The name Nomad has a history in Star Trek from almost the beginning. In The Original Series episode entitled “The Changeling” (S2E3), we meet NOMAD as a terran prototype computer space probe which had been transformed into a terminator of “imperfect biological beings”. A frightening start!
As for STARFLEET International, the Starship Nomad has a history that spans nearly 3 decades.
The fist ship was the shuttlecraft Nomad, based out of Leavenworth, Kansas, in Region 12. She was launched from the USS Stargazer in 1991, under the Command of Commander Mike Malotte. In 1992, Shuttle NOMAD was recognized as the Region 12 Shuttle of the year and was commissioned as a full chapter that same year. She was redesigned as Constitution Class refit with the registry number NCC-1805, with the motto “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”
In February of 1997, the Nomad was again refitted and recommissioned as the USS Nomad, NCC-78500, a Nomad Class Exploratory Cruiser, and served as the Flagship of Region 12 while Captain Malotte was the R12 Region Coordinator.
Cmdr. Mike Malotte was the original CO of the Nomad. When he left the ship (Malotte moved from Kansas to Arkansas), Ken Janasz took over as Commanding Officer, to be followed in turn by Carl Johnson. When Captain Johnson became R12 RC, PJ Trotter assumed command.
Fleet Admiral Mike Malotte came back as CO in 2006 and oversaw her decommissioning. The Nomad was retired in 2006, after 15 years of distinguished service, having served twice as R12 Flagship and once as Fleet Flagship.