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"For one brief glimpse at the mysterious blueprint of Human evolution, the men and women of the USS Lantree paid with their lives. Their sacrifice is thus noted in this scientist's log."

The USS Lantree (NCC-1837) was a 23rd century Federation Miranda-class starship operated by Starfleet. In 2365, this starship was classified as a class 6 supply ship and was armed with class 3 defensive armaments. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")


In 2278, the Lantree appeared on a Starship Mission Assignments chart on the bridge of the USS Bozeman after exiting a temporal causality loop 2368. (TNG: "Cause And Effect")

In 2293, the Lantree was assigned a colony resupply mission in Sector 22858. The ship was named on a Starship Mission Assignments chart on the USS Enterprise-A bridge. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

In 2365, Captain L. Isao Telaka was the commanding officer of the Lantree. At the beginning of their duty cycle, the twenty-six crewmembers had a complete examination. All were in perfect health. The ship was assigned to Gamma 7 sector.

USS Lantree bridge crew

The Lantree bridge

Five days before stardate 42494, the first officer was treated for Thelusian flu. Two days later, the Lantree visited the Darwin Genetic Research Station. Shortly after visiting the station, all twenty-six crewmembers fell victim to a mysterious aging disease that was later identified as geriatric phenomena during communications between Dr. Kingsley and the USS Enterprise-D.

USS Lantree destroyed

The Lantree destroyed by the Enterprise-D

After answering her distress signal, the Enterprise-D found the Lantree adrift in space. With her crew deceased, the ship's quarantine transmitter and marker beacons were initiated to warn other vessels of the danger. After it became clear that the disease, caused by the immune systems of the children at Darwin, was highly contagious and could not be cured medically, the Enterprise-D destroyed the starship with one photon torpedo to prevent further transmission. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")



Background information[]

USS Lantree, studio model

The model dressed as the USS Lantree

The Lantree was a reuse of the USS Reliant studio model from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but with the "roll bar" removed, which had a down-to-earth rationale. In a privately shot behind-the-scenes video, shot by Effects Supervisor Gary Hutzel, it was disclosed that when the model was prepared to make its appearance as the Lantree after its stint as the USS Saratoga (NCC-1887) in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the effects crew were unable to make the internal lighting of the roll bar work on time, so the decision was made to have the Lantree appear without it. [1](X)

The quarantine transmitter computer voice of the Lantree was voiced by an unknown actor.

The bridge of the Lantree was a redress of the Enterprise-D's battle bridge turned 180 degrees. The main viewer, featuring star charts, can be seen behind Captain Telaka.

An unseen element from the Operation Retrieve charts includes a list of starships, their registries, and their commanders. According to this list, the Lantree was commanded by K. Glover, named after that film's camera operator Kristin R. Glover. [2]

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