The USS Chimera, under the command of Vaanika Suresh was assigned to Task Group Belvedere operating in the Gamma Quadrant as a part of Task Force 9. The Chimera fell to the Consortium early during the Consortium Crisis.
In August 2388, the Chimera, along with the USS Cochrane were tasked to enter the Hadyn Nebula to confirm rumors that a Romulan Valdore equipped with an experimental Thalaron weapon had been abandoned within. If the weapon was real and could be secured, then the Consortium would be able to eliminate Starfleet forces quite easily without engaging their own vessels. The Chimera was able to confirm this rumor, leading Captain Suresh to assume command of the Valdore to lead the restoration efforts.
The Chimera and Cochrane then encountered the USS Black Hawk and attempted to destroy her, but the Akira-class vessel managed to overpower both ships and reveal to their crews the true nature of the Consortium. With the Chimera repatriated to Starfleet, the three vessels confronted the Valdore. The Black Hawk used a tri cobalt torpedo to destroy the Valdore, but the destruction tore a hole in the space-time continuum. All three Starfleet vessels were sucked inside the rift.
By this time, the Chimera had suffered the most damage of all three ships, leading Captain Geisler to make the decision to scuttle the vessel. The Chimera was quickly stripped of all materiel of value and was subsequently destroyed using its autodestruct system.
- The Fall of the Chimera on the USS Black Hawk Nova Site