At the end of that year, Data read this order received by the Cooper and several others to investigate claims of a conspiracy among the highest members of Starfleet Command. (TNG: "Conspiracy")
The ship was never mentioned in dialog; this name came from a mission order. The stardate when this mission order was sent was illegible. Though not made clear, it was probable that the one captain and the commanders were picked up at the starbase for transfer to the Discovery.
This starship, and the mission order, were an homage by Michael Okuda to the TV Series M*A*S*H. This series was a dramady about the 4077th MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hosptial), a fictional surgical unit during the Korean War (1950-1953). Captain Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce was the main character. According to Pierce, his father’s favorite book was James Fenimore (with one "n") Cooper’s novel The Last of the Mohicans. Throughout most of the show's run, the character of Captain B.J. Hunnicutt was Pierce's best friend and tent-mate.