|Starfleet Rank Commander|
|Portrayed Nichelle Nichols, Zoë Saldaña|
Uhura is from the United States of Africa and speaks Swahili (Star Trek episode: "The Man Trap"). James Blish's non-canon novels identifies her as Bantu, as does Gene Roddenberry's novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Uhura first appears in the episode "The Corbomite Maneuver". She joins the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise in 2266 as a lieutenant, serving as chief communications officer under Captain James T. Kirk. Inexplicably, she is replaced by Lieutenant Lisa in the communications officer chair in the final episode, Turnabout Intruder.
Uhura continues to serve her post, with a promotion to lieutenant commander in 2271, under the command of Captain Willard Decker (Star Trek: The Motion Picture).
She later fulfills this role again, promoted to full commander, when circumstances place the crew in pursuit of Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.