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The 19 Coolest Starships In The 'Star Trek' Universe  

Zach Seemayer
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List Rules Vote up your favorite starships for exploring the final frontier.

Throughout the many complicated iterations of the Star Trek universe, there are entire cultures dedicated to exploration, subjugation, and assimilation. Whether they're looking to map uncharted territories or obliterate neighboring races, the right starship makes all the difference.

Here's a look at some of the greatest Starfleet cruisers, Klingon fighter ships, and bizarre sentient space vessels that the Star Trek universe has to offer.

USS Enterprise-D is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 19 Coolest Starships In The 'Star Trek' Universe
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Where It's From: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Who It Belongs To: Starfleet

Why It's Awesome: Everything from its size to its mission makes the USS Enterprise-D unique. Meant for long journeys, the starship is quite a bit larger than similar Starfleet vessels because crew members can bring their families to live onboard during their travels. Capable of carrying up to 6,000 people, the vessel is frequently described as a marvel of engineering and design.

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USS Voyager is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 19 Coolest Starships In The 'Star Trek' Universe
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Where It's From: Star Trek: Voyager

Who It Belongs To: Starfleet

Why It's Awesome: After being blasted to the far side of the galaxy, this Intrepid-class starship proves its worth by exploring the previously uncharted Delta Quadrant. Voyager is one of the most advanced ships for its time, complete with bio-neural circuitry and a highly advanced Emergency Medical Holographic program. In fact, the ship is so advanced that it boasts an ablative generator and transphasic torpedoes - technology acquired from a future alternate timeline.

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USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 19 Coolest Starships In The 'Star Trek' Universe
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Where It's From: Star Trek: The Original Series

Who It Belongs To: Starfleet

Why It's Awesome: This Constitution-class heavy cruiser was built in San Francisco, assembled in space, and has one of the most storied histories of any vessel in Starfleet. It has visited more than 70 different worlds over its multiple five-year missions, and is the flagship of the Federation fleet.

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USS Defiant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 19 Coolest Starships In The 'Star Trek' Universe
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Where It's From: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Who It Belongs To: Starfleet

Why It's Awesome: Originally designed to take on the Borg, the Defiant is the first Federation ship to employ a cloaking device - courtesy of a temporary alliance with the Romulans. The vessel plays a key role in the final defeat of the Dominion. Also of note, Worf lived on the Defiant for a time, and he seems like a pretty great roommate to swap space stories with.

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