The Korolev, most likely named after the Russian rocket scientist Sergei Pavlovich Korolev who is widely regarded as the founder of the Soviet space program, was the third Earth-built ship in the Daedalus Deep Space Carrier class. It was given to the Russians in lieu of the Russians' taking back the Stargate which they lease to the U.S. government (9.19 "Crusade Part 1"). Under the command of Col. Chekov, the Korolev was rushed into service with a year's worth of construction remaining because of the Ori threat (9.20 "Camelot Part 2"), but was destroyed in battle against the Ori's firstwave invasion fleet (10.01 "Flesh and Blood Part 3").
9.20 "Camelot Part 2"
With the warning that a "Day of Reckoning" was approaching and that the Ori had successfully constructed massive warships (9.19 "Crusade Part 1"), the SGC, Tok'ra, Free Jaffa, and Asgard searched the galaxy for a completed Supergate. The Free Jaffa found one at the former location of the planet P3Y-229 which had been collapsed into a micro-singularity to power the intergalactic Stargate. With the Daedalus still in the Pegasus Galaxy, the Odyssey was the only ship fully operational from Earth. The Russian's Korolev was rushed into service even though it had another year left in construction.
The Korolev's first mission was to retrieve Dr. Daniel Jackson and Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell from the planet with the village named "Camelot" which had been thought to be the hiding place of Merlin's anti-Ori weapon, the Sangreal. The two men from SG-1 searched for the device, shaped in a red-colored pendant, but didn't find it. According to the villagers, Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table had left to search for it a long time ago, but were prophecied to return to Camelot after the sword was pulled from the stone in the middle of the village. Just after Daniel and Mitchell learned about Arthur's quest, Chekov beamed them onto the bridge of the Korolev.
The Korolev joined the Odyssey and several allied ships at the site of the Ori's Supergate just as four warships arrived. One of the Ori warships broadcasted a text message to which Daniel replied by reciting a passage from The Book of Origin, but the response was the warships' powering up of weapons. The Korolev was damaged quickly in the battle and lost power, effectively rendering the ship defenseless. While the bridge crew did everything they could to regain power, Chekov gave Mitchell permission to scramble the F-302s. Large explosions occurred all over the ship while Mitchell made his way to the hangar. Several of the Korolev's bridge crew were injured by massive explosions, so Daniel took the navigator's seat while Chekov took the helm.
10.01 "Flesh and Blood Part 3"
The Korolev and Odyssey maintained communications during the battle, and the Odyssey reported that attempts to use the Asgard beaming technology to beam a nuclear bomb onboard the Ori warships were unsuccessful, but that it was observed that when the Ori warships used their energy weapons, the ships' shields weakened. Daniel proposed using the ring transporter to send the bomb to the next Ori warship which used its weapons, but that they'd have to get close enough for the ring transporter to lock onto the nearest set of rings. Chekov ordered the Korolev to get closer to one of the Ori's warships while Daniel oversaw the reprogramming of the ring transporter. The Ori warship fired upon the Korolev, sending the bomb and the crewmen who were programming it for detonation across the ring room. With only seconds before the ship exploded, Daniel jumped into the ring transporter and ended up on the Ori's warship.
Mitchell made it into an F-302 seconds before the entire ship exploded around him. His fighter was thrust into space by the shockwave caused by the Korolev's final explosion. Some of his fighter's systems were temporarily taken off-line, but Mitchell survived and landed on the Odyssey which had returned to the site of the battle after observing the Ori fleet jump into hyperspace.
The Odyssey recovered the Korolev's black box which had logged Daniel's use of the ring transporter. He was beamed off of the Ori warship once it lowered its shields after landing on Chulak.
Six of Korolev's crew successfully beamed over to the Odyssey before the ship was destroyed, but they were not identified. Most likely, Col. Chekov was among those who died in the ship's destruction.
- Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
- Asgard Beaming Technology
- Daedalus-Class Ship
- Free Jaffa Nation
- Lucian Alliance
- Ori Warships
- Ring Transporter
- Stargate Command (SGC)
--DeeKayP 19:09, 19 June 2006 (PDT)