The USS Reliant was a Federation Miranda-class starship operated by Starfleet. Her registry number was NCC-1864 and she was under the command of Captain Clark Terrell, with Commander Pavel Chekov serving as first officer, in 2285 when she was assigned to the Mutara Sector to find a lifeless planet that could serve as the test site for the top-secret Project Genesis.
Khan Noonien Singh commandeered the ship after an away team that included Captain Terrell and Commander Chekov landed on Ceti Alpha V, the planet on which Captain James T. Kirk had marooned Khan, his wife and his supporters years earlier. Khan went on to steal the Genesis Device and engaged Kirk in an Enterprise-Reliant showdown. Khan ultimately set off the Genesis Device, which destroyed the Reliant and killed all those on board, but the Enterprise managed to escape at the very last second.
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