While under the command of Captain Darson, the Adelphi was assigned to make first contact with the planet Ghorusda. The mission was to be centered around civilian specialist Tam Elbrun, a highly talented Betazoid telepath, whose duty it was to facilitate first contact with the culturally complex Ghorusdans. The situation was extremely volatile, and due to a misunderstanding, resulted in conflict.
The incident, later known as the Ghorusda Disaster, resulted in the deaths of 47 Adelphi crewmembers, including Darson and two of William Riker’s classmates from Starfleet Academy. Later a Board of inquiry, commissioned by Starfleet, found that Darson had been “careless” in regards to Ghorusdan cultural taboos.
- The name Adelphi is Greek which translates to brothers, but it’s more likely that it is named after Adelphi, Maryland.