"to boldly go where no one has gone before"
The Galaxy Class starship entered service in 2353 marking the crowning achievement of almost seventy-five years of engineering advancements starting with the Transwarp Development Project in the late 22nd century. With two variants in service, the Galaxy Class has serviced the Federation and Starfleet even though some were incomplete. Galaxy Class vessels are the largest in the fleet, built to boast Starfleet's most advanced technology and show the Federation's presence as if a core member world was next door.
Initial production of the Galaxy Class began at the Advanced Starship Design Bureau Integration Facility, Utopia Planitia, Mars, and has since expanded to include other classified bases where nearly two of these vessels enter service each year. The first of the variants were assembled and launched from the Advanced Starship Design Bureau Integration Facility, Utopia Planitia, Mars starting in 2369 before being consolidated with the rest of the primary production facilities on Earth, namely McKinley Station by 2370.
enterprise d - the flagship of starfleet
The design of primary and secondary hulls has been a staple of Starfleet since it's inception over two hundred years ago. Advances in that design includes the emergency separation mode. Where the primary and secondary hull split into two separate vehicles each capable of individual flight maneuvers. However this design was an emergency response only, which required the ship to be towed to a Starbase to be put back together. However the Galaxy Class, unlike the Excelsior and Ambassador Classes, can perform a saucer separation and rejoin itself, one of the biggest advances since the procedure was conceived. This advance in saucer separation makes it possible for the Galaxy Class to use the maneuver more often as a tactical maneuver, instead of a strategic contingency.
The Galaxy Class is well armed. Describing it as the best-armed ship in Starfleet could lead to arguments, but the vessel has always been able to hold it's own, even in some mismatched battles. Being the first vessel to mount the Type-X Phaser Array has made the class a foe to contend with. However, at the time of it's design, Starfleet decided that it would be best to limit the amount of torpedo tubes aboard the vessels. Designers went with five, in the original specs. After layout problems and Starfleet's recommendation for less, the designers went back to the drawing boards. They decided to use a larger launching system, one that would be able to process a loadout of ten casings. There were two of these launchers placed into the plans (plus an extra launcher for the separated saucer); Starfleet approved. Since that time, designs of other classes have had increasingly more amounts of torpedo launchers and tubes placed on them. This to counter the new and increasingly more powerful threats facing Starfleet.
The fifth starship Enterprise was contructed at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards orbiting Mars and was completed in late 2363 launched on stardate 40759.5. Before its first mission the Enterprise-D stopped at Earth Station McKinley to pick up crew members including Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Captain Picard assumed command of the Enterprise-D in 2364 on stardate 41148. During the first mission to Farpoint Station, Admiral Leonard McCoy arrived from the USS Hood NCC-42296 making an inspection of the Enterprise-D's medical facilities. During the Enterprise-D's first mission first known contact with the Q Continuum was made.
The Enterprise became the flagship of the Federation, serving to represent it in several dipolmatic and defensive situations. In major hostile confrontations the Enterprise-D was on the front lines. The crew of the Enterprise have made many important scientific discoveries and its mission of exploration of space brought it to uncharted sectors of the Alpha Quadrant.
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When Captain Picard was assimilated by the Borg becoming Locutus,
Commander William Riker was given a field commission of captain of
the Enterprise in 2367. When Picard was saved by the crew, Riker went
back to his rank of commander and first officer. A few years later
in 2369 Captain Jellico was given command of the Enterprise by Admiral
Nechayev when Picard was sent on a secret mission to Celtris III.
Jellico's experience with the Cardassians proved vital in resolving
the situation and recovering Picard.
All good things come to end, and the Enterprise did. In 2371, while at Veridian III the Enterprise was attack by a Klingon Bird of Prey that gained access to the shield frequency and was able to fire several disruptor charges that caused a warp core breach. The ship separated, the stardrive section was destroyed and the saucer section crash landed on the planet. No one was killed, however the ship was deemed a total lost.