- Ship Name: Shuttle Craft Thermopylae
- Ship Registry: NCC-34523
- Ship Class: Type-11 Heavy Shuttle
- Ship Status: Destroyed
The Thermopylae is a Type-11 Heavy Shuttle assigned to the USS Ronin, named after the Battle of Thermopylae, pronounced thər móppəlee in Greek, (August or September 480 BC) The Battle of Thermopylae took place over three days during the second Persian invasion of Greece. It took place simultaneously with the naval battle at Artemisium, at the pass of Thermopylae ('The Hot Gates'). It was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I. The Persian invasion was a delayed response to the defeat of the first Persian invasion of Greece, which had been ended by the Athenian victory at the Battle of Marathon. Xerxes had amassed a huge army and navy, and set out to conquer all of Greece. The Athenian general Themistocles had proposed that the Allied Greeks block the advance of the Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae, and simultaneously block the Persian navy at the Straits of Artemisium.
On Stardate 238512.24 Lt.Cmdr Wilde along with Lt Adair-Walker, Lt. Wood and Lt.Jg. Shepard took the shuttle to Planet Layte to deactivate the self destruct sequence on a crashed Federation shuttle, threatening to destroy a whole continent, as well as to ascertain the damage to the society the shuttle had caused.
More information on this mission can be found here: Ronin Mission Archive
On Stardate 238605.27 the shuttle was used in the evacuation of the USS Ronin, after it became apparent the Romulans could be planning an attack on the almost defenceless USS Ronin Captain Walker gave the order for all Shuttle Craft and Fighters to attack the Romulans with everything they had. During this attack Shuttle Craft Thermopylae was destroyed with all hands, due to the evacuation it is estimated that 5 Starfleet Personnel gave their lives to save the USS Ronin, part of the overall 89 lives lost that day.