For the series written based upon this ship, see USS Baldwin (series)

The USS Baldwin (NCC-2013) was a Federation Miranda-class starship in service during the 24th century.

History[edit | edit source]

The Baldwin was launched in the late 23rd Century under the command of Patrick C. Ingrum. At some point, a Romulan cloaking device was secretly installed. The Baldwin was declared lost after an attack by a Cardassian warship near Aloran IV. The Cardassians were able to breach the bridge, causing everyone on the bridge to be blown out, including Captain Ingrum and first officer Jennifer Ripley. The Baldwin was able to destroy the attacking warship and limit the casualties to the bridge officers. However, the surviving senior officer, chief engineer Everett Palmer, ordered the ship abandoned. The cloaking device was activated and the ship was left adrift. (USS Baldwin: "Two of Us")

The Baldwin remained adrift until 2374, when Commander Patrick Ingrum (the great-grandson of the Baldwin's original captain) detected the presence of the cloaked ship near Aloran IV. While attempting to recover the ship, Commander Ingrum and his crew were able to fend off a group of Jem'Hadar fighters. Patrick reported the recovery of the Baldwin to Admiral Ross, who ordered the ship into service and made the younger Patrick Ingrum her new captain. (USS Baldwin: "The Find")

Because, in part, of the Cloaking device was found on the Baldwin, The Romulans and the Federation reevaluated and eventually rescinded, the section of the treaty barring the use of cloaks by the Federation. After amending the agreement with the Romulans, an experimental phasing cloak was installed (USS Baldwin: "The Find"). The warp drive was also tweaked to make Baldwin capable of traveling at least Warp 9.9 safely (USS Baldwin: "Wartime Productions") The engines were pushed to Warp 9.997 on Stardate 54257, in late 2377 (USS Baldwin: "Against the Wind")

Captain Ingrum also installed a special program which activates the phasing cloak and utilized holo-technology to fool another ship into thinking it has been destroyed. The Baldwin utilized this feature in a confrontation with the USS Tian An Men, under control of Khan Noonien Singh when Khan utilized a prefix code on Baldwin. Upon realizing the deception, Khan retaliated by stealing the DNA of many of Baldwin's crew (USS Baldwin: "The Return of Khan").

Baldwin was seriously disabled during a skirmish in 2375, requiring two weeks in drydock. During the time, Patrick created a prototype strategy room which was activated on Stardate 52162. (USS Baldwin: "Determined Warrior"). The "war room" was successful in detecting an enemy ambush, which was successfully neutralized (USS Baldwin: "Danger Zone"). The war room was a very desirable target for Dominion troops and was the target of an attack on Stardate 52299.8. The USS Ticonderoga intervened, even though she had taken serious damage herself. The Baldwin towed the Ticonderoga back to Starbase 375. (USS Baldwin: "Bullseye")

The Baldwin led the counter-attack of the Breen forces on Earth (USS Baldwin: "Trouble in Paradise") and subsequently stayed near earth to help develop a countermeasure of the Breen weapon. (USS Baldwin: "Resolution")

In May of 2377, Baldwin was disabled due to dilithium failure, and had to be towed by the USS Wildfire. (USS Baldwin: "Frontiers") Additional problems were found, and it was determined that Baldwin needed to undergo a 90-day refit. (USS Baldwin: "Escape") After the refit, Baldwin was assigned to explore the far side of Cardassian space. (USS Baldwin: "Reaction to Action, Part 2")

During Baldwin's exploratory mission, they encountered a severe warp current which led to a subspace sandbar in the Beta Quadrant. The Baldwin discovered the Earth starship Discovery in the sandbar and was able to tow it back to Earth. (USS Baldwin: "Against the Wind")

In September of 2377, the Baldwin was sent to chart warp currents near the Badlands. Based on the charted warp currents, and current charts found on captured criminal ships, Baldwin was assigned to protect the Aloran system. (USS Baldwin: "Slow Burn")

In May of 2378, Baldwin was assigned to a protect a medical transport delivering medical supplies intended to help with an outbreak of Andorian Flu on Salva II. During the mission, first officer Jaimie Petrelli discover she was expecting a child, and that she had a son that had been kidnapped in utero by the Orion Syndicate. (USS Baldwin: "Mother and Child")

Crew[edit | edit source]

Bridge Crew[edit | edit source]

Other Senior Staff[edit | edit source]

Auxiliary Craft[edit | edit source]

Danube-class runabouts[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

The Baldwin has appeared in some capacity in every story except "Backdoor" and "Like the Rain"

Background[edit | edit source]

Baldwin is named for the town of Baldwin City, Kansas, although it could also be named for the World War II destroyer.

The dedication plaque designed by USS Baldwin author Richie Kennedy is a line from the Cyndi Lauper song "Time After Time."

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