USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (Original Series)

The one ship which began it all


The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) was a 23rd century Federation Constitution-class starship operated by Starfleet. In the course of her career, the Enterprise became the most celebrated starship of her time.

In her forty years of service and discovery, through upgrades and at least two refits, she took part in numerous first contacts, military engagements, and time-travels. She achieved her most lasting fame from the five-year mission (2265-2270) under the command of James T. Kirk.

The Enterprise was destroyed over the Genesis Planet in 2285 when Kirk activated the ship's auto-destruct sequence to prevent the Enterprise from falling into the hands of the Klingons. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

Powers and Stats

Tier: Possibly 5-B at maximum single function output, 6-A with phasers against solid matter, 7-B with phasers against shields. At least 7-B with Photon Torpedoes | Likely 5-B at single function output, 6-A with phasers against solid matter, 7-B with phasers against shields. At least 7-B with Photon Torpedoes.

Name: USS Enterprise NCC - 1701

Origin: Star Trek (the original series and movies 1-3)

Type: Constitution-class Heavy Cruiser Starship, Space Combat and Exploration Vessel

In use by: United Federation of Planets, Starfleet

Captain: James T. Kirk (most famous captain, others include: Robert April, Christopher Pike, Willard Decker and Spock)

Crew: 430

Dimensions: length: 947 feet (~ 288.6 meters), width: 417 feet (~127 meters), height: 208 feet (~63.5 meters)

Powered by: Warp Core (antimatter reactor), many backup impulse reactors (nuclear fusion engines)

Attack Potency: Possibly Planet Level maximum phaser output against solid matter (Scaling from Enterprise-D - this applies only if all energy from all other ship functions is redirected into a single phaser array. There were also several situations where Kirk threatened to destroy the entire planet if certain conditions were not met), Continent level+ standard phaser output against solid matter (demonstrates an effect of 4.3 petatons for a phaser burst - see weaponry explanation below for why this only applies to solid matter), City Level standard phaser output against deflector shields (scaling from Photon Torpedoes), At least City level with Photon Torpedoes (Malcolm Reed describes the variable yield of photonic torpedoes (the predecessor to photon torpedoes) as able to "knock the com array of a shuttlepod without scratching the hull or put a three kilometer crater into an asteroid" (Kiloton-Low megaton). Another good example would be the Enterprise being unable to destroy a - according to Riker - "5km wide hollow asteroid" (Pegasus) without using the entire photon torpedo load of the ship. This supports the Technical Manual figure of 65 megatons) | Likely Planet Level maximum phaser output against solid matter (Similar to original timeline, but the technology within the Kelvin universe was far more advanced thanks to Spock and Nero's actions), Continent level+ standard phaser output against solid matter. City level standard phaser output against deflector shields. At least City level with Photon Torpedoes.

Speed: FTL via impulse drives (can travel from the edge of the galaxy to Earth under "years"), Massively FTL+ via warp travel (depending on warp factor between hundreds of thousands to hundreds of trillions of times the speed of light), Massively FTL+ reactions (close to billions of times FTL, the crew has tons of time to react against a Warp 15 projectile coming from 90,000 kilometers away).

Durability: Planet level maximum deflector shielding (Scaling from Enterprise-D. This applies only if all energy from all other ship functions is redirected into deflector shielding), Mountain Level for standard deflector shielding (can take a barrage of photon torpedoes), City Level for armored hull (a single photon torpedo to a unshielded hull can cause catastrophic damage). | At least Planet level with maximum deflector shielding (This applies only if all energy from all other ship functions is redirected into deflector shielding), Mountain Level for deflector shielding (similar to original timeline), City Level for armored hull (a single photon torpedo to a unshielded hull can cause catastrophic damage).

Material: Duranium and tritanium/titanium alloy composite reinforced with structural integrity fields

Weaknesses: The ship can easily be overstrained via various reckless use, temporally or permamently knocking down systems or even destroying its dilithium crystals. Dilithium crystals transmit all power through the ship and needs visiting dilithium mines for replacement. Every sub-system is manually operated meaning the command bridge mostly just issues orders to them, the real control hub of the starship is its engineering room which can apparently overwrite any command. The ship's security can be ridiculously incompetent at times. Intense radiation (like nukes) can slightly penetrate the hull to hurt the crew even if the ship is undamaged.

Terrain: Air, Space

Needed Prerequisite for Use: Access to the computer command codes, knowledge of its operation and at least a skeleton crew (much more than 20 people) to control the ship

Operational Timeframe: Impulse Drives on emergency power can last for half a day, normally capable of operating for at least half a year without resupply


  • Phaser Banks x 12
  • Torpedo Ports x 7 (carrying hundreds of photon torpedoes total)
  • Tractor Beams

Weaponry Explanation: Star Trek phasers work through the generation of a subatomic particle known as nadions, which according to the guidebook and script can cause "liberation of atomic nuclei, disrupting nuclear forces". Basically, it causes a reaction in solid matter that causes a semi-perpetuating subatomic destruction effect, which lasts until the particles are expended. In other words, it is the particle to energy ratio that causes the damage not the actual energy (can be seen in this source: - site used for current accepted hand phaser calc). This reaction is clearly seen with clean "disappearing" of objects hit by phasers, after being hit there is no more matter to react with. Phasers don't do as much damage as photon torpedoes against shields, because they focus less on raw energy output and more on damage caused by the particles which are blocked from reacting by the shields.

Weapons Range: At least 90,000 kilometers via tractor beams and transporters, tens of millions of kilometers via phasers and photon torpedoes, sensor scans can reach for a few lightyears

Defensive Systems: Deflector Screen

Special Forms: N/A

Notable Features: Durable armored hull reinforced with structural integrity fields, inertial dampeners, warp drive which can lighten the ship for more energy-efficient travel, warp space/time for FTL travel or with certain conditions even allow time travel, deflector shields, replicators to produce food or almost any common materials, transporters to beam up or down people/equipment, tractor beams to attract/repel objects, 14 science labs, advanced medical facilities, self-destruct system, advanced computers, sub-space comms and various sensors (both being FTL), able to scan entire star systems in great detail (like tracking the number of life signals, detecting radiation, poisons, diseases or debris of destroyed space vessels)

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

  • Proximity Blast: Phasers are set to release their energy in a single burst and detonate after reaching a certain distance. Dispersity set to 100% this function was used against the Romulan Bird of Prey because the latter's stealth system prevented to Enterprise from pin-pointing its exact location.
  • Slingshot Effect: With the correct calculations and warp settings if the Enterprise approaches the gravitational field of the star, accelerates while orbiting it and then quickly break away via maximum warp factor they can manage to travel in time. Because of the rudimentary nature of this tech, timing is extremely important but if accomplished well it's possible to travel both back in time or returning safely. This method causes lot of strains, consumes much energy and of course requires a sufficiently large star (like our Sun) to accomplish.
  • Transporters: The Enterprise has a transporter which can break down people/objects into energy, send them out as a beam and then reconstruct them in their original form, effectively working like teleportation. Energizing and reconstructing takes some time and when it malfunctions the consequences could be grave. Transporters have limited range (compared to other equipment on the ship), can only penetrate material up to a limited thickness (1km solid rock, for example) and is affected by shields or electromagnetic interferences. The heaviest it was implied to transfer was 1000 tons (it was done by the inferior technology of a Klingon Bird of Prey in the fourth movie). Transporters are based on a technology similar to replicators and technically their potential is far more versatile than just to transport people. At one time a transporter malfunction caused to split Kirk's rational and primal sides into two bodies, though the process was very unstable and required a fix. Another time an ionic storm and overlapping locations in two parallel worlds resulted in Kirk and the cast accidentally switching places with their counterparts in a mirror universe. Eventually they returned to their original world and overall this feat doesn't seem to be impossible to replicate. Lastly transporters can be used to intercept other transporter signals nearby or take objects to other places than the transporter room. Though it seems they first require to briefly transfer the object to the transporter room and then into the place they want it to end up in.

Key: Original TimelineKelvin Timeline

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