In 2367, the Zhukov was on a cultural observation mission of Alpha Laputa IV. The ship was named on the chart "Starfleet Operations-Sectors 21166-23079" on the USS Enterprise-D bridge. (TNG: "Brothers" okudagram)
In 2369, the Zhukov was on a cultural observation mission of Alpha Laputa IV. The ship was named on the chart "Starfleet Operations-Sectors 21538-23079" in the Enterprise-D observation lounge. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I" okudagram)
Later that year, the Zhukov was named on the chart "Sector Ipai Relay Log – Relay Message Flow 1293" in Relay Station 47 Ops. This ship was in Sector 001. This ship sent a message to Relay Station 001 via long line only. On the ship's next mission, it underwent a refit and service of its warp coil components. (TNG: "Aquiel" production art)
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The Zhukov was "named for Russian general Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1896-1974)." (Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 514)) Gabriel Lorca actor Jason Isaacs would go on to portray Zukov in the political satire dark comedy The Death of Stalin.
In "Brothers", the Zhukov was identified as being a Rigel-class starship with the registry NCC-62136. This information was repeated in an internal list of starships, dated September 26, 1990.  The Zhukov, as it appeared in "Data's Day," also bore the hull registry of NCC-62136, in agreement with the chart from "Brothers" and the internal list of starships; its name was also misspelled as "Zuhkov." These markings were not visible on screen and were later determined to be production errors. The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 515) had a diagram of the Zhukov with the erroneous registry.
A revised registry of NCC-26136 later appeared on a chart in the observation lounge in "The Chain of Command, Part I".
The Zhukov has appeared in a number of non-canon works.
The Star Trek: The Lost Era novel Deny Thy Father stated that Captain D'Emilio (β) served as commanding officer during the 2350s and that Erik Pressman served previously on the ship under D'Emilio's command.
Similarly, the video game Star Trek: Starship Creator established the Zhukov as Reginald Barclay's first assignment.
In the video game Star Trek: Bridge Commander, set in 2378, the Zhukov was assigned to Starbase 12 as a support ship. It escorted the USS Sovereign back to Starbase 12 after the latter suffered a breakdown of its warp systems. It could be later chosen to assist the player in a tactical attack at the Alioth (β) system. In the game, the ship was commanded by Andorian Captain Milius Verata (β).