The USS Constitution (NCC-1700), named after the organizing charter and bylaws of a state or nation, was the prototype of the Constitution-class heavy cruisers in service to Starfleet in the 23rd century. She would unfortunately be destined to labor for her entire career in the shadow of her more famous sisters, both named Enterprise.

Constitution was commanded by Fleet Captain Garth of Izar, most notably during the Axanar Rebellion of 2245-55, then by Commodore Darion Page from 2256-69 and lost in action. (Decipher ST:RPG Starships)

Assignment patchEdit

Prior to the 2270s Fleetwide adoption of the Enterprise delta shield as an insignia, there were two different assignment patches for Constitution -- within which would be the Command, Sciences, or Operations symbols in black; or the Medicine symbol in red:


The first was a triangular shape (two straight sides and a curved underside) resembling a left-facing pennant. (cover art for TOS novel: My Brother's Keeper trilogy: Constitution)


The second was a circle with an isosceles triangle superimposed on it, left of the vertical centerline. (TOS comic: "Romulans: The Hollow Crown")


Arc of the WolfEdit

In late 2242, Constitution engaged a fleet of pirate vessels. Her chief engineer at the time was named Colburn. (Arc of the Wolf: On the Nature of Wind)  The Enterprise is the only one of her class to be refit and then returned to active service. Due to the extensive work and cost of upgrade, the Constitution (in 2269) and her sister ships are to be decommissioned. ("Godspeed")

Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 4: Starships of the Original Series EraEdit

The Constitution was destroyed in 2268 by a subspace rift. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 4: Starships of the Original Series Era)

Star Trek: Avenger continuityEdit

The Constitution, during the late 2250s, was the flagship of a task force commanded by Fleet Captain Garth at the Battle of Axanar (Star Trek: Avenger).

In the 2270s, the Constitution was the first Federation vessel to encounter a K't'inga-class (aka D7M) heavy battlecruiser. (From the Files of Star Fleet Command; Federation Reference Series 2)

In the 2280s, the Constitution was commanded by Jason Genser. Many of his command staff would later go on to command their own vessels, such as the USS Avenger and the USS Challenger.

Star Trek: Shadowstar Station continuityEdit

Kzin pirates attacked the interstellar liner SS Vymastre of Vega in 2284. Three-fourths of the crew and passengers were killed (and many eaten) before Federation starships — including the USS Constitution — engaged the pirates in combat. Carolyn Adiwoso was among the survivors. After several months in rehabilitation, she resigned from her firm. The next year, she entered Starfleet Academy. (Star Trek: Shadowstar Station: "Vymastre")

Star Trek: The Quarterdeck Breed continuityEdit

Rear Admiral Clifford Winslow sought and won the appointment as the first captain of the Constitution. (Star Trek: The Quarterdeck Breed: "Constitution")


The Constitution was later destroyed in unreported circumstances. (Trekmania)

Star Trek: The Intrepid AdventuresEdit

Then Captain Jake Caffey was in command of the Constitution from 2265-2270 before being promoted to Commodore and assuming command of the Star League. Captain Telek is in command after Jake Caffey. (Star Trek: The Intrepid Adventures: "Transitions"), (Star Trek: The Intrepid Adventures: "Healing Wounds")

Bait and Switch continuity Edit

The Constitution was duplicated as the player ship in the version of the Kobayashi Maru scenario taken by Brevet Lieutenant Commander Kanril Eleya in 2407. (Bait and Switch: "The Universe Doesn't Cheat")

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