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(Portrayed by George Takei)
STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Sulu, Hikaru
Mid-level Biography Brief Mode
Date of birth: 2237
Place of birth: San Francisco, Earth
Education: Starfleet Academy, 2255-59
Marital status: Married
Children: A daughter, Demora, born 2270
Starfleet Career Summary
2265 – As lieutenant, assigned as staff physicist under Capt. James T. Kirk, U.S.S. Enterprise
2266 – Transferred to helm officer, U.S.S. Enterprise
2270 – Promoted to lieutenant commander, assigned to refit U.S.S. Enterprise under Capt. Will Decker
2277 – Assigned to Starfleet Academy cadet training and Starfleet Command helm operations
2285 – By now a commander, aboard U.S.S. Enterprise during rescue of Project Genesis team
2286 – Inquiry dismisses charges related to theft of U.S.S. Enterprise
2287 – Oversees helm on new U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A
2290 – Promoted to captain, given command of post-prototype U.S.S. Excelsior
2293 – First to detect explosion of Klingon moon Praxis, assists at Khitomer peace conference
2350 – As captain, still active on patrol of Cardassian border
Of Asian descent, Sulu served as helm officer on board the original U.S.S. Enterprise during one of its five-year missions, after an initial stint as an astrosciences physicist. He then was promoted to chief helmsman on board the U.S.S. Enterprise, under James T. Kirk.
In 2290, Sulu assumed command of the starship Excelsior and began a three-year mission charting gaseous anomalies in the Beta Quadrant. Because of this proximity to the Klingon Empire he was instrumental in saving the U.S.S. Enterprise from destruction by dissidents who were out to destroy the Khitomer peace conference.
After a full career he was still on active patrol on the Cardassian border as a captain at age 113 in 2350, where he agreed to sponsor young Chakotay from Dorvan V for Starfleet Academy after befriending the youth.
Sulu was an active hobbyist with interests including fencing, botany, and the martial arts of his native culture; in fact, when the helmsman was infected with the Psi 3000 virus in 2266 he threatened the bridge with his foil. Another of Sulu's hobbies was old-style hand guns, although he had never managed to find a "Police Special" for his collection. He is also an accomplished pilot of craft from many eras and cultures, piloting with little warm-up both an antique 20th century Earth helicopter and a Klingon Bird-of-Prey.
He has a daughter, Demora, who attended Starfleet Academy and served as the first helm officer of the Excelsior-class U.S.S. Enterprise under Capt. John Harriman, when Kirk met his untimely death due to the Nexus Ribbon in 2293.