|Ship Name:||USS Helena|
|Yard:||Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards|
|Propulsion:||Nacelles: 2 LE-10 “Leopard” Advanced Linear Warp Drive Units|
Impulse: 3 FIG-5 Subatomic Unified Energy Impulse Units (2 in saucer section, one in the engineering hull)
|Speed:||Cruising Speed: Warp 6|
Maximum Speed: Warp 9.6 (12 hours)
|Complement:||300 (210 enlisted, 90 officers) – “Full Complement”|
200 (143 enlisted, 67 officers) – AVERAGE LOAD
|Armament:||7 type-XI phaser emitters|
3 Mk 95 torpedo launchers (2 fore, 1 aft)
|Shuttlecraft:||Shuttlecraft: 3 type-5|
|Motto:||God, give us peace! Not such as lulls to sleep,|
But sword on thigh, and brow with purpose knit!
And let our Ship of State to harbor sweep,
Her ports all up, her battle-lanterns lit,
And her leashed thunders gathering for their leap! - James Russell Lowell
The USS Helena (NCC-80455) was a Federation Starfleet Renaissance-II-class starship in service during the 24th century. (Star Trek: Hidden Frontier; Star Trek: The Helena Chronicles, Star Trek: Odyssey)
After her shakedown cruise in 2382, the Helena was assigned to Captain Tolian Naros's command by Admiral Ian Quincy Knapp. Captain Elizabeth Shelby oversaw her commissioning ceremony at Deep Space 12. (HF: "Her Battle Lanterns Lit")
Under Naros's command, the Helena played a pivotal role in the Battle of Tren'La, launching several Horta at the Tren'La tetrahedron. The Horta disabled the tetrahedron, causing the tide to be turned against Siroc. (HF: "Heavy Losses")
By 2384, Helena was commanded by Captain Theresa Faisal, who had been executive officer under Naros. Her first officer was Commander Jorian Dao. In 2386, Helena underwent refit and was equipped with a quantum slipstream drive. Under now-Captain Dao's command, Helena departed on a diplomatic and exploration mission to Archein space in the Andromeda galaxy. (Star Trek: Hidden Frontier, Star Trek: The Helena Chronicles, Star Trek: Odyssey)
Helena was built at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards and was then modified for Captain Naros's specific requirements and mission profile. These modifications included special impulse manifolds and sensor suites for optimal efficiency within the Briar Patch. In addition, due to the sensitive nature of Helena's missions within the Briar Patch, the ship's systems were modified and automated to be fully functional even when manned by less than the ship's rated skeleton crew complement.
The Helena's registry number is an homage to Hidden Frontier technical consultant Jonathan Connor-Foertsch's parents - his mother's birth month (April), and his father's birth year (1955).
Helena was named by staff writer Carlos Pedraza after his mother and the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana, where he attended university.
- USS Helena article on Hidden Frontier Encyclopedia