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The '''USS ''Defiant'' (NX-74205)''' was the second [[Federation]] [[starship]] to bear the name, and the [[prototype]] of the [[Defiant class|''Defiant'' class]] of [[starship]]s.
 
   
The Defiant had been first designed in [[2366]], as a new ship to fight the threat of the [[Borg]]. The ship had been built but the receding Borg threat, numerous flaws and the fact that it almost tore itself apart during test cruises, convinced [[Starfleet]] to put the project on hold. [[Benjamin Sisko]] became involved in the project after transfering to the [[Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards]] after the destruction of the [[USS Saratoga|''Saratoga'']] at [[Wolf 359]].
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The '''USS ''Defiant'' ([[NX]]-74205)''' was a [[24th century]] [[Federation]] {{class|Defiant}} [[starship]] operated by [[Starfleet]]. This was the [[prototype]] of the class and the second Federation ship known to bear the name ''Defiant''.
 
The Defiant was taken out of storage and assigned to [[Deep Space 9]] in early [[2371]] to protect the station from the threat of the [[Dominion]], who had destroyed the [[USS Odyssey]], a [[Galaxy class]] [[starship]], a few weeks before. The ship was granted special dispensation to install and operate a [[cloaking device]] contributed by the [[Romulan]]s. In 'payment', Starfleet would share with them all information the Defiant discovered about the Dominion on its missions into the [[Gamma Quadrant]]. The agreement also stipulated that the cloaking device was only to be used in the Gamma Quadrant. The Romulans were unsatisfied with the information the ''Defiant'' brought back but allowed the cloaking device to remain. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Search, Part I]]", "[[Visionary]]")
 
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
[[Image:Defiant DS9.jpg|200px|thumb|The USS Defiant departs Deep Space Nine.]]
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===Origins===
Soon after its arrival at DS9, the Defiant entered the Gamma Quadrant, on a mission to open negotiations with the [[Founder]]s of the Dominion. The [[starship]] came under attack by several [[Jem'Hadar]] [[Jem'Hadar attack ship|ships]] and was boarded. The senior officers were taken to the [[Founders' homeworld]] and placed in a simulation by the [[Vorta]], [[Borath]]. Once Odo and Kira Nerys found them, the Founders allowed them to return home. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Search, Part II]]")
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Development on the ''Defiant'' began around [[2366]], in response to a threat to the Federation which the [[Borg]] represented. Although officially classified as an [[escort vessel]], the ''Defiant'' was nothing less than Starfleet's first design of [[warship]], intended to fight and ultimately defeat the Borg. The vessel featured minimal equipment for scientific research and was not designed to accommodate families. ({{DS9|The Search, Part I}})
   
Several weeks later, the Defiant transported [[Jadzia Dax]] to [[Trill (planet)|Trill]] for treatment. The ship remained in [[orbit]] of Trill for several days. ([[DS9]]: "[[Equilibrium]]")
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Launched in [[2370]], on [[stardate]] 47538.5, from the [[Antares Ship Yards]], the ''Defiant''{{'}}s trial runs did not end well for Starfleet. The vessel was overpowered and over-gunned for a ship of its size – so much so that the ''Defiant'' nearly shook itself apart, when the engines were tested at full power. Ultimately, these design flaws, combined with the Borg threat becoming less urgent, led Starfleet to the decision to abandon the project and place the prototype in storage. ([[Defiant dedication plaque]]; {{DS9|The Search, Part I}})
   
When [[Major]] [[Kira Nerys]] was abducted by the [[Obsidian Order]], Sisko took the Defiant into Cardassian space. The ship's shield harmonics were reconfigured so that the ship appeared to be a [[Kobheerian]] [[freighter]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[Second Skin]]")
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===Service at Deep Space 9===
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[[File:Defiant DS9.jpg|thumb|The ''Defiant'' departs Deep Space 9]]
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After the destruction of the {{USS|Odyssey}} in late 2370, [[Commander]] [[Benjamin Sisko]], who served on the team that designed the ''Defiant'', requested that the vessel be pulled out of storage and assigned to [[Deep Space 9]] to counter a new threat which the [[Dominion]] constituted. Arriving in early [[2371]], the ''Defiant''{{'}}s first assignment was to attempt to convince the [[Founder]]s of the Dominion that the Federation posed no threat to them. After a special amendment was made to the [[Treaty of Algeron]], the [[Romulan Star Empire]] installed one of their [[cloaking device]]s aboard the vessel to aid in its mission – in exchange for any intelligence gained on the Dominion. ({{DS9|The Search, Part I}})
   
During an exploration mission in the Gamma Quadrant the Defiant discovered the planet [[Meridian (planet)|Meridian]] on its first appearance in the primary universe since [[2311]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[Meridian (episode)|Meridian]]")
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The mission did not go well for the DS9 crew. Shortly after entering the [[Gamma Quadrant]], the ''Defiant'' was attacked by several [[Jem'Hadar fighter]]s. During a resulting battle, the vessel was boarded, and the [[senior officer]]s were captured and placed into a simulation to test how Starfleet might react to the Dominion attempting to gain a foothold in the [[Alpha Quadrant]]. Ultimately, the crew was discovered by [[Bajoran Militia]] officers [[Major]] [[Kira Nerys]] and [[Odo]], and were allowed to return to DS9 with the ''Defiant''. ({{DS9|The Search, Part II}})
   
Later, the ship was stolen by members of the [[Maquis]], lead by [[Thomas Riker]], posing as his twin [[William Riker]], who used it to attack several [[Cardassian]] targets. The ship was severely threatened by several [[Obsidian Order]]'s [[Keldon class|''Keldon''-class]] warships. Having narrowly escaped, it would be protected by the [[Galor class|''Galor''-class]] warship, ''[[Kraxon]]'', until the Obsidian Order threat was nullified and for Riker to surrender to. Major Kira then took the ''Defiant'' to the Demilitarized Zone to rendezvous with another Federation starship to transfer the remainder of the Maquis for arrest. ''([[DS9]]: "[[Defiant (episode)|Defiant]]")''
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DS9's [[chief of operations]], [[Miles O'Brien]], spent two weeks overhauling the ''Defiant''{{'}}s [[structural integrity field]] to overcome the ship's design flaws. ({{DS9|Shattered Mirror}})
   
The Defiant transported the senior staff of DS9 to [[Earth]] for a conference on the Gamma Quadrant. The Defiant was the ship chosen for a joint Federation-Cardassian-[[Bajoran]] project to send and receive messages to and from the Gamma Quadrant. ([[DS9]]: "[[Destiny]]")
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Several weeks later, the ''Defiant'' transported [[Lieutenant]] [[Jadzia Dax]] to the [[Trill]] [[Trill (planet)|homeworld]] to receive medical treatment. ({{DS9|Equilibrium}})
[[Image:Defiant Class.jpg|200px|thumb|The Defiant in combat]]
 
   
A few months later, [[Captain]] Benjamin Sisko, acting against orders and without the cloaking device, took the Defiant into the Gamma Quadrant again to rescue [[Odo]] and [[Elim Garak]] who were on a [[Romulan]] [[warbird]] fighting the Dominion during the [[Battle of the Omarion Nebula]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Die is Cast]]")
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When Major Kira was abducted by the [[Cardassian Union]]'s [[Obsidian Order]], Commander Sisko took the ''Defiant'' into [[Cardassian]] space in a rescue attempt. To ensure the Cardassians did not identify the ship, the vessel's [[shield harmonic]]s were reconfigured to make the ''Defiant'' appear to be a [[Kobheerian freighter]]. ({{DS9|Second Skin}})
   
In late 2371, the Defiant was sabotaged by a [[Founder]], who attempted to start a war between the Federation and the [[Tzenkethi]] by flying the Defiant into their space. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Adversary]]")
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The ''Defiant'' made contact with the [[planet]] {{dis|Meridian|planet}} during an exploration mission in the Gamma Quadrant. ({{DS9|Meridian}})
[[Image:Defiant_quarter_firing.jpg|200px|thumb|The Defiant opens fire]]
 
The Defiant fought its way through Cardassian space to rescued members of the Cardassian [[Detapa Council]] in [[2372]] during the [[Second Federation-Klingon War]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Way of the Warrior]]")
 
During a meeting with a [[Karemma]] ship the Defiant was forced into a planet's atmosphere by the [[Jem'Hadar]] where it was severely damaged and many of its crew injured. The Defiant was able to destroy the Jem'Hadar ships and rescue the Karemma. ([[DS9]]: "[[Starship Down]]")
 
The Defiant, under the command of [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Worf]] travelled to Earth to assist Captain Sisko in suppressing a plot that would seize control of Earth from the President of the Federation. The Defiant was attacked by the [[USS Lakota]], who believed the ship's crew had been replaced by [[shapeshifter]]s. Both ships were damaged but both stood down before either could be destroyed. ([[DS9]]: "[[Paradise Lost]]")
 
   
After obtaining the detonation codes for a minefield the Klingons were deploying around the Bajoran system, the Defiant was used to detonate the entire minefield. ([[DS9]]: "[[Sons of Mogh]]")
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Later in 2371, [[Maquis]] operative [[Thomas Riker]] hijacked the ''Defiant'' and used it to attack several Cardassian targets. Commander Sisko was forced to travel to [[Cardassia Prime]] with [[Gul]] [[Dukat]] to help track down the vessel. Although Dukat initially wanted to destroy the ''Defiant'', he agreed to release the vessel and the Maquis crew to Starfleet custody in exchange for the ''Defiant''{{'}}s scans of the [[Orias system]] and Riker himself. After facing overwhelming opposition from Obsidian Order forces deployed from the Orias system, Riker ultimately surrendered and the ''Defiant'' was returned to DS9. ({{DS9|Defiant}})
   
Finding life difficult aboard DS9 much different to that of a starship, Worf decided to live aboard the Defiant. ([[DS9]]: "[[Bar Association]]")
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Later the same year, the ''Defiant'' visited [[Earth]], where the vessel's senior staff was to attend the [[Annual Starfleet Symposium]] on the current situation in the Gamma Quadrant. ({{DS9|Past Tense, Part I}})
   
Later that year, again under of the command of Worf, the Defiant was escorting several Cardassian freighters when they were attacked by the Klingons. The Defiant accidently destroyed a Klingon civilian tranport, that was later determined to be empty and a Klingon ruse to bring Worf back to [[Qo'noS]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[Rules of Engagement]]")
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Several weeks later, the ''Defiant'' was used to carry out a joint project between the governments of the Federation, Cardassia, and [[Bajor]], to establish communications between the Alpha and Gamma Quadrants. ({{DS9|Destiny}})
 
The Defiant later followed a rebel Jem'Hadar strike team that had attacked DS9 into the Gamma Quadrant. After rescuing more Jem'Hadar from the rebels, the two crews worked together to destroy an [[Iconian]] gateway, that the rogue Jem'Hadar had captured. ([[DS9]]: "[[To the Death]]")
 
   
Several weeks later, the Defiant took an ill Odo back to his people where he was 'judged' and changed into a solid. Elim Garak attempted to destroy the [[Great Link]] using the Defiant's weapons. He was stopped by Worf and sentenced to six months in a holding cell. ([[DS9]]: "[[Broken Link]]")
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After a joint Obsidian Order-[[Tal Shiar]] fleet entered the Gamma Quadrant on a mission to destroy the [[Founders' homeworld]], [[Vice Admiral]] [[Toddman]] ordered that the ''Defiant'' remain at DS9 to protect the [[Bajoran sector]] from any Dominion retaliation. Despite these orders, Commander Sisko took the vessel into the Gamma Quadrant in order to rescue Odo and [[Elim Garak]], who were being held on one of the Romulan vessels in the fleet. Even with [[sabotage]] of the cloaking device by [[security chief]] [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Michael Eddington]], the ''Defiant'' ultimately succeeded in its mission and returned to DS9. Admiral Toddman decided not to file charges against Sisko or any of the other officers who had joined him. ({{DS9|Improbable Cause|The Die is Cast}})
   
Later, the Defiant captured a Jem'Hadar ship and brought it back to the Federation for study. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Ship]]")
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In late 2371, a [[Changeling]] posing as Federation [[ambassador]] [[Krajensky]] sent the ''Defiant'' on a patrol mission of the [[Federation-Tzenkethi border]]. During the mission, [[Krajensky (Changeling)|the Changeling]] sabotaged the ''Defiant'', causing it to fly out of control towards a [[Tzenkethi]] [[colony]] that was intended to be attacked; the Dominion hoped it would provoke a second war between the two powers. The crew was eventually able to regain control of the vessel and kill the Changeling. ({{DS9|The Adversary}})
   
Several weeks later, the Defiant was transported to the [[23rd century]], where it encountered the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)|Enterprise]] and its crew on a space station near the Federation-Klingon border. The crew stopped [[Arne Darvin]], a disguised Klingon, from killing [[James T. Kirk]] with a bomb implanted in a [[tribble]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[Trials and Tribble-ations]]")
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[[File:USS Defiant tractors Vorcha class.jpg|thumb|left|The ''Defiant'' using its [[tractor beam]]]]
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In early [[2372]], the ''Defiant'' fought its way through Cardassian space against [[Klingon]] forces – as [[Federation-Klingon War (2372-73)|the Federation was at war with the Klingons]] – to bring the [[Detapa Council]] to Deep Space 9. During this mission, the ship once briefly used its [[tractor beam]] as a 'substitute' shield to protect it from enemy fire, when it was forced to drop its usual [[deflector shield]]s to beam the Council to safety. ({{DS9|The Way of the Warrior}})
   
While pursuing the Maquis traitor [[Michael Eddington]], the Defiant was disabled by a [[cascade virus]] that Eddington had planted in its computer systems. The ship was towed back to Deep Space Nine by the [[USS Malinche]]. After the Maquis attacked the Malinche, Sisko took the damaged Defiant after Eddington and stopped after after poisoning a Maquis planet and threatening to poison more. ([[DS9]]: "[[For the Uniform]]") Several weeks later, the Defiant destroyed a [[Danube class|runabout]] that had been stolen by a Founder and equipped with a bomb that was to be detonated in the Bajoran sun, thus destroying the entire system. ([[DS9]]: "[[By Inferno's Light]]")
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The ''Defiant'' was used by [[Doctor]] [[Lenara Kahn]] and her research team in an attempt to create an artificial [[wormhole]]. ({{DS9|Rejoined}})
[[Image:The Defiant fighting the Borg.jpg|thumb|left|250px|The Defiant fights the Borg]]
 
When [[Deep Space Five]] detected a [[Borg cube]] on a direct course for Earth, the Defiant, under the command of Worf, joined a Starfleet [[task force]] that was assembled in the [[Typhon sector]] to stop the cube. Unsuccessful in stopping the cube at Typhon, the task force fought a running battle with the Borg to [[Earth]]. Worf was about to order a suicide run against the cube but the [[Enterprise-E]] arrived. The Defiant began to lose life support and its crew were beamed aboard the Enterprise. The Defiant crew later travelled back in time with the Enterprise crew to the year [[2063]], following a [[Borg sphere]] that had changed the timeline. After stopping the Borg, the crew travelled back to 2373. The Defiant was repaired and returned to Deep Space Nine. ([[Star Trek: First Contact]])
 
   
After a salvage operation to Empok Nor went awry, the Defiant rescued O'Brien, Nog and Garak from the station. ([[DS9]]: "[[Empok Nor (episode)|Empok Nor]]")
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Several weeks later, the ''Defiant'' traveled to the Gamma Quadrant to meet with a [[Karemma starship]]. During the meeting, the two vessels were attacked by [[Jem'Hadar]] forces. The ''Defiant'' engaged the Jem'Hadar in the [[atmosphere]] of a [[gas giant]] and took severe damage; several of the senior officers were incapacitated. Under the command of [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Worf]], the ''Defiant'' was able to destroy the Jem'Hadar ships and rescue the [[Karemma]]. ({{DS9|Starship Down}})
   
In late 2373, the Defiant was used to deploy a [[minefield]] near the [[Bajoran wormhole]] to stop more Dominion ships from entering the Alpha Quadrant. After a Dominion attack and takeover of DS9, the Defiant evacuated all Federation citizens from the station. ([[DS9]]: "[[Call to Arms]]")
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In mid-2372, Commander Worf took the ''Defiant'' to Earth to assist Captain Sisko in foiling a plot by [[Admiral]] [[Leyton]] which would have overthrown the Federation government and established martial law. While ''en route'', the ''Defiant'' was forced to engage the {{USS|Lakota}} under the command of [[Captain]] [[Erika Benteen]], who was operating under the assumption that the ''Defiant'' was manned by Changelings. After a prolonged battle in which both ships took significant damage (it was strongly suggested by Major Kira that the ''Lakota'' was "in even worse shape" than the ''Defiant''), the ''Lakota'' eventually stood down when Benteen conferred with Worf and Kira about her orders to stop the ''Defiant''. Thus, the ''Defiant'' was allowed to continue to Earth with the evidence Sisko needed to stop the [[Coup d'état|coup]]. ({{DS9|Homefront|Paradise Lost}})
   
==The Dominion War==
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Major Kira used the ''Defiant'' to stop the [[Klingon Empire]] from mining the Bajoran sector, later that year. ({{DS9|Sons of Mogh}})
[[Image:The Defiant at Starbase 375.jpg|thumb|200px|The USS Defiant and the [[IKS Rotarran]] at Starbase 375 in 2374.]]
 
The Defiant fought valiantly throughout the [[Dominion War]] and participated in the majority of its battles.
 
   
In early 2374, the Defiant was assigned to operate out of [[Starbase 375]]. When Sisko was made [[Admiral]] [[William Ross|Ross]]' assistant, Jadzia Dax was given command of the Defiant. She commanded the ship on a mission to destroy a Dominion [[sensor array]] in the [[Argolis Cluster]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[A Time to Stand]]", "[[Behind the Lines]]")
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The ''Defiant'' later became home to Worf, who found adapting to life on Deep Space 9 difficult. Captain Sisko gave him approval to live on the vessel so long as it did not interfere with his duties. ({{DS9|Bar Association}})
   
The ship was used in [[Operation Return]], to reclaim DS9 and stop the Dominion from the dismantling the minefield and bringing in its reinforcements from the Gamma Quadrant. After failing to stop the Dominion from destroying the minefield, the Defiant entered the wormhole in a vain attempt to stop the Dominion reinforcements. Captain Sisko convinced the [[Prophets]] to intervene and they destroyed the Dominion ships. They also made the wormhole impassable. ([[DS9]]: "[[Favor the Bold]]", "[[Sacrifice of Angels]]")
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During an escort mission where the ''Defiant'' was protecting several [[Cardassian freighter]]s against Klingon raids, Commander Worf accidentally destroyed a [[Klingon civilian transport ship]]. The [[Klingon Empire]] requested that Worf be extradited to face justice for the ship's destruction, but was refused when it was determined that the transport ship had been unmanned. ({{DS9|Rules of Engagement}})
   
Whilst en route to Gul Dukat's war crimes trial, the [[USS Honshu]] was destroyed by the Cardassians. The Defiant and the [[USS Constellation]] spent many days searching. The Defiant was about to leave the area when Dukat sent a message to the ship, informing them of Sisko's location. ([[DS9]]: "[[Waltz]]")
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Following an attack on DS9 by Jem'Hadar rebels, the ''Defiant'' pursued their vessel into the Gamma Quadrant, and rescued the crew of a disabled Jem'Hadar fighter. The crews of the ''Defiant'' and the fighter then worked together to destroy an [[Iconian gateway]] that was under the control of the rebels. ({{DS9|To the Death}})
   
Several months after the Federation retook DS9, the Defiant itself was captured by the Jem'Hadar on a scientific mission. The Defiant was reclaimed, with the help of a runabout that had been shrunk to only a few inches long. ([[DS9]]: "[[One Little Ship]]")
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In late 2372, the ''Defiant'' took Odo to the Founder's new homeworld, where he was to be judged for killing the Krajensky changeling the previous year. The [[Female Changeling]] allowed the vessel to personally transport him to the Founder's homeworld, so long as one of her pilots entered the coordinates for the planet and wiped them from the ship's memory afterwards. While the vessel was in orbit, Garak unsuccessfully attempted to use the ''Defiant''{{'}}s weapons to attack the [[Great Link]], but he was caught and prevented from doing so by Worf. ({{DS9|Broken Link}})
   
Several weeks later the Defiant rescued the survivors of its sister ship the [[USS Valiant|Valiant]], that had been destroyed by the Dominion. ([[DS9]]: "[[Valiant (episode)|Valiant]]")
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In early [[2373]], the ''Defiant'' tractored a Jem'Hadar fighter captured by Captain Sisko back to Federation space. ({{DS9|The Ship}})
   
[[Image:Second Battle of Chin'toka 3.jpg|thumb|200px|The destruction of the ''Defiant''.]]
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A few weeks later, Captain Sisko took the ''Defiant'' to [[Ajilon Prime]] to get his son, [[Jake Sisko|Jake]], off the front lines of the Federation's war with the Klingons. ({{DS9|Nor the Battle to the Strong}})
   
The Defiant participated in the [[First Battle of Chin'toka]]. The ship located and destroyed the power source for the [[Orbital weapon platform]], thus helping the [[Federation Alliance]] to conquer the system. ([[DS9]]: "[[Tears of the Prophets (episode)|Tears of the Prophets]]") The Defiant spent the next several months on convoy duty in the system ([[DS9]]: "[[Image in the Sand]]"). The Defiant returned to the [[Chin'toka system]] several weeks later when it made a supply run to [[AR-558]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Siege of AR-558]]")
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The ''Defiant'' was later transported to the [[23rd century]], where it encountered the original {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} visiting [[Deep Space K-7]] in [[2268]]. The ''Defiant''{{'}}s crew stopped [[Arne Darvin]] from killing [[Captain]] [[James T. Kirk]] with a bomb implanted in a dead [[Tribble]]. ({{DS9|Trials and Tribble-ations}})
   
After she was kidnapped and brought to Empok Nor, the Defiant rescued Kira and several members of the [[Pah-Wraith]] cult and brought them back to Bajor. ([[DS9]]: "[[Covenant]]")
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The ''Defiant'' subsequently rescued Odo and [[Quark]] from an [[Class L|L-class]] planet their [[runabout]] had crashed on after being sabotaged by the [[Orion Syndicate]]. ({{DS9|The Ascent}})
   
The Defiant's short but illustrious life ended during the [[Second Battle of Chin'toka]], when the ship was disabled and destroyed by the [[Breen]]'s [[energy dampening weapon]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Changing Face of Evil]]")
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While pursuing Maquis defector Michael Eddington, the ''Defiant'' was disabled by a [[cascade virus]] that Eddington had installed in the ship's computers during his time as DS9's Starfleet security chief. The vessel had to be towed back to DS9 by the {{USS|Malinche}}. When that vessel was later disabled by the Maquis, Captain Sisko used the damaged ''Defiant'' to continue pursuing Eddington. After Sisko poisoned a Maquis planet, Eddington surrendered to Sisko and was incarcerated. ({{DS9|For the Uniform}})
   
The [[USS Defiant (NCC-75633)|USS Sao Paulo]] was renamed in honor of the Defiant, and it fought in the final battle of the Dominion War, the [[Battle of Cardassia]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Dogs of War]]", "[[What You Leave Behind]]")
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[[File:Defiant, Borg attack 2373.jpg|thumb|left|The ''Defiant'' bridge receives heavy damage from a Borg cube]]
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[[File:Defiant Borg.jpg|thumb|The ''Defiant'' fights the Borg]]
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Under the command of Worf, the ''Defiant'' was finally used for what the vessel had originally been designed: fighting the Borg. In the [[Battle of Sector 001]] in mid-2373, the ''Defiant'' assaulted an invading [[Borg cube]] from the [[Typhon sector]] to Earth and took severe damage. Worf was about to order the ship to ram the cube when the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-E|-E}} rescued the vessel's survivors, leaving the ''Defiant'' unmoored though salvageable. Aboard the ''Enterprise'', the ''Defiant'' and ''Enterprise'' crews followed a [[Borg sphere]] to [[2063]] shortly after the cube's destruction, to stop the Borg from sabotaging [[Zefram Cochrane]]'s first warp flight. ({{film|8}}) Following these events, the ''Defiant'' was repaired and returned to DS9. ({{DS9|In Purgatory's Shadow}})
   
==First Contacts==
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[[File:Defiant and Enterprise-E.jpg|thumb|left|The ''Defiant'' dwarfed by the ''Enterprise''-E]]
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When the Dominion [[annexation|annexed]] the Cardassian Union and invaded the Alpha Quadrant, the ''Defiant'' was forced to destroy the runabout {{USS|Yukon}}, which had been commandeered by a Changeling posing as [[Doctor]] [[Julian Bashir]]. The runabout was carrying a [[trilithium weapon]] which was to be detonated in the [[Bajoran sun]], destroying the entire [[Bajoran system|system]]. ({{DS9|By Inferno's Light}})
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In late 2373, the ''Defiant'' became trapped inside a [[temporal distortion]] surrounding a planet in the Gamma Quadrant. The planet was inhabited by descendants of the ''Defiant'' crew, who revealed that the vessel would crash while attempting to escape the distortion. The ''Defiant'' crew and the planet's inhabitants worked to formulate a plan that would allow the ''Defiant'' to escape back into normal space, while simultaneously creating a second ship that would crash on the planet and land 200 years in the past, thus ensuring the inhabitants' survival. However, it was discovered that the plan would fail and that [[Yedrin Dax]] was deliberately setting up the ''Defiant'' to crash. The crew eventually planned to allow this event to take place, but was stopped by an elderly version of Odo, who was living on the planet's surface; he changed the ship's flight plan so that it would avoid the distortion that would otherwise have sent them back in time. The ''Defiant'' returned to DS9 and the colonists were found to have never existed. ({{DS9|Children of Time}})
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===Service during the Dominion War===
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[[File:Defiant and Rotarran at Starbase 375.jpg|thumb|left|The ''Defiant'' and the ''Rotarran'' at Starbase 375]]
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In an effort to stop the Dominion's military build-up in Cardassian space, [[Starfleet Command]] opted to [[mine]] the entrance to the [[Bajoran wormhole]], a move that was virtually guaranteed to lead to [[Dominion War|war]]. Despite coming under fire by Dominion forces, the ''Defiant'' was able to successfully deploy the [[minefield]] and evacuate Deep Space 9's Starfleet personnel before the Dominion took control of the station. ({{DS9|Call to Arms}})
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For the next several months, the ''Defiant'' fought as part of the [[Second Fleet]], operating out of [[Starbase 375]]. When Captain Sisko was made an adjutant to [[Vice Admiral]] [[William Ross]], Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax was assigned to captain the vessel. Under Dax's command, the ''Defiant'' destroyed a Dominion [[sensor array]] hidden in the [[Argolis Cluster]]. ({{DS9|A Time to Stand|Behind the Lines}})
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Sisko returned to the [[captain's chair]] of the ''Defiant'' to lead [[Operation Return]] in mid-[[2374]]. The vessel resumed its assignment at Deep Space 9 after the station was retaken. ({{DS9|Favor the Bold|Sacrifice of Angels}})
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The ''Defiant'' was part of a search effort to look for survivors of the {{USS|Honshu}}, after the latter vessel was destroyed by Cardassian forces. Upon completion of that mission, the ship was immediately assigned to escort a Federation troop [[convoy]] near the [[Badlands]]. ({{DS9|Waltz}})
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While studying a [[subspace compression anomaly]] in mid-2374, the ''Defiant'' was taken over by Jem'Hadar forces. Thanks to the combined efforts of the ''Defiant'' crew and the {{USS|Rubicon}}, the vessel was retaken and the surviving Jem'Hadar were taken to a Federation [[prisoner of war]] camp. ({{DS9|One Little Ship}})
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The ''Defiant'' rescued survivors from its sister ship, the {{USS|Valiant|NCC-74210}}, later that year. ({{DS9|Valiant}})
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Upon completion of a convoy escort mission, the ''Defiant'' responded to a [[distress call]] from [[Captain]] [[Lisa Cusak]], who was commanding the {{USS|Olympia}}. The ''Olympia'' had crashed on an L-class planet in the [[Rutharian sector]] of the [[Beta Quadrant]]. Upon arrival at the planet, the ''Defiant'' crew found an [[energy barrier]] surrounding the planet which had carried Cusak's distress call forward through time; Cusak had been dead three years. Her body was taken back to DS9 and a [[memorial service]] was held for her by the crew. ({{DS9|The Sound of Her Voice}})
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[[File:USS Defiant firing phaser cannons.jpg|thumb|The ''Defiant'' fights at Chin'toka]]
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The ''Defiant'', along with the {{IKS|Rotarran}}, led the [[Federation Alliance]] fleet at the [[First Battle of Chin'toka]], in late 2374. The crew of the ''Defiant'' found a way to disable a deployment of Cardassian [[orbital weapon platform]]s protecting the [[Chin'toka system]]. ({{DS9|Tears of the Prophets}})
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Under Worf's command, the ''Defiant'' spent the next several months on convoy duty. ({{DS9|Image in the Sand}})
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In early [[2375]], the ''Defiant'' made a supply run to [[AR-558]], a [[planetoid]] in the Chin'toka system under heavy siege by the Jem'Hadar. The ''Defiant'' crew provided a small reinforcement of the planetoid and helped disable many [[houdini]]s that had been plaguing the Federation troops stationed there. ({{DS9|The Siege of AR-558}})
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[[File:Defiant bridge ablaze.jpg|thumb|The ''Defiant''{{'}}s bridge during the Second Battle of Chin'toka]]
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The ''Defiant'' later served as part of a search effort to look for survivors of the {{IKS|Koraga}}, which had been destroyed by Dominion forces in the Badlands. The ''Defiant'' managed to recover six [[escape pod]]s, but was forced to call off its search for the ''Koraga''{{'}}s captain, Worf, after only three days, due to heavy Jem'Hadar patrols in the area. ({{DS9|Penumbra}})
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[[File:USS Defiant destroyed.jpg|thumb|left|The destruction of the ''Defiant'']]
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Later that year, the Dominion, along with their new [[Breen]] allies, retook the Chin'toka system with the [[Second Battle of Chin'toka]]. The ''Defiant'' was among 311 ships destroyed in the battle. ({{DS9|The Changing Face of Evil}})
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The {{USS|Sao Paulo}} was assigned to DS9 to replace the ''Defiant'', after its destruction. Captain Sisko was granted special dispensation by the [[Chief of Starfleet Operations]] to rename the ''Sao Paulo'' to "''Defiant''". ({{DS9|The Dogs of War}})
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==Unique characteristics==
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===Ablative armor===
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[[File:Maquis raider fires on the Defiant, FTU.jpg|thumb|The Maquis attack the ''Defiant'']]
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The ''Defiant'' was equipped with an [[ablative armor]] coating that was designed to disintegrate under enemy fire at a controlled rate. It dissipated the effects of directed energy weapons, decreasing damage to the main hull of the ship and therefore providing an extra layer of defense. As late as 2372, Starfleet wasn't informed that the ''Defiant'' was equipped in that way. ({{DS9|Past Tense, Part I|The Way of the Warrior|Paradise Lost|The Changing Face of Evil}})
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===Cloaking device===
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[[File:USS Defiant cloaking.jpg|thumb|left|The USS ''Defiant'' activating its cloaking device]]
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After the Dominion threat emerged in late 2370, a special amendment made to the Treaty of Algeron allowed the ''Defiant'' to be equipped with a Romulan cloaking device. In exchange for providing the cloaking device, the Federation agreed to share all of its Dominion intelligence with the Romulan government. Additionally, the cloak was only authorized for use in the Gamma Quadrant, although Captain Sisko violated this provision on numerous occasions. Use of the cloaking device was initially supervised by [[Subcommander]] [[T'Rul]], although the Romulans later discontinued supervision. ({{DS9|The Search, Part I|Defiant|The Way of the Warrior}})
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Because of the amount of power the ''Defiant'' used, the cloak did not completely hide the ship from Jem'Hadar sensors during normal operation. ({{DS9|The Search, Part I}})
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==First contacts==
 
* [[Karemma]] (The Ferengi were the first [[Alpha Quadrant]] species to contact them)
 
* [[Karemma]] (The Ferengi were the first [[Alpha Quadrant]] species to contact them)
* [[Founders]], 2371
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* [[Founder]]s, 2371
* [[Meridian (species)|Meridian]], 2371
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* [[Meridian inhabitants|Meridian]], 2371
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==Command crew==
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The ''Defiant''{{'}}s permanent assignment at Deep Space 9 as a support vessel meant that it had no specific or dedicated crew complement. The vessel was manned by station personnel; its crew complement, as well as their assignments, often varied by mission.
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*[[Commanding officer]]
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**[[Commander]]/[[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko]] ([[2371]]-[[2375]])
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**[[Lieutenant Commander]] Jadzia Dax (2374)
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*[[Executive officer]] / [[Tactical officer]]
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**[[Colonel]] [[Kira Nerys]] (2371-2375)
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**Lieutenant Commander [[Worf]] ([[2372]]-[[2375]])
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*[[Chief engineer]]
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**[[Senior Chief Petty Officer]] [[Miles O'Brien]] (2371-2375)
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*[[Chief medical officer]]
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**[[Lieutenant]] [[Julian Bashir]] (2371-2375)
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*[[Helmsman]]
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**Lieutenant Commander [[Jadzia Dax]] ([[2371]]-[[2374]])
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**[[Ensign]] [[Nog]] ([[2373]]-[[2375]])
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*[[Science Officer]]
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**Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax (2371-2374)
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*[[Security chief]]
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**Lieutenant Commander [[Michael Eddington]] ([[2371]]-[[2372]])
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*[[Counselor]]/[[Communications Officer]]
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**[[Lieutenant junior grade]] [[Ezri Dax]] ([[2375]])
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*[[Engineer]]
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**Ensign [[Nog]] ([[2373]]-[[2375]])
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{{bginfo|Although {{DS9|Apocalypse Rising}} established that Worf was the first officer of the ''Defiant'' while Kira was the first officer of the station, there was some inconsistency in this arrangement. Based on {{DS9|Sons of Mogh}}, {{e|By Inferno's Light}} and {{e|Tears of the Prophets}}, it would appear that Kira retained the first officer's position when the ''Defiant'' was operating outside of Federation space, while Worf took the position during operations inside Federation space, although this was not directly clarified on the show, so it remains speculation.}}
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;Additional personnel:
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* [[Deep Space 9 personnel#Unnamed personnel|Unnamed Starfleet personnel serving on the USS ''Defiant'']]
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==Embarked craft==
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*''[[Chaffee]]'' ([[Chaffee type shuttlepod|''Chaffee'' type shuttlepod]])
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*''[[Unnamed Type 18 shuttlepods|Shuttle 01]]'' ([[Type 18 shuttlepod]])
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{{Navbox|{{StarshipDefiant}}|{{DefiantClassStarships}}}}
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==Appendices==
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===Appearances===
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''The ''Defiant'' appears in all ''Deep Space Nine'' episode title sequences starting with Season 4 and beyond.''
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<div class="appear">
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* {{DS9}}
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** {{e|The Search, Part I}} ([[DS9 Season 3|Season 3]])
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** {{e|Equilibrium}}
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** {{e|Second Skin}}
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** {{e|Meridian}}
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** {{e|Defiant}}
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** {{e|Past Tense, Part I}}
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** {{e|Past Tense, Part II}}
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** {{e|Destiny}}
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** {{e|The Die is Cast}}
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** {{e|The Adversary}}
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** {{e|The Way of the Warrior}} ([[DS9 Season 4|Season 4]])
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** {{e|The Visitor}}
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** {{e|Rejoined}}
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** {{e|Starship Down}}
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** {{e|Our Man Bashir}}
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** {{e|Paradise Lost}}
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** {{e|Sons of Mogh}}
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** {{e|Bar Association}}
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** {{e|Rules of Engagement}}
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** {{e|For the Cause}}
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** {{e|To the Death}}
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** {{e|Broken Link}}
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** {{e|The Ship}} ([[DS9 Season 5|Season 5]])
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** {{e|Nor the Battle to the Strong}}
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** {{e|Trials and Tribble-ations}}
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** {{e|The Ascent}}
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** {{e|The Darkness and the Light}}
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** {{e|For the Uniform}}
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** {{e|In Purgatory's Shadow}}
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** {{e|By Inferno's Light}}
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** {{e|Soldiers of the Empire}}
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** {{e|Children of Time}}
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** {{e|Blaze of Glory}}
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** {{e|In the Cards}}
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** {{e|Call to Arms}}
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** {{e|A Time to Stand}} ([[DS9 Season 6|Season 6]])
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** {{e|Sons and Daughters}}
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** {{e|Behind the Lines}}
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** {{e|Favor the Bold}}
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** {{e|Sacrifice of Angels}}
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** {{e|You Are Cordially Invited}}
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** {{e|The Magnificent Ferengi}}
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** {{e|Waltz}}
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** {{e|Far Beyond the Stars}}
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** {{e|One Little Ship}}
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** {{e|Honor Among Thieves}}
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** {{e|Inquisition}}
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** {{e|Valiant}}
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** {{e|Time's Orphan}}
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** {{e|The Sound of Her Voice}}
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** {{e|Tears of the Prophets}}
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** {{e|Image in the Sand}} ([[DS9 Season 7|Season 7]])
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** {{e|Once More Unto the Breach}}
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** {{e|The Siege of AR-558}}
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** {{e|Covenant}}
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** {{e|It's Only a Paper Moon}}
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** {{e|Prodigal Daughter}}
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** {{e|Field of Fire}}
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** {{e|Chimera}}
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** {{e|Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang}}
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** {{e|Penumbra}}
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** {{e|The Changing Face of Evil}}
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* {{film|8}}
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=== Background information ===
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==== Origins ====
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The invention of the USS ''Defiant'' was preceded by [[Ira Steven Behr]] and [[Robert Hewitt Wolfe]] discussing, for some time, the possibility of giving the main characters of ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]'' a method to leave space station [[Deep Space 9]] ''en masse''. "''We wanted a ship in which we could send more people out on an adventure,''" explained Wolfe, "''and we'd never really figured out how to do it.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 158)
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The main reason for the creation of the ''Defiant'' was that Ira Steven Behr and the other writers felt the {{class|Danube}} [[runabout]]s would not be able to protect the space station from the [[Dominion]], and that something with more muscle was necessary. In the [[DS9 Season 2|second season]] finale {{e|The Jem'Hadar}}, the Dominion had shown themselves capable of destroying a {{class|Galaxy}} [[starship]] (the {{USS|Odyssey}}) and it was felt that viewers would not accept the idea that the [[Federation]]'s first line of defense against such a powerful enemy was three runabouts. Behr remembered, "''At one point, Robert Wolfe and I were sitting around after the 'Jem'Hadar' episode had been filmed. We were looking at dailies and said, 'Jesus, we're blowing up ''Galaxy'' Class starships; these guys are tough, and all we have are these freaking runabouts' [....] We had to come up with a ship to combat [the Dominion].''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', p. 79) As Behr additionally explained, "''We had all these plans for this Dominion, not so much the [[Dominion War]] yet, but the Dominion as a three-pronged attack, and what were we going to go after them with? [[Shuttlecraft]]s? You know, I mean, with the ''Galileo'' or whatever the hell those names were? You know, it just seemed ridiculous. So we needed a ship.''" Similarly, Production Designer [[Herman Zimmerman]] stated, "''We needed a ship that would give the writers the opportunity to have more direct conflict.''" (USS ''Defiant'', [[DS9 Season 3 DVD]] special features) He also commented, "''The ''Defiant'' was a direct result of the need on the part of the writer/producers of the show to get away from the station, to give them a vehicle that would allow them to travel at higher warp speeds than the Runabout [...] is capable of, and to carry more armament and more personnel.''" (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 96) Additionally, Zimmerman said, "''We knew at the end of second season that the story lines were going in a direction that required a larger ship, with armament and much more warp-speed capability, and the ability to hold a larger crew.''" (''[[Star Trek - Where No One Has Gone Before]]'', paperback ed., p. 189) Illustrator [[Jim Martin]] reported, "''They wanted a starship that could be based at ''Deep Space Nine'' that was kind of an ass-kicker that they could have some fun with. They wanted a fighting ship.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Official Poster Magazine]]'', No. 7) Wolfe specified, "''Bringing in the ''Defiant'' was based on our own internal perceptions of something that would make the show better. It was not based on ratings.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 158)
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The ''Defiant'' was originally envisioned, by the DS9 producers, as "a beefy runabout." (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 162)
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Feeling the need for a ship assigned to protect the space station, Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe approached then-Executive Producer [[Michael Piller]] with their idea. Related Behr, "''We [....] said, 'We need something with teeth to it so it doesn't seem ridiculous that this space station is the only thing between the Dominion and the Alpha Quadrant.{{'}}''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', p. 79) Talking with Piller in his office, Behr additionally told him, "''We know ''[[Star Trek: Voyager|Voyager]]'' is coming and there will be problems, but we need a ship. Doesn't have to be a ship that's as good as ''[[USS Voyager|Voyager]]''. Doesn't have to be a starship &ndash; we need a kick-ass ship.''" Though Piller became temporarily side-tracked with addressing another issue, Behr expressed the need for a ship once again, to which Piller finally replied, "''Absolutely, let's talk to [[Rick Berman|Rick [Berman]]].''" (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102) Piller felt it didn't matter much whether DS9's regular characters had a starship at their disposal, or merely their contingent of Runabouts. However, he was ultimately willing to concede to the request of the former, motivated by a criticism of the series &ndash; due to its station-bound setting &ndash; that the producers often heard. "''The addition of the ''Defiant'',''" he explained, "''was a direct result of, 'It doesn't go anywhere' [....] I came out of that meeting and said, 'I've had it. They want a ship, we'll give them a ship.' We felt it was a fake criticism and said, 'Let's just get rid of it.{{'}}''" ({{STC|142|49}}) Piller's advice to speak with Berman was because he might have concerns due to the fact the starship ''Voyager'' was about to also be introduced. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 158)
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As it turned out, Michael Piller himself brought the idea to Rick Berman's attention. At this point, the general idea was still for the craft to be a kind of runabout, larger than the others. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 96) Berman did indeed have some worries, though Ira Behr addressed them by saying, "''It's a different show, it's a different ship, and we need something cool, something ''DS9''-specific.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 158) In hindsight, Behr explained, "''It couldn't be like ''Voyager''. And I didn't know what ''Voyager'' was going to be at the time. I said, 'Fine, let's give it something only ''Deep Space Nine'' has.{{'}}''" (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102) Although there was initial opposition to the subsequent request for the ship to have a [[cloaking device]], Behr and Robert Wolfe managed to convince Berman that the ''Defiant'' was a unique ship in a unique situation and, with the added stipulation that the cloak could only be used in the [[Gamma Quadrant]], Berman agreed, so the vessel was approved. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 158)
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The design direction of creating the ''Defiant'' as a larger form of runabout was soon revised. The craft was &ndash; from that point on &ndash; redesigned as a starship rather than a runabout. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 96)
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When [[Ronald D. Moore]] and [[René Echevarria]] left ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'' and joined the DS9 writing staff in its [[DS9 Season 3|third season]], they were told about the plans for the new ship. "''When Ron and Rene came on we all sat down and talked about it as a group,''" remembered Robert Wolfe. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 112) Establishing the ''Defiant'' became Moore's responsibility, as he was tasked with scripting the ''Defiant''{{'}}s introduction in season three premiere {{e|The Search, Part I}}. Recalled Moore, "''They told me, 'We've got this ship!' And I said, 'You've got ''what''? But this show's about a ''station''. I just ''left'' a ship!{{'}}''" Ira Behr and Robert Wolfe responded by explaining that the new craft was to be a tougher kind of starship than the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}}, not a large exploratory vessel with families on board. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 158) Subsequently, the ship inspired Moore. Observed Behr, "''[He] got all excited at the thought of this [....] Ron was ecstatic, 'cause he got to play with the ''Defiant." (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102)
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Naming the newly conceived vessel was one of the first tasks Ron Moore had to do, as he began work on the script for "The Search, Part I". "''They'd graciously left [naming the craft] to me,''" he remarked. Moore originally wanted to call the ''Defiant'' the USS ''Valiant'' (based on either the {{SS|Valiant}} or the {{USS|Valiant|23rd century}} from ''[[Star Trek: The Original Series]]''). The producers didn't allow him to use that name for the new ship, as the USS ''Voyager''{{'}}s name also begins with a "V". It was Moore who instead selected the name ''Defiant'' (inspired by the {{USS|Defiant|NCC-1764}} from {{TOS|The Tholian Web}}). (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 158) This was [[1998 productions|three years]] before Moore was able to name a ship ''Valiant''; the {{USS|Valiant|NCC-74210}} appears in the [[DS9 Season 6|sixth season]] episode {{e|Valiant}}.
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As well as liking the name ''Defiant'', Ron Moore believed it required some backstory, wondering, "''Why would you name a ship the ''Defiant''?''" The writers soon devised the backstory about the vessel having been constructed as an attempt to defy the [[Borg]]. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 158) Making the ''Defiant'' a warship seemed to fit the grittiness of ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine''. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 162) However, the craft couldn't seem too militaristic for the Federation. "''That was one of the problems and something we had to discuss,''" reflected Ira Behr. "''We really wanted this to be a ship that went out there to fight, no science, no searching. This was 'Uh oh, they're bigger than we are and they're coming to get us. Let's ram it down their throats.' We had to pull back a little on that [....] But when you meet people, like the Borg or the [[Romulan]]s, it does pay to have a ship that can do some damage. It's still considered a fighting ship.''" (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102) Consequently, the revised ''Deep Space Nine'' bible (dated 1 August 1994) referred to the ''Defiant'' as having been "originally built as a warship designed to fight the Borg." (''[[Star Trek - Where No One Has Gone Before]]'', p. 189) The scientific capabilities of the craft were planned to be less-equipped than the likes of the ''Enterprise'' or ''Voyager''. "''We always said,''" Robert Wolfe recollected, "''that the ''Defiant'' wasn't good at certain things &ndash; that there's a cost for designing a pure warship, and why doesn't the Federation just crank out thousands of these things? [....] The ''Defiant'' was just meant to go around and shoot at people, and that's a bit of a drawback when you're going into [something like] a difficult atmospheric situation.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', p. 109)
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The idea the ''Defiant'' had been "hastily put together in the face of the Borg threat," as phrased by Science Consultant [[André Bormanis]], helped to account for the fact that tight budget constraints limited the amount of sets which could be built for the ship. "''[It] was a fair enough justification,''" opined René Echevarria. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 162)
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André Bormanis liked how the ''Defiant'', with its technological problems due to being a [[prototype]], departed from "the concept that all Federation technology was squeaky clean and perfect." (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 162) Herman Zimmerman explained, "''Because it's a prototype, it has a certain quirkiness as any high-speed prototype aircraft would have. You don't know exactly how it will react in a given situation.''" Ira Behr wanted the ''Defiant'' to be a "fun" environment, remarking, "''We're hoping that we get that with the ''Defiant." Jim Martin, who designed the vessel, commented, "''The ''Defiant'' was special.''" (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, pp. 96 & 97) Zimmerman stated, "''The ''Defiant'' was a big boost for the show's bag of tricks.''" Robert Wolfe observed, "''We've opened up the ability to go off the station, something we obviously needed to do, not just to establish the 'bad guys' in the Gamma quadrant, but just the Gamma quadrant as a whole &ndash; to make it a place with a real sense of depth where we need to spend some time.''" (''[[Star Trek - Where No One Has Gone Before]]'', paperback ed., p. 189)
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Various rumors circulated about the origins of the ''Defiant''. Noted Ira Behr, "''I've heard all types of rumors about the ''Defiant." Many [[Trekkie|fans]] suspected the craft was invented by Ron Moore or René Echevarria, and that the writers wanted a ship on which to set more stories like those of TNG, despite the vessel actually predating the addition of Moore and Echevarria to the DS9 writing staff. Responding to such opinions, Robert Wolfe said, "''The truth of the matter is the ''Defiant'' was an attempt to correct a deficiency in the runabouts [....] It wasn't that we have to be like ''Next Gen''. We were doing those kinds of stories on DS9 anyway. We just wanted to do what we do better and a ship will help us do that.''" (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102) The craft turned out to be popular with fans. ({{STC|142|49}})
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==== Uses in stories ====
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The DS9 writing staff swiftly realized that imagining the ''Defiant'' as "a unique little warship that was overpowered and overgunned" could generate dynamic stories in future installments. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 158) As Ira Behr noted, "''That got us through the first couple of [third season] episodes.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', p. 79) Indeed, the addition of the ''Defiant'' to the series created many new storytelling possibilities. "''First, it meant the crew could have a different set of adventures off the station. It also made it easier to shoot scenes with more people inside a bigger vessel, rather than in the cramped quarters of those little runabouts,''" stated [[Terry Farrell]], with a laugh. "''And finally, it allowed Sisko to truly live up to those immortal words spoken by two other, famous captains before him &ndash; 'To boldly go where no-one has gone before.{{'}}''" ({{e|The Search, Part I}}, ''[[Deep Space Nine Chronicles]]'', [[DS9 Season 4 DVD]] special features) On the other hand, Michael Piller remarked about the ''Defiant'', "''It didn't change any of our character arcs or anything.''" ({{STC|142|49}})
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Although the producers chose to include no spotlights on the outer hull of the ''Defiant''-class, the ''Defiant'' was lit with spotlights exclusively for the ship's debut, in {{e|The Search, Part I}}. Describing how this was done, [[Gary Hutzel]] said, "''We hooked a mag light on a C-stand arm that was connected directly to the camera head, so that it rocked and rolled with the model. Then we designed the shot to display some of the ship's better angles as it backed away and turned around.''" When the ''Defiant'' leaves Deep Space 9 on its maiden voyage through the wormhole, the ship's name is brightly illuminated. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', pp. 162-163)
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By the end of {{e|The Search, Part II}}, the writers had given up on the idea of the ''Defiant'' using its cloaking device and didn't expect to use it ever again. Director of Photography [[Jonathan West]] was even told "we'll never be cloaked again; this is just for the first show." Ron Moore recalled, "''It wasn't until a few episodes later that we decided to say it was still there.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 163)
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Upon starting to write the story for the episode {{e|Defiant}}, one of the first ideas Ron Moore had was the starship ''Defiant'' being stolen by [[Thomas Riker]]. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 98; ''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', p. 87) The notion quickly occurred to him while he was writing the story of "Defiant"; the ship was the answer to Moore asking himself what would motivate the Maquis, led by Tom Riker, to visit Deep Space 9. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 190) "''I had the whole stealing of the ''Defiant'' sequence before I even knew why he was stealing it,''" Moore commented. "''I thought that would be a great way to open an episode.''" By the time production on "Defiant" was over, Jonathan West was becoming familiar with filming on the ''Defiant''. "''He asked for some changes in terms of paint schemes and lighting, and now it was pretty together,''" remembered [[David Livingston]]. (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', pp. 87 & 88)
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When the writing staff was trying to select a "contained" setting for third season finale {{e|The Adversary}}, the ''Defiant'' provided a useful environment. Robert Wolfe remembered that the idea of the ship "''heading inexplicably toward destruction, like the death machine that she really is, being all locked down and going like a runaway train, became the basic hook that everyone really liked.''" However, turning the ''Defiant'' into "a runaway train" proved neither as simple nor cheap as it sounded, as it required the expense of creating an engine room for the vessel. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', pp. 250 & 251)
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The DS9 staff writers were pleased with how the ''Defiant'' was established during its first season and how it opened up narrative possibilities for later stories. At the end of DS9 Season 3, Ron Moore reflected, "''The ''Defiant'' has developed nicely over the course of the year [...] and now we have a fully functioning starship.''" René Echevarria agreed, "''We can do a shipboard episode if we want and cut back to the station for a B story. We really feel we have the best of all possible worlds with the ''Defiant''. We're freed up.''" Producer [[Hans Beimler]], who joined the writing staff for the [[DS9 Season 4|fourth season]], remarked, "''The addition of the ''Defiant'' has given us the ability to every once in a while do a show that's dynamically similar to ''Next Generation." (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', pp. 99 & 101)
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In {{m|February|1995}}, freelance writer [[David Mack]] suggested to his writing partner, [[John J. Ordover]], an unusual way of using the ''Defiant'', inspired by the [[German]] [[submarine]] drama ''{{w|Das Boot}}''. Mack subsequently recalled, "''I [...] said, 'I'd like to sink the ''Defiant''.' Those were my exact words.''" As Ordover joined in the process of working out the story, the conditions in which the vessel would find itself continued to develop. "''We came up with the high concept of the ''Defiant'' getting into a conflict in orbit over a planet, being damaged, and plunging down into an alien sea where it sinks like a rock,''" remembered Mack. The writers imagined the craft sinking to a depth hundreds of kilometers underwater. They intended to set up the risk that "the ship runs out of power and the structural integrity field collapses, and the ship is crushed like an egg." When the notion of a pricey underwater show was deemed unviable, the ship's threatening surroundings were changed to the atmosphere of a gas giant, complete with a scene showing the ''Defiant'' temporarily being flooded with gas rather than water. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', pp. 282 & 283) The ''Defiant'' is indirectly referenced in the title of the episode, DS9 Season 4's {{e|Starship Down}}, which was still thought of as "a submarine movie" by the in-house writing staff. They also wanted to deliver on what they had planned for the starship, portraying it as having some weaknesses. "''We wanted to show the ''Defiant'' in action and pushed to its limits,''" said Robert Wolfe. Having the ship encounter "a difficult atmospheric situation" served this intent well, as ''Voyager'' or the ''Enterprise'' would have had no problem in similar circumstances, whereas the relatively under-equipped warship ''Defiant'' was shown to struggle. (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', p. 109)
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A three-second shot of the ''Defiant'' in battle, from "The Way of the Warrior", was reused and re-composited by [[Glenn Neufeld]] for part of a combat sequence in {{e|Paradise Lost}}. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 302)
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Kira Nerys actress [[Nana Visitor]] once commented that "going out on the ''Defiant''" was one of two main components that ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' became "about," "doing battle" being the other. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 361)
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There was an ulterior motive for including the ''Defiant'' in {{film|8}}. "''The ''Defiant'' appeared in FC as a way of bringing Worf into the film,''" clarified Ron Moore. {{AOLchat|Ronald D. Moore|ron110|1998}} Also, the inclusion of the ship allowed the film to address the fact that Worf was now assigned to the vessel. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 28, No. 6, p. 30) The fate of the ''Defiant'' in the aftermath of ''First Contact''{{'}}s [[Battle of Sector 001]] became controversial after Ira Steven Behr read an early draft of the movie's script, which was collaboratively written by Moore and [[Brannon Braga]]. "''Somehow,''" recalled Moore, "''we had implied that, like, the ''Defiant'' was destroyed or something [....] We didn't mean to destroy the ''Defiant." Behr was nonetheless extremely upset that the writers hadn't made it clear the ship was not destroyed. The annihilation of the vessel would prove needless in a story that didn't even involve the ''Deep Space Nine'' characters (apart from Worf) and inconvenient for the television show. "''I said, 'So, what did you think?' And he just [...] ranted at me for destroying the ''Defiant'',''" Moore continued, with a laugh. "''And it was really his only note on the whole script. So we went back [to the script]. We were very careful that the ''Defiant'' actually did [survive].''" ([[audio commentary]], [[Star Trek: First Contact (Special Edition)|''Star Trek: First Contact'' (Special Edition) DVD]]/[[Star Trek: First Contact (Blu-ray)|Blu-ray]]) Behr himself explained, "''I didn't see the point in bringing it on just to kick the crap out of it.''" The line "''tough little ship''" was added to the script after he had expressed his concerns. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 407) According to [[Anthony Pascale]], a line suggesting the ''Defiant'' was "''adrift, but salvageable''" was also added to clear up any ambiguity. ([[audio commentary]], [[Star Trek: First Contact (2009 DVD)|''Star Trek: First Contact'' (2009 DVD]]/[[Star Trek: First Contact (Blu-ray)|Blu-ray)]]) "''They <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[Industrial Light & Magic]]<nowiki>]</nowiki> had to add a lot of battle damage to it,''" stated Illustrator [[John Eaves]], "''because it's already been in the battle pretty heavily before it gets rescued [on screen] by the ''Enterprise''-E.''" ("The Art of ''First Contact''", [[Star Trek: First Contact (Special Edition)|''Star Trek: First Contact'' (Special Edition) DVD]]/[[Star Trek: First Contact (Blu-ray)|Blu-ray]]) No reference to the damage the ''Defiant'' received during the battle was ever made on ''Deep Space Nine'' (although a brief reference was made to the battle itself in {{e|In Purgatory's Shadow}}, when Sisko mentions "the recent Borg attack"). Though the viewers of DS9 would likely have preferred something as simple as a mention of recent repairs to the craft, Ira Behr wanted to forget about the ship's involvement in the film. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 407)
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In the final shot of [[DS9 Season 5|DS9 fifth season]] installment {{e|The Darkness and the Light}}, the ''Defiant'' slowly flies over and past the camera. "''I was planning on just doing a standard fly-by for that shot when we ran into some technical problems with the motion control rig,''" explained [[Gary Hutzel]]. "''The pan/tilt wasn't operating properly; it was locked off at a downward angle as the camera drove past the ship.''" Hutzel chose to use the unusual shot provided by the malfunctioning technology and was ultimately very pleased with the footage. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 412)
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Maneuvers performed by the ''Defiant'' while damaged in {{e|For the Uniform}} were also done by Gary Hutzel, using motion control photography. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 29, Nos. 6/7, p. 45) In the story, the damage to the ship meant the vessel had to be operated manually. "''Great idea,''" Ira Behr happily remarked. "''I loved it.''" The writing staff wanted the environment aboard the craft to meanwhile seem like that on board a submarine in a submarine movie, such as in ''{{w|Run Silent, Run Deep (1958 film)|Run Silent, Run Deep}}'', which the writers repeatedly discussed as a point of reference for conditions on the ''Defiant''. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 420)
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When [[Gary Holland]] originally devised a story that eventually served as the basis for {{e|Children of Time}}, he imagined the ''Defiant'' [[crash landing]] on a planet where the ship's crew met their ancestors. The story was rewritten, with the vessel referred to as having instead crash landed in the past, on a planet named [[Gaia]]. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 452)
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For the last shot in fifth season closer {{e|Call to Arms}}, filming the ''Defiant'' with the relevant studio model in conjunction with motion control technology would not have been possible. This was because the ship makes an almost-180-degree turn. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', pp. 471) "''The intention was that the ''Defiant'' would go and join [a] [...] fleet [...] then turn around,''" explained René Echevarria. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 34) The visual effects artists, due to the ''Defiant''{{'}}s rotation, were unsure where to put the mount for holding the model to a stand, or where to lay all the dolly track they would have needed for the camera to move along, especially as no motion control soundstage was big enough to house as much dolly track as was required. Consequently, the ship was alternatively represented with CGI. Commenting on how the vessel joins a combined Starfleet-Klingon fleet in the footage, Visual Effects Supervisor [[David Stipes]] commentated, "''The ''Defiant'' comes in and it's like, 'Here we are. We've joined the fleet and now we're gonna come back and kick fanny.{{'}}''" Despite the difficulty of portraying the turnabout the ''Defiant'' makes to match the direction of the fleet, Visual Effects Coordinator [[Adam Buckner]] deemed it a necessary maneuver. "''We felt that it ought to be flying along with the fleet, that it would join it in the fight to retake the station,''" he explained. "''Otherwise, essentially, it would have sort of chugged up to the fleet and said, 'Hi, I'm here!' That's a little less aesthetic,''" Buckner concluded, laughing. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', pp. 471 & 472)
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In the interim between the fifth and [[DS9 Season 6|sixth seasons]], Ira Behr planned using the ''Defiant'' in more episodes. "''We're going to be doing shows that take place on the ''Defiant'',''" he promised. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 29, Nos. 6/7, p. 51) The day before "Call to Arms" entered production, Ron Moore likewise commented that the ''Defiant'' would be a setting for "some very interesting stuff" in the show's sixth season. {{AOLchat|Ronald D. Moore|raolchat|1997}}
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For footage of [[Operation Return]] in season six outing {{e|Sacrifice of Angels}}, the ''Defiant'' was again portrayed with CGI and was the only example of its class to be included. Digitally modeling the craft meant the ship could thereafter be shown with the same method, whenever it was subsequently required. To create about a second of the vessel cruising through the wormhole in the same episode, the ''Defiant'' was depicted with the usual studio model, the only motion control element in the entire installment. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 30, No. 9/10, pp. 64 & 66)
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Although René Echevarria initially devised the idea of a miniaturized runabout maneuvering inside ''Deep Space 9'' in a story that became the episode {{e|One Little Ship}}, using the ''Defiant'' instead of the space station seemed to work better for teleplay writers [[David Weddle]] and [[Bradley Thompson]]. "''When we came up with the idea of the ''Defiant'' getting taken over, and the little ship having to board it to rescue the rest of the crew, then we suddenly had a workable premise,''" Weddle explained. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 39)
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To prepare for the filming of "One Little Ship" scenes in which the runabout ''Rubicon'' was miniaturized inside the ''Defiant'' and shrunken officers from the ''Rubicon'' walked around the starship's innards, John Eaves produced at least three concept sketches of various parts of the ''Defiant''. Also, David Weddle and Bradley Thompson &ndash; who were credited with writing "One Little Ship", although the story idea didn't originate with them &ndash; spent many hours touring the ''Defiant'' sets, choreographing shots of the tiny runabout. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', pp. 529, 530 & 531) Sets they visited included the bridge and engineering. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 40; ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 530) However, their tour of the sets wasn't as extensive as one carried out by [[Allan Kroeker]], who directed the episode. "''He had taken the visual effects people through the corridors and places in the ship, and worked all of that out very, very carefully,''" offered Thompson. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 40)
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The ''Defiant'' eventually turned out to be the primary setting of {{e|The Sound of Her Voice}} too, that episode having originally been set (at least mainly) aboard Deep Space 9. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 69)
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While writing Bashir-centric [[DS9 Season 7|seventh season]] episode {{e|Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges}}, Ron Moore opted not to use the ''Defiant'' as the installment's main setting (which instead was the {{class|Intrepid}} {{USS|Bellerophon|NCC-74705}}). "''For the piece to work, it couldn't be [on] the ''Defiant'', because I didn't want the rest of our characters along for the ride,''" Moore explained. "''It would have given Bashir too many safe places to go. It had to be on another ship.''" (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 32, Nos. 4/5, p. 76)
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In {{e|Penumbra}}, the DS9 writing staff made the ''Defiant'', even under Captain Sisko's command, unable to effect a rescue that a runabout, piloted by Ezri Dax, managed, carried by the Badlands' currents. "''The ''Defiant'' is so big that even if he'd thought of what she tries, the ship never would have followed the same path,''" René Echevarria reasoned. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 685)
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When the writers chose to destroy the ''Defiant'' in {{e|The Changing Face of Evil}}, they decided it was important to make the craft's annihilation emotionally effective. "''We wanted to do something that would be painful and gut-wrenching to everyone,''" Ira Behr remarked. Ron Moore added that the writers also "''wanted to kill ''Defiant'' as a statement on how tough the Breen were. We thought that would rock the characters and the audience.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', pp. 689 & 693)
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The final moments of the ''Defiant'', with the craft beginning to burn but ejecting escape pods, were shown with CGI achieved by Digital Muse, supervised by David Stipes. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 32, Nos. 4/5, p. 74)
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The DS9 writing staff were pleased with how emotionally effecting they were able to depict the ''Defiant''{{'}}s destruction, making it as deep an emotional impact as the death of a regular character. "''It worked very well,''" Ira Behr declared. "''It wasn't the ''Enterprise'', it wasn't ''Voyager'', and it wasn't the basis of the show. But still, the ship had become a character that had caught on in people's hearts and minds. Even though we're not a ''Star Trek'' series that takes place on a ship, when the ''Defiant'' went down, that hurt.''" René Echevarria agreed, "''The death of the ''Defiant'' was quite striking &ndash; but at the same time, we didn't want to keep it dead forever.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', pp. 693 & 689-690)
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==== Miscellaneous ====
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In the opening titles sequence for DS9 Seasons 4 to 7, the ''Defiant'' was depicted using [[CGI]], which allowed the visual effects artists to concentrate on filming the model without having to worry about accidentally showing the model mount, as they would have to have done if they had been using a practical studio model for the sequence. "''VisionArt did a wonderful job of matching the lighting where the ship comes out of the shadows behind one of the pylons,''" Dan Curry enthused. "''And using CGI allowed me to do a couple of moves with the ''Defiant'' that we couldn't have done with a model.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 335)
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Speaking from the perspective of Jadzia Dax, Terry Farrell once said, laughing, "''I love the ''Defiant'' because I fly it.''" (''[[The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine]]'', issue 14, p. 10)
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The {{USS|Equinox}}, a {{class|Nova}} vessel, was designed based on the configuration of the ''Defiant'' "Pathfinder" vehicle, registry NXP-2365WP/T, found in the ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual]]''.
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Models and replicas of the USS ''Defiant'' have been produced by [[AMT/Ertl]], [[Franklin Mint]], and [[Furuta]]. [[Galoob]] released a [[Star Trek Micro Machines|Micro Machines]] miniature and [[Playmates Toys]] released small [[Playmates Toys#Star Trek: Innerspace Series|Innerspace Series]] and large [[Playmates#Gallery: Playmates Electronic Starships 1992-2009|electronic starship]] versions. [[Hallmark]] released two versions of the ''Defiant'' as Christmas ornaments. [[Corgi]] produced a prototype model of the ''Defiant'' in {{y|2007}} but this release was canceled before it reached production. In {{y|2008}}, the Japanese toy company [[F-Toys]] released two models of the ''Defiant'' which included a transparent "cloaked" version. Between 2011 and 2014, [[WizKids]] released miniatures of the ''Defiant'' in its [[Star Trek: Fleet Captains|Fleet Captains]], [[Star Trek: Tactics|Tactics]], and [[Star Trek: Attack Wing|Attack Wing]] games. In 2013, [[Eaglemoss Collections]] released the ''Defiant'' as part of its [[Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection|Official Starships Collection]], which was later released in Japan by [[De Agostini]]. [[Dairy Queen]] also produced a ''Defiant'' food toy premium and a ''Defiant'' game token was included in [[Screenlife]]'s [[Star Trek Scene It?]] game.
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The USS ''Defiant'' could be seen in the Discovery Science program ''Ultra Science'' (an episode about time travel).
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===Apocrypha===
   
== Command Crew ==
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In the novel ''[[The 34th Rule]]'', the ''Defiant'' has a shuttlecraft called the ''da Vinci''.
* [[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko]] - [[commanding officer]] (CO)
 
* [[Commander]] [[Worf]] - [[executive officer]], [[security chief]],[[tactical officer]]
 
* [[Chief]] [[Miles O'Brien]] - [[chief engineer]]
 
* [[Commander]] [[Jadzia Dax]] - [[Flight controller|CONN]], [[science officer]] ([[2371]]-[[2374]])
 
*[[Ensign]] [[Nog]]- CONN ([[2375]])
 
* [[Doctor]] [[Julian Bashir]] - [[chief medical officer]] (CMO)
 
   
== Background information ==
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[[Worf]]'s first mission of the computer game ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen]]'' involves Worf being left in command of the ''Defiant'', trying to fight off a boarding party of Grigari troopers.
Early drafts of the script of [[Star Trek: First Contact]] suggested that the Defiant was to be destroyed in the [[Battle of Sector 001]]. In the DVD commentary for the film, First Contact co-writer and [[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]] producer [[Ronald D. Moore]] said that Deep Space Nine's Executive Producer [[Ira Steven Behr]] had seen the script and objected to the needless destruction of his ship in a story that didn't even involve the Deep Space Nine characters (apart from [[Worf]]). It would also prove to be inconvenient for the television show, so the Defiant was eventually allowed to survive the battle, and a line suggesting that the Defiant was "adrift, but salvagable" was added to clear up any ambiguity. No reference to the damage the Defiant received during the battle was ever made on Deep Space Nine.
 
   
An early design of the Defiant eventually became the [[Nova class]] ship, the [[USS Equinox]].
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== Appearances By Episode ==
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In the video game ''[[Star Trek: Encounters]]'', the ''Defiant'' appears in the two levels based on [[Deep Space 9]]. In addition, the ''Defiant'' appears in the game's last level where it briefly visits an [[alternate timeline]] in which the [[Romulan Star Empire]] has conquered the [[Federation]]. The ''Defiant'' later helps the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-E|-E}}, the {{USS|Voyager}}, the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-A|-A}}, and the {{EnterpriseNX}} defeat a combined [[Xindi]], [[Klingon]], [[Romulan]], [[Dominion]], and [[Borg]] fleet.
''The Defiant appears in all episode title sequences season 4 and beyond (not at the beginning of season 3 however).''
 
   
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Also, the game ''[[Star Trek: Legacy]]'' features a mission depicting the ''Defiant''{{'}}s shakedown cruise under the command of [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Benjamin Sisko]]. The ship encounters [[Romulan]] [[Tal Shiar]] forces preparing to ambush T'Uerell within Federation space and despite trying to evade them, is captured. The crew and the ship are rescued by a task force led by the USS ''Enterprise''-D.
** "[[The Search, Part I]]"
 
** "[[Equilibrium]]"
 
** "[[Second Skin]]"
 
** "[[Meridian (episode)|Meridian]]"
 
** "[[Defiant (episode)|''Defiant'']]"
 
** "[[Past Tense, Part I]]"
 
** "[[Past Tense, Part II]]"
 
** "[[Destiny]]"
 
** "[[The Die Is Cast]]"
 
** "[[The Adversary]]"
 
** "[[The Way of the Warrior]]"
 
** "[[The Visitor]]"
 
** "[[Rejoined]]"
 
** "[[Starship Down]]"
 
** "[[Our Man Bashir]]"
 
** "[[Paradise Lost]]"
 
** "[[Sons of Mogh]]"
 
** "[[Bar Association]]"
 
** "[[Rules of Engagement]]"
 
** "[[For the Cause]]"
 
** "[[To the Death]]"
 
** "[[Broken Link]]"
 
** "[[The Ship]]"
 
** "[[...Nor the Battle to the Strong]]"
 
** "[[Trials and Tribble-ations]]"
 
** "[[The Ascent]]"
 
** "[[The Darkness and the Light]]"
 
** "[[For the Uniform]]"
 
** "[[In Purgatory's Shadow]]"
 
** "[[By Inferno's Light]]"
 
** "[[Soldiers of the Empire]]"
 
** "[[Children of Time]]"
 
** "[[Blaze of Glory]]"
 
** "[[In the Cards]]"
 
** "[[Call to Arms]]"
 
** "[[A Time to Stand]]"
 
** "[[Sons and Daughters]]"
 
** "[[Behind the Lines]]"
 
** "[[Favor the Bold]]"
 
** "[[Sacrifice of Angels]]"
 
** "[[You Are Cordially Invited...]]"
 
** "[[The Magnificent Ferengi]]"
 
** "[[Waltz]]"
 
** "[[Far Beyond the Stars]]"
 
** "[[One Little Ship]]"
 
** "[[Honor Among Thieves]]"
 
** "[[Inquisition]]"
 
** "[[Valiant (episode)|''Valiant'']]"
 
** "[[Time's Orphan]]"
 
** "[[The Sound of Her Voice]]"
 
** "[[Tears of the Prophets (episode)|Tears of the Prophets]]"
 
** "[[Image in the Sand]]"
 
** "[[Once More Unto the Breach]]"
 
** "[[The Siege of AR-558]]"
 
** "[[Covenant]]"
 
** "[[It's Only a Paper Moon]]"
 
** "[[Prodigal Daughter]]"
 
** "[[Field of Fire]]"
 
** "[[Chimera]]"
 
** "[[Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang]]"
 
** "[[Penumbra]]"
 
** "[[The Changing Face of Evil]]"
 
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USS Defiant

Class: Defiant-class
Registry: NX-74205
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Destroyed (2375)
For the mirror universe counterpart, please see ISS Defiant.
"She may have flaws, but she has teeth."

The USS Defiant (NX-74205) was a 24th century Federation Defiant-class starship operated by Starfleet. This was the prototype of the class and the second Federation ship known to bear the name Defiant.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

Development on the Defiant began around 2366, in response to a threat to the Federation which the Borg represented. Although officially classified as an escort vessel, the Defiant was nothing less than Starfleet's first design of warship, intended to fight and ultimately defeat the Borg. The vessel featured minimal equipment for scientific research and was not designed to accommodate families. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")

Launched in 2370, on stardate 47538.5, from the Antares Ship Yards, the Defiant's trial runs did not end well for Starfleet. The vessel was overpowered and over-gunned for a ship of its size – so much so that the Defiant nearly shook itself apart, when the engines were tested at full power. Ultimately, these design flaws, combined with the Borg threat becoming less urgent, led Starfleet to the decision to abandon the project and place the prototype in storage. (Defiant dedication plaque; DS9: "The Search, Part I")

Service at Deep Space 9Edit

Defiant DS9

The Defiant departs Deep Space 9

After the destruction of the USS Odyssey in late 2370, Commander Benjamin Sisko, who served on the team that designed the Defiant, requested that the vessel be pulled out of storage and assigned to Deep Space 9 to counter a new threat which the Dominion constituted. Arriving in early 2371, the Defiant's first assignment was to attempt to convince the Founders of the Dominion that the Federation posed no threat to them. After a special amendment was made to the Treaty of Algeron, the Romulan Star Empire installed one of their cloaking devices aboard the vessel to aid in its mission – in exchange for any intelligence gained on the Dominion. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")

The mission did not go well for the DS9 crew. Shortly after entering the Gamma Quadrant, the Defiant was attacked by several Jem'Hadar fighters. During a resulting battle, the vessel was boarded, and the senior officers were captured and placed into a simulation to test how Starfleet might react to the Dominion attempting to gain a foothold in the Alpha Quadrant. Ultimately, the crew was discovered by Bajoran Militia officers Major Kira Nerys and Odo, and were allowed to return to DS9 with the Defiant. (DS9: "The Search, Part II")

DS9's chief of operations, Miles O'Brien, spent two weeks overhauling the Defiant's structural integrity field to overcome the ship's design flaws. (DS9: "Shattered Mirror")

Several weeks later, the Defiant transported Lieutenant Jadzia Dax to the Trill homeworld to receive medical treatment. (DS9: "Equilibrium")

When Major Kira was abducted by the Cardassian Union's Obsidian Order, Commander Sisko took the Defiant into Cardassian space in a rescue attempt. To ensure the Cardassians did not identify the ship, the vessel's shield harmonics were reconfigured to make the Defiant appear to be a Kobheerian freighter. (DS9: "Second Skin")

The Defiant made contact with the planet Meridian during an exploration mission in the Gamma Quadrant. (DS9: "Meridian")

Later in 2371, Maquis operative Thomas Riker hijacked the Defiant and used it to attack several Cardassian targets. Commander Sisko was forced to travel to Cardassia Prime with Gul Dukat to help track down the vessel. Although Dukat initially wanted to destroy the Defiant, he agreed to release the vessel and the Maquis crew to Starfleet custody in exchange for the Defiant's scans of the Orias system and Riker himself. After facing overwhelming opposition from Obsidian Order forces deployed from the Orias system, Riker ultimately surrendered and the Defiant was returned to DS9. (DS9: "Defiant")

Later the same year, the Defiant visited Earth, where the vessel's senior staff was to attend the Annual Starfleet Symposium on the current situation in the Gamma Quadrant. (DS9: "Past Tense, Part I")

Several weeks later, the Defiant was used to carry out a joint project between the governments of the Federation, Cardassia, and Bajor, to establish communications between the Alpha and Gamma Quadrants. (DS9: "Destiny")

After a joint Obsidian Order-Tal Shiar fleet entered the Gamma Quadrant on a mission to destroy the Founders' homeworld, Vice Admiral Toddman ordered that the Defiant remain at DS9 to protect the Bajoran sector from any Dominion retaliation. Despite these orders, Commander Sisko took the vessel into the Gamma Quadrant in order to rescue Odo and Elim Garak, who were being held on one of the Romulan vessels in the fleet. Even with sabotage of the cloaking device by security chief Lieutenant Commander Michael Eddington, the Defiant ultimately succeeded in its mission and returned to DS9. Admiral Toddman decided not to file charges against Sisko or any of the other officers who had joined him. (DS9: "Improbable Cause", "The Die is Cast")

In late 2371, a Changeling posing as Federation ambassador Krajensky sent the Defiant on a patrol mission of the Federation-Tzenkethi border. During the mission, the Changeling sabotaged the Defiant, causing it to fly out of control towards a Tzenkethi colony that was intended to be attacked; the Dominion hoped it would provoke a second war between the two powers. The crew was eventually able to regain control of the vessel and kill the Changeling. (DS9: "The Adversary")

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The Defiant using its tractor beam

In early 2372, the Defiant fought its way through Cardassian space against Klingon forces – as the Federation was at war with the Klingons – to bring the Detapa Council to Deep Space 9. During this mission, the ship once briefly used its tractor beam as a 'substitute' shield to protect it from enemy fire, when it was forced to drop its usual deflector shields to beam the Council to safety. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

The Defiant was used by Doctor Lenara Kahn and her research team in an attempt to create an artificial wormhole. (DS9: "Rejoined")

Several weeks later, the Defiant traveled to the Gamma Quadrant to meet with a Karemma starship. During the meeting, the two vessels were attacked by Jem'Hadar forces. The Defiant engaged the Jem'Hadar in the atmosphere of a gas giant and took severe damage; several of the senior officers were incapacitated. Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Worf, the Defiant was able to destroy the Jem'Hadar ships and rescue the Karemma. (DS9: "Starship Down")

In mid-2372, Commander Worf took the Defiant to Earth to assist Captain Sisko in foiling a plot by Admiral Leyton which would have overthrown the Federation government and established martial law. While en route, the Defiant was forced to engage the USS Lakota under the command of Captain Erika Benteen, who was operating under the assumption that the Defiant was manned by Changelings. After a prolonged battle in which both ships took significant damage (it was strongly suggested by Major Kira that the Lakota was "in even worse shape" than the Defiant), the Lakota eventually stood down when Benteen conferred with Worf and Kira about her orders to stop the Defiant. Thus, the Defiant was allowed to continue to Earth with the evidence Sisko needed to stop the coup. (DS9: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost")

Major Kira used the Defiant to stop the Klingon Empire from mining the Bajoran sector, later that year. (DS9: "Sons of Mogh")

The Defiant later became home to Worf, who found adapting to life on Deep Space 9 difficult. Captain Sisko gave him approval to live on the vessel so long as it did not interfere with his duties. (DS9: "Bar Association")

During an escort mission where the Defiant was protecting several Cardassian freighters against Klingon raids, Commander Worf accidentally destroyed a Klingon civilian transport ship. The Klingon Empire requested that Worf be extradited to face justice for the ship's destruction, but was refused when it was determined that the transport ship had been unmanned. (DS9: "Rules of Engagement")

Following an attack on DS9 by Jem'Hadar rebels, the Defiant pursued their vessel into the Gamma Quadrant, and rescued the crew of a disabled Jem'Hadar fighter. The crews of the Defiant and the fighter then worked together to destroy an Iconian gateway that was under the control of the rebels. (DS9: "To the Death")

In late 2372, the Defiant took Odo to the Founder's new homeworld, where he was to be judged for killing the Krajensky changeling the previous year. The Female Changeling allowed the vessel to personally transport him to the Founder's homeworld, so long as one of her pilots entered the coordinates for the planet and wiped them from the ship's memory afterwards. While the vessel was in orbit, Garak unsuccessfully attempted to use the Defiant's weapons to attack the Great Link, but he was caught and prevented from doing so by Worf. (DS9: "Broken Link")

In early 2373, the Defiant tractored a Jem'Hadar fighter captured by Captain Sisko back to Federation space. (DS9: "The Ship")

A few weeks later, Captain Sisko took the Defiant to Ajilon Prime to get his son, Jake, off the front lines of the Federation's war with the Klingons. (DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong")

The Defiant was later transported to the 23rd century, where it encountered the original USS Enterprise visiting Deep Space K-7 in 2268. The Defiant's crew stopped Arne Darvin from killing Captain James T. Kirk with a bomb implanted in a dead Tribble. (DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")

The Defiant subsequently rescued Odo and Quark from an L-class planet their runabout had crashed on after being sabotaged by the Orion Syndicate. (DS9: "The Ascent")

While pursuing Maquis defector Michael Eddington, the Defiant was disabled by a cascade virus that Eddington had installed in the ship's computers during his time as DS9's Starfleet security chief. The vessel had to be towed back to DS9 by the USS Malinche. When that vessel was later disabled by the Maquis, Captain Sisko used the damaged Defiant to continue pursuing Eddington. After Sisko poisoned a Maquis planet, Eddington surrendered to Sisko and was incarcerated. (DS9: "For the Uniform")

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The Defiant bridge receives heavy damage from a Borg cube

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The Defiant fights the Borg

Under the command of Worf, the Defiant was finally used for what the vessel had originally been designed: fighting the Borg. In the Battle of Sector 001 in mid-2373, the Defiant assaulted an invading Borg cube from the Typhon sector to Earth and took severe damage. Worf was about to order the ship to ram the cube when the USS Enterprise-E rescued the vessel's survivors, leaving the Defiant unmoored though salvageable. Aboard the Enterprise, the Defiant and Enterprise crews followed a Borg sphere to 2063 shortly after the cube's destruction, to stop the Borg from sabotaging Zefram Cochrane's first warp flight. (Star Trek: First Contact) Following these events, the Defiant was repaired and returned to DS9. (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow")

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The Defiant dwarfed by the Enterprise-E

When the Dominion annexed the Cardassian Union and invaded the Alpha Quadrant, the Defiant was forced to destroy the runabout USS Yukon, which had been commandeered by a Changeling posing as Doctor Julian Bashir. The runabout was carrying a trilithium weapon which was to be detonated in the Bajoran sun, destroying the entire system. (DS9: "By Inferno's Light")

In late 2373, the Defiant became trapped inside a temporal distortion surrounding a planet in the Gamma Quadrant. The planet was inhabited by descendants of the Defiant crew, who revealed that the vessel would crash while attempting to escape the distortion. The Defiant crew and the planet's inhabitants worked to formulate a plan that would allow the Defiant to escape back into normal space, while simultaneously creating a second ship that would crash on the planet and land 200 years in the past, thus ensuring the inhabitants' survival. However, it was discovered that the plan would fail and that Yedrin Dax was deliberately setting up the Defiant to crash. The crew eventually planned to allow this event to take place, but was stopped by an elderly version of Odo, who was living on the planet's surface; he changed the ship's flight plan so that it would avoid the distortion that would otherwise have sent them back in time. The Defiant returned to DS9 and the colonists were found to have never existed. (DS9: "Children of Time")

Service during the Dominion WarEdit

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The Defiant and the Rotarran at Starbase 375

In an effort to stop the Dominion's military build-up in Cardassian space, Starfleet Command opted to mine the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole, a move that was virtually guaranteed to lead to war. Despite coming under fire by Dominion forces, the Defiant was able to successfully deploy the minefield and evacuate Deep Space 9's Starfleet personnel before the Dominion took control of the station. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

For the next several months, the Defiant fought as part of the Second Fleet, operating out of Starbase 375. When Captain Sisko was made an adjutant to Vice Admiral William Ross, Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax was assigned to captain the vessel. Under Dax's command, the Defiant destroyed a Dominion sensor array hidden in the Argolis Cluster. (DS9: "A Time to Stand", "Behind the Lines")

Sisko returned to the captain's chair of the Defiant to lead Operation Return in mid-2374. The vessel resumed its assignment at Deep Space 9 after the station was retaken. (DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels")

The Defiant was part of a search effort to look for survivors of the USS Honshu, after the latter vessel was destroyed by Cardassian forces. Upon completion of that mission, the ship was immediately assigned to escort a Federation troop convoy near the Badlands. (DS9: "Waltz")

While studying a subspace compression anomaly in mid-2374, the Defiant was taken over by Jem'Hadar forces. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Defiant crew and the USS Rubicon, the vessel was retaken and the surviving Jem'Hadar were taken to a Federation prisoner of war camp. (DS9: "One Little Ship")

The Defiant rescued survivors from its sister ship, the USS Valiant, later that year. (DS9: "Valiant")

Upon completion of a convoy escort mission, the Defiant responded to a distress call from Captain Lisa Cusak, who was commanding the USS Olympia. The Olympia had crashed on an L-class planet in the Rutharian sector of the Beta Quadrant. Upon arrival at the planet, the Defiant crew found an energy barrier surrounding the planet which had carried Cusak's distress call forward through time; Cusak had been dead three years. Her body was taken back to DS9 and a memorial service was held for her by the crew. (DS9: "The Sound of Her Voice")

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The Defiant fights at Chin'toka

The Defiant, along with the IKS Rotarran, led the Federation Alliance fleet at the First Battle of Chin'toka, in late 2374. The crew of the Defiant found a way to disable a deployment of Cardassian orbital weapon platforms protecting the Chin'toka system. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

Under Worf's command, the Defiant spent the next several months on convoy duty. (DS9: "Image in the Sand")

In early 2375, the Defiant made a supply run to AR-558, a planetoid in the Chin'toka system under heavy siege by the Jem'Hadar. The Defiant crew provided a small reinforcement of the planetoid and helped disable many houdinis that had been plaguing the Federation troops stationed there. (DS9: "The Siege of AR-558")

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The Defiant's bridge during the Second Battle of Chin'toka

The Defiant later served as part of a search effort to look for survivors of the IKS Koraga, which had been destroyed by Dominion forces in the Badlands. The Defiant managed to recover six escape pods, but was forced to call off its search for the Koraga's captain, Worf, after only three days, due to heavy Jem'Hadar patrols in the area. (DS9: "Penumbra")

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The destruction of the Defiant

Later that year, the Dominion, along with their new Breen allies, retook the Chin'toka system with the Second Battle of Chin'toka. The Defiant was among 311 ships destroyed in the battle. (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil")

The USS Sao Paulo was assigned to DS9 to replace the Defiant, after its destruction. Captain Sisko was granted special dispensation by the Chief of Starfleet Operations to rename the Sao Paulo to "Defiant". (DS9: "The Dogs of War")

Unique characteristicsEdit

Ablative armorEdit

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The Maquis attack the Defiant

The Defiant was equipped with an ablative armor coating that was designed to disintegrate under enemy fire at a controlled rate. It dissipated the effects of directed energy weapons, decreasing damage to the main hull of the ship and therefore providing an extra layer of defense. As late as 2372, Starfleet wasn't informed that the Defiant was equipped in that way. (DS9: "Past Tense, Part I", "The Way of the Warrior", "Paradise Lost", "The Changing Face of Evil")

Cloaking deviceEdit

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The USS Defiant activating its cloaking device

After the Dominion threat emerged in late 2370, a special amendment made to the Treaty of Algeron allowed the Defiant to be equipped with a Romulan cloaking device. In exchange for providing the cloaking device, the Federation agreed to share all of its Dominion intelligence with the Romulan government. Additionally, the cloak was only authorized for use in the Gamma Quadrant, although Captain Sisko violated this provision on numerous occasions. Use of the cloaking device was initially supervised by Subcommander T'Rul, although the Romulans later discontinued supervision. (DS9: "The Search, Part I", "Defiant", "The Way of the Warrior")

Because of the amount of power the Defiant used, the cloak did not completely hide the ship from Jem'Hadar sensors during normal operation. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")

First contactsEdit

Command crewEdit

The Defiant's permanent assignment at Deep Space 9 as a support vessel meant that it had no specific or dedicated crew complement. The vessel was manned by station personnel; its crew complement, as well as their assignments, often varied by mission.

Although DS9: "Apocalypse Rising" established that Worf was the first officer of the Defiant while Kira was the first officer of the station, there was some inconsistency in this arrangement. Based on DS9: "Sons of Mogh", "By Inferno's Light" and "Tears of the Prophets", it would appear that Kira retained the first officer's position when the Defiant was operating outside of Federation space, while Worf took the position during operations inside Federation space, although this was not directly clarified on the show, so it remains speculation.
Additional personnel

Embarked craftEdit

AppendicesEdit

AppearancesEdit

The Defiant appears in all Deep Space Nine episode title sequences starting with Season 4 and beyond.

Background information Edit

Origins Edit

The invention of the USS Defiant was preceded by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe discussing, for some time, the possibility of giving the main characters of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine a method to leave space station Deep Space 9 en masse. "We wanted a ship in which we could send more people out on an adventure," explained Wolfe, "and we'd never really figured out how to do it." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 158)

The main reason for the creation of the Defiant was that Ira Steven Behr and the other writers felt the Danube-class runabouts would not be able to protect the space station from the Dominion, and that something with more muscle was necessary. In the second season finale "The Jem'Hadar", the Dominion had shown themselves capable of destroying a Galaxy-class starship (the USS Odyssey) and it was felt that viewers would not accept the idea that the Federation's first line of defense against such a powerful enemy was three runabouts. Behr remembered, "At one point, Robert Wolfe and I were sitting around after the 'Jem'Hadar' episode had been filmed. We were looking at dailies and said, 'Jesus, we're blowing up Galaxy Class starships; these guys are tough, and all we have are these freaking runabouts' [....] We had to come up with a ship to combat [the Dominion]." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, p. 79) As Behr additionally explained, "We had all these plans for this Dominion, not so much the Dominion War yet, but the Dominion as a three-pronged attack, and what were we going to go after them with? Shuttlecrafts? You know, I mean, with the Galileo or whatever the hell those names were? You know, it just seemed ridiculous. So we needed a ship." Similarly, Production Designer Herman Zimmerman stated, "We needed a ship that would give the writers the opportunity to have more direct conflict." (USS Defiant, DS9 Season 3 DVD special features) He also commented, "The Defiant was a direct result of the need on the part of the writer/producers of the show to get away from the station, to give them a vehicle that would allow them to travel at higher warp speeds than the Runabout [...] is capable of, and to carry more armament and more personnel." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 96) Additionally, Zimmerman said, "We knew at the end of second season that the story lines were going in a direction that required a larger ship, with armament and much more warp-speed capability, and the ability to hold a larger crew." (Star Trek - Where No One Has Gone Before, paperback ed., p. 189) Illustrator Jim Martin reported, "They wanted a starship that could be based at Deep Space Nine that was kind of an ass-kicker that they could have some fun with. They wanted a fighting ship." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Official Poster Magazine, No. 7) Wolfe specified, "Bringing in the Defiant was based on our own internal perceptions of something that would make the show better. It was not based on ratings." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 158)

The Defiant was originally envisioned, by the DS9 producers, as "a beefy runabout." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 162)

Feeling the need for a ship assigned to protect the space station, Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe approached then-Executive Producer Michael Piller with their idea. Related Behr, "We [....] said, 'We need something with teeth to it so it doesn't seem ridiculous that this space station is the only thing between the Dominion and the Alpha Quadrant.'" (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, p. 79) Talking with Piller in his office, Behr additionally told him, "We know Voyager is coming and there will be problems, but we need a ship. Doesn't have to be a ship that's as good as Voyager. Doesn't have to be a starship – we need a kick-ass ship." Though Piller became temporarily side-tracked with addressing another issue, Behr expressed the need for a ship once again, to which Piller finally replied, "Absolutely, let's talk to Rick [Berman]." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102) Piller felt it didn't matter much whether DS9's regular characters had a starship at their disposal, or merely their contingent of Runabouts. However, he was ultimately willing to concede to the request of the former, motivated by a criticism of the series – due to its station-bound setting – that the producers often heard. "The addition of the Defiant," he explained, "was a direct result of, 'It doesn't go anywhere' [....] I came out of that meeting and said, 'I've had it. They want a ship, we'll give them a ship.' We felt it was a fake criticism and said, 'Let's just get rid of it.'" (Star Trek: Communicator issue 142,  p. 49) Piller's advice to speak with Berman was because he might have concerns due to the fact the starship Voyager was about to also be introduced. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 158)

As it turned out, Michael Piller himself brought the idea to Rick Berman's attention. At this point, the general idea was still for the craft to be a kind of runabout, larger than the others. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 96) Berman did indeed have some worries, though Ira Behr addressed them by saying, "It's a different show, it's a different ship, and we need something cool, something DS9-specific." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 158) In hindsight, Behr explained, "It couldn't be like Voyager. And I didn't know what Voyager was going to be at the time. I said, 'Fine, let's give it something only Deep Space Nine has.'" (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102) Although there was initial opposition to the subsequent request for the ship to have a cloaking device, Behr and Robert Wolfe managed to convince Berman that the Defiant was a unique ship in a unique situation and, with the added stipulation that the cloak could only be used in the Gamma Quadrant, Berman agreed, so the vessel was approved. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 158)

The design direction of creating the Defiant as a larger form of runabout was soon revised. The craft was – from that point on – redesigned as a starship rather than a runabout. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 96)

When Ronald D. Moore and René Echevarria left Star Trek: The Next Generation and joined the DS9 writing staff in its third season, they were told about the plans for the new ship. "When Ron and Rene came on we all sat down and talked about it as a group," remembered Robert Wolfe. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 112) Establishing the Defiant became Moore's responsibility, as he was tasked with scripting the Defiant's introduction in season three premiere "The Search, Part I". Recalled Moore, "They told me, 'We've got this ship!' And I said, 'You've got what? But this show's about a station. I just left a ship!'" Ira Behr and Robert Wolfe responded by explaining that the new craft was to be a tougher kind of starship than the USS Enterprise-D, not a large exploratory vessel with families on board. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 158) Subsequently, the ship inspired Moore. Observed Behr, "[He] got all excited at the thought of this [....] Ron was ecstatic, 'cause he got to play with the Defiant." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102)

Naming the newly conceived vessel was one of the first tasks Ron Moore had to do, as he began work on the script for "The Search, Part I". "They'd graciously left [naming the craft] to me," he remarked. Moore originally wanted to call the Defiant the USS Valiant (based on either the SS Valiant or the USS Valiant from Star Trek: The Original Series). The producers didn't allow him to use that name for the new ship, as the USS Voyager's name also begins with a "V". It was Moore who instead selected the name Defiant (inspired by the USS Defiant from TOS: "The Tholian Web"). (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 158) This was three years before Moore was able to name a ship Valiant; the USS Valiant appears in the sixth season episode "Valiant".

As well as liking the name Defiant, Ron Moore believed it required some backstory, wondering, "Why would you name a ship the Defiant?" The writers soon devised the backstory about the vessel having been constructed as an attempt to defy the Borg. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 158) Making the Defiant a warship seemed to fit the grittiness of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 162) However, the craft couldn't seem too militaristic for the Federation. "That was one of the problems and something we had to discuss," reflected Ira Behr. "We really wanted this to be a ship that went out there to fight, no science, no searching. This was 'Uh oh, they're bigger than we are and they're coming to get us. Let's ram it down their throats.' We had to pull back a little on that [....] But when you meet people, like the Borg or the Romulans, it does pay to have a ship that can do some damage. It's still considered a fighting ship." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102) Consequently, the revised Deep Space Nine bible (dated 1 August 1994) referred to the Defiant as having been "originally built as a warship designed to fight the Borg." (Star Trek - Where No One Has Gone Before, p. 189) The scientific capabilities of the craft were planned to be less-equipped than the likes of the Enterprise or Voyager. "We always said," Robert Wolfe recollected, "that the Defiant wasn't good at certain things – that there's a cost for designing a pure warship, and why doesn't the Federation just crank out thousands of these things? [....] The Defiant was just meant to go around and shoot at people, and that's a bit of a drawback when you're going into [something like] a difficult atmospheric situation." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, p. 109)

The idea the Defiant had been "hastily put together in the face of the Borg threat," as phrased by Science Consultant André Bormanis, helped to account for the fact that tight budget constraints limited the amount of sets which could be built for the ship. "[It] was a fair enough justification," opined René Echevarria. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 162)

André Bormanis liked how the Defiant, with its technological problems due to being a prototype, departed from "the concept that all Federation technology was squeaky clean and perfect." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 162) Herman Zimmerman explained, "Because it's a prototype, it has a certain quirkiness as any high-speed prototype aircraft would have. You don't know exactly how it will react in a given situation." Ira Behr wanted the Defiant to be a "fun" environment, remarking, "We're hoping that we get that with the Defiant." Jim Martin, who designed the vessel, commented, "The Defiant was special." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, pp. 96 & 97) Zimmerman stated, "The Defiant was a big boost for the show's bag of tricks." Robert Wolfe observed, "We've opened up the ability to go off the station, something we obviously needed to do, not just to establish the 'bad guys' in the Gamma quadrant, but just the Gamma quadrant as a whole – to make it a place with a real sense of depth where we need to spend some time." (Star Trek - Where No One Has Gone Before, paperback ed., p. 189)

Various rumors circulated about the origins of the Defiant. Noted Ira Behr, "I've heard all types of rumors about the Defiant." Many fans suspected the craft was invented by Ron Moore or René Echevarria, and that the writers wanted a ship on which to set more stories like those of TNG, despite the vessel actually predating the addition of Moore and Echevarria to the DS9 writing staff. Responding to such opinions, Robert Wolfe said, "The truth of the matter is the Defiant was an attempt to correct a deficiency in the runabouts [....] It wasn't that we have to be like Next Gen. We were doing those kinds of stories on DS9 anyway. We just wanted to do what we do better and a ship will help us do that." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 102) The craft turned out to be popular with fans. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 142,  p. 49)

Uses in stories Edit

The DS9 writing staff swiftly realized that imagining the Defiant as "a unique little warship that was overpowered and overgunned" could generate dynamic stories in future installments. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 158) As Ira Behr noted, "That got us through the first couple of [third season] episodes." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, p. 79) Indeed, the addition of the Defiant to the series created many new storytelling possibilities. "First, it meant the crew could have a different set of adventures off the station. It also made it easier to shoot scenes with more people inside a bigger vessel, rather than in the cramped quarters of those little runabouts," stated Terry Farrell, with a laugh. "And finally, it allowed Sisko to truly live up to those immortal words spoken by two other, famous captains before him – 'To boldly go where no-one has gone before.'" ("The Search, Part I", Deep Space Nine Chronicles, DS9 Season 4 DVD special features) On the other hand, Michael Piller remarked about the Defiant, "It didn't change any of our character arcs or anything." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 142,  p. 49)

Although the producers chose to include no spotlights on the outer hull of the Defiant-class, the Defiant was lit with spotlights exclusively for the ship's debut, in "The Search, Part I". Describing how this was done, Gary Hutzel said, "We hooked a mag light on a C-stand arm that was connected directly to the camera head, so that it rocked and rolled with the model. Then we designed the shot to display some of the ship's better angles as it backed away and turned around." When the Defiant leaves Deep Space 9 on its maiden voyage through the wormhole, the ship's name is brightly illuminated. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 162-163)

By the end of "The Search, Part II", the writers had given up on the idea of the Defiant using its cloaking device and didn't expect to use it ever again. Director of Photography Jonathan West was even told "we'll never be cloaked again; this is just for the first show." Ron Moore recalled, "It wasn't until a few episodes later that we decided to say it was still there." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 163)

Upon starting to write the story for the episode "Defiant", one of the first ideas Ron Moore had was the starship Defiant being stolen by Thomas Riker. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 4/5, p. 98; Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, p. 87) The notion quickly occurred to him while he was writing the story of "Defiant"; the ship was the answer to Moore asking himself what would motivate the Maquis, led by Tom Riker, to visit Deep Space 9. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 190) "I had the whole stealing of the Defiant sequence before I even knew why he was stealing it," Moore commented. "I thought that would be a great way to open an episode." By the time production on "Defiant" was over, Jonathan West was becoming familiar with filming on the Defiant. "He asked for some changes in terms of paint schemes and lighting, and now it was pretty together," remembered David Livingston. (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, pp. 87 & 88)

When the writing staff was trying to select a "contained" setting for third season finale "The Adversary", the Defiant provided a useful environment. Robert Wolfe remembered that the idea of the ship "heading inexplicably toward destruction, like the death machine that she really is, being all locked down and going like a runaway train, became the basic hook that everyone really liked." However, turning the Defiant into "a runaway train" proved neither as simple nor cheap as it sounded, as it required the expense of creating an engine room for the vessel. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 250 & 251)

The DS9 staff writers were pleased with how the Defiant was established during its first season and how it opened up narrative possibilities for later stories. At the end of DS9 Season 3, Ron Moore reflected, "The Defiant has developed nicely over the course of the year [...] and now we have a fully functioning starship." René Echevarria agreed, "We can do a shipboard episode if we want and cut back to the station for a B story. We really feel we have the best of all possible worlds with the Defiant. We're freed up." Producer Hans Beimler, who joined the writing staff for the fourth season, remarked, "The addition of the Defiant has given us the ability to every once in a while do a show that's dynamically similar to Next Generation." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, pp. 99 & 101)

In February 1995, freelance writer David Mack suggested to his writing partner, John J. Ordover, an unusual way of using the Defiant, inspired by the German submarine drama Das Boot. Mack subsequently recalled, "I [...] said, 'I'd like to sink the Defiant.' Those were my exact words." As Ordover joined in the process of working out the story, the conditions in which the vessel would find itself continued to develop. "We came up with the high concept of the Defiant getting into a conflict in orbit over a planet, being damaged, and plunging down into an alien sea where it sinks like a rock," remembered Mack. The writers imagined the craft sinking to a depth hundreds of kilometers underwater. They intended to set up the risk that "the ship runs out of power and the structural integrity field collapses, and the ship is crushed like an egg." When the notion of a pricey underwater show was deemed unviable, the ship's threatening surroundings were changed to the atmosphere of a gas giant, complete with a scene showing the Defiant temporarily being flooded with gas rather than water. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 282 & 283) The Defiant is indirectly referenced in the title of the episode, DS9 Season 4's "Starship Down", which was still thought of as "a submarine movie" by the in-house writing staff. They also wanted to deliver on what they had planned for the starship, portraying it as having some weaknesses. "We wanted to show the Defiant in action and pushed to its limits," said Robert Wolfe. Having the ship encounter "a difficult atmospheric situation" served this intent well, as Voyager or the Enterprise would have had no problem in similar circumstances, whereas the relatively under-equipped warship Defiant was shown to struggle. (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, p. 109)

A three-second shot of the Defiant in battle, from "The Way of the Warrior", was reused and re-composited by Glenn Neufeld for part of a combat sequence in "Paradise Lost". (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 302)

Kira Nerys actress Nana Visitor once commented that "going out on the Defiant" was one of two main components that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine became "about," "doing battle" being the other. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 361)

There was an ulterior motive for including the Defiant in Star Trek: First Contact. "The Defiant appeared in FC as a way of bringing Worf into the film," clarified Ron Moore. (AOL chat, 1998) Also, the inclusion of the ship allowed the film to address the fact that Worf was now assigned to the vessel. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 28, No. 6, p. 30) The fate of the Defiant in the aftermath of First Contact's Battle of Sector 001 became controversial after Ira Steven Behr read an early draft of the movie's script, which was collaboratively written by Moore and Brannon Braga. "Somehow," recalled Moore, "we had implied that, like, the Defiant was destroyed or something [....] We didn't mean to destroy the Defiant." Behr was nonetheless extremely upset that the writers hadn't made it clear the ship was not destroyed. The annihilation of the vessel would prove needless in a story that didn't even involve the Deep Space Nine characters (apart from Worf) and inconvenient for the television show. "I said, 'So, what did you think?' And he just [...] ranted at me for destroying the Defiant," Moore continued, with a laugh. "And it was really his only note on the whole script. So we went back [to the script]. We were very careful that the Defiant actually did [survive]." (audio commentary, Star Trek: First Contact (Special Edition) DVD/Blu-ray) Behr himself explained, "I didn't see the point in bringing it on just to kick the crap out of it." The line "tough little ship" was added to the script after he had expressed his concerns. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 407) According to Anthony Pascale, a line suggesting the Defiant was "adrift, but salvageable" was also added to clear up any ambiguity. (audio commentary, Star Trek: First Contact (2009 DVD/Blu-ray)) "They [Industrial Light & Magic] had to add a lot of battle damage to it," stated Illustrator John Eaves, "because it's already been in the battle pretty heavily before it gets rescued [on screen] by the Enterprise-E." ("The Art of First Contact", Star Trek: First Contact (Special Edition) DVD/Blu-ray) No reference to the damage the Defiant received during the battle was ever made on Deep Space Nine (although a brief reference was made to the battle itself in "In Purgatory's Shadow", when Sisko mentions "the recent Borg attack"). Though the viewers of DS9 would likely have preferred something as simple as a mention of recent repairs to the craft, Ira Behr wanted to forget about the ship's involvement in the film. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 407)

In the final shot of DS9 fifth season installment "The Darkness and the Light", the Defiant slowly flies over and past the camera. "I was planning on just doing a standard fly-by for that shot when we ran into some technical problems with the motion control rig," explained Gary Hutzel. "The pan/tilt wasn't operating properly; it was locked off at a downward angle as the camera drove past the ship." Hutzel chose to use the unusual shot provided by the malfunctioning technology and was ultimately very pleased with the footage. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 412)

Maneuvers performed by the Defiant while damaged in "For the Uniform" were also done by Gary Hutzel, using motion control photography. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 29, Nos. 6/7, p. 45) In the story, the damage to the ship meant the vessel had to be operated manually. "Great idea," Ira Behr happily remarked. "I loved it." The writing staff wanted the environment aboard the craft to meanwhile seem like that on board a submarine in a submarine movie, such as in Run Silent, Run Deep, which the writers repeatedly discussed as a point of reference for conditions on the Defiant. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 420)

When Gary Holland originally devised a story that eventually served as the basis for "Children of Time", he imagined the Defiant crash landing on a planet where the ship's crew met their ancestors. The story was rewritten, with the vessel referred to as having instead crash landed in the past, on a planet named Gaia. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 452)

For the last shot in fifth season closer "Call to Arms", filming the Defiant with the relevant studio model in conjunction with motion control technology would not have been possible. This was because the ship makes an almost-180-degree turn. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 471) "The intention was that the Defiant would go and join [a] [...] fleet [...] then turn around," explained René Echevarria. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 34) The visual effects artists, due to the Defiant's rotation, were unsure where to put the mount for holding the model to a stand, or where to lay all the dolly track they would have needed for the camera to move along, especially as no motion control soundstage was big enough to house as much dolly track as was required. Consequently, the ship was alternatively represented with CGI. Commenting on how the vessel joins a combined Starfleet-Klingon fleet in the footage, Visual Effects Supervisor David Stipes commentated, "The Defiant comes in and it's like, 'Here we are. We've joined the fleet and now we're gonna come back and kick fanny.'" Despite the difficulty of portraying the turnabout the Defiant makes to match the direction of the fleet, Visual Effects Coordinator Adam Buckner deemed it a necessary maneuver. "We felt that it ought to be flying along with the fleet, that it would join it in the fight to retake the station," he explained. "Otherwise, essentially, it would have sort of chugged up to the fleet and said, 'Hi, I'm here!' That's a little less aesthetic," Buckner concluded, laughing. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 471 & 472)

In the interim between the fifth and sixth seasons, Ira Behr planned using the Defiant in more episodes. "We're going to be doing shows that take place on the Defiant," he promised. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 29, Nos. 6/7, p. 51) The day before "Call to Arms" entered production, Ron Moore likewise commented that the Defiant would be a setting for "some very interesting stuff" in the show's sixth season. (AOL chat, 1997)

For footage of Operation Return in season six outing "Sacrifice of Angels", the Defiant was again portrayed with CGI and was the only example of its class to be included. Digitally modeling the craft meant the ship could thereafter be shown with the same method, whenever it was subsequently required. To create about a second of the vessel cruising through the wormhole in the same episode, the Defiant was depicted with the usual studio model, the only motion control element in the entire installment. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 30, No. 9/10, pp. 64 & 66)

Although René Echevarria initially devised the idea of a miniaturized runabout maneuvering inside Deep Space 9 in a story that became the episode "One Little Ship", using the Defiant instead of the space station seemed to work better for teleplay writers David Weddle and Bradley Thompson. "When we came up with the idea of the Defiant getting taken over, and the little ship having to board it to rescue the rest of the crew, then we suddenly had a workable premise," Weddle explained. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 39)

To prepare for the filming of "One Little Ship" scenes in which the runabout Rubicon was miniaturized inside the Defiant and shrunken officers from the Rubicon walked around the starship's innards, John Eaves produced at least three concept sketches of various parts of the Defiant. Also, David Weddle and Bradley Thompson – who were credited with writing "One Little Ship", although the story idea didn't originate with them – spent many hours touring the Defiant sets, choreographing shots of the tiny runabout. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 529, 530 & 531) Sets they visited included the bridge and engineering. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 40; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 530) However, their tour of the sets wasn't as extensive as one carried out by Allan Kroeker, who directed the episode. "He had taken the visual effects people through the corridors and places in the ship, and worked all of that out very, very carefully," offered Thompson. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 40)

The Defiant eventually turned out to be the primary setting of "The Sound of Her Voice" too, that episode having originally been set (at least mainly) aboard Deep Space 9. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 69)

While writing Bashir-centric seventh season episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", Ron Moore opted not to use the Defiant as the installment's main setting (which instead was the Intrepid-class USS Bellerophon). "For the piece to work, it couldn't be [on] the Defiant, because I didn't want the rest of our characters along for the ride," Moore explained. "It would have given Bashir too many safe places to go. It had to be on another ship." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 32, Nos. 4/5, p. 76)

In "Penumbra", the DS9 writing staff made the Defiant, even under Captain Sisko's command, unable to effect a rescue that a runabout, piloted by Ezri Dax, managed, carried by the Badlands' currents. "The Defiant is so big that even if he'd thought of what she tries, the ship never would have followed the same path," René Echevarria reasoned. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 685)

When the writers chose to destroy the Defiant in "The Changing Face of Evil", they decided it was important to make the craft's annihilation emotionally effective. "We wanted to do something that would be painful and gut-wrenching to everyone," Ira Behr remarked. Ron Moore added that the writers also "wanted to kill Defiant as a statement on how tough the Breen were. We thought that would rock the characters and the audience." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 689 & 693)

The final moments of the Defiant, with the craft beginning to burn but ejecting escape pods, were shown with CGI achieved by Digital Muse, supervised by David Stipes. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 32, Nos. 4/5, p. 74)

The DS9 writing staff were pleased with how emotionally effecting they were able to depict the Defiant's destruction, making it as deep an emotional impact as the death of a regular character. "It worked very well," Ira Behr declared. "It wasn't the Enterprise, it wasn't Voyager, and it wasn't the basis of the show. But still, the ship had become a character that had caught on in people's hearts and minds. Even though we're not a Star Trek series that takes place on a ship, when the Defiant went down, that hurt." René Echevarria agreed, "The death of the Defiant was quite striking – but at the same time, we didn't want to keep it dead forever." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 693 & 689-690)

Miscellaneous Edit

In the opening titles sequence for DS9 Seasons 4 to 7, the Defiant was depicted using CGI, which allowed the visual effects artists to concentrate on filming the model without having to worry about accidentally showing the model mount, as they would have to have done if they had been using a practical studio model for the sequence. "VisionArt did a wonderful job of matching the lighting where the ship comes out of the shadows behind one of the pylons," Dan Curry enthused. "And using CGI allowed me to do a couple of moves with the Defiant that we couldn't have done with a model." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 335)

Speaking from the perspective of Jadzia Dax, Terry Farrell once said, laughing, "I love the Defiant because I fly it." (The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine, issue 14, p. 10)

The USS Equinox, a Nova-class vessel, was designed based on the configuration of the Defiant "Pathfinder" vehicle, registry NXP-2365WP/T, found in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual.

Models and replicas of the USS Defiant have been produced by AMT/Ertl, Franklin Mint, and Furuta. Galoob released a Micro Machines miniature and Playmates Toys released small Innerspace Series and large electronic starship versions. Hallmark released two versions of the Defiant as Christmas ornaments. Corgi produced a prototype model of the Defiant in 2007 but this release was canceled before it reached production. In 2008, the Japanese toy company F-Toys released two models of the Defiant which included a transparent "cloaked" version. Between 2011 and 2014, WizKids released miniatures of the Defiant in its Fleet Captains, Tactics, and Attack Wing games. In 2013, Eaglemoss Collections released the Defiant as part of its Official Starships Collection, which was later released in Japan by De Agostini. Dairy Queen also produced a Defiant food toy premium and a Defiant game token was included in Screenlife's Star Trek Scene It? game.

The USS Defiant could be seen in the Discovery Science program Ultra Science (an episode about time travel).

An unused door signage for the Defiant was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]

ApocryphaEdit

In the novel The 34th Rule, the Defiant has a shuttlecraft called the da Vinci.

Worf's first mission of the computer game Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen involves Worf being left in command of the Defiant, trying to fight off a boarding party of Grigari troopers.

The Defiant, as well as the Defiant class in general, feature as playable ships in the tactical combat game Dominion Wars.

In the video game Star Trek: Encounters, the Defiant appears in the two levels based on Deep Space 9. In addition, the Defiant appears in the game's last level where it briefly visits an alternate timeline in which the Romulan Star Empire has conquered the Federation. The Defiant later helps the USS Enterprise-E, the USS Voyager, the USS Enterprise-A, and the Enterprise NX-01 defeat a combined Xindi, Klingon, Romulan, Dominion, and Borg fleet.

Also, the game Star Trek: Legacy features a mission depicting the Defiant's shakedown cruise under the command of Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Sisko. The ship encounters Romulan Tal Shiar forces preparing to ambush T'Uerell within Federation space and despite trying to evade them, is captured. The crew and the ship are rescued by a task force led by the USS Enterprise-D.

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