RV U.S.S. Enterprise to be Rechristened
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 – The RV U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701, also commonly referred to as the U.S.S. Enterprise, is today having its official name retired. The ship will be rechristened the RV U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205, to be commonly called the RV U.S.S. Defiant. No ceremony is planned other than an evening rechristening which is to include a crew’s supper of “sea varmints” accompanied by red wine, and the traditional custom of breaking a wine bottle on the ship’s hull. Due to Section 3 of the Prime Directive regarding alcoholic beverages, that bottle will be safely emptied by the crew prior to its application to the hull.
Asked about the reason for the renaming, Capt. Begley said, “Much has been discussed about the purpose of this vessel, how she’s outfitted and ultimately, her evolving mission. What I could say is that her new name will better reflect a physicality and attitude, if you will, that does not fully conform to any more prevalent vessel type, large or small. Yes, I could say that but, really, the ‘Defiant’ name just sounds cooler.”