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Columbia (NX-02) was the second Starfleet NX-class starship in service during the mid-22nd century, as well as the second in to have a warp five engine.



In the year 2151, Columbia was one of three NX-class starships still in the planning stages, intended for deep space, long-range exploration. (ENT: "Fortunate Son")

At the time of the Xindi attack on Earth in 2153, the ship was still under construction (and unnamed), but scheduled to be completed and launched by mid-2154. After several delays, it was launched in late November of that year. (ENT: "The Expanse", "Affliction")

Several months before launch, Columbia's commanding officer, Captain Erika Hernandez invited Captain Jonathan Archer aboard to view construction efforts and to enlist his aid in crew selection. Archer also suggested modifications to the ship, including a larger arsenal with which to defend the ship. (ENT: "Home")

Construction and Launch

In November of 2154, Columbia was stuck in dry dock with engine trouble, delaying her launch, and rendering her unable to assist Enterprise during the hunt for the Romulan drone-ship. (ENT: "United")

The ship was still understaffed prior to its launch. Captain Hernandez had twice offered Commander Charles Tucker, chief engineer aboard Enterprise, a position aboard Columbia, which he rejected. Following Enterprise's mission to Andoria in late 2154, however, Tucker finally accepted Hernandez's offer, and requested a transfer to Columbia, to help fulfill that ship's need for experienced officers. (ENT: "The Aenar")

Tucker's work ethic prompted two crewmembers to request transfer off of the engineering team; however, he was successful in fixing Columbia's engine problems, and the vessel was able to be launched. (ENT: "Affliction", "Bound")

Early Mission

Soon after the launch of Columbia, she was called into service to assist Enterprise after that vessel had been sabotaged by Klingon forces. The two vessels engaged in hazardous close-quarter maneuvering at warp 5.2, allowing Tucker to be transferred over to fix the problem. Columbia also assisted in recovering Doctor Phlox from Qu'Vat colony, engaging in battle with several Klingon vessels.

Following the resolution of that crisis, Tucker transferred back to Enterprise and resumed his duties. (ENT: "Divergence", "Bound")

Technical Information

Compared to the class prototype, Enterprise, Columbia possessed advanced polarized hull plating, improved 12% above initial designs. (ENT: "Home")

Columbia also featured ventral and dorsal photonic torpedo launchers as well as pulsed phase cannons (a relatively new technology). Other improvements included an upgraded navigational deflector, improved computer interface technology and a modified bridge interior, utilizing stations that were tied directly into the primary EPS junction. (ENT: "Home")

Spaceframe and major structural elements of the NX-02, however, were generally identical to that of her predecessor.

Major Refit

In 2155, as part of a major fleet upgrade program she was recalled to Earth in order to be fitted with a new secondary hull that offered eight additional decks, as well as experimental energy shields and deflector technology. At the same time that tech was installed on Enterprise. (Prologue


Later that same year she was destroyed over the Avatar world by a Romulan bird-of-prey. Captain Erika Hernandez and most of her senior staff with the exception of her first officer and chief engineer were captured by Azula.

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