This is the U.S.S. Enterprise A, Mark 4 Constitution post Dominion War refit
In the early 2290's, the United Federation of Planets began peace talks with the Klingon Empire following the explosion of Praxis, one of the empire's key energy production facilities. As the peace talks began, factions from both sides conspired together to murder Chancellor Gorkon and prevent the formation of a peace treaty between the two governments. With the efforts of the crew of starships Enterprise-A and Excelsior, the renegade Klingons were defeated and the rogue Federation officers were arrested, along with other parties that had a hand in the conspiracy, and the peace talks continued. Suffering extreme battle damage, the Enterprise-A was called back to spacedock to be decommissioned.
A little over 80 years later, the Dominion War brought on the need for more ships, since many ships had already been destroyed by the Dominion/Cardassian/Breen Alliance. Many older ships on the brink of retirement were kept in service and given refits to enhance their combat abilities and survivability, and a general order was issued to bring any and all decommissioned ship hulls back into full service, refitted with the latest technology. One such ship hull that was brought back to life was the hull of the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-A, and during the war, the Enterprise A, along with all of the recommissioned ships, served with honor and distinction, proving that they still have alot of life left in them.
After the war, all of the major Alpha Quadrant powers began the tedious task of rebuilding. Having served proudly in the Dominion War, and having one of the most illustrious backgrounds in the fleet, the Enterprise-A was chosen by the ASDB (Advanced Starship Design Bureau) to become the testbed for new technologies to eventually be incorporated into all older ship classes. The experimental post-Dominion War refit of the Constitution class features a prototype, experimental hull armor based on Borg technology, and includes a Sovereign-based weapons system. If successful, the post-war refit would further enhance the service capabilities of all the older ships in the fleet, most notably in combat and scientific research capabilities. It is the hope of many people throughout the Federation that this new post-war refit program will help to keep all of these cherished ships in continued service well into the 25th century, alongside their modern counterparts.
There have been rumors that once this new refit of the Constitution class is perfected, that all ships in the fleet based on the Constitution design will be given the same level of refits, but these rumors have yet to be confirmed.
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