USS Enterprise NCC-1701 Vs an Imperial Star Destroyer

If you are a geek, nerd, dweeb, Trekker, Trekkie, or Star Wars fan this next “Versus” should be a no brainier for you. Who hasn’t had a discussion about which sci-fi franchise is better? What ship can beat one ship, or who is the better captain? So it should be no  surprise that we do another Star Wars vs Star Trek themed segment. This time around, we have the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 Vs an Imperial Star Destroyer. Who do you think  would win this intergalactic battle? We have gathered some information about both ships:

USS Enterprise (Star Trek)
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) is a starship in the Star Trek universe, depicted in four network television series, six feature films, and countless books and fan-created media. The original Star Trek series (1966-1969) features a voice-over by Enterprise captain, James T. Kirk (William Shatner), which describes the mission of Enterprise as “to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before”. The ship’s design “formed the basis for one of sci-fi’s most iconic images”. A refit version of NCC-1701 appears in the first three Star Trek films. The 2009 Star Trek film, which takes place in an alternate timeline,features a re-conceptualization of the original Enterprise. The original (though refitted) starship was destroyed in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Launched in 2245, the original and illustrious starship U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 was built in the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth. The Constitution-class starship was previously captained by Robert April and Christopher Pike, before coming under the command of Captain James T. Kirk.

The ship arguably gained its status as the most famous space-exploration vessel in history due to its historic five-year mission from 2264-2269. During this mission, Enterprise encounted the Romulans for the first time since the Romulan-Earth conflict, engaged the robotic “Planet Killer” vessel, traveled back in time to 20th-Century Earth, and played host to Khan Noonien Singh, a product of late-20th Century genetic engineering who once fought in the Eugenics Wars.

The starship underwent several refits, most notably in 2270, which involved an upgrade of most systems and the replacement of the bridge and warp-drive nacelles. This refit Enterprise was, first, commanded by Captain Williard Decker until the V’Ger incident forced a then-Admiral Kirk to assume command.
United Star Ship Enterprise
Starfleet registration:
explorer, multi-function-vessel
Construction yards:
Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, Mars, Solar system
stardate 40759.5 / October 4th, 2363
642,5 metres
467,0 metres
137,5 metres
397805 metric tons
Number of decks:
Crew (standard):
Crew (maximum):
Operating system:
LCARS (Library Computer Access and Retrieval System)
Memory access speed:
4600 kiloquads/second
Number of memory modules:
Memory capacity of one module:
630000 kiloquads
Memory capacity of all modules:
1290,24 gigaquads
Warp pylons:
Warp reactor:
matter/antimatter reactor
M/A reaction element:
Dilithium crystal
Fuel (MRI):
semi-solid deuterium, cooled to 13,8 K (-259 °C)
Fuel (ARI):
Standard cruising speed:
warp 6 (after Federation-wide speed limit: warp 5)
Maximum cruising speed:
warp 9,2
Maximum speed:
warp 9,6 (for 12 hours)
12 banks typ-X phaser
Typ-X phaser power:
5,1 MW
photon torpedoes
Torpedo launchers:
3 (maximum of 10 torpedoes to be launched at one time per launcher)
Number of carried photon torpedoes:


Star Destroyer (Star Wars)
A Star Destroyer was a powerful, feared, dagger-shaped line of capital ships that were put into use by both the Galactic Republic and Empire, as well as the First Order.  Notable examples of Star Destroyers include the Imperial-class Star Destroyer and its predecessor the Venator-class Star Destroyer.

The Star Destroyer, was a model of Imperial-class Star Destroyer in the service of the Imperial Navy. A wedge-shaped capital ship, it bristled with weapons emplacements, assault troops, boarding craft, and TIE fighters. In the heyday of the Empire, its command bridge was staffed by the finest crewmen in the navy.

At first, Star Destroyers were deployed to sectors and systems caught in the aftermath of the Clone Wars, where they would crush any signs of sedition. During the Galactic Civil War the Destroyer’s roles changed to hunting down high value Rebel targets and bases. They fought in notable battles such as the Battle of Hoth, and Battle of Endor. The Imperial II-class Star Destroyer was a derivative of the Imperial I-class.

The Imperial-class Star Destroyers were the technological successors of the Venator-class Jedi cruisers used by the naval forces of the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. After the Republic was turned into the Empire at the end of the Clone Wars, the self-anointed Galactic Emperor Palpatine decreed a massive military buildup. Building upon the strengths of the Jedi cruisers, the bigger Imperial-class vessels became one of the most instantly recognizable symbols of the Imperial might, and were often titled intimidating names such as Lawbringer, Relentless and Devastator.

The new Star Destroyers were deployed to sectors and systems that had once been beyond the reach of Republic law, where they would subjugate them and crush any signs of resistance or rebellion. Imperial Star Destroyers became symbols of this new order. Citizens weary of chaos and war cheered the sight of these giant dagger-shaped warships, while pirates and slavers quailed at the thought of confronting them. But a few citizens wondered if the imposition of Imperial law was worth the freedoms lost.

Easily becoming the most recognizable symbol of Imperial power, the Imperial-class further demonstrated its tactical versatility by protecting galactic commerce and bolstering Imperial-backed governments. Many admirals, Grand Moff’s, ISB agents and senior Imperial commanders utilized these ships as their personal command ship, with the ship’s officer often being as intimidating as the ship itself—whose shadow alone could bring results. At the peak of the Empire, over 25,000 Imperial Star Destroyers were in existence, with the Empire’s primary source of Star Destroyers and Destroyer-equipped shipyards located at the industrial manufacturing center of Kuat. Ultimately, these giant craft became the backbone of the Imperial Navy, hunting down Rebel task forces, blockading undisciplined worlds and serving as launch bases for planetary assaults.

The Imperial-class would ultimately see service in the First Order’s Navy thirty years after the Battle of Endor, and would be regarded as a highly respected ship, with many of its design flaws rectified with the construction of the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer, a newer, more powerful Star Destroyer based on the Old Empire’s dreaded warships.

Engine unit(s)
•    Alderaan Royal Engineers LF9 ion engines
Hyperdrive rating
•    Class 1.0
•    Backup class 15
•    3,200 SBD
•    1520 RU
•    Quad turbolaser batteries (10)
•    Double turbolaser batteries (40)
•    Concussion missile tubes (80)
•    Tractor beam projectors (10)
Alternate configuration
•    Light Turbo Quadlasers (10)
•    Heavy Double Turbolaser Cannons (20)
•    Assault concussion missile tubes (20)
?    4 missiles each
•    Tractor beam projectors (10)
•    TIE squadrons (2)
•    Crew (4798)
•    Gunners (402)
Minimum crew
2,040 (troops)
Cargo capacity
8,100 metric tons
4 years

These ships really do a lot! What re your thoughts on who would win this stellar dogfight?  Would you be on board for the Galactic Empire (or First Order), or the United Federation of Planets?  We  know some of you  might get upset with some of the details listed here. This is just a general idea. If  you want to have a discussion about this, we can  always talk about it in the comments section. We don’t try to offend; we just like to give our viewers a little taste of what these ships are about. Oh, who are we kidding, this is the internet – everyone gets offended over everything! So comment below, and don’t forget to vote in our poll – unlike the U.S. elections, your vote matters here!

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In a galaxy far far away….
-The engineer

Which starship wins this outer space dogfight?
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
6 Vote
Star Destroyer
12 Vote
Tie Breaker
1 Vote
Double Knock-Out (DKO)
1 Vote