A year later, the Hood participated in the unsuccessful M-5 war games problem. The unshielded Hood was severely damaged when she was fired upon by the computer-controlled USS Enterprise using full-powered weapons. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")
|Federation (Prime universe): USS Ahwahnee • USS Constellation • USS Defiant • USS Eagle • USS Emden • USS Endeavour • USS Enterprise • USS Enterprise-A • USS Excalibur • USS Exeter • USS Hood • USS Intrepid • USS Korolev • USS Lexington • USS Potemkin • NCC-1700 • Unnamed|
|Terran Empire (Mirror universe): USS Defiant • ISS Enterprise|
|Federation (Alternate reality): USS Enterprise • USS Enterprise-A • Unnamed|
The registry of Hood was not confirmed until it was seen on the CGI model in the 2008 remastered version of "The Ultimate Computer". Prior to that it had been seen without context on a list of starships in "Court Martial". The registry was first connected with the starship in Greg Jein's influential article "The Case of Jonathan Doe Starship", and has been subsequently propagated in reference books such as the Star Trek Concordance and the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the latter co-authored by future TOS-remastered Visual Effects Producer Michael Okuda, who made use of the remastering opportunity to elevate Jein's until then conjectural ship's registry to canon.
The name of the ship had already been established by the producers at the start of second season of Star Trek: The Original Series, when they composed a list of fourteen ships belonging to the Constitution-class, still referred to as "Starship-class" by them at the time, including Hood. Hood was an original suggestion by D.C. Fontana, dropped, and then re-added to the final draft of the ship names list, prompted on by a remark Robert Justman made on an earlier memo, "I think there would be several other candidates, such as Saratoga and perhaps another English carrier, a French carrier, a Russian carrier and certainly a Japanese carrier." (The Making of Star Trek, p. 165) Though there were plenty of historical British aircraft carriers to choose from, the eventual name selected, replacing that of the initially proposed Eagle, was that of the ill-fated World War II British battle cruiser HMS Hood.
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (1st ed., p. 129), the USS Hood, like its Excelsior-class successor, was "named for British Admiral Sir Horace Hood, who fought in the Battle of Jutland during World War I", though that reference was dropped in the later editions of the Star Trek Encyclopedia, as it was uncommon to name a ship for a still serving member in any navy (the historical Hood was already nearing completion when Horace Hood died in action). The Star Trek Fact Files (part 86, 1998) stated that Hood was named for Horace's direct ancestor, 18th century British Admiral Viscount Samuel Hood after whom the British battle cruiser HMS Hood (launched and christened by Horace's widow) was also named.
In the novelization of Trials and Tribble-ations, the Hood was mentioned to be commanded by a Captain Kenneth Dodge (β) and to have transferred some officers to the Enterprise for additional training. Spock theorized that Lieutenant "Brisko" may have transferred from the Hood.