This starship, and the mission order, were an homage by Michael Okuda to the TV Series M*A*S*H. This series was a dramedy about the 4077th MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital), a fictional surgical unit during the Korean War (1950-1953). Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce was the main character. According to Pierce, his father’s favorite book was James Fenimore (with one "n") Cooper's novel The Last of the Mohicans. Throughout most of the show's run, the character of Captain B.J. Hunnicutt was Pierce's best friend and tent-mate.