Star Trek Expanded Universe

USS Oberth (NCC-602) was the prototype of the Oberth-class of science vessels in Federation Starfleet service during the late 23rd century. The first components were gamma-welded at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards in 2273. Oberth was launched on 21 February 2275 from the San Francisco Orbital Yards, then began shakedown trials. She was formally commissioned on 11 October 2275. (Strategic Design: Oberth Class NX-602 Starship Prototype: External Blueprints and Internal Deck Plans; Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet)

In 2293, Oberth was assigned to a deep-space exploration mission at the time of the proposal for Operation Retrieve. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)


The class and lead ship were named after Hermann Oberth, a German 20th century space travel enthusiast and author of the book Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen.

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Avalon Universe[]

In the Avalon Universe timeline, this ship debuted in the 2260s. Lieutenant Amanda Beck was assigned to her, as was Derek Mason. (Demons)

Orion Press[]

In this continuity, the Oberths were in existence by 2267, and the lead ship and prototype had the registry NCC-626.

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