USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)

The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E (or Enterprise-E, to distinguish it from prior and later starships with the same name) is a fictional starship in the Star Trek franchise. A Sovereign-class starship, it appears in the films Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis, where it serves as the primary setting. It is the sixth Federation starship to carry the name "Enterprise" but the seventh Starfleet vessel as the NX-01 was decommissioned before the Federation was created. The ship's Captain during the 2370s and early 2380s was Jean-Luc Picard. He transferred to the Enterprise-E after the Enterprise-D was destroyed in The Next Generation spin-off movie Star Trek: Generations.

USS Enterprise
The Enterprise-E in Star Trek: First Contact
First appearanceStar Trek: First Contact
Last appearanceStar Trek: Nemesis
AffiliationUnited Federation of Planets
LaunchedOctober 30, 2372
Auxiliary vehiclesShuttlecraft
Captain's yacht
General characteristics
Armaments16 Phaser arrays
10 Torpedo launchers
DefensesDeflector shields
PropulsionImpulse engines
Warp drive
RCS Thrusters
PowerWarp core
Mass3,205,000 metric tons
Length685.7 meters
Width250.6 meters
Height88.2 meters

Origin and design

Ronald D. Moore, the co-writer of Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact, has suggested that construction of the Enterprise-E began during the final season of The Next Generation (2370), and that the ship was renamed USS Enterprise, which would become the latest flagship of the United Federation of Planets after the Enterprise-D had been destroyed.[1]


The Enterprise-E, a Sovereign class starship, launched in 2372 from the San Francisco Fleet Yards under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and most of the key officers from the Enterprise-D.[2] According to the non-canon novel Ship of the Line, the originally planned name for the vessel was USS Honorius, and Montgomery Scott was part of the team of engineers that designed the Enterprise-E.[3]

In the film Star Trek: First Contact, the Enterprise participates in the Battle of Sector 001, destroying a Borg cube, and subsequently travels back in time to stop the Borg from interfering with Zefram Cochrane's first contact with the Vulcans.[2] The Borg hijack and almost assimilate the ship until Captain Picard and Data reclaim it. In Star Trek: Insurrection, the crew stops a Son'a attempt to forcibly relocate the Ba'ku people from their homeworld.[2] In Star Trek: Nemesis, the Enterprise is heavily damaged while stopping Shinzon from using a weapon of mass destruction to destroy all life on Earth.[4] The ship returns to spacedock to undergo extensive repairs.[4]

In the novels published by Pocket Books after Nemesis, the Enterprise-E remains under the command of Picard as of 2385 in the 2013 novel miniseries Star Trek: The Fall. Data was resurrected in the novels similarly to the comic miniseries Countdown, but he decided not to re-enter Starfleet.

A designer's blueprints show that the Enterprise has new phaser banks and torpedo launchers in Star Trek: Nemesis that were not present in Star Trek: Insurrection. It also shows the warp nacelles have been moved upwards and forward slightly.[5] Star Trek: Ships of the Line, written by Star Trek's technical consultant Michael Okuda, states that the Enterprise can travel at up to warp 9.995.[6]

Ship's officers

  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Captain) Captain of the Enterprise from the ship's launch in 2372.
  • Commander William Thomas Riker (Executive Officer) First officer of the Enterprise from its launch in 2372. Promoted to Captain in 2379, and left the Enterprise with his wife, Ship's Counselor Commander Deanna Troi, to take command of the USS Titan.
  • Lieutenant Commander Data (Operations Officer) Data was Operations Officer from its launch in 2372, and was third in line of command, until his apparent death in 2379, at the end of Star Trek: Nemesis.
  • Commander Deanna Troi (Ship's Counselor) Commander Troi was the ship's Counselor from its launch in 2372, until the end of Star Trek: Nemesis, when she departed with her new husband, Captain Riker, for the Titan.
  • Lieutenant Commander Worf (Head of Security / Weapons Officer) After serving as Strategic Operations Officer on Deep Space Nine during the Dominion War, Worf was made an ambassador to Qo'noS, but eventually returned to Starfleet by the time of the film Star Trek: Nemesis. Following Riker's departure at the end of that film, Worf was promoted to First Officer in the non-canon 2007 novel Resistance, and continues to serve in this role in the Destiny, Typhon Pact, and The Fall novels.
  • Commander Beverly Crusher, MD (Chief Medical Officer) Crusher was the ship's Chief Medical Officer from its launch in 2372. In the non-canon 2007 novel Death in Winter, she again took a position as head of Starfleet Medical, but returned to the Enterprise in the novel Resistance, and has since married Captain Picard.
  • Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge (Chief Engineer) Chief Engineer from the ship's acceptance into Starfleet service.
  • Lieutenant Reginald Barclay (Diagnostics Technician) Present during the events of Star Trek: First Contact.
  • Lieutenant Hawk (Helmsman) Flight Controller until assimilation by the Borg and death at the hands of Worf in Star Trek: First Contact.


In 2018, Io9/Gizmodo ranked the fictional spacecraft design shown in the films First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis, the Enterprise-E, as the 3rd best version of starship Enterprise of the Star Trek franchise.[7]

In 2019, SyFy ranked the fictional starship design, the NCC-1701-E Enterprise as the third best version of the starship in the Star Trek science fiction universe.[8]


  1. Ronald D. Moore (February 17, 1998). "Answers". Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  2. Okuda, Michael; Okuda, Denise; Debbie Mirek (1999). The Star Trek Encyclopedia. Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-53609-5.
  3. Carey, Diane (1997). Ship of the Line. New York, USA: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-00924-9.
  4. "Star Trek Nemesis". Missing or empty |series= (help)
  6. Okuda, Michael; Clark, Margaret; Doug Drexler (November 2006). Star Trek: Ships of the Line. Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 1-4165-3243-9.
  7. Whitbrook, James. "All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked". io9. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  8. Brigden, Charlie (2019-01-21). "From one generation to the next: Ranking the Starships Enterprise". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
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