The Korolev was the third in the 304 series of intergalactic battlecruisers built by the Tau'ri. Like its sister ships, the Korolev was constructed by the United States of America. It was later delivered to the Russian Federation in exchange for permanent American ownership of the Stargate. (SG1: "Crusade")
Unfortunately, the Korolev's role in defending the Milky Way Galaxy proved to be very short-lived as it was destroyed on its first mission, at the Battle of P3Y-229.
Having been rushed into service, the Korolev was given to Russia to allow the United States Air Force to maintain control of the Alpha Gate, where the ship acquired its name. Commanded by Colonel Chekov, the Korolev recovered Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell and Dr. Daniel Jackson from Camelot en route to a recently discovered Ori Supergate at P3Y-229, where it joined the Odyssey and a fleet of Asgard, Tok'ra, Free Jaffa and Lucian Alliance vessels in defending the Milky Way galaxy from an invading force of Ori warships.
Arriving at the location mere moments after the Supergate activated and just before the four Ori ships emerged through it, the crew of the Korolev prepared for combat. The Ori ships sent a text only message to the fleet, which was intercepted by several ships, including Korolev. In response, Jackson used the ship's communication system to orally respond to the message using a quote from the Book of Origin. Despite all actions to avoid a confrontation, the battle commenced.
The four Ori warships opened fired using powerful energy beam weapons, which were able to destroy all non-Asgard-shielded ships within only one shot. Korolev and Odyssey were among the first vessels to be hit by Ori weapons fire; but due to their Asgard shields, they were able to survive several such hits. During the battle, one of the Korolev's officers discovered a slight fluctuation in the Ori ships' shields that coincided with the firing of their main weapons. To exploit this weakness, Chekov ordered that Nuclear warheads be beamed on board the Ori ships; however, the attempt was unsuccessful. Jackson then suggested the use of Korolev's Transportation rings to transport a nuke on board.
To complete the plan, Jackson went to the ring room to calibrate the nuke for transport whilst Chekov ordered the Korolev closer to the Ori ships so as to be in range to enact the plan.
However, before the plan could be enacted, two Ori warships targeted Korolev at the same time with the successive blasts being too much for the ship to bear, resulting in the Korolev being destroyed, killing Chekov and an unknown number of personnel who were also on the ship. (SG1: "Camelot")
Six crew members managed to escape the ship using the Korolev's Asgard transporter to aboard the Odyssey. Mitchell, after already being in Korolev's F-302 fighter-interceptor bay in an attempt to lead a squadron against the invading Ori ships, was able to take off in an F-302 just as the ship exploded. Jackson, who was already in the ship's ring room as to transport a nuke aboard an Ori ship, used the rings to escape - albeit aboard an Ori vessel. (SG1: "Flesh and Blood")
Colonel Samantha Carter later tells John Sheppard and Teyla Emmagan that the Russians are in no hurry to replace the Korolev given how much it costs to build such a ship and how short a time the Korolev survived. (SGA: "Legacy: Homecoming")
Behind the scenes
- Sergey Korolyov (Сергей Королёв; often transliterated as Sergei Korolev) was the head Soviet rocket engineer and designer during the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s.
- On the Korolev's bridge, the star map that resides behind the commander's chair is more reminiscent of that featured on ships of the Prometheus-class. On all other 304s, the star map's width is wider (being more equal to the length), whereas the width of the map on the Korolev is significantly smaller.
- The Russians do not use any ship prefixes, especially a "ВМФ" (Navy) prefix on an Air Force-operated space craft. Technically, their assigned international surface vessel prefix is RFS.
- The Korolev is the only BC-304, canonically, not to be outfitted with the Asgard plasma beam weapons.
References and notes
- Stargate SG-1: The DVD Collection 77
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