U.S.S. Excelsior. The first starship of the Excelsior class, built at the San Francisco Fleet Yards on Earth. The vessel was launched in 2284 on stardate 8105.5 with a registry number NX-2000. The ship was first commanded by Captain Styles, and was the testbed vehicle for the unsuccessful transwarp drive development project. (STAR TREK III: The Search For Spock).

In 2287 the ship was fitted with standard warp drive, redesignated as an exploratory vessel and given the registry designation NCC-2000. Captain Hikaru Sulu assumed command of the Starship Excelsior in 2290 and he began a three-year mission aboard her cataloging planetary atmospheric anomalies in the Beta Quadrant. Upon successful completion of this mission in 2293, the crew of the Excelsior encountered a subspace shock wave resulting from the accidental destruction of the Klingons' chief energy-producing moon, Praxis. Captain Sulu communicated with the Klingons and offered them assistance. This offer was refused. A short while later Klingon Chancellor Gorkon was assassinated and Captain James Kirk and Dr. McCoy were accused of the crime and were taken to the Klingon Homeworld to be tried. (STAR TREK VI: The Undiscovered Country).

Against Starfleet orders, Captain Sulu decided to mount a rescue of Kirk and McCoy. Junior science officer Ensign Tuvok confronted Captain Sulu about the breach of orders but to no avail. To conceal the Excelsior's approach to Qo'noS, Sulu ordered the Excelsior through the Azure Nebula. It was there that he encountered a Klingon Battle Cruiser commanded by Captain Kang who insisted on escorting the Excelsior out of the nebula. To evade Kang, Sulu ordered that the volatile sirillium gas contained in the nebula be ignited. Once away from Kang's ship, three more Klingon Battlecruisers appeared and engaged the Excelsior. In the ensuing battle, junior science officer Lieutenant Dmitri Valtane was fatally injured. Captain Sulu aborted the rescue mission and retreated back to Federation space. ("Flashback" [VGR]).

Captain Sulu and the Excelsior later played a key role in the Khitomer Peace Conference of 2293 by assisting the U.S.S. Enterprise-A in its battle with General Chang's prototype Bird-of-Prey and by preventing the assassination of Klingon Chancellor Azetbur. (STAR TREK VI: The Undiscovered Country).

Some years later in 2370, the Excelsior, presumably under the command of a different captain, assisted the U.S.S. Nobel in the ultimately unsuccessful search and rescue mission for the U.S.S. Hera. ("Interface" [TNG])

The Excelsior-class ship was designed by Bill George and the model was built at Industrial Light and Magic.

Ship's Dedication Plaque:

Starship Excelsior's Motto:
"No matter where you go, there you are"

Exterior Starship Views:

Port Profile

Top Plan

Bottom Plan


Length Overall 467.0 m (1532.2 ft)
Width Overall 181.6 m (595.8 ft)
Height Overall 77.8 m (255.4 ft)
Nacelle Length 248.6 m (815.7 ft)
Engineering Hull Length 263.8 m (865.4 ft)
Primary Propulsion Twin Warp Drive Nacelles
Secondary Propulsion Twin Impulse Engines
Cruising Speed Warp Factor 10* (1000c)
Max Safe Speed Warp Factor 12* (1728c)
Number of Decks 18
Crew complement 510
Defense Deflector Shields
Armament 12 Phaser banks,
4 photon torpedo launch tubes

*Note: The speeds given above do not violate the Warp 10 limit as seen in STAR TREK: Voyager and in the STAR TREK Technical Manual, STAR TREK Encyclopedia and STAR TREK Omnipedia. This is because these speeds are given in the Warp System of the Original Series. This is the system used in the classic STAR TREK series and movies. In this Warp System scale it IS possible to exceed warp 10, which is 1000 times the speed of light. Indeed, the Original Starship Enterprise exceeded Warp 14 in the episode "The Changeling" (TOS). Converted to the the Next Generation Era Warp System, Excelsior's cruising speed (old Warp 10) becomes Warp 7.947 in the New system, and its max speed (old Warp 12) becomes Warp 9.328 in the New system.

Excelsior-class Starships:

Ship Name Registry Number Appearances
Excelsior NX-2000
STAR TREK III: The Search For Spock,
STAR TREK VI: The Undiscovered Country,
"Interface" [TNG],
"Flashback" [VGR]
Enterprise NCC-1701-B STAR TREK: Generations
Al-Batani NCC-42995 "Caretaker" [VGR]
Berlin NCC-14232 "Angel One" [TNG]
Cairo NCC-42136 "Chain of Command, Part I" [TNG]
Charleston NCC-42285 "The Neutral Zone" [TNG]
Crazy Horse NCC-50446 "The Pegasus" [TNG]
"Descent, Part I" [TNG]
Crockett NCC-38955 "Paradise" [DS9]
Fearless NCC-14598 "Where No One Has Gone Before" [TNG]
Fredrickson NCC-42111 "A Time to Stand" [DS9]
Gorkon NCC-40512 "Descent, Part I" [TNG]
Grissom NCC-42857 "The Most Toys" [TNG]
Hood NCC-42296 "Encounter at Farpoint" [TNG]
"Allegiance" [TNG]
"Tin Man" [TNG]
"The Defector" [TNG]
Intrepid NCC-38907 "Sins of the Father" [TNG]
"Reunion" [TNG]
"Family" [TNG]
Lakota NCC-42768 "Paradise Lost" [DS9]
Lexington NCC-14427 "Thine Own Self" [TNG]
Livingston NCC-34099 "Invasive Procedures" [DS9]
Malinche NCC-38997 "For the Uniform" [DS9]
Melbourne NCC-62043 "11001001" [TNG]
"Best of Both Worlds, Parts I and II" [TNG]
"Emissary" [DS9]
Okinawa NCC-13958 "Homefront" [DS9]
"Paradise Lost" [DS9]
Potempkin NCC-8253 "Legacy" [TNG]
"Ethics" [TNG]
Repulse NCC-2544 "The Child" [TNG]
"Unnatural Selection" [TNG]
Roosevelt NCC-2573 "Unity" [VGR]
Tecumseh NCC-14934 "Nor the Battle to the Strong" [DS9]
Valley Forge NCC-43305 "Tears of the Prophets" [DS9]
Yorktown Unknown "Flashback" [VGR]

Starship Excelsior in Spacedock


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