Celebrating the Ships of the Line: USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E
The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D was destroyed in the Battle of Veridian III in 2371, but it would not, of course, be the last ship called the Enterprise. The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E, constructed at the San Francisco Fleet Yards, was launched on stardate 49827.5 in 2372. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and most of his crew from the D returned to crew Starfleet's latest Federation Sovereign-class starship, which had 24 decks and measured 685 meters long.