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I ask this because I was myself asked, and did not know the answer (despite being a life-long Trekker). As this refers specifically to the Galaxy-class Enterprise, perhaps there is a specifications sheet that shows the answer?

  • At least 39, not including those that don't have names; memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Federation_shuttlecraft – Valorum Mar 23 '17 at 21:17
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    Does the question refer to the number of shuttles onboard at any one time, or the total throughout the ship's history? – Organic Marble Mar 24 '17 at 12:30
  • @Valorum But some of those were destroyed. We don't know how many of those 39 were replacements. If the question is about the standing complement, I don't think it's possible to answer. – Tim Sep 29 '17 at 2:03
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From Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual:

The USS Enterprise is equipped with auxiliary shuttlecraft to support mission objectives.

Standard complement of shuttlecraft includes ten standard personnel shuttles, ten cargo shuttles, and five special purpose craft. Additional special-purpose shuttles can be provided to a starship as necessary. The Enterprise also carries twelve two-person shuttlepods for extravehicular and short-range use.

Operating rules require that at least eleven shuttle vehicles be maintained at operational status at all times. Cruise Mode operating rules require one standard shuttlecraft and one shuttlepod to be at urgent standby at all times, available for launch at five minutes' notice. Four additional shuttlecraft are always available on immediate standby (thirty minutes to launch), and an additional six vehicles are maintained for launch with twelve hours' notice. Red Alert Mode operating rules require two additional shuttles to be brought to urgent standby, and all nine remaining operational vehicles to be maintained at immediate standby.

The manual also lists what kind of auxiliary spacecrafts were carried on the Enterprise-D:

We also know from on-screen evidence that some Danube-class runabouts were aboard (could these possibly be the mentioned "special purpose craft"?).

And of course, there is also the Captain's Yacht.

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