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[[Image:columbiawiki.jpg|left]]The starship Columbia was named in honor of the old earth space shuttle Columbia that was destroyed in a tragic accident in 2003. The first ship to enter outer space with the name Columbia was a pioneer in earth's early space history. It is no coincidence that Columbia left dry dock almost exactly 400 years after her ancestor entered earth's orbit for the first time.
 
  
Commissioning of the new starship Columbia marks an exciting change for Starfleet. With the [[ma:Dominion War|Dominion War]] long over and ongoing peace talks with the [[ma:Romulan Star Empire|Romulan Star Empire]] progressing, Starfleet has shifted construction of its vessels away from wartime duty towards its primary mission of exploration. The existing [[ma:Nebula class|Nebula Class]] design facilitates this change in mission.
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Columbia sacrifices the battle capabilities of some more recent vessels, but she is well equipped with some of the latest breaking and largely untested Starfleet technology. What Columbia lacks in offensive firepower, she makes up with technological advancement.
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Named for the first NASA space shuttle to be launched into Earth orbit, the '''USS ''Columbia''''' (NCC-85279) is a {{c|Nebula}} Long Term Deep Space Exploration & Reconnaissance Explorer. It is presently assigned to the distant [[Sagittarius Reach]] along the galactic edge and is under the command of Captain [[Theo Whittaker]]. Commander [[Jarred Thoran]] serves as it’s Executive Officer.
  
While she served through 2382 and part of 2383 as an exploration vessel, she was soon reassigned, with her crew, to StarBase 118 Operations. She was active as the field ship in that capacity, until 2384, when she was put into dry-dock for a review of her warp systems.
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Originally launched in 2382 as part of a Starfleet initiative to return to the peaceful exploration of space after over a decade of strife with the Borg, the [[Dominion]] and other external threats, the ''Columbia'' was originally assigned to explore the Gamma Quadrant before it was reassigned to [[StarBase 118]] as it’s primary support vessel, where it remained in service until 2390 when it was severely damaged during the course of an assignment and put into drydock for extensive repairs in refits.
  
Following the failed attempt at creating an artificial wormhole for incredibly fast interstellar travel, the Columbia was severely damaged.  After limping back to StarBase 118, Captain [[Avatar, Mal|Avatar]] and his crew were transferred to [[StarBase 118 Ops|Starbase 118 Operations]]. The Columbia is currently being repaired and will one day be StarBase 118's primary support vehicle.
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These repairs and refits were completed by mid-2391 and command was given to Captain [[Ben Livingston|Benjamin Livingston]]. Assigned to the Trinity-Serellan Defence Fleet, ''Columbia'' sported a new bridge module, enhanced sensor capabilities, additional support craft and other system upgrades. By 2392, command of the ''Columbia'' had passed to Commander [[Brek]] before the vessel was ordered to return to [[Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards|Utopia Planitia]] for further upgrades and testing at the end of the year.
  
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In September 2393, the 'Columbia' was once again reassigned to [[StarBase 118]] as the primary support vessel for the Trojan-II class space station and placed under the captaincy of [[Sal Taybrim]] where it served for over a year with distinction, seeing action against the resurgent forces of the Orion Syndicate in the Trinity Sector. In the December of 2394, the vessel was seconded to the [[Andaris Task Force]] and upon arrival at [[Deep Space 26]] ordered to undergo its most extensive refits yet.
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Work on the ship continued until mid-2395 when it was placed into active service once again and assigned to the [[Sagittarius Reach]] on a mission of long term space exploration under the command of Captain [[Theo Whittaker|Whittaker]]. ''Columbia'' now features an entirely new bridge module and Captain’s Yacht, an uprated propulsion system that allows it to reach a maximum speed of Warp 9.9, a state-of-the-art sensor suite based off of those found aboard {{C|Luna}} starships, cutting edge medical facilities and- perhaps most importantly- greatly expanded scientific facilities and laboratories. These additions and upgrades allow the ''Columbia'' to operate independent of Starfleet facilities and outposts for up to five years.
* Theme Song: [http://columbia.starbase118.net/music/columbia%20theme%20song.mp3 Listen to the Columbia's Theme Song]
 
* Ship Specs: [[Columbia Ship Specs|Read Columbia's full ship specs]]
 
  
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Latest revision as of 16:05, 11 June 2019

USS Columbia



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“There are always possibilities.”


Named for the first NASA space shuttle to be launched into Earth orbit, the USS Columbia (NCC-85279) is a Nebula class Long Term Deep Space Exploration & Reconnaissance Explorer. It is presently assigned to the distant Sagittarius Reach along the galactic edge and is under the command of Captain Theo Whittaker. Commander Jarred Thoran serves as it’s Executive Officer.

Originally launched in 2382 as part of a Starfleet initiative to return to the peaceful exploration of space after over a decade of strife with the Borg, the Dominion and other external threats, the Columbia was originally assigned to explore the Gamma Quadrant before it was reassigned to StarBase 118 as it’s primary support vessel, where it remained in service until 2390 when it was severely damaged during the course of an assignment and put into drydock for extensive repairs in refits.

These repairs and refits were completed by mid-2391 and command was given to Captain Benjamin Livingston. Assigned to the Trinity-Serellan Defence Fleet, Columbia sported a new bridge module, enhanced sensor capabilities, additional support craft and other system upgrades. By 2392, command of the Columbia had passed to Commander Brek before the vessel was ordered to return to Utopia Planitia for further upgrades and testing at the end of the year.

In September 2393, the 'Columbia' was once again reassigned to StarBase 118 as the primary support vessel for the Trojan-II class space station and placed under the captaincy of Sal Taybrim where it served for over a year with distinction, seeing action against the resurgent forces of the Orion Syndicate in the Trinity Sector. In the December of 2394, the vessel was seconded to the Andaris Task Force and upon arrival at Deep Space 26 ordered to undergo its most extensive refits yet.

Work on the ship continued until mid-2395 when it was placed into active service once again and assigned to the Sagittarius Reach on a mission of long term space exploration under the command of Captain Whittaker. Columbia now features an entirely new bridge module and Captain’s Yacht, an uprated propulsion system that allows it to reach a maximum speed of Warp 9.9, a state-of-the-art sensor suite based off of those found aboard Luna class starships, cutting edge medical facilities and- perhaps most importantly- greatly expanded scientific facilities and laboratories. These additions and upgrades allow the Columbia to operate independent of Starfleet facilities and outposts for up to five years.


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