Voyager-A was originally built as part of the Montana Project
- a project that began once the original Voyager had arrived back
in the Alpha Quadrant. Starfleet saw the value in the original
Voyager with all its modifications and decided that it would be
a good course of action to gather all this technology together
and build a new generation of ships - the prototype of this being
the ship built through the Montana Project.
original concept of this ship was not taken lightly by the engineers
at Utopia Planitia. Merging Borg technology was one thing - since
they had prior experience with those systems. However Starfleet's
decision to incorporate a recovered Sernaix slipstream into the
ship made everyone wary. No one thought the ship would fly. "Fulton's
Folly", as it became known was layered with problems from the
beginning - from technical and engineering problems, to time constraints.
both problems coinciding with the installation of the Sernaix
slipstream drive, Lieutenant Harry Kim approached the Project's
manager, Commander Vargas to allow for Seven of Nine to join the
project. He believed that she would be of great help to the project
and they would at least stand a chance of making the due date.
This idea was highly opposed by Vargas - who didn't want a Borg
near the classified ship. Lt. Kim got his way however and Seven
of Nine was allowed to join the project.
took a turn for the worse however once an old Sernaix shipmind,
who nicknamed himself Ozymandias was released into the ship's
main computer core through from Seven of Nine. This didn't impress
Vargas, who called in Starfleet Security to solve the problem.
Ozymandias, however had other plans. For his safety, he exchanged
valuable information on the Sernaix and the secretive group Section
31. Ozymandias was permitted to remain on the ship, if only to
help out with the engineering section.
new news of a possible Sernaix attack, Starfleet saw to it that
the Montana Project would be completed in time - however a name
had yet to be picked. Nearing the project's completion, the head
of engineering of the Project, Harry Kim, was kidnapped and taken
away to the Sernaix - this prompted the entire Federation to act
as quick as they could.
President of the United Federation of Planets, after hearing Seven
of Nine's story with Ozymandias' facts decided against the judgement
of the Starfleet admiralty to launch the Montana Project ship
before its due date (about 1-2 weeks before) without a shakedown
cruise. Its commanding officer would be Kathryn Janeway.
name of the ship was quickly decided after this - Admiral Owen
Paris, Chief of technology at the time decided that it was fitting
to name the ship after the one ship it was built because of -
the USS Voyager.