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 Ferasan 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 Klingon 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 Klingons 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 Second, Seventh, Eighth 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 2308, Captain Raekwon Okigbo joined the Hood as Captain. The mission was a co-operative one between the Second, Seventh and Eighth Fleets, patrolling the border of the Klingon Empire to study the changes fifteen years after the Khitomer Accords. The mission would be a flag-showing exercise and cultural survey, updating the intelligence reports on the Klingon Defence Force resurgence and the changes in leadership and Houses along the border. Commander Nathaniel Hawkins was brout aboard as Executive Officer and Social Sciences officer.
In 2310 Admiral Matthew Tovey makes his flagship U.S.S. Hood for a mission and 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.
During the five-year mission the Hood patrolled along the Mirak and Gorn borders, gaining rare access into Lyran space when the Fearless was unable to attend a conference due to urgent repairs. The Hood then patrolled to the Hydran border and was able to hold diplomatic talks with the Hydran royalty. Along with many of the flagship vessels, the Hood was called for the Tomed Incident in 2311, seeing the last encounter with the Romulans. After repairs at Starbase 77, the Hood was able to resume her patrol along the Triangle/Borderland region.
In late 2311 the Hood was amongst the first starships to discover that Chancellor Azetbur had been challenged. In the duel, both the challenger - General Gorak - and Chancellor Azetbur both died from their injuries. Over the early period of 2312 a successor was chosen as General Kaarg. Working closely with Captain Demora Sulu on the Enterprise-B, Okigbo planned to lead the Camp Khitomer 20th Anniversary mission to Qo'noS, feeling that the Enterprise was seen as supporting Azetbur and a new ship and crew would have a more neutral appeal to the new Chancellor.
U.S.S. Hood seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode 2.01 The Child.
Note this is the U.S.S. Repulse (NCC-2544), but still marked up with NCC-2541.
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.
This consists of 12 decks that can be summarised thus:
1 Main Bridge, Briefing Room, Ready Room
2 Emergency Life Support
3 Senior Officers Standby Quarters
4 Junior Officers Standby Quarters
5 Impulse Engines, Crew Quarters
6 Impulse Engines, Sickbay, Transporters, Crew Quarters
7 Impulse Engines, Crew Quarters, Guest Quarters (outer sections)
8 Impulse Engines, Crew Quarters, Officers Quarters (outer sections)
9 Impulse Engines, Officers Quarters (outer ring), Mess Hall / Lounge (Forward), Recreation Areas, Theatre
10 Brig, Security Office, Armory
11 Science Labs
12 Sensor Control, Science Labs
This consists of 21 decks that can be summarised thus:
13 Warp Core Deuterium Injector
14 Saucer Separation Manual Override
15 Torpedo Storage / loading
16 Torpedo Storage / loading
17 Torpedo Launcher Access, (Aft) Shuttle Bay
18 Deuterium Tank, (Aft) Shuttle Bay
19 Deuterium Tank, Warp Plasma Central Manifold, (Aft) Shuttle Bay
20 Battle Bridge, Engineering, Intermix chamber, (Aft) Cargo Conveyer
21 Engineering, Cargo Bay (aft)
22 Cargo Bay (aft), (Aft) Tractor Beam
23 Aux Deuterium Tank
24 Aux Deuterium Tank, Botanical Gardens, Crew Lounges, Rec. Areas
25 Main Deflector Dish
26 Aft Torpedo Conveyer / Loading
27 Aft Photon Torpedo Launcher
28 Engineering Support Bay, "WorkerBee" Pods
29 Engineering Support Bay
30 Engineering Support Bay, Aux Computer Core
31 Engineering Support Bay, Aft Torpedo Storage / Conveyance
32 Engineering Support Bay, Aft Torpedo Storage / Conveyance
33 Engineering Support Bay, Warp Core Antimatter Injector
34 Antimatter Storage / Loading port
U.S.S. Hood shooting model from Star Trek: The Next Generation 'Encounter at Farpoint' images Copyright © Bill George of ILM.
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 2260, 14 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 Mark Rosseau.
2265 saw Captain Rosseau transferred to the Lexington and command passed to Captain Timothy Oxley. The Hood was based at Starbase 25 Temperence, patrolling the Ferasan De-Militarised Zone. The Hood was attacked by a Ferasan ship and the bridge was destroyed, killing most of the command staff including the captain. Ensign Shibolene M'Ress saved the Hood by beaming aboard the Ferasan ship to send out a distress signal. The Hood underwent extensive repairs at Starbase 25 and a new commanding officer was assigned: the heroic Captain Glen Barton.
With repairs prioritised on the Hood, she led the Starfleet DMZ Task Force to deter the rapidly-developing Ferasan rebellion. The Treaty of Sirius had kept the DMZ quiet for decades, with inspections into Ferasan space keeping the creation of Ferasan warships under control. The Hood led actions with accompanying destroyers of the Saladin class to de-fang the Ferasan aggression. Barton was able to capture the Ferasan flagship in the Battle of K'Chula. The action earned Barton the Silver Palm with Cluster for Valour.
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. Captain Glen Barton was commanding.
Stardate 4729.4: Hood under Captain Joaquin Martinez 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 U.S.S. 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.
Martinez was injured sufficiently, both physically and mentally, that a new Captain was assigned to the Hood. Captain Kenneth Dodge, the third commanding officer of the Hood, returned to his old command of 2250 to see out his last duty as a captain. Much had changed on the Hood since Dodge first commanded from 2250 - 55, two entire rebuilds notwithstanding. The Hood was now refurbished up to Achernar subclass standards. Dodge remained in command until he was promoted to admiral in 2271.
The final commanding officer of the unrefit Hood was perhaps her finest: Captain Emma Roberts. With experiences in the Taurus Reach and having served on the Constellation, Potemkin and Invincible, she was now ready for her own command. Dressed in the new powder blue uniform with command braiding on her wrists, Roberts boarded the Hood for this last voyage before she would be due for a complete rebuild into whatever form the mothballed Enterprise 1701 would emerge as. Roberts acquired many of the command staff from the previous mission, including Andorian First Officer Commander Ch'toren and newly-promoted Chief Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Richard Hawkins, formerly the ship's warp field specialist.
The refit after the disasterous M-5 Computer Incident allowed U.S.S. Hood to remain in service for longer than expected. The upgrade to Achernar subclass standards put her just under the standards of the new Constitution (II) and Endeavour subclass variants. 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:
2250 – Michaela Harrari (Hood charted the Cygnia Maxima system, and discovered pre-industrial intelligent life on Cygnia Maxima IV, and declared the system off limits to all Federation shipping.)
2255 – Kenneth Dodge (first starship to make contact with the Rey on the isolated planet Gullrey.)
2260 – Mark Rosseau
2265 - Oxley (Killed by Ferasans when bridge destroyed. M’Ress saved the day)
2266 – Glen Barton (repelled planned invasion by the Ferasans, earning a promotion) Helped set up Nimbus III.
2268 – Joaquin Martinez – Ultimate Computer captain.
2269 – Kenneth Dodge (seeing out his last years of command).
2271 - Emma Roberts – took Hood back to Earth for V’ger and refit.
2275 - Emma Roberts – first of two refit missions.
2280 - Elizabeth Buckingham – faced Klingons in the Hood Incident. Took St John Talbot to Nimbus III on her first mission.
2285 – Thomas Saunders – brought wrecked Hood back to spacedock.
Loss of the U.S.S. Hood NCC-1703 on Stardate 8159:
Commanding Officer: Captain Elizabeth Buckingham.
Executive Officer: Commander Thomas Saunders
Chief Security Officer: Lieutenant Commander Greg Hanson
Chief Engineering Officer: Lieutenant Commander Lee Cortini
Helmsman: Lieutenant Champ Forester
Navigator: Lieutenant (jg) Kelly Wright
Chief Science Officer: Lieutenant Commander Alyssa Hickman
Transport Chief: Lieutenant (jg) Mark Wellby
Communications Officer: Lieutenant (jg) Zh'noreng
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. The new prototype U.S.S. Constellation had been launched and look set to succeed the Constitution class for deep-space exploration missions. Another prototype, the revolutionary Excelsior, was set to succeed the Constitution class for science, diplomacy, combat and command: this would mean the downgrading of the Constitution class from the top table.
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. 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 of the same name, adjacent to 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. A distress call was sent out from the station commander to say that the station had been attacked by a Klingon light cruiser and was receiving demands of surrender from the Klingon commander. The facility was accused of being a reconnaissance platform to spy on the Klingons and was being closed down as a breach of interstellar law. Starfleet Command was quick to assign the Hood to investigate, negotiate and diffuse the situation before it escalated beyond the incident it already was.
Upon arrival it was found that this had been a lure to draw the Hood in. The Klingons had kept the two larger warships under cloak until the Hood entered the system. The K'ghan and Q’rish circled invisibly behind the Hood as Captain Buckingham moved towards the light cruiser, attempting to hail the vessel. Buckingham ran with her shields up as a precautionary move; this saved her ship from any pre-emptive strike. The two additional Klingon vessels de-cloaked behind the Hood to cut off her retreat, the two vessels coming in from a 4 and 8 o’clock position.
After initial hails to the new arrivals were clearly ignore, a decision had to be made. These new ships confirmed her worst fears that the Klingons were not after the science station: they were after her ship. Elizabeth Buckingham knew immediately the Hood had to either retreat, leaving the science station to the Klingons, or make a stand, fight and allow the colonists time to escape. The K'T'inga class was a more vulnerable target than the K'teremny and its escort; Buckingham decided they would be the primary target; destroying the K’ghan would reduce their firepower by a third. The Relentless class light cruiser was out of her line of fire behind the science station; she could wait.
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.
The risk was that the Klingon commanders would 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. Buckingham ordered her helm to engage 3-D jinks, loops, rolls, and other space-acrobatics to first break off from their two pursuers and secondly to get the K’gharn into their weapon arcs. Buckingham would have to fight smart; she knew she could not win this scenario by destroying the enemy ships, but if she could cripple a couple she stood a chance.
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. Proximity torpedoes launched just beforehand had forced the Qrish to veer off. The K’gharn returned the favour in a reduced manner – some of her disruptors had been knocked off-line and her torpedo launcher was damaged. The remaining weapons still ripped at 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 optimism 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 both of the 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.
Captain Buckingham took advantage of her momentum in the battle and targeted the Qrish. If she could cripple this second ship, she could negotiate a withdrawal of the Klingon vessels; they would know reinforcements would arrive before they could repair their combat systems. The Hood again knocked the Qrish out of the fight while taking damage from both of the other ships, but the toll is too high. Her manoeuvrability was hobbled due to propulsion systems' damage and power shortages from other hits. How own punches were weakened due to falling phaser strength from those same power shortages. Her structural integrity was badly compromised from all the hits through weakened and past down shields, and her eyes were blurry because of computers becoming inoperable from other damage.
Hope ran out a few minutes later as the Mighty Hood hobbled by the Qrish and K'gharn, took multiple hits to the Bridge. In a cacophony of explosions they destroyed 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 bought time 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; the Mighty Hood and her crew had fought like lions: they were worthy opponents. There was no need to destroy the science station.
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 news 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 relegated 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 belligerent. 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 Ti-Ho to Enterprise within a year.
Emma Roberts - the Captain from 2271 - 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 aboard the 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.
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