Star Trek Expanded Universe

The USS Justice (NCC-556) was a Saladin-class destroyer. She was known by several nicknames but not limited to: The One-Nacelled Wonder and The Lollipop. (Tales of the Seventh Fleet)


Saladin-class destroyers have followed a tradition of naming older than the Federation itself. Following along the lines of past Saladin-class destroyers, NCC-556 was named after a person who excelled in the martial field and became a hero to some and a scourge to others.

Major Elena Mendenhall Justice was this ship's namesake. The actual construction of the starship was almost as colorful an event as Major Justice’s career.

On stardate 9306.12, a key personnel database crashed at Starfleet Headquarters, placing several qualified officers onto the inactive duty rosters. Shortly after the computer glitch several officers approached Captain Edward Tunis III and offered their help to fill out a new command slot opening up on one of the new Saladin-class destroyers.

Six months later Starfleet was gripped by cost overruns at all shipyards, which were forced to cease construction. 13 ships were presently sitting in spacedocks around the Federation with no new crews to operate them.

USS Justice (NCC-556)
mission patch

Finally, on stardate 9403.26, Starfleet notified Captain Tunis that the Saladin-class destroyer USS Justice (NCC-556) -- then under construction at the Florham Park Fleet Yards -- would be ready for a crew approximately nine months later.

During those nine months, the Starfleet Marine Corps was looking for a spot to place one of their crack intelligence units. They needed a platform that could quickly deliver covert operatives to trouble spots around the Federation and found that the Saladin spaceframe was the ticket. Time was spent converting cargo areas into highly classified work areas and office space. Even one of the standard shuttlecraft were adapted for special uses by the now-assigned marine detachment known as the 86th.

Due to heightened tensions between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, construction was sped up on all starships and the Justice was completed on stardate 9412.23. Captain Tunis gave his new crew four weeks notice before their shakedown cruise. On stardate 9501.29 the Justice left Spacedock for her trial runs. Her first five-year mission is going as smoothly as any in Starfleet.

USS Justice NCC-556 commissioning plaque, 09 November 2319.

Current status[]

The USS Justice is currently on patrol near the Romulan Neutral Zone under the command of an Efrosian Captain.


List of USS Justice (NCC-556) personnel

Commanding officers[]

Senior Officers[]


Fan organizations[]

The USS Justice is a chapter of Starfleet International, based in New Jersey since 23 December 1994. (STARFLEET Vessel Registry, May 2011)

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