating gravity waves. Most of the crew and patients were able to evacuate in escape pods, though a few were too injured to be moved. Engineer Jett Reno volunteered to stay behind to care for them.

USS Discovery discovers the wreckage of the USS Hiawatha on the surface of an interstellar asteroid in 2257

The USS Hiawatha found

Ten months and eleven days later, the wreckage of the ship was by accident located by the crew of the USS Discovery, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, while investigating the origin of a mysterious red burst. A Discovery away team rescued Reno and her remaining patients before the asteroid and what was left of the Hiawatha collided with a pulsar. (DIS: "Brother")


This ship was named for the Native American co-founder of the Iroquois Confederacy, Hiawatha.
Similar to Discovery material being labeled "Disco", some material aboard the Hiawatha was labeled "Hia".
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