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i am basically starting this thread because i am wondering why you named your ship what you did.
as for myself, i am currently a tac officer with an Akira escort which is my current ship which i have named the USS - Anubis. NCC-94840
the reason i called her this is because i love ancient egypt, and Anubis the god of death is one of my favorite deities, and being in a warship seems very fitting i think
once i hit captain, i have been told that the defiant classes are one of the toughest ships in game pvp wise, and i have picked the name USS - Sunbreaker – NCC-92812 (not really a reason here just like the name
but how about the rest of you guys what were the reasons your named your ship what you named it?
USS Warrior Angel (series Original to G) NCC198908-- mainly due to I thought it fit the cruiser line.
USS Odyssey (coming Fall 2011) NCC198914- For a change in name and for the journey through life, death, rebirth, stars, and the unknown. It certainly fits Star Trek in general I think. So would a promotion to Admiral. (jk)
I just hit Captain with my Sci Character yesterday and got my LSV. I named it John M. Kelly after the Commander of the Ares IV Mission from VOY: One small step.
My Tac VA uses a Advanced Escort named the U.S.S. Avalon. I loved the Ship at first sight in VOY and just liked the name.
My Eng Officer is currently Commander and flyes a Heavy Cruiser named U.S.S. Midway. Cruisers always have names of important or historical places.
I have a whole slew of ship names, but I'll go with the names for the "final" ships:
U.S.S. Kearsarge (NCC-379806) - I'm a Civil War buff and I like the name Kearsarge. The ship was the name of a starship I was going to use for a Star Trek related story I was trying to write, but couldn't make it work. The ship registry was actually NCC-79806, but with the registry in game limited to between 90002 and 999999, I added the 3 to make it match.
I.K.S. Drahkos II - I like dragons, and the name seemed fitting for a ship commanded by a Gorn character.
U.S.S. Housatonic (NCC-112061) - Just like the Kearsarge, I named this ship after a Civil War vessel; in this case, named after the Union warship that was the first ship to be sunk by a submarine. It was an unusual name, one that I don't think had been in a Star Trek series before.
U.S.S. Albemarle (NCC-210864(-A)) - Like the Kearsarge and Housatonic, named after a Civil War vessel, a Confederate ironclad. I actually meant this ship to be the "mid" ship for my Fed engineer (the same one who uses the Housatonic), but I liked the name so much I used it for a Sovereign-class starship.
I.K.S. Sekhmet - I have a slight facination with Egyptian mythology, and I figured the goddess of war from that pantheon was a fitting name for a Klingon warship, even it if was a Bird of Prey. In fact, all the ships the character used were named after gods of war from various pantheons, though I tried to avoid the obvious ones.
U.S.S. Godspeed (NCC-140507-A) - My history interest strikes again with this ship, which is named after one of the three ships that brought the English colonists to Jamestown. I figured that it was a fitting name for a ship captained by a character I made a doctor in her bio.
I.K.S. Qetesh - As with I.K.S. Sehkmet, I went with a theme naming for my new character, who is an Orion, as is her bridge crew. As such, all the ships are/will be named after gods of love from various pantheons. Her current ship, the Qetesh, is the Sumarian/Egyptian goddess of fertility. The final planned ship, the Agape, is apparently a Greek word that is translated as "love" in English - though I thought I'd seen a god/goddess by that name. Ah well.
My main engineer Flies a few ships. Each on he Pilots tell something about him/me. My Main Ship is a Nomad Cruiser Named after my Daughter. U.S.S. Kathryn Lenore. Also the Dreadnaught I fly is the U.S.S. Red Sox. My Galaxy Retrofit is the U.S.S. Snowden. I name most of my ship for people and certain places or things I hold dear. I guess I'm sentimental or something haha
I sometimes go with themes for my ship names for each character, but I don't follow it that strictly once I tire of the convention. I also tend to change to the numbers so that everything after the initial "9" is a date relevant to the name.
My Tac VA flies the following:
USS Old Glory - NCC-91776 : Defiant-R, I just named it after the US flag, and since it is a warship and an older design, I think the name fits.
USS Sentinel - NCC-91941: MVAM escort, this is a recent choice and I realize the name is common. The difference for this one is that the date 1940 indicates that I named this after the "Sentinel of Liberty", or in other words my favorite superhero Captain America. 1941 is the year in which the comic was first published.
USS Jayne Cobb - NCC-9????: a fleet escort. I love the show Firefly, and I figured a warship could bear the name of my favorite mercenary. Clearly not canonical, but who's to say that there wasn't a heroic Jayne Cobb in some battle somewhere in our huge Federation space?
USS Invictus - NCC-91875: I love the poem "Invictus" published in 1875 by William Ernest Henley. It also translates to "unconquerable".
My Engineer VA flies the following ships, named for (mostly) an American theme:
USS Repubic - NCC-91787: Sovereign class assault cruiser, named after the founding of the US republic in 1787.
USS Patrick Henry - NCC - 91736: Galaxy-X Dreadnought
USS Thomas Paine - NCC-91737: Galaxy-R cruiser
USS Ron Paul - NCC-92012: Star cruiser, some subtle campaigning there for the good doctor
USS William Wallace - NCC-91305, Excelsior refit, named after the Scottish hero as depicted in "Braveheart"
My science VA flies the following:
USS Lewis and Clark - NCC-91804, Nebula refit, named after the famed explorers and my ancestor Meriwether Lewis.
USS Epiphany - NCC-91856, Intrepid refit, explained as a top secret test bed for a variety of advanced systems, the regisrty number is a nod to the birth of Nikola Tesla
USS Archimedes - NCC-99287, named after the famous Greek inventor/engineer
USS Carl Woese - NCC-91928, recon sci vessel, named for my academic great, great grandfather (those of you with PhDs will understand what I mean) and discoverer of the Archaea division of organisms
I have a few other lower level characters, but I don't play them as often as these three.
1) U.S.S. Cutlass- a series of cruisers- N.C.C.-91964(A-C) named after the auto, definately a cruise type car, of Oldsmobile fame. Also after the sword, the jet fighter, and the WWII submarine. As is the: Dynamic and Holiday(trim levels on Old's of yore)
2) U.S.S. Kittyhawk- A tounge in cheek nod to the historical ship and my Catian character, as are; Laser Pointer, and Morris.
3) U.S.S. Space Hawg- My Galaxy X (no need for further elaboration)
I use the ships from the Horatio Hornblower novels -- Hotspur, Indefatigable, Nonsuch, etc.. my main character is a tactical officer named after a tac officer secondary character from a set of science fiction novels loosely based upon the Hornblower novels. So, they're indirectly connected but not too obvious.