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  Captain Rachel Garret
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The fourth starship Enterprise was under the command of Captain Rachel Garret when it was destroyed by a Romulan fleet in 2344. The Enterprise-C responded to a distress call from a Klingon outpost on Narendra III that was being attacked by Romulans. The Enterprise was presumed destroyed and surviving crew taken prisoner. The Klingon Empire viewed these events as an act of honor by Starfleet which led to an increased peace with the United Federation of Planets.

During the attack a torpedo explosion created a temporal rift that sent the Enterprise-C 22 years into the future, the year 2366, meeting with the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Because the Enterprise-C wasn't destroyed an alternate timeline was formed and the Klingons were on the winning side of a war against the Federation. Captain Garret died on the Enterprise-C in a Klingon attack. Lieutenant Richard Costello took command of the Enterprise-C and with Lieutenant Tashsa Yar returned to 2344 and faced certain death in order to restore the normal timeline.

The Enterprise-C was featured in The Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise."