The Columbia (NX-02) is a sister ship to the Enterprise (NX-01), the second ship to be outfitted with a warp five engine. It was launched on November 30, 2154, under the command of Captain Erika Hernandez. It had better polarized hull plating, ventral and dorsal photonic torpedo launchers, pulsed phase cannons, and stations tied directly into the main EPS junction.
In the beta-canon, the Columbia disappeared in 2156, was rediscovered in 2373 in the Gamma Quadrant, was recovered in 2381, and was refitted and upgraded so that it was on active duty in 2410.
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