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The USS Olympia was a 24th century Federation starship operated by Starfleet. The Olympia was sent on an eight year exploratory mission to the Beta Quadrant in 2363, under the command of Captain Lisa Cusak.

While returning to Federation space in 2371, Captain Cusak sent the ship to investigate an exogenic energy field surrounding the fourth planet of a star system in the Rutharian sector. When the Olympia scanned the energy barrier, it triggered a quantum reaction that sent a surge of metreon radiation that disabled the Olympia's engines, causing it to crash on the planet surface. Captain Cusak was the only survivor.

The planet's energy field caused her distress signal to be transmitted three years into the future, where it was picked up by the USS Defiant. The Defiant attempted a rescue, not knowing that Cusak had already been dead for three years. (DS9: "The Sound of Her Voice")

Olympia personnel

Background information

Doug Drexler and Gary Hutzel have confirmed that the Olympia wreckage was a reuse of parts from the USS Enterprise wreck model originally constructed for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Hutzel was the visual effects supervisor on the episode, whereas Greg Jein had constructed the crash site maquette. [1](X)

Episode teleplay writer Ronald D. Moore named the Olympia for the United States Navy cruiser USS Olympia. (AOL chat, 1998)

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 103), this ship was "named for the region in western Peloponnese on Earth that was the site of the ancient Olympic games."

Apocrypha

According to the Star Trek: Titan novel Orion's Hounds, the mission of the Olympia was the furthest distance traveled into the Beta Quadrant, until the USS Titan broke the Olympia's record in 2380.

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