USS Enterprise Evolution in Photos: The Many Faces of Star Trek's Favorite Starship

The Enterprise Refitted (NCC-1701)

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The starship Enterprise underwent several refits to upgrade of most systems and the replace the bridge and warp-drive nacelles. It appeared in the first three Star Trek movies: "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," (1982), and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984). Here the ship is seen self-destructing on Kirk's order to defeat a Klingon boarding party in "Star Trek III," the NCC-1701 Enterprise's final moment.

USS Enterprise A (NCC-1701-A)

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The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) was a Federation Constitution-class heavy cruiser, the second to bear the name "Enterprise." It appeared at the end of "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986), and then in the subsequent movies featuring the original crew.

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B)

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An upgrade of the Excelsior-class, she was the third Federation starship to bear the name Enterprise. This craft appeared in the movie "Star Trek: Generations" (1994), in which the "energy ribbon" damaged it.

USS Enterprise-C (NCC-1701-C)

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The fourth starship to bear the name U.S.S. Enterprise was commanded by Captain Rachel Garrett. This ship only appears in the Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" (1990). The vessel's lifespan ended attempting to defend the Klingon outpost Narendra III from Romulan attack.

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)

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The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D was a Galaxy-class starship and the flagship of Starfleet. The fifth starship to be named Enterprise was commanded by Captain Jean-Luc Picard. This ship provided the main setting for the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series (1987-1994). The USS Enterprise-D was destroyed in 2371 after an attack by renegade Klingons breached her warp core as depicted in "Star Trek: Generations."

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) of an Alternate Future

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The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "All Good Things ... " The ship appeared in an alternate future having survived and not crashed during the "Star Trek: Generations" movie, and had instead began serving as Admiral William T. Riker's personal flagship. Note the third warp nacelle.

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)

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Sovereign-class starship, registry NCC-1701-E, it was commanded by Jean-Luc Picard. Enterprise-E appeared in the films "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996), "Star Trek: Insurrection" (1998), and "Star Trek Nemesis" (2002). Heavily damaged in "Star Trek Nemesis," it returned to Earth for refitting in spacedock. (A later NCC-1701-F appears in the Star Trek: Online game.)

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) Rebooted

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A still from the film "Star Trek" (2009) showing the reimagined U.S.S. Enterprise (still NCC-1701), which exists in an altered reality.

Starship Enterprise (NCC-1701) Freefalling in the Latest Movie

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The USS Enterprise of the alternate reality "rebooted" Star Trek free-falls during a trailer for the new "Star Trek Into Darkness" movie (2013). Early preview clips suggest that the ship sustains heavy damage during the events of the movie.

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