The Stargate Fleet: Earth’s 7 Battle Cruisers

The Stargate franchise may be famous for that
big, round portal that lets you travel to other planets, but after five years of adventuring
the show’s writers decided to mix things up. In SG-1’s sixth season Earth developed its
first-ever interstellar ships — finally making use of all that alien technology SG-1 had
discovered along the way. The fleet that followed would change the texture
of the Stargate TV series. Here’s a run-down of Earth’s seven battle
cruisers. First came Prometheus. The predecessor of the BC-304-class ships
is Prometheus — originally designated X-303 during its development and construction. The ship took a number of key elements from
Goa’uld technology in order to create Earth’s first large-scale ship capable of interstellar
travel. It proved pivotal in defending Earth from
Anubis’s forces at the Battle of Antarctica under the command of Major General George
Hammond. Later Prometheus would be commanded by Lionel
Pendergast. Despite receiving upgrades of Asgard shields
and weapons, however, the ship would prove no match for an Ori-designed weapons satellite
orbiting the planet Tegalus. Prometheus engaged the weapon in combat, and
was destroyed with some 40 hands still on board. The Daedalus. Only one ship of the X-303 class was ever
built, as Earth’s engineers instead moved to develop the more sleek and enhanced BC-304-class
deep space carrier. The first to roll off the line was the U.S.S. Daedalus, with Colonel Steven Caldwell given
command. The vessel even had its own Asgard engineer,
Hermiod, assigned as a liaison. Since an expedition to Atlantis had recently
made contact with Earth following months of radio silence, Daedalus was dispatched to
cross the vast emptiness of space between the Milky Way and Pegasus Galaxies — delivering
much-needed relief and support during the Wraith siege of the Ancient city. Daedalus would continue to operate as a go-between
from Atlantis to Earth, delivering supplies and personnel in a round-trip journey that
takes a little over a month. After war with the Replicators broke out the
ship spent more time on assignment in the Pegasus Galaxy, where it would be a key factor
in the final Battle of Asuras. The Odyssey. With Daedalus spending so much time in Pegasus,
Earth needed one of its shiny new ships that could stay closer to home. After the destruction of Prometheus, the U.S.S. Odyssey became a crucial support vessel for
Stargate Command. Under the command of Colonel Paul Emerson,
the ship frequently served as a base of operations for SG-1 — particularly when a planet was
not easy to access discreetly by means of the Stargate. Odyssey and her crew also rescued SG-1 on
more than one occasion by beaming them out of trouble just in the nick of time. It was also the Odyssey that the team took
through the Supergate to the Ori home galaxy. There they managed to put an end to the Ori
invasion — saving the Milky Way once again. The Apollo. Under the command of the no-nonsense Abraham
Ellis, Apollo commonly provided support to the Atlantis expedition and the Daedalus. Like Daedalus it travelled across the void
between the two galaxies. It was Apollo that made a preemptive first-strike
against the Replicator homeworld of Asuras, sparking a war that raged across the Pegasus
Galaxy. The Korolev. After revealing that Russia was in possession
of a Stargate and a D.H.D. of their own, the country and its military became a necessary
ally of Stargate Command. The Russian liaison officer, Colonel Chekov,
was happy to have a say in S.G.C. operations while letting the Americans take most of the
risks off-world. But when the chance came for him to command
his own ship, crewed by Russian soldiers, Chekov jumped at the chance. The Korolev rolled off the line just in time
for the Ori invasion. This new enemy had created a Supergate in
order to invade from a distant galaxy. But the ship’s first mission would also
prove to be its last. The combined forces of Earth and its allies
could not stop the Ori warships from pushing through the blockade. The Korolev was destroyed in the battle, and
all hands lost. The Sun Tzu. Sun Tzu and her captain were never seen on
screen, but they did play a part in the defense of Earth from alien attack. With an international alliance on Earth gaining
more influence, the Chinese soon followed the Russians in having a deep space carrier
to call their own. Alongside the Apollo, the Sun Tzu intercepted
and engaged a super-powered Wraith hive ship headed for Earth. The ship was crippled and venting atmosphere,
and the Apollo took on her crew before limping home. It’s possible that the Sun Tzu was eventually
repaired and recovered, but as of the final episode of Atlantis it was likely left adrift
in between galaxies. The U.S.S. George Hammond. Originally to be christened the Phoenix, the
vessel was renamed in honor of the first commander of the S.G.C. following his death in 2008. Its commander is none other than former SG-1
officer Samantha Carter — now a Lt. Colonel. The ship helped to defend Earth from the Wraith
super-hive, then later ferried personnel to Earth’s secret new Icarus Base. But the base came under attack by the Lucian
Alliance. While Nicholas Rush and Eli Wallace worked
to unlock the Stargate’s ninth chevron and evacuate the base, Colonel Carter and her
crew engaged in a pitched battle in the skies above. Today the George Hammond remains one of the
premiere vessels of Earth’s growing fleet. Thanks everyone for watching! Visit us at to explore more
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