One of the most famous names on the Starfleet register is U.S.S. Hood. The current U.S.S. Hood is an Excelsior class starship launched in 2287. Hood underwent a period of extensive testing with the experimental Transwarp drive before finally being commissioned on stardate 8457.5. Her motto is taken from HMS Hood and is 'Ventis Secundis' meaning 'With favourable winds'. This Hood was launched during the time which NX 2000 Excelsior was still undergoing testing with her revolutionary new Transwarp drive. Hood was originally designed to incorporate the Transwarp drive, but initial testing revealed problems. By the 2290s, Hood had been converted to conventional warp drive and had taken her rightful place as one of the new vanguard exploratory vessels, pushing back the boundaries of the final frontier.
The first commanding officer of this new Excelsior class U.S.S. Hood was Captain Thomas Saunders. Saunders had been the Executive Officer aboard the old Constitution class U.S.S. Hood and was continuing the "family line" of the Hood. Saunders requested and received Commander Richard Hawkins from the Excelsior. Hawkins had extensive knowledge of the Transwarp system aboard the Excelsior, NX 2000 and was a little bitter with Captain Styles for replacing him with Captain Mongomery Scott for a period in 2285. Hawkins soon joined the Hood as her Chief Engineer - determined not only to whip the Transwarp drive into operational condition, but to deliberately exceed all the standards set by the Excelsior. Hawkins was on his last 5 years as a Starfleet officer before retirement and was determined to go out on the Hood: this was family.
With the declaration of Transwarp drive as a failure, both Excelsior and Hood were converted back to standard warp drive - some argue that the Hood never was actually fitted with Transwarp drive. The Hood then went on to a successful 5-year deep space mission of exploration and diplomacy, attaining First Contact with 2 races and discovering over a dozen new sentient forms of life.
Captain Matthew Tovey took command of the Hood on stardate 9523.5. The Hood was launched from spacedock after the reports on the explosion at Praxis first reached Starfleet Headquarters. Hood was sent to Starbase 24 as a back-up should the Enterprise-A not be ready. After the arrest of Captain James T. Kirk and Doctor Leonard H. McCoy, Hood was sent to find the Enterprise-A but was 'unable to locate her'.
U.S.S. Hood was a prominent player in the ISC Pacification Campaign of 2294-8. After the U.S.S. Excelsior first encountered the Interstellar Concordium, the Hood was sent to the Romulan and Gorn borders to investigate the first actions by the ISC. This urgent action drew the Hood away from the Kzin border where she had been investigating a possible breach of the Treaty of Sirius. Had the Hood crew known better, they might have forewarned the Federation of a bigger threat down the line.
By Stardate 10124, the observations from the Hood alarm Starfleet Command sufficiently that they consider preparations for the eventuality that the Gorn and Romulan forces would not be able to stop the advance of the ISC forces. Captain Tovey and the Hood were ordered to starbase 12 and an assembly of the Second Fleet, joining brand-new Excelsior class U.S.S. Albion, carrier class prototype Ark Royal and a couple of Ascension class and older Federation class dreadnoughts. Admiral Charles Buckingham put his flag on the Ark Royal, with Ulysses class dreadnoughts Zeus and Zrinyi acting as his primary tactical assets.
The following year, Hood and the Second Fleet provided assistance to the Gorn in trying to slow the advance of the ISC forces. Hood provided cover for the U.S.S. Ark Royal after the loss of dreadnought Zeus left the carrier dangerously exposed. Captain Tovey noted in his log that the newer designs of starship such as the Excelsior class, Ark Royal class and Ulysses class showed greater resistance to the effects of the ISC Pulsed Plasma Device weapon. Zeus was lost covering the withdrawal of the fleet under overwhelming ISC attack, providing a pyrrhic victory for the ISC. Although the ISC were slowed considerably, their advance was relentless.
With the Ark Royal damaged, the flag was transferred to the Hood whist the carrier underwent urgent repairs at the nearest starbase. Starfleet Intelligence was by now under no illusions that the ISC would reach the Federation border within twelve months. Elements of the fourth, fifth and ninth fleets were readied to meet the ISC and priority was given to tactical analysis of the Interstellar Concordium ships, especially with regards their echelon strategy. The analysis showed that the ISC were content to guard the systems they captured and attack any offensive starship, rather than subjugate the people.
The Hood, Ark Royal and main tactical fleet went into action at the Battle of the Grave of Thoughts, liberating three ISC re-education facilities. Through careful planning and the increasing number of new-technology starships available, the Federation and her allies managed to push the ISC back until the successful conclusion of Operation Tyr and the unconditional surrender of the Interstellar Concordium.
In 2310 Admiral Matthew Tovey on his flagship USS Hood commits forces to the Lyran/Ferasan border to quell growing incursions by the Lyrans. Part of the Treaty of Sirius demilitarises the Ferasan on the assurance of Starfleet enforcement of the no-go zone between the two powers. The Hood and Ocean task group achieves its aims and the Red Claw clan are deterred from crossing the border.
Stardate 13447.5, U.S.S. Chantho - an Oberth Class vessel - on a mission for the archaeological study of planet PPB-318 discovers the remains of a Taubat colony. The exact age of the colony cannot be locked down to anything better than within the last 20 years. Either way, this confirms that the Taubat expanded beyond the Tabula Rasa systems that entrapped the remainder beforehand or that the Taubat escaped before the Tabula Rasa systems were pushed back into their subspace pocket. Starfleet Command authorises the reinforcement of Starbase 77 as a forward-deployed element of the Second Fleet. There are also early talks of reviving the Ninth fleet. Ark Royal class U.S.S. Glorious and Ocean are deployed to SB 77 with U.S.S. Hood assigned as flagship.
Current Hood crew 2312:
Commanding officer: Raekwon Okigbo.
Executive Officer: Commander Khessir of Cait. Seen by Captain Okigbo as his right hand man. Truly a lion of a man in both looks and build. Graduated 2291 from Starfleet Academy , being first assigned to the USS Mikado and assigned to the events in the Tabula Rasa region. Khessir made his mark early, helping an away team escape from the Metar assault. Khessir’s trials were not over as the Metar attacked the Mikado, causing a warp core overload. Khessir managed to guide some of the crew to lifeboats before the ship exploded. They were recovered by the USS Excelsior three days later, adrift and behind the expanding Metar lines.
Khessir insisted on helping out as best that he could on Excelsior, wanting to get back into the action to help Starfleet evacuate. The young Caitian impressed enough to be assigned to the Excelsior for the duration, being one of the science officers who saw the Metar escape from their subspace prison. Khessir was reassigned to the R’karra where he was mission operations officer. He volunteered to cover as watch officer on the night shift for bridge-keeping qualification. This led to promotion and a position as Operations Officer on the Ulysses class Tartarus for her plankowner shakedown voyage.
The voyage was interrupted by the ISC invading Federation space. Khessir had a prime position to observe the first encounters between the Federation and ISC forces. The Tartarus was part of the first main forces sent to repel the ISC from the borders of Federation space. She was badly damaged facing down the ISC fleet. The Tartarus was repaired and sent out to face the ISC as the only type of ship that could face down the ISC battleships. Khessir continued in the role of Operations Officer, liaising with the other capital ships and their escorts. The ISC would be faced down in a climactic battle with most of the Ulysses class dreadnoughts involved. The battle was tough, the captain of the Tartarus sent her down the throats of the ISC capital ships. She succeeded in destroying one battleship and damaging a second when the Tartarus succumbed to the firepower unleashed on her.
For the second time in his career, Khessir had to lead abandoning ship for this goliath dreadnought. The plasmatic pulsar device had crippled the main systems of the Ulysses class dreadnought and there was no alternative but to abandon ship.
After recovering on the Federation Medical Ship Joseph Lister, Khessir was eager to resume his duties. The reputation and experience of this Caitian saw him assigned to USS Ark Royal as the Operations Officer. His knowledge of Interstellar Concordium strategies made him invaluable in carrier operations as they proceeded into ISC space. Khessir was witness to the steady counter-invasion by allied forces. He helped to liaise with the Klingon and Romulan commanders to drive the ISC forces back to their homeworld where they surrendered.
Khessir has many tales to tell about his experiences during the Interstellar Concordium Pacification War, using examples to inspire crew to perform harder and to persevere even in the face of adversity.
Khessir was promoted to Executive Officer and served on the Youngblood class USS St. Lo. The assignment patrolled the Interstellar Concordium and ensured compliance with the ceasefire whilst the Treaty of Nimbus was drafted. Former ISC ships were escorted back into their space and the ISC borders were re-affirmed with the establishment of the Armistice Line. The St. Lo continued to patrol the Armistice Line along with the other forward-deployed elements of the Ninth Fleet. After his tour of duty was completed, Khessir transferred to the Hood.
Operations Officer: Tiburonian Lieutenant Commander Saldin is currently in this post. He graduated in 2295 and was first assigned to the Ascension class USS Nashua. The dreadnought was in the final stages of refit and was being rushed to deploy her to assist in the operations against the ISC invasion forces. The Nashua deployed and saw action in several fights against the Interstellar Concordium forces. Saldin was injured in one of the encounters and was evacuated on medical ship Taro Takemi and recovered at Nirvana colony.
Once recuperated, Saldin was reassigned to the Excel Class USS Devonshire which was serving a tour patrolling the Tholian border. After serving a tour on the Devonshire, Saldin transferred to the Belknap class Mikuma for a tour along the Gorn border. Saldin acquired knowledge of the strategic deployment of the different nation’s forces. Lieutenant Saldin was promoted to Mission Operations officer and served aboard the Jenshahn class USS Gambier Bay for two tours along the Romulan Neutral Zone. The Gambier Bay was involved in the stand-off with the Romulans over Tomed. After an extended leave of absence, Saldin transferred to the Albion.
Mission Operations Officer: Tellarite female
Communications Officer: T’nil of Vulcan is assigned to this station. He studied at the Vulcan Science Academy from 2260 up until 2301. Wanting to explore new avenues he applied to Starfleet and graduated from the Academy in 2305. T’nil’s experience facilitated his assignment to the Starfleet Intelligence Cassandra Array in the Beta Quadrant. T’nil excelled at cryptography and analysis. The Hood is T’nil’s first starship assignment.
Helm Officer: Ensign Fenela Pel of Bolarus IX is the helm officer of the Hood. Fresh out of the Academy, she has shown aptitude for helm systems and an eagerness to learn.
Navigation Officer: Trill Barajis Weks is the Navigation Officer on the Hood. He graduated in 2303 and served initially on the USS Levant before transferring to the Akagi. Lieutenant Weks served for a two year tour before transferring to the Hood.
Chief Security Officer: Lieutenant Thalib Ch’delis, an Andorian Male, is currently in this post. He graduated from Starfleet Academy in 2298. Ch’delis first served aboard the USS Montrose, on her mission through Interstellar Concordium space. Ch’delis next served on the USS Endeavour, exploring the frontier in the Alpha Quadrant. This five year tour included First Contact with four new races. His next assignment was the Carron, operating in the Alpha Quadrant in the region of Cait. This was followed on the Athabasca class USS Cándido de Lasala for a five year tour as assistant Chief Security Officer. Ch’delis was then assigned to the Hood.
Security Operations Officer: Anka (Ania) Gabrjela Chmielewski from Gdansk in Poland. Graduated in 2307 from Starfleet Academy and assigned to Excel class Vortigern for a tour of duty along the Tholian border. When the ship was reassigned to the Ninth Fleet, Anka stayed with the ship for a further tour along the ISC Armistice Line.
Chief Medical Officer: Doctor Joiyvuud is the Rigelian chief medical officer. Guided by the spirits, she joined Starfleet Medical School in 2302 and graduated in 2310, serving on the medical ship Thrapas Tanzing in support of operations at Kronos. She transferred to the Hood in 2312. She likes to remind patients that the three most important words in any language are “Let me help.”
Chief Engineering Officer: Lieutenant Commander Paul Rutherford from Manchester, England. Graduated in 2299 and was assigned to Starbase 15 ‘Pharos’ as a spacedock technician. Four years in the role gave him experience over a wide range of starship types from Starfleet and other nations. Assigned next to USS Dibner, a Corps of Engineers frontline support ship, Rutherford made a good impression. Paul met his future wife on the ship and they served a couple of tours on the Dibner.
With the loss of the Hood [Author note: this is in an as-yet unwritten event], Starfleet Command will choose to rename an under construction Excelsior class hull (then to be named Exeter) as a new Hood, NCC registration 42296. This Hood will blaze its way for the next century and once again stand alongside the Enterprise as one of the most famous ship in the fleet.
The previous starship Hood.
Constitution class NCC 1703, was launched on March 27th 2246 - 330 years after the commencement of construction on her namesake, HMS Hood. Hood was constructed at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards and is the sister ship of the famous USS Enterprise 1701. The first Commanding Officer was Captain Richard Blake.
Like her other Constitution class sisters, Hood revolutionised the Starfleet. In 2260, when the 12 were selected, Hood was one of the first selected for the 5-year missions. Hood's 5 year mission began in 2266, 20 years after her launch. Whilst the U.S.S. Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk grabbed the headlines as Flagship of the Fleet, Hood was always a close second under Captain Emma Roberts.
Stardate 4210 saw the Hood redirected from it's supply mission to Science Station Delta Zero Five and instead directed to Starbase 10. At Starbase 10 Federation Representative St. John Talbot boarded. U.S.S. Hood then led a fleet of Federation colony ships to Nimbus III, where they rendez voused with their Klingon and Romulan counterparts.
The Enterprise, under James T. Kirk, had encountered 'complications' involving Klingons on the planet Neural. First officer Spock had been injured and thus the Enterprise was taken off this high-profile mission and the second ship of the fleet, Hood, was substituted at the last moment.
Stardate 4729.4: Hood under Captain Roberts was diverted to rendez vous with the U.S.S. Potemkin, U.S.S. Excalibur and flagship U.S.S. Lexington. Together, the four ships would perform wargames against the starship Enterprise, equipped with the new M-5 computer. The Hood was fired upon by the Enterprise during the disasterous M-5 computer trials. Along with USS Potemkin and U.S.S. Lexington, the Hood suffered casualties. The U.S.S. Excalibur was not as lucky, her crew all being killed and the ship reduced to a floating hulk. The U.S.S. Hood had to report to starbase for repairs lasting months. The paperwork following this disaster lasted even longer, involving a formal inquiry.
The refit would allow U.S.S. Hood to remain in service for longer than expected. However, the incident also highlighted the encroaching age of the design. Plans were already afoot to redesign the Constitution class starships. The Enterprise was to be the first ship back into spacedock. Constitution herself suffering badly during her five-year mission. Unlike the Enterprise, Hood was never upgraded during her mission; instead she was lined up to be the next vessel refit after Enterprise and Lexington returned to Earth spacedock.
[Author's note: possibly even destroyed if the publicity material suggesting Enterprise was the only vessel to survive the 5-year mission. But I'd take that with a pinch of salt]. The upgrading of Enterprise pre-TMP was shown in a Star Trek: Phase Two vignette "Going Boldly".
In the early 2273 the refit of Hood was brought forward when the V'ger Crisis of stardate 7411 occured. Captain Emma Roberts order the ship at maximum warp for as long as possible in order to try to assist the Enterprise. Hood was almost shaken apart by the exertion, her Chief Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Hawkins, was heard swearing from one end of Engineering to the other as his beloved starship was strained to breaking point. Hood never participated in the crisis itself, but arrived at Earth barely 40 hours after Admiral Kirk and the Enterprise had saved the day. Hood limped into San Francisco Orbital Yards looking the worse for wear.
Despite being offered a promotion to flag rank, as had happened with James T. Kirk, Captain Emma Roberts declined. She saw herself in the command chair of the Hood for another five-year mission, and no amount of bribery from Starfleet Headquarters would change this. Captain Roberts managed to keep most of her crew for the second mission, although Commander Singh was promoted for his own command, and she lost her Chief Engineer - Commander Richard Hawkins - for a brief stint on the U.S.S. Potemkin, although this wasn't to last as he wanted to return to his 'home' on the 'Mighty Hood '.
The Hood was involved in some classified clashes with the Romulans during the late 2270s, rumours abounded that she even fired upon a Romulan Warbird. Commodore Emma Roberts was succeeded in 2280 by Captain Elizabeth Buckingham. Captain Buckingham was well schooled in diplomacy and was involved in a memorable encounter with Klingon Captain Koloth. The exchange between the captains is often played at Starfleet Academy as an example of the linguistic sword-play that can occur in deep space.
Hood five-year missions:
2265 - 2268 Commanded by Emma Roberts, cut short by M-5 computer Incident and heavy repairs. Resumed 2269 - Late 2270.
2271 - 2273 Sent out whilst refit design worked out on Enterprise. Cut short by V'ger. Hood refit after return home.
2275 - 2280 Third mission under Emma Roberts, who left to become Commodore. Richard Hawkins to Transwarp project.
2280 - 2285 Second and final mission in refit configuration, destroyed by Klingon vessels. Commanded by Elizabeth Buckingham.
Loss of the U.S.S. Hood NCC-1703 on Stardate 8159:
2285 was a watershed year for both the Constitution class and Klingon-Federation relations. The damaged Enterprise was stolen, being self-destructed in a classified encounter with the Klingons. The Hood defeated and captured the Klingon battlecruiser L'ktja during the Rykla Dagh Incident.
Four months later, the Hood was ambushed by three Klingon warships on Stardate 8159. D-8 K'T'inga class K'ghan and 1x K'teremny class Qrish and Relentless light cruiser Chu' wI' a' were sent to gain revenge for the capture and humiliation of the L'ktja. The ambush was planned to perfection, whether by accident or design. The Hood was on her final months of her latest five-year mission and had been assigned to resupply Science Station Azure One, near to the nebula by the Klingon Neutral Zone. It was considered to be a regular mission and certainly not one that would end in disaster.
The first inkling of trouble was an attack on Azure One. Upon arrival it was found that this had been a lure to draw the Hood in. Being a superb tactician, Elizabeth Buckingham knew immediately the Hood had to stand and fight, to allow the colonists time to escape and help to arrive; she immediately ordered battlestations and all power from the warp drive to shields and weapons. This would be an honour duel to the death.
The K'T'inga class was a larger, slower target than the K'teremny and its escort; Buckingham decided they would be the primary target. Buckingham knew all of the resources at her disposal: phasers, photon torpedoes, shields and deflectors. There were also other aids like tractor beams and using the terrain to her advantage. This was the skill of a Starfleet captain: to use the electronic jamming systems to blind her opponents whilst using their firing arcs against them. The light cruiser was the risk: she had the firepower and agility but Hood was more than a match for her.
Buckingham ordered the K'ghan to be the primary target and to keep her between them and the K'teremny. The risk was that the Klingon commanders would figure this strategy and manoeuvre the Hood into a cross-fire. The Hood had 97 photon torpedoes of her 100 in her arsenal. All of them would be fired in this encounter. With the Chu' wI' a' on their back like a Hyena, Buckingham took the Hood right at the D-8 and chewed her up with an alpha strike of all torpedo tubes and phasers. The Klingon warship returned the favour, ripping up the front of the Starfleet ship saucer. The Klingon flagship was visibly shaken from the onslaught and the Mighty Hood lost her warp drive capability and had her shields pummelled. This was just the beginning.
Using the momentum, the Hood swung around and let rip on the light cruiser with her phasers, beating her shields and splitting her open on a couple of decks. The commander of the Chu' wI' a' was a little more cautious after that. The mood of optomism on the Bridge was cut short as the Qrish had managed to slip in and attack from the port side. The Hood shook violently as the secondary hull was torn up by torpedo and disruptor hits; the botanical deck, nurtured by so many for so long, was vented into space and the cargo bays were compromised.
Buckingham executed a pivot to bring the primary weapons to bear on the Qrish but was only able to wing her. The D-8 took advantage of the distraction to complete her turn and attack the Hood from behind, raining torpedoes and disruptors down on the Hood, puncturing her saucer and secondary hull in a couple of places. Debris of decks, cargo and bodies floated around the wounded Starfleet flagship. The Captain realised that time was running out and the Klingon K'T'inga class had to be finished off. Help was on the way, it was just a matter of surviving long enough. They had been lured in by the station distress call but the Klingons were there to kill the Hood, that was plain to see. Buckingham had continued to pummel bot of he Klingon heavy cruisers, not holding back on her torpedo arsenal. A lucky rear shot saw the Klingon light cruiser badly damaged and on fire, buying the Starfleet ship hope.
Hope ran out a few minutes later as the Mighty Hood took an an alpha strike from the Qrish and K'gharn, destroying the Bridge and most of the forward saucer section of the Hood. Commander Saunders and a couple of other crew managed to escape from the Bridge module before it blew, diving into an open turbolift. He knew he had seconds to get to auxiliary control and fight the ship from there. As he reached the auxiliary control there was a sickening lurch and fierce vibration through the ship. Two things hit Saunders: the Hood had been struck by torpedoes again an she had also rammed the K'gharn. As the Starfleet ship disengaged it boughttime for them: the Klingons could not fire on them whilst they were so close to the K'Tinga cruiser. As the Hood backed away, they could see the crumpled boom and bridge section of the K'Tinga. Seconds later, the Klingon flagship exploded.
By the end of the confrontation, K'gharn had been destroyed and the other two vessels badly damaged. The ship was run from the auxiliary Bridge and the forward part of the saucer section was shattered. The secondary hull was compromised in several locations and there were fires on many of the decks. Commander Thomas Saunders knew he was the last commanding officer of the Hood: she was finished, as was the Klingon's plan. The Klingons withdrew from the battle with Starfleet reinforcements racing to the scene. This would be the perfect victory with the Starfleet flagship destroyed forever, a blazing wreck. Revenge was complete.
The broken Hood was joined by the Belknap, three destroyers and Miranda class light cruiser Demeter. The fires on the Hood were extinguished within a few hours. Salvage and support ship Mearns was sent to stabilise the ship in order that she could limp back at warp one. The damage was terminal; they could get her home but she was beyond saving. The footage of Hood arriving at the starbase, all torn up, played out like a repeat of the Enterprise at the beginning of the year. Every new channel was headed by the footage and asked: "What is next?"
The aftermath of the Hood Incident was a propaganda coup of the Klingons. In 2285, with the loss earlier in the year if the Enterprise and now a second flagship was destroyed and with the experimental new Excelsior flawed and reegated to testing, many felt the Klingons had the edge. With the announcement of the L-24 Komo Val class pocket battleship, the Klingons seemed to have Starfleet on the ropes. Other Constitution class members like the Yorktown, Potemkin and Endeavour kept the flagship roles going, but Starfleet reached a new low by the end of 2285. This was also the closest the Federation and Klingon Empire had come to war since the 2260s. With the discovery of the Organians having disappeared confirmed in 2286, this only made matters worse.
The Klingons spun out the battle story than Commander K'vekis had died whilst ramming the Hood, and not that the Starfleet ship had drifted into them following her Bridge exploding. Border patrols got more beligerent. Starfleet Commander Morrow bowed to public pressure for the heroes of the Hood to be remembered by naming a new Starfleet ship as Hood. Special dispensation was given to rename NCC-2541 from Exeter to Hood. Similar dispensation would rename Yorktown to Enterprise within a year.
Emma Roberts - the Captain from 2265 - 2280 and a match even for legendary James T. Kirk. Went on to flag rank and commanded Starfleet Science. Unlike Kirk, she never chose to go for the flag rank after her first five-year mission, preferring more to stay out on the frontier where the exploration and discoveries were.
Richard Hawkins - Chief Engineer and the Hood's answer to Scotty. More a cerebral, technical man than a improvising jury-rigging style. Went onto the transwarp project and the new Hood.
Elizabeth Buckingham - Captain of the Hood from 2280 - 2285. Wife of famed Admiral Charles Lawrence Buckingham, she was a shrewd tactician in Starfleet and transferred from the Merrimac to the Hood to assume command. Able to assess a situation rapidly, Buckingham soon made a name for herself on the Hood and was quickly dispelling the myth that Emma Roberts' boots were impossible to fill. Buckingham sacrificed her life at the conclusion of the battle between the Hood and three Klingon vessels. Buckingham dyng when the bridge module was destroyed.
Buckingham left behind two sons and a husband; Starfleet immortalised her and the rest of the crew of the Hood NCC-1703. Their sacrifice galvanised Starfleet and the Federation Council into tightening up the borders against Klingon incursions.
Thomas Saunders was the Second Officer of the Hood who worked up to become the Executive Officer of NCC-1703 at the time of her loss. Saunders was seen to take the positions on the Bridge that were left empty when crewmembers were injured or killed. When Captain Buckingham was killed, he continued to ensure her orders could be carried out. He continued to fight from auxiliary control when the Bridge was destroyed.
After the loss of the Hood, Saunders was promoted for his gallantry to Captain and sent to command the new U.S.S. Hood, NCC-2541. Saunders, along with Hawkins, would continue the Hood family aboar te new vessel of the name.
Bridge of U.S.S. Hood at the time of her loss in 2285. Image copyright Ex Astris Scientia.
The loss of U.S.S. Hood, NCC-1703 (in original fan material as NCC-1707) can be traced back to the work of Starfleet Battles and the fan material printed in the 1980s such as the coffee table book: Ships of the Starfleet Vol. 1. These works spoke of the K'teremny class destroyer Qrish that destroyed the Hood.
This move was to be the first in bringing the Federation into the General War. A gesture that one of the flagship Constitution vessels of the mid-2280s could be brought down. This would indeed be an act of war. Adapting this for canon would involve careful moves to stop all-out war.
Hawkins' father had left the Hood for the Transwarp project and Excelsior, being replaced by Scotty just prior to Star Trek III. This would either free him up to return to the Hood or work on the U.S.S. Ingram, NX-2001.
The loss of the Hood was always a difficult decision for me, but I based by decision to incorporate it on its extensive use in fandom, the rationale of letting the Hood go down defending the Federation and its values. It also acts as a prime reason for the early appearance of NCC-2541 as U.S.S. Hood.
Everyone in the Star Trek universe will remember the loss of the Enterprise under classified circumstances over the Genesis planet in the Mutara Sector. The Hood's loss had more substantial influence on modern Federation and Beta Quadrant history: the escalation of the Four Powers War to the General War.
Originally the Hood was lost along with the saucer section later surviving; another version had the Hood attacked with other Federation starships. Qrish would never have been enough. Now Qrish - or Challenger, Anarchy and Pillage can do the job. Both SFB and SFC agree that it was one D-7B with two D-6B cruisers that attacked Hood; these are much more sensible vessels than a destroyer.
The Original image of U.S.S. Hood facing her destiny, taken from Starfleet Command: Orion Pirates:
Author's Notes on the starships Hood:
Little is actually known in canon Star Trek history about the starships named Hood. There have been two - Constitution class NCC 1703, U.S.S. Hood and later in Star Trek: The Next Generation we were introduced to an Excelsior class U.S.S. Hood. The first ship named Hood appeared once as a squadron of Constitution class vessels fought the M-5 computer equipped Enterprise. The Potemkin, Lexington and Hood were all badly damaged in the exercise, with the Excalibur being tragically lost. The history concerning the refit of the Hood in the 2270s is based upon conjecture. Established Trek art department notes infer that the Constitution class were all refit after the 2260s, Hood was therefore part of this programme. A Service Life Extension Programme [SLEP] is standard procedure for naval warships of a certain age. Iowa Class battleships and various classes of aircraft carrier [e.g. Essex class] have also undergone such programmes.
The latter Hood, as seen in ST: The Next Generation, was the previous assignment of Commander William T. Riker before he joined the Enterprise-D. No launch date has ever been officially established for the Excelsior class Hood, but the registry number, and configuration of the studio model, would suggest somepoint around the time of Excelsior in her NX 2000 incarnation. The reason for this is due to the discovery of photographs of the Hood model from "Encounter at Farpoint", disproving the long-held belief that the Hood was NCC 42296. The actual model [whose registry is far too small to read onscreen] is actually NCC 2541. The belief that this was not changed for filming is supported by the next appearance of the Excelsior studio model which was dressed up as U.S.S. Repulse NCC 2544, which would require only the simple change of the final digit in the registry number. The appearance of the Hood in DS9 as a CGI model had the incorrect registry number of 42857 - same as the U.S.S. Lakota - in error. It is therefore quite possible that except for Mike Okuda's displays, we have never seen a Hood registered as NCC 42296. The Memory Alpha website attempts to reconcile this anomaly by stating that there were two canon U.S.S. Hoods and the NCC 2541 therefore was an anomaly in filming. Given what happened with the U.S.S. Valkyrie this will probably turn into a semi-canon unseen Hood from somewhere between 2287 and 2361.
The Excelsior class Hood was commanded by Captain Robert DeSoto, and was seen in the episodes Tin Man, Encounter at Farpoint and was referred to on various occasions. The Hood was originally intended to appear in 'Encounter at Farpoint' as an Ambassador class starship, and it is therefore possible that the errant registry number of NCC 42296 was given to this vessel in anticipation of it being Ambassador class. The U.S.S. Hood appeared as a CGI model during the dramatic sixth season of Deep Space Nine, appearing in many of the decisive space battles of that series. Hood's last mention was as part of the squadron of starships racing to assist Picard's Enterprise-E against the Remans in Star Trek: Nemesis.
Author's Notes on the namesake for the starships Hood:
The namesake for U.S.S. Hood in the Original Series of Star Trek was the battlecruiser H.M.S. Hood, laid down on the day of the Battle of Jutland. Hood was the pride of the Royal Navy between the two World Wars. Hood was truly the flagship of the fleet, and it was a dramatic encounter between this legend and her nemesis, Bismarck, that placed her in the annals of history. During the fateful encounter between H.M. warships Hood, Prince of Wales and the German battleship Bismarck, a shell from the Bismarck pierced the armour of the Hood, destroying her in two dramatic explosions. Hood sank in barely three minutes, taking with her all but three of her crew. It is safe to state that the United Kingdom was in mourning and a state of utter shock and disbelief when the news was broken. It was after the destruction of H.M.S. Hood that the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, ordered every warship available to sink the Bismarck. In a matter of days this was done, and a chapter of naval history was written.
H.M.S. Hood was discovered on Friday 20th July 2001. Hood lies in three major pieces, the central portion lies inverted some distance away from the bow and stern. A memorial service was held by the final survivor of the Hood, Ted Briggs. To the left is an image of the bow section of the Hood, where the memorial plaque now lies. H.M.S. Hood is a designated war grave and it is the hope of the author of this website that the Hood is respected and left in peace. Click on the image of the Hood's bow to visit the website of the H.M.S. Hood association with all the information on the 20th century Hood that one could want.
All images of HMS Hood crest and HMS Hood bow picture are copyright © HMS Hood Association. All Rights Reserved.
The Author encourages visitors to this page to click on the picture of the bow of HMS Hood, or the button below, to visit their website.