U.S.S. Armstrong (NCC-10511)
Commissioned in 2320, the Armstrong was the sole member of its class. Named for the first human to set foot on Earth’s moon, and for its predecessor (NCC-1769), the Armstrong became an early test subject for many technologies, including dual redundant computer cores and Thunderhead impulse engines, ideal for long-term exploration within localized regions. In addition, the vessel boasted the Tranquility Room, a holographic replica of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing. The technology used to design the Tranquility Room, coupled with replicator technology, would become an early form of Holodecks. However, by 2323, efforts to build out additional Armstrong Class vessels were halted as excitement shifted to the planned Ambassador Class, which would change long-term exploration.
The Armstrong’s first Commanding Officer was Captain Jeffery Blake, who, in his first encounter with the Tzenkethi in 2322, traded Starfleet secrets for mining rights. The act was seen as treason by Blake’s First Officer, Lt. Commander Lauren Jenson, who assumed command of the Armstrong, but not before Blake was able to escape aboard a shuttlecraft. Lt. Commander Jenson remained acting captain of the vessel for the remainder of its first five-year mission before she was officially granted the rank of Captain and offered her own ship, the Constellation Class U.S.S. Hathaway.
In 2325, Captain Gora took command, and the Armstrong set out to explore the Argous Cluster. In 2330, as stories circulated about conquered nearby systems, Gora was ordered to make first contact with the Cardassians. The Cardassian representative, Gul Rejak, showed little interest in dealing with the Federation.
From 2330 through 2335, Captain Gora and the Armstrong explored the Tendaras Cluster, and made first contact with many worlds, including Betazed (in 2334).
Between 2335 and 2340, Captain Luisa Nacer commanded the Armstrong as it assisted in the establishment of Starbase 129.
After Starbase 129 was completed, Captain Lauren Jensen returned to command the Armstrong as it charted the Hugora Nebula. In 2347, a Cardassian warship attacked the Armstrong, nearly destroying it. The mystery of how the Cardassians seemed so well versed in Starfleet military strategy remained a mystery until 2349, when Captain Jensen discovered that the traitorous Captain Jeffery Blake was alive and had sought refuge within the Cardassian Union.
As border skirmishes escalated to become the Federation-Cardassian War, the Armstrong became part of the front line. In 2352, twelve Cardassian warships ambushed the Armstrong, and it was destroyed with all hands lost. A memorial to the vessel and her crew remains on Minos Korva.