Star Trek Expanded Universe

The USS Chimera (NCC-11555) was an Oberth-class starship commissioned on stardate 369032.2 and was built under Naval Construction Contract (NCC) number 11555 at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. (Star Trek: Outpost)

The above stardate contains an extra digit, but is as stated in Outpost's first episode. See "background" section for more.

Dedication plaque[]

The ship's dedication plaque bore a quote from Miguel deCervantes from the musical Man of La Mancha: "To dream the impossible run where the brave dare not reach the unreachable star."


In the mid-24th century, the USS Chimera was on permanent assignment at Deep Space 3, an outpost near the Pinchot Expanse, between the Ferengi Alliance and the First Federation.

The Chimera underwent extensive field modifications and did not meet Starfleet specifications in many areas. Outdated technology from a variety of cultures was incorporated into the ship.

In 2366, DS3 Station Commander Captain Montaine Buchanan announced that Starfleet Command had begun the process of decommissioning Chimera. A number of ships of differing classes were offered as a replacement. No decision had been arrived at. Most of the replacements were finishing up extensive refits. The decommissioning process would be completed between 6 months and one year.

When Starfleet mounted a defense against the Borg in early 2367, the Chimera took the place of the damaged USS Remington, but arrived too late, after the Battle of Wolf 359. The Chimera began search and rescue operations, recovering escape pods, and survivors from the USS Lord Tennyson and other vessels. Their rescue and recovery efforts were interrupted by a fleet of scavenger ships intent on plundering the hulks for anything useable or valuable. Chimera fought hard, but was not designed for a prolonged battle. After hours of exchanging fire, Chimera's systems were failing. Captain Exler finally ordered all personnel, save herself and Master Chief Burt Knox to a nearby hospital ship, the USS Errand of Mercy. Their attempt to engage and destroy the lead scavenger ship was interrupted by the timely arrival of the Remington. Exler requested a tow back to Deep Space Three. (Star Trek: Outpost: "This Hallowed Space Parts 1 and 2")

Crew manifest[]


  • The Chimera is described throughout Outpost as an old vessel. In "What Could Be So Bad?", the pilot episode, the commissioning date of the Chimera is given as stardate 369032.2, which contains an extra digit before the point, making it incompatible and indecipherable when compared with other 24th century stardates. One possible solution is to render it as stardate 36903.22, which would render a date in 2359, and mean that Chimera is only 7 years old when she's up to be decommissioned in 2366. This is highly unlikely, given discussions of the ship being significantly older than that, and there is no way to easily adjust the stardate for a more accurate year.

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