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The USS Trial (NCC-1948) was a 24th century Federation Miranda-class starship operated by Starfleet.


In early 2372, the Trial, accompanied by the USS Venture and two Excelsior-class starships, were part of Admiral Hastur's task force that relieved Deep Space 9 following the First Battle of Deep Space 9. The ship later docked at the station after the Klingon withdrawal. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

In 2373, it returned to visit Deep Space 9 again. (DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")

The Trial was on patrol near Starbase 375, while the USS Defiant was stationed there, early during the Dominion War in 2374. Other ships present during those periods included the IKS Rotarran, USS Defiant, and USS Centaur. (DS9: "Sons and Daughters", "Behind the Lines")

Later that year, the Trial and NCC-4186, along with elements of the Second Fleet and Fifth Fleets formed a task force at Starbase 375 in preparation for Operation Return. (DS9: "Favor the Bold")

The Trial later fought in the Dominion War, and took part in Benjamin Sisko's fleet assigned to retake Deep Space 9. It was one of the first starships to arrive at the station after the Dominion withdrawal. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

The Trial, USS Late, NCC-4186, and one other Miranda-class starship were near Deep Space 9, shortly after it had been retaken by the Federation Alliance. They were accompanied by three Klingon Birds-of-Prey, two Galaxy-class starships, a Vor'cha-class attack cruiser, and a Bajoran interceptor. (DS9: "You Are Cordially Invited")

Federation starbase patrolled by Federation starships

The Trial was on patrol near the Federation starbase where Quark's cousin Gaila was imprisoned in 2374. (DS9: "The Magnificent Ferengi")

Later, the Trial and NCC-4186, along with the two Galaxy-class starships and the Bajoran interceptor, were again present at DS9. (DS9: "The Reckoning")

Prior to the first Battle of Chin'toka, the Trial, USS Late and NCC-4186, were joined by three D'deridex-class Warbirds, three Birds-of-Prey, two Galaxy-class starships, and a Bajoran interceptor. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

Throughout 2375, the Trial, USS Late and NCC-4186 later patroled around Deep Space 9. (DS9: "Treachery, Faith and the Great River"(DS9: "Strange Bedfellows", "Tacking Into the Wind")


Background information[]

The Trial was built from an AMT/Ertl model kit of the USS Reliant. The origin of the name is a result of the rearrangement of the letters R-E-L-I-A-N-T to get T-R-I-A-L (minus the E-N). The registry was also conceived the same way, rearranging 1-8-6-4 to get 1-9-4-8 (turning the 6 upside down, making it a 9). A similar method was used in naming and registering of the USS Yeager (NCC-65674), created from USS Voyager (NCC-74656) and the registry of the USS Constellation (NCC-1017) from the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). The roll bar was mounted backwards compared to other Miranda-class starships for its first appearance only.

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