Starfleet's Exploration Initiative
Newly constructed at the Utopia Planitia Fleetyards in the Sol system.
In an era of unprecedented tension, the year 2293 finally brings peace and stability to the entire alpha quadrant. Following the destruction of the Klingon moon Praxis, peace talks began with the aim of bringing an end fifty years of hostilities between the Klingon Empire and Starfleet, and the proposal to dismantle all starbases in and around the Neutral Zone. The peace talks at Camp Khitomer are threatened when the Klingon Chancellor is assassinated and the blame falls on the crew of the USS Enterprise but, thanks to the timely intervention of the starships Enterprise and Excelsior, the peace talks result in the signing of the Khitomer Peace Accords and a new era of peace and friendship.
With attention freely turning elsewhere for the first time in decades, Starfleet is ready to begin many new missions of peaceful exploration and scientific endeavour. At Utopia Planitia, “Project Ulysses” enters the final phase of construction and her new Captain is assigned to get the ship and crew ready for an exciting new mission of exploration. The third Excelsior-class starship to be completed, the Ulysses launches to great fan fare when shown to the public for the first time, but the course of peace never runs smoothly and soon enough, Ulysses will become embroiled in a turn of events that will make fifty years of Klingon conflict look like child’s play…
Ulysses is currently under the command of Captain Tharia sh'Elas and will be operating in a classified area of operations.