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Flavio Sapha
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Attaboy, Al!  That´s the spirit! 
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Greg Kirkman
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A curious point is that THE MAKING OF STAR TREK tells us NCC stands for
"Naval Construction Contract", which would indeed make the Enterprise
the 1,701st ship, at least with that registry.

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Y'know, it occurs to me that the meaning of the "NCC" prefix has never been discussed in any canon source, and I don't believe that "Naval Construction Contract" was ever mentioned in TMOST, either (I'll have to check).

I believe that the "Naval Construction Contract" acronym was devised by fans (another fan-invented acronym would be "Navigational Contact Code").



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Not sure where I picked it up from, but I've long thought it was "Naval Commissioned Craft."
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Don't forget all the pipes marked GNDN in engineering, though...
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Y'know, it occurs to me that the meaning of the "NCC" prefix has never been
discussed in any canon source, and I don't believe that "Naval Construction
Contract" was ever mentioned in TMOST, either (I'll have to check).


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Since I don't read a whole lot of TREK stuff, being content to watch the
shows and the few movies I like, and since Naval Construction Contract has
been in my head a long time, I can't imagine where it would have come
from if not Whitfield's book. Until I read "Inside STAR TREK" a few months
ago, the only other books I'd read were David Gerrold's two.
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I recall reading somewhere in the past that NCC stood for Naval Construction Contract. However, it's a retcon.

Roddenberry was a flying enthusiast and NCC was used for the serial numbers on the tails of planes. When it came to giving the Big E some "realism", GR used the NCC prefix. I do not recall what the NCC stands for in aviation, tho.

Something similar happened when Lucas was creating STAR WARS. When GL was in post-production on AMERICAN GRAFFITTI, he asked an assistant for R2 D2 (Reel 2, Dialogue 2). GL thought R2 D2 sound good for something, so he wrote it down and used later for the droid's name.

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Since I don't read a whole lot of TREK stuff, being content to watch the
shows and the few movies I like, and since Naval Construction Contract has
been in my head a long time, I can't imagine where it would have come
from if not Whitfield's book. Until I read "Inside STAR TREK" a few months
ago, the only other books I'd read were David Gerrold's two.

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After doing a bit of research on the origins of the acronym, it appears that the term may have first appeared in TMOST, although I'll have to check my copy to be sure. It was definitely included in Franz Joseph's blueprints, which were published after TMOST.

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Hm.   I did buy those "blueprints" when they first came out, but I only
flipped thru them a few times before becoming disenchanted, (silly stuff like
the Neutral Zone touching upon but being entirely outside Federation
space annoyed me) so it's possible I saw the NCC reference there.
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Adam Hutchinson
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Has IDW announced when this is getting released?  I scanned the thread but didn't notice and dates.

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Not sure of the exact release dates. Some time in 2009.

(It will be coming out overlapping ANGEL, I think. At least, that's how I'm
working on it. Last page of A2 getting finished today, back on CREW1
tomorrow.)
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A downside of working so far ahead --- can't stop tweaking!!!

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Hm.   I did buy those "blueprints" when they first came out, but I only
flipped thru them a few times before becoming disenchanted, (silly stuff like
the Neutral Zone touching upon but being entirely outside Federation
space annoyed me) so it's possible I saw the NCC reference there.

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Are you referring to Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual? That's the one with the various galaxy maps and such.

The Constitution-class blueprints were published shortly before the Manual was, so they'd probably be the first appearance of "Naval Construction Contract". The much more detailed Manual came right after the blueprints.

I flipped through TMOST, and found no reference to the meaning of NCC. I'm reasonably sure that Joseph invented it for the blueprints, and that's what my subsequent online research has indicated.



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