USS Bellerophon

The USS Bellerophon (NCC-74705) was a 24th century Federation Intrepid-class starship operated by Starfleet. Under the command of Admiral William Ross, the Bellerophon transported Federation delegates to Romulus for a conference on Dominion War issues in 2375. (DS9: “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges” ) The¬†Bellerophon¬†was the only¬†Intrepid-class starship other than the USS¬†Voyager¬†ever seen in¬†Star Trek, and the only one to appear outside of¬†Star Trek: Voyager.

The¬†Bellerophon¬†sets were a reuse of the¬†USS¬†Voyager¬†sets from¬†Star Trek: Voyager. This resulted in the¬†Bellerophon¬†having a¬†galley-style counter in the¬†mess hall¬†instead of the two food service¬†replicators, seen in “Caretaker“, and¬†captain’s dining room, mentioned in “Phage“. “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges” writer¬†Ronald D. Moore¬†named the¬†Bellerophon¬†after the¬†HMS¬†Bellerophon, a British warship which served as part of a fleet commanded by¬†Lord Nelson¬†in the early 19th century. This vessel was in turn named after the¬†Greek¬†mythological¬†hero¬†Bellerophon, who rode the winged horse,¬†Pegasus. Coincidentally, the¬†USS¬†Pegasus¬†was featured in another episode written by Moore, namely¬†TNG: “The Pegasus“.

The¬†Bellerophon¬†was also the name of the starship that colonized planet Altair IV in the film¬†Forbidden Planet. That film was said to be among¬†Gene Roddenberry’s inspirations for creating¬†Star Trek. This was at least the second starship to bear the name, the first being the¬†Nebula-class¬†vessel¬†USS¬†Bellerophon¬†seen in the¬†Star Trek: Deep Space Nine¬†pilot “Emissary“.

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