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USS Vengeance

Class: Dreadnought-class
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Section 31
Status: Destroyed (2259)
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A hangar aboard the Vengeance

A hangar aboard the Vengeance
"That's a hell of a ship you've got there."

The USS Vengeance was a 23rd century Federation Dreadnought-class starship operated by Section 31. The ship was launched in 2259 from the Io Facility, a spacedock in orbit of the Jovian moon Io. The ship's commanding officer was Admiral Alexander Marcus. It was so advanced for its time that It had weapons similar to ships centuries later .

Service history Edit

See also: Battle of Luna

The Vengeance was designed by Khan Noonien Singh for the purpose of preparing the Federation for war against the Klingon Empire and its other rivals and was built at a secret spacedock near Jupiter.

The plan was to make a large warship compared to nothing else the Klingons had.

USS Vengeance model

A model of the Vengeance on Marcus' desk

A small model of this starship was displayed in the office of Admiral Alexander Marcus.

Enterprise and Vengeance face off

The USS Vengeance confronts the USS Enterprise

Khan provided the coordinates for the Vengeance's location after surrendering to Captain Kirk on Qo'noS. Kirk then sent Montgomery Scott to investigate. Soon afterwards, Scott was seen piloting a shuttlecraft into the spacedock where the Vengeance was moored. Following the arrival of Kirk and Khan aboard the USS Enterprise, the Vengeance appeared in Klingon space and confronted the starship. Admiral Marcus, in command of the Vengeance, demanded that Kirk hand Khan over to him. Instead, Kirk ordered the Enterprise to warp to Earth so that Khan could stand trial as a war criminal, which would also expose the admiral's secret alliance with Khan.

USS Vengeance strafing the USS Enterprise

The USS Vengeance strafing the USS Enterprise

The Vengeance caught up to the Enterprise while at warp and fired upon it, crippling it near Luna. Scott, who had stowed away aboard the ship, temporarily deactivated the Vengeance's weaponry, just as Marcus prepared to finish off the Enterprise.

USS Vengeance detonating

The Vengeance detonating

Kirk and Khan donned thruster suits and flew over to attempt to commandeer the Vengeance. Following their arrival on the bridge, Khan killed Admiral Marcus and seized command of the ship, taking Kirk and his crew hostage. Acting captain Spock allowed Khan to transport the seventy-two advanced long-range torpedoes apparently containing Khan's fellow Augments to the Vengeance, in a negotiated exchange for the Enterprise's safety and the safe return of Kirk, Scott, and Carol Marcus. Khan returned the three hostages to the Enterprise but resumed firing on the ship as soon as they were transported aboard. Spock had anticipated Khan's betrayal and, having ordered McCoy to remove the cryotubes from the torpedoes, caused the torpedoes to detonate within the Vengeance's cargo bay. This crippled the ship and further enraged Khan, unaware that his people had been removed from the torpedoes.

Vengeance going down

Set destination: Starfleet Headquarters!

The Vengeance was caught in Earth's gravitational pull when Khan, believing his fellow Augments to be dead, directed the ship to crash into San Francisco as a massive act of retribution against his former Starfleet masters, narrowly missing an atmospheric impact with the Enterprise en route. The enormous ship cut through the city and obliterated landmarks such as the Alcatraz Penitentiary. After slamming into Alcatraz and killing visitors to the island, the ship went into the water, then briefly regained altitude. It then crashed into Fisherman's Wharf and Telegraph Hill. The impact of the ship into the city broke the primary hull from the secondary hull. Momentum carried the wrecked primary hull to a point short of the Transamerica Pyramid.

Nearly a year later, Starfleet held a memorial service for the lives lost due to Khan's violent acts, including those killed when the Vengeance crashed. At this memorial, Kirk spoke out against what the ship represented and reminded the assembled audience that Starfleet had risked becoming as warlike as its enemies. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

Crew Edit

See also: Unnamed USS Vengeance personnel

Technical data Edit

Main article: Dreadnought-class

The Vengeance was specifically designed to be a combat vessel and was larger, faster, and more heavily armed (with more advanced weaponry than other Federation ships of the same time period). According to Khan, Vengeance had "twice the size ... three times the speed"; and its warp drive was much more advanced in comparison to other Starfleet ships due to the Dreadnought-class having been built as a battle cruiser.

This was proven by the Vengeance easily catching up to the Enterprise within mere minutes of the Enterprise leaving Qo'nos.

A reference vessel for Khan's comparison is not given, but probably is meant to be the Enterprise.

The Vengeance had been built to allow for a minimal crew and was largely automated. It was designed to be controlled by a single person if necessary. Its advanced phasers could be fired while the ship was at warp. The ship was also equipped with additional technologically-advanced features, including: better shielding, more advanced transporters, and enhanced warp capabilities. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

Weaponry Edit

Dreadnought class weapon

One of the Vengeance's advanced torpedo launchers

The weapons systems of the Vengeance included an array of advanced phasers and two massive swivel-mounted torpedo launchers that could be deployed from beneath the saucer section. Vengeance could also launch drones which were, in turn, capable of launching several photon torpedoes before reaching and deliberately ramming their respective target(s). (Star Trek Into Darkness)

The Vengeance's phaser array was extremely powerful--a focused barrage could penetrate the defensive shields of a standard starship (even at warp velocities), breach the hull and damage critical systems, and thereby force the other ship from warp back into normal space.

Appendices Edit

Background information Edit

The Vengeance is referred to by name only once onscreen (by an unidentified crewmember over radio transmission as its crew shuttles prepared to enter the Io drydock facility). Even the displays aboard the Enterprise refer to the Vengeance only as "Unidentified Vessel" and do not specify Vengeance as a Starfleet (or Federation ship of any type).

Analysis of a current San Francisco map suggests the final resting place of the Vengeance's hull to be Jackson Square. For people unfamiliar with San Francisco geography, this implies the Vengeance came to rest several blocks short of Starfleet Headquarters--Khan's intended target.

After the design of USS Vengeance was conceptualized, the writers of Star Trek Into Darkness conceived of various ways the ship could be used by themselves imagining Admiral Marcus' devious plan (i.e., strategizing as Admiral Marcus would). (Cinefex, No. 134, p. 75)

Developing effective illumination for Vengeance was tasked to Industrial Light & Magic. "The tricky thing about the black ship was, of course, lighting it against the background of space." noted ILM Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Roger Guyett. ILM's development team performed turntable studies of the Vengeance, experimenting with lighting effects which enabled the mostly black object to be sufficiently viewable against interstellar darkness. Vengeance was illuminated by subtle backlit effects generated from nearby luminous gas clouds, as well as, application of rim lighting (to clearly define edges) and specular values (to highlight minute surface details on the ship's ebon hull). (Cinefex, No. 134, pp. 75 & 84)

QMx USS Vengeance prop

The model prop of the USS Vengeance created for the movie

QMx FX Cinema Arts (the prop and model shop of Quantum Mechanix) was asked to illustrate Star Trek's "history" of space flight by creating a series of physical representations. QMx constructed fourteen disparate props, some of which were featured as "hobby" models in Admiral Marcus' office. [1] Roberto Orci opined that having a desktop model of the Vengeance in the film was a mistake (i.e., "spoiler") and would not have been permitted if he had been present on set that day. Orci suggested, "... one could argue that a pre-existing design was recommissioned and altered to be a weapon of war.", at least partially justifying how the Vengeance could have been built right under Starfleet's collective "nose" without serious outcry. [2]

According to the non-canon "Top Secret Security Review-31 Command", the Vengeance was a key outcome of the Praxxis Project. Agent John Harrison (Khan) was retasked to the Io Facility to conclude testing on the ship. Once at the facility, Harrison compromised the project by not providing the final status report to Admiral Marcus and thus abandoning Khan's original assignment. If Marcus had received the report, the Admiral would have likely dispatched the Vengeance to defend the Federation colony on Ganalda IV, which was threatened by a Klingon fleet.

Replicas and toysEdit

Quantum Mechanix has announced plans to retail twelve and thirty-six inch long replicas of the ship in "Collector's Scale" and "Artisan" editions.

Mattel released scaled Hot Wheels six-inch replicas of the USS Vengeance to retail in May 2013. They were also included as premiums with retailer exclusive sets of the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D in September 2013. A smaller three-inch version was also released in 2014.

Hasbro released a Kre-O toy version of the ship and Hallmark released a USS Vengeance Christmas ornament in 2014. Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection also released a replica as a "special issue" in 2014.

Apocrypha Edit

According to apocryphal sources, two 23rd century starships in the prime universe have also been named USS Vengeance. The first was a Miranda-class USS Vengeance (β), mentioned in the 1983 FASA sourcebook Federation Ship Recognition Manual (p.13). The second was a refit Constitution-class USS Vengeance (β), one of several Federation starships defending the Sol system in the 2000 video game Star Trek: Klingon Academy.

The 2013 virtual collectible card battle game Star Trek: Rivals has the USS Vengeance as card #109.

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