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"Hello, old friend."
– Jean-Luc Picard, 2364 ("The Battle")

The USS Stargazer (NCC-2893) was a Federation Constellation-class starship operated by Starfleet during the 24th century. It was the second starship to bear the name Stargazer. (TNG: "The Battle", "Relics")

Service history[]

The Stargazer entered service in 2326, on stardate 38197.5. (TNG: "The Battle" dedication plaque(X) ; PIC: "The Star Gazer" commemorative plaque(X) )

In 2333, Jean-Luc Picard served as a bridge officer on this vessel. He later described the Stargazer as an "overworked, underpowered vessel, always on the verge of flying apart at the seams." (TNG: "Relics")

When the ship's captain was killed, Picard took command of the situation and the vessel. (TNG: "Tapestry")

The press kit for PIC Season 1 stated the ship's first officer was also killed in the same incident.

Starfleet Command looked so favorably on Picard's actions, that they appointed him as the vessel's new commanding officer, a post he held for twenty-two years. Picard's crew included Jack R. Crusher, a weapons officer named Vigo, as well as physician Moritz Benayoun. (TNG: "The Battle"; PIC: "Maps and Legends")

At one point, the Stargazer was involved in a secret mission to the fireforest of Calyx. (PIC: "Maps and Legends")

The Stargazer saw action in the Cardassian Wars. The ship was involved in a truce offering by the Federation in sector 21503.

After making contact with a Cardassian warship, Captain Picard lowered the ship's shields as a gesture of good will, but as he later put it, "the Cardassians were not impressed." They managed to take out most of the Stargazer's weapons and damaged its impulse engines. The Stargazer managed to regroup and flee. (TNG: "The Wounded")

In 2353, Jack R. Crusher was killed on an away mission, forcing Picard to present Crusher's remains to his widow, Beverly. (TNG: "Tapestry", "Violations", "Encounter at Farpoint")

According to the novelization of Encounter at Farpoint, Crusher had been the first officer of the ship as of 2349. The 1991 novel Reunion recounted the incident where Crusher died saving the ship from the Nensi phenomenon (β).

In 2354, the Stargazer visited the planet Chalna. (TNG: "Allegiance")

Battle of Maxia[]

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Picard on the bridge of the Stargazer

In 2355, the Stargazer was attacked and severely damaged by an unknown vessel in the Maxia Zeta system. Picard was able to destroy the attacking vessel, using what would later be named the Picard Maneuver. The Stargazer was overcome by fire and severe damage during the battle and had to be abandoned. The event was called the "Battle of Maxia" by the Ferengi. (TNG: "The Battle")

As the loss of a starship was a court martial offense, Picard was court-martialed for the loss of the Stargazer, zealously prosecuted by Phillipa Louvois. In the end, he was absolved of all charges. (TNG: "The Battle", "The Measure Of A Man")


In 2364, the wreck of the Stargazer was found adrift and salvaged by the Ferengi. The Ferengi DaiMon Bok desired revenge against Picard, as his son had died commanding the attacking vessel at the "Battle of Maxia". He falsified the logs of the Stargazer to indicate that it was the Stargazer that committed an unprovoked attack against the Ferengi vessel. Through the use of an illegal "thought maker", Bok caused Captain Picard to relive the day of the battle in hallucinations, supposedly as a mental breakdown after the real truth had come out. When the devices were discovered, William T. Riker was able to convince the captain to destroy the "thought maker" causing his hallucinations. The Stargazer was towed to Xendi Starbase 9. (TNG: "The Battle")

The Stargazer was later sent to the Fleet Museum at Athan Prime, where it was restored and put on display in 2402. (PIC: "The Star Gazer" commemorative plaque; PIC: "The Bounty", "Võx", "The Last Generation")


This incident was mentioned, as an example of Jean-Luc Picard's supposed incompetence, by Lieutenant Commander Dexter Remmick when questioning Deanna Troi. Remmick alleged that, according to Picard's own logs, he had suffered from a mental lapse. Although Troi protested that he had been under the control of a Ferengi thought maker, Remmick wasn't swayed in his opinion. (TNG: "Coming of Age")

In 2365, when speaking with Guinan about her origins, Wesley Crusher said that he had heard from some of the crew that she had met Picard when he was the commanding officer of the Stargazer. Guinan replied that she didn't know the captain until she came aboard the USS Enterprise-D. (TNG: "The Child")

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Picard's model of the Stargazer

In 2369, Picard would look back fondly on his time commanding the Stargazer and once confided to Montgomery Scott that, even after several years of commanding the far superior USS Enterprise-D, there were still times he would give almost anything to command the Stargazer again. (TNG: "Relics")

A model of the Stargazer was stored in Picard's section of the quantum archive at the Starfleet Archive Museum. (PIC: "Remembrance")

Ensigns Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler had a model of the Stargazer at their Starfleet recruitment booth on Tulgana IV in 2381. Mariner threw the model at a pair of conspiracy truthers who were heckling them, causing Boimler to exclaim, "Not the 'Gazer!" (LD: "Reflections")

In 2399, Dr. Benayoun was called to Picard's home, and commented on his realization that the purpose was not to reminisce about the Stargazer. (PIC: "Maps and Legends")

Later that year, Picard corrected Dr. Agnes Jurati that the Picard Maneuver had originated aboard the Stargazer rather than the Enterprise. Picard told her that it was a long time ago and the manuver wouldn't work against so many Romulan warbirds during the Defense of Coppelius. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

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Depicted at Starfleet Academy in 2401

By 2401, a commemorative plaque honored the Stargazer at Starfleet Academy for its role in two historic battles. Additionally, a new USS Stargazer (NCC-82893) was commissioned to carry on the Stargazer legacy. After stepping onboard the new Stargazer, Picard told Seven of Nine that the Stargazer had been his first command and being onboard the new ship felt like Picard's life was coming full circle. (PIC: "The Star Gazer")

The Stargazer was kept at the Fleet Museum over Athan Prime. (PIC: "The Bounty") In 2402, the rebuilt USS Enterprise-D was returned to the Fleet Museum and given a place of honor between the USS Enterprise-A and the Stargazer. (PIC: "The Last Generation")

Command crew[]

See also: USS Stargazer personnel


See also[]


Background information[]

The name Stargazer first appears in notes by Gene Roddenberry in 1986, in which he writes of the captain of the new USS Enterprise, then tentatively named William T. English (but which would later become Picard), "He is excited by the adventure of Human intelligence challenged by the mysteries of the stars. At the Starfleet Academy, his (affectionate) nickname was 'Stargazer.'" [1]

A gold-painted model of the Constellation-class NCC-7100 served as regular set dressing in the set of Captain Picard's USS Enterprise-D ready room. This model was often mistakenly assumed to be of the Stargazer. This mistake was perpetuated by the Star Trek Encyclopedia, 3rd ed., p. 469. As noted in other sources, however, the idea of the Stargazer was conceived after that gold model had been created, though it was eventually used to create the filming model for this ship.

The Stargazer was originally intended to be a Constitution-class vessel, the same as Captain Kirk's USS Enterprise. In fact, in the first draft script of "The Battle", the Stargazer was identified as not only being of that class but also from the "late 23rd century." The latter notion wasn't included in the episode's final draft script, which nonetheless still contained multiple references to the Stargazer as a Constitution-class ship. [2] Additionally, the yellow NCC-7100 model was replaced with a silver Constitution-class model in Picard's ready room for "The Battle". When the Stargazer filming model was eventually designed, it was decided that a new model, derisively referred to as the "pie dish", should be used. Since LeVar Burton had already recorded a line of dialogue identifying the ship as Constitution-class, the name of the new ship's class had to be similar to "Constitution" to make it easy to overdub; the production crew settled on "Constellation".

In 1994, Galoob produced a toy model of the Stargazer as part of their Micromachines line. The coloring on the model was completely wrong and was actually based on the coloring of the NCC-7100 model seen in Picard's office.

In a Starfleet Technical Database article (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 2) written by Rick Sternbach, it was stated that, after the Stargazer was towed back to Xendi Starbase 9, it was repaired, and returned to limited active duty for eight years (from 2366 to 2374), after which it was mothballed as a museum ship at the Copernicus Yard Museum, Luna, alongside the USS Valkyrie (NCC-2590). Kept in a nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere for tours and academic study, the Stargazer was kept in a semi-operational state, to be re-activated for duty when circumstances dictated such an action.

The bridge of the Stargazer was previously seen as the battle bridge of the Enterprise-D in "Encounter at Farpoint". Before The Next Generation, the set was used as the bridge of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. (Creating the Next Generation)

The Starfleet orders giving Picard command of the Stargazer were preserved in the Picard family album. (Star Trek Encyclopedia, 4th ed., vol. 2, p. 143)

The model of the Stargazer was one of the props displayed at Comic Con's exhibit Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty in the summer of 2019. It is stated in a sign that the ship was decomissioned at the end of 2364. [3]

Dialogue in PIC: "The Star Gazer" was slightly ambiguous about whether the USS Stargazer captained by Cristóbal Rios was a completely new ship or a refit of Picard's Stargazer. In an interview with, Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas was asked to clarify this question. He said:

"Like the TMP Enterprise, it's a massively updated refit. I like to think of it as the story of the broom: If one day you replace the handle, and another day the brush, is it still the same broom? We thought of it as a vessel endlessly repaired and upgraded, brought in-line with current-future tech, so that somewhere underneath all the lights and polish are the bones of Picard's original ship. Does it make sense? I don’t know. But I sure like the spirit of it." [4]

The observation lounge on Rios' Stargazer contained models of three ships: the Radiant-class USS Stargazer, Picard's Constellation-class Stargazer, and Rios' Sagan-class ship.


The crew of the Stargazer had been featured in many novels by Michael Jan Friedman. First appearing in Pocket TNG: Reunion, a novel published by Pocket Books, it had spun off the Star Trek: Stargazer series, during which the ship had a brief encounter with the mirror universe, as well as detailing Picard's first meeting with Guinan during a confrontation with Enabran Tain. The full circumstances of the Battle of Maxia, and Picard's history between the loss of the Stargazer and becoming captain of the Enterprise-D, are covered in the novel The Buried Age.

The Stargazer was also included as a playable ship in the video game Star Trek: Legacy. During the story, it was revealed that the ship's captain, Daithan Ruhalter (β), is killed on the bridge and the ship severely damaged from a shock wave resulting from renegade Vulcan T'Uerell (β) destroying a planet in the Neutral Zone. Picard took command of the ship and attempted to stop stellar debris from destroying other planets in a Federation system. The player can control the Stargazer with Picard in command during this mission in the game.

The Stargazer prevented an interplanetary war in the Double Helix novel #6, The First Virtue.


USS Stargazer (NCC-2893-A) in Star Trek Online

In Star Trek Online, a new USS Stargazer (β) (NCC-2893-A) was built in the years after Star Trek Nemesis, as the first of a new class of heavy cruiser.

The Stargazer-class (β) was one of the available design choices (along with the Cheyenne-class and Dakota-class (β)) for the Heavy Cruiser ship available to Federation characters at the rank of Commander. Additionally, the original Constellation-class, with a console that allows the ship to perform the Picard Maneuver, can be purchased from the in-game store.

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