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15 Strongest Star Trek Ships, Ranked

One of the most popular sci-fi television shows of all time, Star Trek, has been enthralling fans for decades. In recent years, the property has come back with a vengeance, as CBS has brought back the Prime timeline (as opposed to the Kelvin timeline of the most recent Star Trek movies) to anchor their streaming service.

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While Star Trek is known for its big idea sci-fi, it still does some great space battles for fans of that sort of thing. The starships of Star Trek are some of the most powerful in all sci-fi, armed with powerful weapons and great designs. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the strongest ships in Star Trek.

Updated by Julian Beauvais on January 29th, 2021With the continuation of the Star Trek saga through CBS All Access' Star Trek: Picard and the propelling of the USS Discovery into the 32nd century, now seemed a good time to revisit the strongest and fastest ships to ever appear in the franchise. From the newest Federation designs to the biological weapon-ships of Species 8472, here is the definitive list of powerful ships in the Star Trek universe.

15 The Probe

One of the strongest ships in the galaxy incapacitated the Federation without even launching an attack— it was simply trying to communicate. Known only as “The Probe,” the giant cylindrical object that appeared in the early scenes of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home managed to drain the power and life support from ships, starbases, and even Starfleet command.

This was the result of the dampening field created by its hailing frequencies- an attempt to contact and communicate with the then-extinct humpback whale. Thankfully, a timely intervention by Captain Kirk and his crew managed to save the day.

14 Jem'Hadar Fighter

Jem'Hadar Fighters were the mainline vessel of the Dominion Fleet. Extremely sturdy, they can survive a crash landing on a planet and still be flyable with minimal repairs. Armed with phased polaron disruptors, these weapons were easily able to pierce the shields of Starfleet vessels in the early days after their first confrontation.

Over time, the efficacy of the ship's weapons and shields went down as Starfleet and their allies learned how to deal with them, but a group of Jem'Hadar Fighters was still dangerous to just about any single ship in the allies repertoire.

13 D'deridex-Class Warbird

The main vessel of the Romulan Star Empire's fleet, D'deridex-class Warbirds were massive vessels that dwarfed some of the largest ships the Federation put to space. Powered by a forced quantum singularity, these battlecruisers were armed to the teeth with multiple disruptor arrays and photon torpedo tubes.

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Like most Romulan vessels, they were equipped with cloaking devices, which was a pretty scary proposition— a vessel with the size and power of a D'deridex being able to sneak behind enemy lines undetected and wreak havoc is something any good commander would fear.

12 Galaxy-Class

For a time, the most powerful ship in Starfleet, the Galaxy-class was a miracle of modern engineering. Armed with fourteen phaser strips and fore and aft torpedo launchers, it could bring a remarkable amount of firepower to bear at just about any angle of the vessel's superstructure.

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Like most Starfleet vessels of its time, it was designed to fill a wide variety of roles, so it wasn't a straight-up warship, but it could still defend itself well. Later iterations of the ship would have more powerful weapons and make the ship that much better in combat.

11 Akira-Class

The Akira-class was commissioned in the 2370s and was part of the Federation's initiative to field more ships with the main purpose was fighting. The Akira-class was basically a torpedo boat, with its dorsal weapons pod being armed with a large amount of fore and aft torpedo tubes. Like most Starfleet vessels, it also is armed with phasers.

The Akira also had fore and aft launch bays, making it an ideal launch platform for Starfleet attack ships. Fast and maneuverable, it could bring a disproportionate amount of power to bear for its size.

10 Defiant-Class

The Defiant-class was originally designed to fight the Borg and was brought out of mothballs to counter the Dominion threat. Armed with four phaser cannons, three phaser banks, and four forward and two aft torpedo launchers, the Defiant packs a tremendous wallop for a ship its size.

Its powerful deflectors and ablative armor make them extremely hard to damage but their speed and maneuverability make them very hard to hit. Able to destroy smaller vessels with a few shots with phaser cannons, the Defiant-class turned the tide of the war with the Dominion.

9 Jem'Hadar Battle Cruiser

The Jem'Hadar Battle Cruiser was the larger cousin of the Jem'Hadar Fighter and a formidable vessel in its own right. Not seen until after the Cardassian-Dominion alliance, these large cruisers were armed with the standard polaron beam disruptor batteries that made Dominion ships so powerful, as well as multiple torpedo tubes.

Extremely durable vessels, even one of them was considered a substantial threat to Deep Space Nine even after its massive weapons upgrade. They often anchored Dominion lines in battle and could take down even the most powerful allied vessels single-handedly.

8 Negh'Var-Class Warship

The Negh'Var-class warship was the largest ship in the Klingon Defense Force, often used as a flag vessel for high ranking members of the Klingon hierarchy. Armed to the teeth with multiple disruptor batteries and photon torpedo tubes, it was also equipped with a cloaking device like most Klingon vessels.

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Easily the most powerful ship in the Klingon fleet, the Negh'Var could stay in one place and pound enemy ships all around it and worry little about retaliatory strikes. Its only weakness was if a small and maneuverable ship could get in close, but it was rare for that to happen.

7 Sovereign-Class

The most powerful vessel in Starfleet, the Sovereign-class takes all of the lessons Starfleet learned and puts them into practice. More powerful after a class-wide refit, the Sovereign-class boasted sixteen phaser arrays, a forward quantum torpedo launcher, three forward photon torpedo launchers, and six aft photon launchers.

The Sovereign-class was built for a wide variety of missions, like the Galaxy before it, but Starfleet made sure to arm it with the latest in weaponry, allowing it to hold its own against even the most powerful enemy vessels without needing reinforcements.

6 Reman Warbird

Star Trek: Nemesis was a divisive film to fans of The Next Generation, but one thing that was undeniably awe-inspiring was the power of the Reman warbird, the Scimitar. Armed to the teeth, the ship had fifty-two disruptor banks and twenty-seven photon torpedo bays, which allowed it to lay waste to the Enterprise-E and several other ships with ease.

It was also heavily armored, able to withstand double the damage other ships could. Its cloaking technology has Geordi LaForge’s stamp of approval as “perfect,” and its thalaron radiation weapon could strip a planet of life in seconds.

5 Jem'Hadar Battleship

The Jem'Hadar Battleship was the largest vessel in the Dominion fleet and the most feared, which is saying something considering just how powerful Jem'Hadar vessels are. Armed with multiple polaron disruptor batteries and torpedo launchers, the Jem'Hadar Battleship was not just one of the most powerful Dominion vessels but one of the most powerful vessels in the galaxy.

Extremely hard to damage, a Jem'Hadar Battleship taking the field was met with apprehension. Twice the size of a Galaxy-class and three times as powerful, no ship that any of the allies fielded could hurt it in a one on one battle.

4 Curiosity-Class

Star Trek: Picard was chock-full of nostalgic moments as well as exciting new developments as it charted new territory in the 24th century. Without a doubt, the arrival of William Riker and the USS Zheng He at the head of a Federation fleet, primed to save Captain Picard from a Romulan fleet that was threatening to destroy him, was one of those pulse-pounding moments viewers cheered for.

A new, Curiosity-class vessel, Riker touted the Zheng He as “the toughest, fastest, most powerful ship Starfleet ever put into service.” Although it was never seen in action, it’s reasonable to assume it’d be more advanced than any ship that has come before it.

3 Borg Cube

The Borg cube is easily the most powerful ship encountered by any of the Alpha Quadrant powers. Armed with a variety of powerful beam weapons, torpedo launchers, and tractor beams, a Borg cube was more than a match for fleets of ships, able to destroy multiple ships before they could even scratch it.

Equipped with regenerative shielding and the adaptive technology that make the Borg so formidable, the only way Borg cubes have ever been defeated was with computer-based trickery, knowledge from when Captain Picard was assimilated, or future technology.

2 Species 8472 Bioship

Since their introduction into Star Trek canon, the Borg have had their run over the galaxy, able to destroy entire Federation armadas with only one ship. That is until they opened a portal into fluidic space and met Species 8472. This alien race proved a threat unlike any other to the cybernetic collective, as they were able to destroy Borg ships with relative ease.

Biogenetic in nature, the ships of Species 8472 were as resistant to technological attack as the individuals themselves, rendering conventional weapons, transporters, and force fields useless against them. They were also able to emit incredible energies in tandem, destroying Borg ships as easily as the Borg destroyed others.

1 32nd Century Federation Fleet

Star Trek: Discovery turned its narrative on a dime at the end of Season 2 by transporting its crew from the Kirk era to almost one thousand years in the future. Here, the Federation has been decimated by a phenomenon called “The Burn,” which saw all dilithium in the galaxy grow inert and devastate the ships that used them.

However, the crew of the Discovery was treated to a tour of a shipyard filled with ships of the 32nd century, including the USS Nog and the USS Voyager-J. Although these ships were not seen in action, it can be assumed that one thousand years of technological advancement would make them the most sophisticated and powerful ships on this list.

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From TOS to Picard: 40 most powerful Star Trek spacecraft, ranked

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Belt up: We've ranked 40 iconic Star Trek ships, probes and shuttles from the (relatively) least powerful to the (overwhelmingly) most powerful. 

Our rankings are based on specs culled from and Memory Alpha. The crafts have been assessed for their speed, size and ability to assert their will via either weaponry or overall world-destroying power. Craft from both the prime and Kelvin timelines were eligible for consideration, provided they belong to the Star Trek canon, which extends from the original Star Trek TV series to CBS All Access' Star Trek: Picard.

Warp speed ahead for the rankings! 

(Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.)   

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40. SS Botany Bay

Viewed on the screen of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from the prime timeline of Star Trek the original series, the fun-sized Botany Bay is a pre-warp, 20th-century DY-100 class vessel from Earth. It's most famous for its de-facto captain, the genetically modified strongman Khan Noonien Singh, better known in Captain Kirk-speak as "KHAAAAN!"  

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39. Phoenix

The Phoenix may be a primitive ship, but it's über-important. Per the Star Trek canon, and as seen in Star Trek: First Contact, Zefram Cochrane's and Lily Sloane's refashioned nuclear missile is the first Earthling craft to use warp drive -- and achieve first contact with an E.T. species, the Vulcans.  

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38. Friendship 1

As we learn in a Star Trek: Voyager episode, this deep-space probe is launched in 2067 -- or, four years after the Phoenix's game-changing flight. It represents Earth's early desires to seek out new worlds and new civilizations. 

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37. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J)

This 26th-century, Universe-class Federation starship, called a "distant relative" of the Enterprise (NX-01), is glimpsed in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode, "Azati Prime." 

Owing to its presumed advanced tech, it should vie for a top spot on this list. But it's at the back of the pack because, one, it is only briefly glimpsed, and, two, a time-traveling Captain Jonathan Archer is told the Enterprise-J exists in a possible future timeline.   

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36. Galileo (NCC-1701-7)

What this Class F shuttlecraft of the prime-timeline's Enterprise lacks in photon torpedoes, it makes up in significance: It is the focal point of the beloved Star Trek original-series episode, "The Galileo Seven," the original prop from which was on display at the official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. 

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35. USS Raven (NAR-32450)

The remains of this Federation starship are seen in the Star Trek: Voyager episode, "The Raven." In better days, the exploration vessel was the home -- and workplace -- of the Borg-studying scientists Magnus and Erin Hansen. Per, the couple and their young daughter, Annika, the future Seven of Nine, are considered "perhaps the first [humans] to be assimilated" by the Borg.

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34. Deep Space Nine

On one hand, Deep Space Nine, the setting for the same-titled TV series, is just an old Cardassian mining station. On the other hand, it's an old Cardassian mining station that, by Season 4 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is retrofitted with 5,000 photon torpedoes. Klingons beware.

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33. USS Defiant (NX-74205)

Don't let its waffle-iron looks fool you. This Federation ship is tricked out with a Romulan cloaking device, and is built for Borg battles. The Defiant is adept at taking out Jem'Hadar warships, and, from a storyline perspective, opening up Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It also adds spunk to Star Trek: First Contact.  

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32. La Sirena

This is the lone entry from Star Trek: Picard. According to Memory Alpha, this newcomer, captained on the show by Cristóbal Rios, is a Kaplan F17 Speed Freighter, a class of civilian ships equipped with shields, phasers -- and a whole lot of hologram capabilities. 

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31. USS Franklin (NX-326)

Like other Freedom-class starships, the Franklin is small, but tough. The 22nd-century craft is equipped with cannons, torpedoes, stealth technology, and, in the Kelvin timeline of Star Trek: Beyond, seat belts. In the flick, Captain Kirk and crew salvage the rusted-up, long-lost Franklin, and use its warp 4 power to get from the planet Altamid to the Starbase Yorktown.   

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30. Enterprise (NX-01)

In much of the Star Trek universe, warp 5 power and a cargo-only transporter bay won't get you far. But in the 22nd century setting of Star Trek: Enterprise, this Starfleet ship, capable of carrying a crew of nearly 100, is a triumph of Zefram Cochrane's theories of space travel.

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29. Sh'Raan

The Vulcans may be better known for logic than combat ships, but the pre-Federation years are a salty time, and Spock's forerunners are ready to throw down in this Star Trek: Enterprise-era craft with warp 7 power.

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28. USS Shenzhou (NCC-1227)

Introduced in Star Trek: Discovery, the Philippa Georgiou-captained Shenzhou is a Walker-class Federation starship of the 23rd century. It's possessed of cannons, phasers, torpedoes -- and bad luck. Following a mutiny, it's destroyed in 2256's Battle of the Binary Stars. 

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27. Sarcophagus

The Sarcophagus is a 23rd-century Klingon ship. It's larger than the Shenzhou, which it encounters in the Star Trek: Discovery pilot. Its most impressive feature is its most unique feature: Its armor is a patchwork of caskets containing the remains of Kilngon warriors. 

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26. Jem'Hadar warship

You can't tell the story of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine without the Dominion, and you can't tell the story of the Dominion without its military branch, the Jem'Hadar, whose battleships can defy tractor beams and compromise an opponent's shields.

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25. USS Prometheus (NCC-71201)

As seen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, this Nebula-class Federation ship is a floating science experiment. Its lofty goal: to reignite a dead sun. It gets the job done.

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23. D7-class battle cruiser

At 748 feet long (228 meters), and with the capacity for a crew of 430, this Klingon ship is the largest of its era. Per, it is also the "pinnacle of combat warships in the 23rd century." It'd rank higher here, except, well, even cooler stuff came along in the 24th century. 

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22. Scimitar

This Reman-made ship from Star Trek: Nemesis is stocked with enough disruptor banks (52) and photon-torpedo bays (27) to impress, but its real power lies in its ability to convert itself into a thalaron weapon, similar to a nuclear weapon but far more devastating.

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21. Vor'Cha-class attack cruiser

A mainstay of the Star Trek universe, this powerful, heavily armed Klingon craft is nearly as long as a Galaxy-class Federation starship, a la the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  

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20. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)

This Constitution-class starship is essentially a replica of the original, iconic Enterprise. 

First seen blasting off in the prime timeline of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the Enterprise-A also appears in the Kelvin timeline of the J.J. Abrams-era Star Trek films. There is no known distinction between the Enterprise-As of the two timelines.  

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19. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B)

This 23rd-century, Excelsior-class Federation starship is a sleeker version of the Constitution-class Enterprise of the prime timeline. In Star Trek: Generations, Captain Kirk is aboard the Enterprise-B when it's damaged by the Nexus ribbon -- and Kirk is swept away (and presumed dead). 

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18. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), prime timeline

So, sure, the Enterprise of the original Star Trek series (of the original Star Trek timeline, natch) would lose a drag race with, say, the USS Voyager (NCC-74656), but speed isn't everything. The Constitution-class vessel is part warship, part science lab -- and all kinds of iconic. 

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17. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Kelvin timeline

According to Gizmodo, the Kelvin timeline's Enterprise is more than twice the size of the prime timeline's Enterprise. Storyline-wise, however, the craft is still the product of the 23rd century, so it can't really kick it at more than warp 8.

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16. Romulan warbird

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and crew, no strangers to swank and size, are in awe of this baby -- and for good reason. Per, the Romulan warbird is "the largest and most powerful of Romulan spacecraft." 

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15. Negh'Var warship

In the 24th century, this Klingon craft is the flagship of its fleet. It runs more than 2,250 massive feet long.

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14. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)

This 24th-century, Galaxy-class Federation starship is the star of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Jean-Luc Picard's ride is bigger and faster than the Constitution-class Enterprise of the prime timeline. With 250 photon-torpedo bays, it's also better equipped to battle the Borg than its 23rd-century counterpart. 

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13. USS Voyager (NCC-74656)

Captain Kathryn Janeway's relatively puny ship from Star Trek: Voyager gets the edge over the Enterprise iterations we've covered so far, because it's smarter and faster. Powered in part by Borg technology, Voyager can cruise at warp 9.975.

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11. USS Vengeance

This is a scary-powerful vessel from Star Trek's Kelvin timeline. As related in "Star Trek: Into Darkness," the Vengeance was developed off the Federation grid -- and with the help of Khan. The Vengeance is the one-and-only member of the Federation's Dreadnought battleship class.

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10. The whale probe

There is no defeating this massive, cylindrical, power-sucking, starship-disabling, ocean-vaporizing threat from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. There is only placating it with what it wants to hear: whales.

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9. USS Discovery (NCC-1031)

There is nothing else quite like the namesake ship of Star Trek: Discovery. The Federation Crossfield-class starship is distinguished by a propulsion drive that allows it to jump (or, spore jump, if you prefer the technical term) from realm to realm. When last seen in the Season 2 finale, the ship had time-jumped nearly 1,000 years into the future. 

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8. Xindi probe

This Xindi-dispatched probe fromStar Trek: Enterprise is a pure beam of destructive force. In a 22nd century attack on Earth, it wipes out more than 7 million people from Florida to Venezuela.

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7. Nomad

After this 20th century Earth probe melds with the E.T. probe, Tan Ru, it turns into a judgmental little bugger that wipes out at least 4 billion people across four planets. Captain Kirk and company encounter it in the Star Trek original-series episode, The Changeling. 

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6. "The Doomsday Machine"

In "The Doomsday Machine," the Star Trek original-series episode from which this nameless alien ship/lifeform sprang, we learn that "that thing" literally eats planets and everything else it finds, fueling itself with the resulting rubble.

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5. Krenim temporal weapon ship

The promise -- or, rather, threat -- of this Star Trek: Voyager craft is awesome: Possessed of timeline-changing power, the ship, we're told in the episode, "Year of Hell," can "erase [an] entire species from time." 

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4. Species 8472 bioship

This craft is organic -- heavily armed and fortified organic. InStar Trek: Voyager, a Federation-Borg team-up is the only thing that can stop hundreds of these vessels from destroying pretty much everything they encounter. .

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3. The Narada

This time-traveling Romulan mining ship is arguably the most significant ship in the Star Trek universe. 

In the 2009 Star Trek film, the Narada launches an attack on the USS Kelvin, and prompts Captain Kirk's father, First Officer George Kirk, to take his dying ship on a suicide mission. The resulting collision with the Narada is so massive it creates a whole new timeline -- the Kelvin timeline.

In the new timeline, the devastating Narada destroys the planet Vulcan. 

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2. The Borg cube

Such is the dark legend of this inscrutable spacecraft that fans routinely debate which is more powerful: Star Wars' vaunted Death Star ... or Star Trek's Borg cube. 

Before your next debate, consider this: The Death Star just wants to blow you up. The Borg cube, like the Borg itself, can blow you up, but it may just slice you up in bits instead -- the better to steal your technological soul.

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1. V'Ger

As seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, V'Ger is a force-field cloud of destruction driven by an old Earth probe, Voyager 6.

That it wipes out Klingon Bird-of-Prey ships and a Federation space station without any apparent effort is one impressive thing. That it spans 7.6 billion miles (or 82 astronomical units) in diameter is another. Craft like this are not defeated; they can merely be managed. Hopefully.

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The 15 Best Ships on Star Trek, from V-ger to the Vengeance

Best Star Trek Ships

We love the ships in "Star Trek," not only because they travel fast or because they are often used outside of their design parameters, but also because they challenge the ideas of design in general. How weird is it to see a huge cube floating in space? Or to come across a warp-speed–capable ship that looks more like an organic entity? Here are the 15 best ships of "Star Trek" that audiences have seen so far.

1. V-ger ("Star Trek: The Motion Picture," 1979)

Perhaps the most powerful ship in the "Star Trek" universe, V-ger could eliminate Klingon ships with well-aimed bolts of plasma energy. When this vessel menaced Earth and the solar system in the first "Star Trek" movie, the crew penetrated V-ger's vast complex of clouds and machinery and discovered a surprise within: the remains of Voyager 6, a deep-space probe that NASA had launched late in the 20th century. The probe had the "O," "Y" and "A" missing on its decal, so its label now read as "V-ger." An unknown race of intelligent aliens had constructed the rest of the massive ship. (In real life, NASA launched only Voyagers 1 and 2; in 2012, Voyager 1 became the first Earth ship to reach interstellar space.)

2. Borg cube (first seen in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," 1987-1994)

This terrifying cube annihilated a bunch of United Federation of Planets starships in every battle. Worse, even if you managed to damage a lot of the ship, redundant systems would take over and it would continue to work — making the cube a tough starship to beat. Usually, the Borg ship could trap an attacker in a tractor shield and drain all its adversary's shields before the attacker could do very much damage. Those few crews who got inside the cube beheld another terrifying sight: all the different alien species being assimilated into a collective, one that could adapt its fighting style very quickly in hand-to-hand combat, given its hive mind. [Where No Films Have Gone Before: The Complete 'Star Trek' Movie List]

3. Whale probe ("Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," 1986)

This was a gigantic cylinder that began threatening Earth in the year 2286, bellowing a signal that nobody could figure out, crippling any ship or power grid within reach, and — even worse — creating a planet-wide storm around the planet. It turned out that this probe was wreaking havoc because it was looking for something important: Earth's whales, which had been rendered extinct. Luckily for humanity, the Enterprise crew managed to travel back in time to 1986 San Francisco and rescue two humpbacks. The crew brought the whales back to 2286 to communicate with the probe and stop the destruction.

4. USS Enterprise, multiple versions

There are so many versions of the USS Enterprise that we decided to put them together into one slide, highlighting some of the unique features of notable versions. The NCC-1701-E ("Star Trek: The Next Generation" movies) had quantum torpedoes and, unlike some of its predecessors, could actually take on a Borg cube. The earlier ship NCC-1701-D ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") had more than 1,000 crewmembers on board and was supremely fast, moving at up to Warp 9 with ease. The NCC-1701 is a bit different in "The Original Series" (1966-68) than in the alternate timeline of the recent movies (2009-present). The movie version can operate underwater, but the original series version took out some nasty Klingons with the self-destruct sequence during "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984). We also can't forget to mention the NX-01 ("Star Trek: Enterprise," 2001-05), the first Enterprise that could achieve Warp 5, letting its crew explore beyond just nearby star systems. [Abandon Ship! 'Star Trek' Loves to Destroy the Enterprise]

5. Narada ("Star Trek," 2009)

This is a simply terrifying Romulan ship, because its massive size dwarfs anything that the United Federation of Planets can throw against it. The ship also launched a whole alternate reality for the "Star Trek" universe when, after being pulled into a black hole in the year 2387, it emerged 150 years in the past and destroyed the USS Kelvin, the birthplace of Capt. James T. Kirk. The Narada then drilled a hole in the planet Vulcan and obliterated that planet, again greatly altering the timeline of "Star Trek." Fortunately, the Narada was eventually obliterated by "red matter," a substance that created a singularity, or black hole, that tore the ship apart.

6. Krenim weapon ship ("Star Trek: Voyager," 1995-2001)

The Krenim Imperium created a weapon ship that could literally erase species from existence due to its ability to manipulate time. The process first went well for the Krenim, as they obliterated another species, called the Zahl. But when another species, called the Garenor, came under attack, the USS Voyager created temporal shields that disrupted the Krenim weapon. The shields created a timeline in which the Krenim themselves didn't exist. The Krenim tried to attack Voyager, but the ship escaped at warp speed because it was faster. Oops.

7. USS Voyager ("Star Trek: Voyager," 1995-2001)

This ship is notable not only for exploring the poorly understood Delta Quadrant of the galaxy in "Star Trek," but also for using some creative techniques to shorten a 75-year voyage home. (That happened due to a displacement wave that carried the USS Voyager there; this wave was created by a being called the Caretaker, which had a pretty selfish agenda that we won't get into here.) While the Voyager used help from several species to get back home, perhaps the most notable step was inserting Borg technology into their engine. The crew stole a transwarp coil from a Borg sphere that shortened their journey by several years, until the sphere gave out. [How 'Star Trek' Technology Works (Infographic)]

8. Klingon Bird-of-Prey, multiple versions

One of the Bird-of-Prey's greatest abilities was cloaking. This is used to delightful effect several times in some of the early "Star Trek" movies (1982-84), as both the Enterprise and the Klingons were trying to gain control of the Genesis device, which promised to render inhabitable planets into lush worlds in just a short time. Unfortunately, the Klingon technology had a flaw; you could still "see" the ship because the cloaking technology distorted the light of stars around it. Once the Enterprise caught on to the trick, they were able to fire on the ship successfully.

9. Romulan warbird, D'deridex class ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," 1987-1994)

This powerful ship also uses cloaking to great effect, as the USS Enterprise (NCC 1701-D) discovered when the Romulans suddenly uncloaked near the Federation ship. It was the first time Romulans had come out of isolation in 53 years. This cool ship is powered by what the show calls a forced quantum singularity, and naturally the vessel has a number of weapons, too — torpedoes, beams and pulses. However, the singularity came with some drawbacks, including limiting the ship's top speed to less than that of the USS Enterprise.

10. Deep Space 9 ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," 1993-1999)

While the United Federation of Planets inherited this space station from the Cardassians, the crew quickly adapted its use to help Starfleet. The first episode sees the crew manage to warp nearby space to quickly bring Deep Space 9 closer to a wormhole; the wormhole eventually had strategic importance as it allowed ships to travel quickly to the space station, increasing trade. While the original space station was poorly armed, a retrofit equipped it with 5,000 photon torpedoes. [7 Awesome Sci-Fi Space Stations from TV and Film]

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Starship Enterprise

Series of fictional spacecraft

This article is about the Star Trek ship name. For the NASA design proposal, see IXS Enterprise. For the TV series, see Star Trek: Enterprise. For a list of ships named Enterprise, see USS Enterprise.

NCC-1701, main setting of the original Star Trekseries

Enterprise or USS Enterprise (often referred to as the "Starship Enterprise") is the name of several fictional spacecraft, some of which are the main craft and setting for various television series and films in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. The most notable were Captain James T. Kirk's USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from the original 1960s television series, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard's USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Pre-Federation era[edit]

Two spacecraft with the name Enterprise predate the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek's fictional timeline.

  • Registry: USS Enterprise (XCV 330)
  • Class:Declaration
  • Service: circa 2130s
  • Captain: Unknown

This USS Enterprise (XCV 330) appears in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) among a series of illustrations depicting ships named Enterprise. It also appears as a model in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), together with models of the Wright Flyer, a V-2 rocket, a Bell X-1, a Vostok-3KA capsule, a Space Shuttle orbiter, and some Star Trek universe starships. A painting of this ship hangs on the wall of Earth's 602 Club in flashbacks that appeared in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "First Flight" (2003).

Non-canon sources give more details: The 1979 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology describes this "first interstellar liner" as a Declaration-class ship launched in 2123.[1] Its length is given as 300 metres (980 ft), and it has a capacity of 100 crew and 850 passengers.[1] The Star Trek Maps by New Eye Photography Editors, also published in 1979, listed this ship as a fusion driveprobe that was Earth's first attempt to explore another star system. The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, published in 1980, describes the ship as "the very first starship U.S.S. Enterprise".[2]

United Earth Starfleet's Enterprise is the main setting of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005). Enterprise was the first Earth built starship capable of reaching Warp 5. The ship was commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer and played an instrumental role in the founding of several proto-Federation alliances. Enterprise had significant engagements with the Klingons, Suliban, Xindi and the Romulans and playing a central role in the "Temporal Cold War." It is also featured as a model in Star Trek Into Darkness.

The Original Series era[edit]

Three ships named USS Enterprise are featured in the original Star Trek television series and the first through seventhStar Trek films.

Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Service: 2245–2285 (40 years)
Captains:Robert April (James Doohan [voice]), Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter, Sean Kenney, Anson Mount), James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Willard Decker (Stephen Collins), Spock (Leonard Nimoy).
The Federation's first Enterprise is the main setting of the original Star Trek series (1966–1969) and Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–74).[4] Having undergone an extensive rebuilding and refitting, Enterprise then appears in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) in which the starship is destroyed by its crew to escape capture by a Klingon Bird Of Prey.[4] The bridge of the iconic vessel appears on the holodeck of the Enterprise-D in the TNG episode "Relics". The ship also appears in the Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", as well as in the closing montage of the final Enterprise episode "These Are the Voyages...". This version also appears briefly in the comedy film Airplane II: The Sequel.

Details of the ship's appearance differed prior to the time period of the original series, including a transparent dome ceiling for the bridge that appeared in the 1965 pilot episode "The Cage", as shown in a flashback to Captain Pike's command in "The Menagerie" (1966). A significantly redesigned version of Captain Pike's Enterprise appears in Star Trek: Discovery's second season, set several years after the events of "The Cage".[5] The new design for the Enterprise, which more closely matches the aesthetic of Discovery, debuted in 2018 at the conclusion of the season 1 finale.[5]

When the Enterprise was reintroduced in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the ship had just completed an extensive refit and redesign that included new slimmer warp nacelles, connected to the secondary hull by angled winglike struts.[6] The updated design would be reused later for the Enterprise's replacement, an identical starship given the name Enterprise and registry number NCC-1701-A.

Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)
Class:Constitution-class refit[7][8]
Service: 2286–2293 (7 years)
Captains:James T. Kirk (William Shatner)
This ship first appears at the conclusion of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and is the main setting in the subsequent Star Trek movies which use the original crew. The ship is ordered "decommissioned" at the end of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).[4]Non-canon information concerning this ship includes paperwork included with the model kit, which indicated the ship was mothballed at the Memory Alpha ship museum, and the Shatnerverse novel The Ashes of Eden (1996), which depicted Enterprise-A's removal from the mothball fleet before being destroyed defending the planet Chal.

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B)
Class:Excelsior-class refit[9]
Service: 2293–2329 (36 years)
Captains:John Harriman (Alan Ruck), Demora Sulu (portrayed in Generations by Jacqueline Kim)
The Enterprise-B was launched at the beginning of the film Star Trek Generations (1994). During the ship's maiden voyage, prior to it being properly fitted with essential systems, the crew encountered an energy ribbon known as the Nexus, through which James T. Kirk - captain of the two former Enterprise starships, NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A - was officially declared missing and presumed dead.[10]

The design of the Enterprise-B is nearly identical to that of the USS Excelsior, which first appeared in the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.[6] Differences between the Enterprise-B and the Excelsior include: flarings on the outside of the secondary hull, additional and larger impulse engines, and slight differences between the nacelles as well as the bridge modules. Non-canon information concerning the Enterprise-B includes several licensed Star Trek novels in which Demora Sulu, daughter of Hikaru Sulu, followed Harriman as captain. There are also licensed guides, such as the Haynes Enterprise Manual, in which a list of the ship's captains includes Demora Sulu, William George, and Thomas Johnson Jr.

The Next Generation era[edit]

Three ships named Enterprise are featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and four TNG-era films.

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C)
Service: 2332[11]–2344 (12 years)
Captains: Rachel Garrett (Tricia O'Neil)
This ship's first and only appearance is in the Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" (1990).[10] It was destroyed attempting to defend the Klingon outpost Narendra III from Romulan attack.[10] Survivors included Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby), whose alternate timeline version from "Yesterday's Enterprise" travels with the ship back in time to the battle over Narendra III.[10] The actions of the Enterprise-C's crew became a catalyst for the alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.[10]

Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Service: 2363–2371 (8 years)
Captains:Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox)

The main setting of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994).[10] During Star Trek Generations, Enterprise was lost in 2371 after an attack by the Duras sisters' renegade Klingon Bird-of-Prey which caused extensive damage, leading to a warp core breach. Although the saucer section was safely separated before the breach, the shock wave from the exploding engineering hull threw it out of control, and caused it to crash-land beyond recovery on Veridian III.[10] The ship also appears in the first Deep Space Nine episode "Emissary" and the final Enterprise episode "These Are the Voyages..."

Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
Service: 2372–
Captain:Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart)
The main setting for the films Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek Nemesis (2002). As a Sovereign class vessel, it was the most advanced vessel in Starfleet, and an active participant in the Battle of Sector 001 and the Dominion War.

Alternate timelines[edit]

Alternate future[edit]

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Class:Galaxy refit
Service: circa 2395
Captain: Full Admiral William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes)
In "All Good Things...", the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Enterprise-D was shown in an alternate future where it had not crashed during the events of Star Trek Generations, and instead had been made Admiral William T. Riker's personal flagship. A third warp nacelle allowed the ship to reach at least Warp 13, and the Enterprise-D had also been equipped with a spinal phaser lance, large phaser cannons on the saucer section, and cloaking ability, making it one of the most powerful starships seen in the Star Trek franchise.[12]

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J)
Class: Universe
Service: 26th century
The "Azati Prime" episode of Star Trek: Enterprise involves time travel and features a scene in which Enterprise-J appears. Enterprise-J operates in a possible timeline during the 26th century. In this timeline, Enterprise-J participated in the Battle of Procyon V, a climactic battle in which the Federation successfully drove the invasive trans-dimensional beings known as the Sphere Builders back into their own realm. The ship's crew included a descendant of the Xindi scientist Degra.[13]

Games (non-canon)[edit]

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F)
Class: Odyssey
Service: 2409–ongoing
Captain: Va'Kel Shon
One version of USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) appears in the massively multiplayer online role-playing gameStar Trek Online. Its design is based on the entry submitted by Adam Ihle for the 2011 "Design the next Enterprise" contest, a joint venture between Cryptic Studios, CBS, and Intel, which ran shortly before the game went "free to play". Enterprise-F made its first appearance in the mission "Boldly They Rode", at the point where USS Enterprise-F appears to help the player defeat the Dominion fleet surrounding Deep Space Nine.

Mirror universe[edit]

The Mirror Universe first appeared in the original series as an alternate reality where the militaristic Terran Empire exists in place of the regular universe's United Federation of Planets ("Mirror, Mirror"). A montage in the opening credits of the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" shows the Terran Empire logo in use by at least World War II, with licensed novels putting the divergence before Shakespeare, or even classic Greek literature.

Registry:ISS Enterprise (NX-01)
Class: NX
Service: 2150s
Captains: Maximilian Forrest (Vaughn Armstrong), Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula)
The Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" features a Mirror Universe version of NX-01 Enterprise. This ship is equipped with a cloaking device, deflector shields, a tractor beam, a prototype agony booth, and different exterior markings. It is commanded by Captain Maximilian Forrest, although for a brief time his first officer, Commander Jonathan Archer, takes command following a mutiny. This Enterprise is destroyed by the Tholians.

Registry: ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Service: 2260s
Captains: Christopher Pike, James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
A Mirror Universe Enterprise appears in the original Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror".[4] The ship is equipped with an agony booth and the mirror in the captain's quarters conceals Captain Kirk's deadly Tantalus device.[4] ISS Enterprise was originally the same shooting model as the regular Enterprise.[4] The remastered version of "Mirror, Mirror" includes a CGI version of Enterprise with "ISS" markings on the hull and minor physical differences from USS Enterprise, such as a larger deflector dish, a taller bridge, and altered nacelle details. The ship was also shown orbiting the planet in the opposite direction (clockwise instead of counter-clockwise).[14]

Reboot (Kelvin timeline) films[edit]

The 2009 Star Trek film takes place in a new reality created when the Romulan Nero traveled through time via an artificial black hole created by red matter.

Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Service: 2258–2263 (5 years)
Captains:Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)

The main setting for the films Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016). Enterprise is shown during its construction phase at the Riverside Shipyard in Iowa during the first film. A brief shot of the NCC-1701 is seen as the shuttlecraft carrying Kirk and the new recruits into space departs the shipyard later on in the movie. At the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, Enterprise started its five-year mission. The ship was later destroyed by Krall and his alien swarm attack during the events of Star Trek Beyond.

Measurements of this ship's length have ranged from 295 meters[15] to 910 meters.[16][17][18][19] In an article about the 2009 film's visual effects, Cinefex wrote, "The reconfigured ship was a larger vessel than previous manifestations – approximately 1,200 feet (370 m) long compared to the 947 foot (289 m) ship of the original series",[20] and quoted Industrial Light & Magic art director Alex Jaeger discussing the design's growth in size during early production of the film: "Once we got the ship built and started putting it in environments it felt too small. The shuttle bay gave us a clear relative scale – shuttlecraft initially appeared much bigger than we had imagined – so we bumped up the Enterprise scale, which gave her a grander feel and allowed us to include more detail."[20]

A special feature on starships in the Blu-ray (BD) version of the movie gives the length as 2,379 feet (725 m), which would be larger than the Next Generation D and E versions, making it the largest USS Enterprise in the franchise history (not counting the pre-Federation era Enterprise (XCV 330), seen only as a model). This would result in a height of 167m, and a beam of 339m.

Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)
Service: 2263–ongoing
Captains:James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)
Enterprise-A first appears at the end of Star Trek Beyond after the destruction of the original Enterprise when the crew resume their five-year mission.

Sean Hargreaves stated that he was given the brief to "beef up the neck and arms" on the Ryan Church design, but went further to give the ship echoes of Matt Jefferies' original design.


According to The Star Trek Encyclopedia, the registry number NCC-1701 was devised by Matt Jefferies, art director of the first Star Trek series, inspired by an old science fiction cover that Gene Roddenberry liked, with a starship flying through space.[citation needed] Jefferies, who was a pilot, based NCC on United States aircraft pre-1949 registration codes. In such pre-1949 usage, an "N" first letter refers to an aircraft registered in the United States. A "C" for a second letter refers to a civil aircraft. Jefferies added a second "C" because he thought it looked better.[10]

The Franz JosephBlueprints, the book The Making of Star Trek, and a handful of Star Trek novels speculate that NCC is an initialism for "Naval Construction Contract".

In an interview with the BBC, Jefferies explained that NC is the designation for U.S. commercial aircraft and the Soviet Union's space program used the CCCP designation. He concluded that any major future space projects would likely be a combined international effort, thus he invented the combined designation NCC. The 1701 had two functions, it represented the first (01) ship of a 17th federation cruiser design, and that the digits were unlikely to be misread, unlike 6, 8, or 9.[21]

In Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek pitch, the starship is described as a "United Space Ship", and in two episodes of The Original Series (TOS), Kirk refers to the "United Space Ship Enterprise".

Redesign for Star Trek: Planet of the Titans[edit]

In 1976, before Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Paramount had planned a Star Trek film to have been named Star Trek: Planet of the Titans. Early in the production, Ralph McQuarrie had been hired to redesign the Enterprise. The major feature of the redesign was to replace the cigar-shaped secondary hull with a larger, triangle-shaped "delta wing" section. McQuarrie's design was discarded in favor of keeping the general shape of the Enterprise intact for the redesign unveiled in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Three decades later, the McQuarrie design for the Enterprise was adopted as the basis for the design of the USS Discovery in Star Trek: Discovery, a 2017 series that takes place ten years earlier than the original Star Trek.[22]

Captain's yacht[edit]

The captain's yacht is a large auxiliary starship built into the design of several Federation starship designs including the Galaxy-class and Sovereign-class. It was docked to the underside of the saucer section. On USS Enterprise-E, the name of the captain's yacht is the Cousteau. In 2375, the crew of USS Enterprise-E used the Cousteau to travel to the surface of the Ba'ku homeworld, in the film Star Trek: Insurrection.

Designer Andrew Probert came up with the concept of the captain's yacht while designing the USS Enterprise-D. Although it was never seen in use, it is labeled on the master systems display screen in main engineering, docked at the bottom of the saucer section almost directly opposite the main bridge. Probert suggested possible ways for the yacht to be used during the first season, including not showing the yacht but mentioning it in dialogue, but his ideas were rejected. The producers almost used the yacht in the episode "Samaritan Snare", but decided to use an "executive shuttlecraft" due to budgetary constraints.[23] According to Patrick Stewart, the yacht would have been called the Calypso.[23] Producer Ronald D. Moore noted in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual that real-life naval tradition would insist on calling such a craft the captain's gig, rather than the captain's yacht.[23]

Rick Sternbach later designed similar craft for USS Voyager and USS Equinox, known as the aeroshuttle and the waverider, respectively. As on the Enterprise-D, however, these vessels were only depicted on technical schematics and never seen in operation or referred to in dialog.

Reception and influence[edit]

Gizmodo's Io9 blog ranked the original design of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) as the best version of the Enterprise, characterizing the original as still superior to 11 later versions of the Enterprise that had appeared in the Star Trek franchise.[24] By contrast, in 2019, SyFy ranked the refit design of the Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A) as the franchise's best, ranking the original design as only the fourth best version of the starship.[6]

Time described each iteration of the Enterprise as "a character in its own right".[25] Over many decades, the starship has influenced real-life activities of NASA and the U.S. Navy:

Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has spoken highly of the influence and legacy of the original Enterprise on other fictional spaceships. Drawing a parallel to comparing athletes between eras, he said of spaceship design, "What matters is not what they look like now, but what they looked to others at the time that they prevailed... There is only one spaceship that's earlier than [the original Enterprise], and that's the flying saucer from The Day the Earth Stood Still. So, what matters here is, what did [the Enterprise] look like at the time it came out (1966) compared with anything that had been imagined before? And when you consider that, that is the most astonishing machine that has ever graced the screen."[31] On the ship's influence upon scientists, Tyson wrote, "The Enterprise was the first ever spaceship represented in storytelling that was not designed to go from one place to another; [it was] only designed to explore. It was revolutionary in terms of what we would think space would, and should, be about."[32]

NetDragon Websoft, a gaming and mobile Internet company in Fuzhou, China, based the architectural design of its headquarters building on the Next Generation-era Enterprise (primarily the Enterprise-E), under an official license from CBS.[33]

See also[edit]


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Most Powerful Star Trek Ships, Ranked

What is the most feared ship in the entire galaxy?

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Most Powerful Star Trek Ships, Ranked

How do you quantify starship power in the Star Trek universe?

Is it the armament? The speed? The shields? The sheer size of a vessel? Or perhaps it’s the captain and crew at the helm?

We believe it’s all of those things and more, so we took 46 of the most noteworthy Star Trek starships and placed them in a head-to-head battle. 

Which iconic ship came out on top? Find out below. 

Warp ahead for our rankings of the most powerful Star Trek ships ever.

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46. The Phoenix

The Phoenix is a critical ship in the Star Trek canon, as seen in Star Trek: First Contact. It is the first warp 1 (light speed) capable ship and its initial flight leads to the first contact between humans and an alien species, in this case, the Vulcans. But, it’s also the oldest and least technologically-advanced ship and, therefore, takes last place. 

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45. Friendship 1

The Friendship 1, which appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode of the same name, is a deep space probe launched four years after first contact with the Vulcans. Its mission is to seek out other intelligent life forms and teach them about Earth. The Friendship 1 is not a powerful ship by any means, but it manages to survive in space until 2248. The technology housed within it caused a nuclear winter on an unidentified planet in Grid 310, albeit by accident. In 2378, the Voyager is tasked with retrieving the probe.

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44. S.S. Botany Bay

The Botany Bay, seen here from The Original Series episode “Space Seed,” doesn’t have too much power behind it. It’s a DY-100-class sleeper ship meant to guide cryogenically frozen life forms to a new planet to colonize. It’s only noteworthy for carrying one of Star Trek’s most powerful villains, Khan!

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43. Galileo (NCC-1701/7)

The Galileo is a Class F shuttlecraft used by the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Its most notable mission takes seven officers to investigate Murasaki 312 in The Original Series episode “The Galileo Seven.” Although beloved, we have to dock the Galileo for crash-landing due to an ionization effect from a quasar and ultimately burning up. However, Starfleet continues to use Class F shuttle crafts all the way through the 2270s.

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42. U.S.S. Prometheus NCC-71201

The Prometheus is a Nebula-class Federation ship. Its only appearance in Star Trek, during the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Second Sight,” is as impactful as it gets when it helps reignite the dead sun, Epsilon 119. Talk about solar power! Because this experiment could have gone bad quickly, the Prometheus is souped-up to be capable of warp 9.6, giving it a slight edge over other Nebula-class ships.

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42. U.S.S. Prometheus NCC-71201

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41. U.S.S. Raven NAR-32450

The Raven, seen in the Voyager episode “The Raven,” is a Federation exploration vessel that is taken by Magnus and Erin Hansen on a field mission to investigate the Borg. Its greatest feature is multi-adaptive shielding, which is a stealth technology that makes it virtually invisible to sensors. Unfortunately, an ion storm damages the shielding. It is tracked down and assimilated along with Magnus and Erin and their daughter Annika, who is later known as Seven of Nine. 

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40. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-J

The Enterprise-J deserves a lot of credit. It is one of the ships that helped destroy the galactic threat of the Sphere-Builders in the Battle of Procyon V. The only problem is this timeline may have never come to pass since Captain Jonathan Archer denied the wishes of Temporal Agent Daniels in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Azati Prime.” It’s unknown if this ship will ever be built. 

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39. U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205

The Defiant is a prototype warship stationed at Deep Space 9 that was in-part designed by Commander Benjamin Sisko himself. It's the first ship built by Starfleet specifically for war, in light of a devastating defeat by the Borg. The Defiant is equipped with a Romulan cloaking device and ablative armor that can rapidly dissipate impact from energy weapon fire. After many missions, the Defiant was destroyed in 2375 during the Second Battle of Chin’toka in the DS9 episode “The Changing Face of Evil.”

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38. U.S.S. Sao Paulo/Defiant

The Sao Paulo (renamed Defiant) is launched in 2375 following the catastrophic defeat in the Second Battle of Chin’toka in the episode “The Dogs of War.” It is the third Defiant-class ship and comes to be known simply as the Defiant, except this one has shield generators specifically designed to counteract Breen weaponry. It goes on to fly in the Battle of Cardassia, which ends the Dominion War. 

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37. The Jellyfish

The Jellyfish is a Vulcan starship from the 24th century seen in Star Trek (2009). It comes with torpedo launchers and a warp drive, making it the fastest ship owned by the Vulcan Science Academy. However, its primary responsibility, and power, is its capability to store and transport red matter, a substance capable of forming a black hole.

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36. Jem’Hadar fighter

The Jem’Hadar fighter, mostly seen in Deep Space Nine, is a warship used by the Dominion in the 24th century. What it lacks in size it makes up for in speed and maneuverability. At the onset of the Dominion War, Starfleet vessels are constantly outgunned by Jem’Hadar. The biggest problem is a transporter technology that is impervious to tractor beams and moves through Federation shields. Once the Federation discovers this, they are able to counter and destroy the relatively weak shielded fighters with ease.  

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35. U.S.S. Cerritos NCC-75567

The Cerritos, which is the main ship in Star Trek: Lower Decks, is a California-class starship used by the Federation in the late 24th century. Although similar in style to a Galaxy-class ship like the Enterprise-D, it is not made for dangerous exploratory missions, but rather second contact follow-ups to ensure proper paperwork and classification of the discovered alien life. In fact, the Cerritos famously fled a battle between Romulan D’deridex-class warbirds and Borg cubes after receiving minimal damage. In spite of Federation technology and photon torpedoes, the Cerritos does not have what is needed to climb the rankings. 

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34. Klingon Bird-of-Prey

The Bird-of-Prey is the umbrella term given to several different classes of Klingon warships deployed by the Empire during the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th centuries. It is typically equipped with photon torpedoes, disruptor cannons, and deflector shields. Its most notable feature is its cloaking device. Although intimidating, they usually don’t fare well in battles against Federation ships. 

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33. La Sirena

The La Sirena, first seen in the Star Trek: Picard episode “The End is the Beginning,” is a warp-capable Kaplan F17 Speed Freighter that appears at the end of the 24th century. It has basic phasers, photon torpedoes, and deflector shields. It is capable of being operated by a single person. This is possible due to its Emergency Hologram installation which includes engineering, medical, navigational, and tactical holograms.

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32. U.S.S. Franklin NX-326

The Franklin is a Freedom-class Federation starship from the 22nd century. It is the first ship produced by Earth that is capable of warp 4. It has pulsed phase cannons, spatial torpedoes, and polarized hull plating for defensive measures. It vanishes in 2164 and is only known to have been discovered in the Kelvin timeline according to Star Trek: Beyond. It is not as powerful as other Federation ships to come, but integral in laying the technological groundwork.

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31. The Sh’Raan

The Sh’Raan is a Vulcan Suurok-class starship that is useful as both a science vessel and a combat cruiser. With modifications, it can reach a top speed of warp 7. It is outfitted with a tractor beam, deflector shields, and photonic and particle beam weaponry. The Sh’Raan most notably disables three Mazarite ships that confront the Enterprise NX-01 in the episode “Fallen Hero.”

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30. Enterprise NX-01

The Enterprise is Starfleet's first warp 5 capable ship and the first to carry the name Enterprise. Although it does not have the technology and weaponry of Enterprise ships from future centuries, its creation and missions lead to humans being a powerful player in interstellar politics.

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29. D7-class battle cruiser

The D7-class battle cruiser is a 23rd-century Klingon warship that is also used by the Romulan military. At its peak, its impressive armament makes it one of the scariest sights for Federation ships. However, the design is eventually retired for the more impressive K’t’inga class in the 2270s.

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28. Deep Space 9

Deep Space 9 is a space station that grows in power throughout the series of the same name. It is built as a Cardassian mining vessel, but when they withdrew, Starfleet took it over to make it an important commercial and defensive port in Bajoran space. Since it had blue collar beginnings, the original armament is relatively pedestrian. That changes during the Federation-Klingon War, when it is retrofitted with a whopping 5,000 torpedoes. 

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27. Jem'Hadar battle cruiser

The Jem’Hadar make up the military branch of the Dominion, the primary enemy in Deep Space Nine, and their battleships do not disappoint. They can reach a warp speed of 9.6 and once they reach their destination, their torpedo volleys make quick work of enemies. Deep Space 9 considers just one battle cruiser to be a significant threat and the Dominion send many more than that to the Alpha Quadrant, kicking off the harrowing Dominion War.

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K’t’inga-class battle cruiser

The K’t’inga battle cruiser becomes the most powerful Klingon ship in the Imperial fleet once it enters the scene in the 2270s, and it remains at the top for nearly a century. It reaches a speed of at least warp 5, has disruptor cannons, phasers, fore and aft torpedo launchers, and concussive charge weaponry. It also comes with standard deflector shields and signature Klingon cloaking technology. 

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25. U.S.S. Shenzhou NCC-1227

The Shenzhou is a Walker-class Federation starship considered old but reliable by the mid-23rd century. In addition to standard Federation armament, it houses a plasmatic filter, which is meant to give it extra protection against plasma weaponry. Although resilient, it can not hold its ground when it becomes the first ship attacked in the Battle at the Binary Stars in the Star Trek: Discovery episode of the same name and is ultimately abandoned by its crew. 

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24. Vor'Cha-class attack cruiser

If you want to pick a fight with the Klingons in the mid to late-24th century, you are bound to go up against a Vor’cha-class attack cruiser. It boasts enough firepower to destroy a subterranean base. Yet, it struggles against targets with superior fortification. Even after this class is usurped by the Negh’var-class to be the flagship for the Imperial Fleet, it still sees action in the Klingon-Cardassian and Federation-Klingon War. 

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23. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-B

The Enterprise-A is succeeded by the Enterprise-B, which solidifies Starfleet’s era of Excelsior-class ships. Unfortunately, the Enterprise-B has a disastrous beginning when its first-ever mission sees it trapped inside the Nexus ribbon and results in James T. Kirk’s disappearance (he is rescued 78 years later from the Nexus by Captain Picard.) It does, however, manage to save face in several Star Trek novels including The Captain’s Daughter and Serpents Among the Ruins.

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22. U.S.S. Excelsior NX-2000

The Excelsior really shows its power when Captain Hikaru Sulu takes command of it in the 2290s during the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. This Excelsior-class prototype is the first transwarp-capable ship in the Federation, a revolutionary propulsion concept that allowed it to hit speeds some Starfleet engineers once considered impossible. 

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21. D’deridex-class Romulan warbird

Captain Picard and crew encounter many of these Romulan warbirds throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation and they will be the first to tell you that they are nothing to mess around with. Powered by a forced-quantum singularity, these vessels are some of the most advanced starships in the entire Alpha Quadrant. They come packed with disruptor arrays, phasers, photon torpedoes, deflector shields, and, of course, a cloaking device. 

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20. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, Prime timeline

The Enterprise, famous for its five-year mission to explore the galaxy with Kirk at the helm during The Original Series, is not as technically impressive as some of the ships preceding it. However, like the Enterprise NX-01, it draws power from the bold progress it represents.

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19. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A

The Enterprise-A is a Constitution-class Federation vessel that is captained by Kirk from 2286-93 for the first few Star Trek movies. It is a similar ship to the Enterprise NCC-1701 except it has a more automated torpedo system. 

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18. Negh'Var warship

In the 24th century, this Klingon warship becomes the flagship of an already impressive fleet. It is known to be one of the most massive and technically-advanced ships in the galaxy. Nothing is quite as threatening as a 2,250-foot ship that can fully cloak until it’s close enough to start blasting you with multiple disruptor rays.

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17. U.S.S. Voyager (NCC-74656)

The Voyager is an Intrepid-class ship that earns fame when Captain Kathryn Janeway leads it on the Federation's first successful exploration of the Delta Quadrant. Starfleet didn’t mean to send the Voyager that way, so it’s fortunate the Voyager can cruise at a warp factor of 9.975. The vessel reaches its full power thanks to integration with Borg technology, including a stolen transwarp coil. 

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16. U.S.S. Discovery (NCC-1031)

The Discovery is a 23rd century Federation Crossfield-class ship. As a science vessel, it has relatively standard weaponry for its time. What sets it apart is its displacement-activated spore hub drive. This drive uses harvested mycelium spores from fungi to take subspace roads inside the mycelial network. In layman's terms, it is able to jump huge galactic distances quicker than ever imagined, although at the time the technology is experimental and extremely dangerous.  

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15. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, Kelvin timeline

In the Kelvin timeline, Starfleet has a rapidly-developing military after receiving a devastating attack from the renegade Romulan Nero. This leads to the Constitution-class Enterprise seen in Star Trek (2009) being almost twice the size of its Prime timeline counterpart. It also means the weaponry installed rivals an armament from the 25th century in the Prime reality. 

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14. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D

This starship, captained by Picard during The Next Generation, serves as the flagship of the Federation during its impressive seven-year mission. Early in its career, it is able to push warp 9.6. Its features include a separating saucer and armaments that include 12 phaser arrays and two torpedo launchers.  For perspective, the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D is also roughly twice the size of the Consitution-class Enterprise that Kirk captained. 

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13. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E

The Sovereign-class Enterprise-E succeeds the Enterprise-D to become the most technologically-advanced starship produced by Starfleet. It can theoretically reach a warp speed of 9.995. Any doubts about its firepower are dismissed on one of its first missions when it’s able to destroy a Borg cube.

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12. Xindi weapon

Only one Xindi weapon makes it to Earth, and it fires one shot before self-destructing, but that one shot manages to kill seven million people as seen in the Enterprise episode “The Expanse.” Captain Archer quantum dates a fragment of the weapon which shows it was constructed 420 years in the future. It’s important to mention they were made in collaboration with the Sphere Builders. In an alternate time, these probes successfully destroy Earth and nearly the rest of humanity. 

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11. The Scimitar

The Scimitar, featured in Star Trek: Nemesis, is a Reman warbird made specifically to overthrow the Romulan government and destroy the Federation, so it comes with a little extra firepower. In addition to its warp 9.7 capability, pulse disruptor cannons, and photon torpedo launchers, it possesses a thalaron biogenic pulse weapon. That’s a chemical weapon capable of destroying all life on a planet within seconds. 

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