The USS Okinawa was a 24th century Federation starship operated by Starfleet.

The Okinawa was Benjamin Sisko's assignment prior to his posting on the USS Saratoga. On the Okinawa, Sisko was promoted to lieutenant commander and received the position of executive officer under the command of Captain Leyton. The Okinawa saw action in the Tzenkethi War.

On one occasion, the Okinawa encountered three Tzenkethi raiders, which then fled into a nearby asteroid belt. Commander Sisko told Captain Leyton it was risky to pursue them, but was overruled by his commanding officer. In 2372, Sisko admitted that going after the Tzenkethi was the right thing to do. (DS9: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost")

The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 332) classified this vessel as an Excelsior-class starship, with registry number NCC-13958.
The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 103) noted that the Okinawa was "named for the islands in the South China Sea that were the scene of heavy fighting near the end of Earth's second world war."
The non-canon computer game Star Trek: Legacy also shows the Okinawa being an Excelsior-class vessel, however in a configuration similar to the USS Enterprise-B or the USS Lakota, along with the USS Berlin.

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