We often see the models of previous Enterprises in the ready room of the captains. Is this the only ship name in the Federation which has such a rich history of use?

I recall in the series Enterprise the Andorian claimed that his ship also have a history of being the pride of their fleet, going back for centuries.

  • How about Voyager and the Defiant? Oh wait you mean history of use as in number of ships that shared the name ;-) – maple_shaft May 7 '12 at 15:26
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    There was the USS Defiant in the original series episode The Tholian Web. – Xantec May 7 '12 at 15:47

Most of the Federation ships that are crewed by majority-human crews have names from actual real-world history (which conveniently is also the canon backstory for ST). In the real world there have been more ships named USS Enterprise than on the show, even. So they extended this rich real-world history to in-universe history for the human ships.

There are also 7 USS Saratogas, 2 USS Valiants, 4 USS Constellations and 4 USS Intrepids.


Starfleet certainly seems to reuse names in general, not just Enterprise. Memory Alpha will give you several names that have gotten three uses (even not counting mirror universe or alt-universe versions): Defiant, Saratoga, Intrepid, Valiant, and probably a few that I'm missing. There aren't any that I can see which have gotten more than three, but you could easily imagine that to be a matter of show focus, not a fact about the world.

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    Just looking at names recycled from historical warships you'll find several examples, e.g. HMS Reliance (1793). Just google. – dmckee May 7 '12 at 16:26
  • @dmckee Yes, most of the names come from real ship, with a few exceptions like the Defiant. – Mark Beadles May 7 '12 at 16:39
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    @MarkBeadles: That one too en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Defiance . Ooohh and that links to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Defiance . All of which is perfectly reasonable. Navies like traditions and there is no reason to expect that to change. – dmckee May 7 '12 at 16:41
  • Defiant =/= Defiance, but close enough I guess. Also it allows the producers/writers to have a rich history for their ships without having to invent them. – Mark Beadles May 7 '12 at 16:45
  • D'oh! Not close enough. I was fooled by my browser auto-completeing google searches. – dmckee May 7 '12 at 17:25

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