The USS Exeter (NCC-26531) was a Federation starship that served during the 24th century.
Tom Paris was stationed on this ship prior to his dismissal from Starfleet.
During the Dominion War it was assigned to the Ninth Fleet operating near Bajor. In 2374 it stopped over at Deep Space 9 along with the USS Akagi and USS Sutherland.
Again in 2374 DS9 received casualty reports from several ships in the Ninth Fleet, including this one.