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USS Grissom

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The USS Grissom was an Oberth Class Federation science vessel, commanded by Captain J.T. Esteban, and seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

The Grissom was assigned, with Dr. David Marcus and Lt. Saavik, to investigate the Genesis Planet, initially limiting itself to orbital scans. However, upon noticing that a lifeform was present by the torpedo that Captain Spock had been buried in, Marcus and Saavik beamed down to the surface. Just after the two found the young version of Spock, a Klingon Bird of Prey, commanded by Captain Kruge, attacked the orbiting Starship. Kruge had ordered his gunner to disable the Grissom, so as to capture and interrogate its crew. However, the gunner ignored Kruge's orders, and fired a shot which destroyed the ship outright. There were no survivors, other than Marcus and Saavik. The Klingon gunner was also executed by Kruge for disobeying orders.

The ship was named after American Astronaut Gus Grissom.

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