I found this photo on the web:

Star Trek Starships

Can you please identify the highlighted starship? What is its name? What is its class? When did it appear in canon? Or, is this just a non-canonical artistic creation?

My Approach: From the saucer design, it's an Earth vessel. As the other one is Kirk's ship (from design), it's from the 23rd century. From the graphics quality, it's not from TOS. It's most likely from the 2009 Star Trek movie, but I didn't see that starship in the movie (or, if I did I've forgotten it).

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    More downvotes, please. Its really a poor question. The first Earth vessel displayed in 2009 Star Trek movie was USS Kelvin and its design slipped from my mind.
    – user931
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 18:03
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    There are those in the universe who have NOT seen the new ST movie. For them it's a perfectly interesting and valid question. Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 19:08
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    @DVK While I agree that for those that haven't seen the new ST movie it is a perfectly reasonable question, he mentions in the question that he has seen the movie...which makes it poorly researched.
    – NominSim
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 19:21
  • I feel sad for those who haven't seen it. They are missing a truly great movie.
    – BBlake
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 20:33
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    @NominSim - "perfect visual memory" != "researched". Unless Google could have identified the ship from the image, I don't see how this could be "researched" Commented Aug 16, 2012 at 10:47

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The highlighted ship is the U.S.S. Kelvin from the 2009 Star Trek movie, tailing behind it is the U.S.S. Enterprise. As they never appeared on screen together, I assume it is just a superimposition of the two together, and/or an artists rendition of the two together.

The USS Kelvin (aft view) enter image description here

  • Or another ship of the same class which did survive?
    – Liath
    Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 16:39

looks like the Diligent from the original series, the class is Diligent as well http://www.starscape.org.uk/gallery/st_pic008.jpg

  • Is there anything to confirm this hypothesis or do you just guess because they look the same?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 6:25
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    That ship did not appear in the original series. Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 8:37
  • @KeithThompson - It comes from a series of fan-art pictures; starscape.org.uk/gallery_trek3.php "All images in these galleries have been created by me, please do not post them on other websites without linking back to this website."
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 19:08
  • Based on the 1970s vintage Star Trek Technical Manual the Diligent is either a scout or destroyer. Kelvin was a destroyer, but the overall layout was extremely similar -- single warp nacelle below the saucer, and either no secondary hull or a small one above.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 15:04

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