The USCSS Patna[1] was a Conestoga-class troop transport ship owned by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. It was the vessel used by Michael Bishop and his science team in their attempt to recover Ellen Ripley and a Xenomorph specimen from Fiorina "Fury" 161 in 2179.


When Superintendent Harold Andrews informed Weyland-Yutani that Ripley had crash landed on Fiorina 161, Weyland-Yutani quickly responded that they would send a ship to extract her. However, the truth was that the Patna had already been dispatched from Motinea before the message was even received, acting in response to information sent to the company directly from the USS Sulaco's black box recorder; the Patna was carrying a team of Weyland-Yutani Commandos and scientists under the command of Michael Bishop, equipped to recover the Xenomorph they knew they would find on the planet.[2]

The Patna above 161

The Patna overlooking Fiorina 161.

Upon arrival, the Patna entered Fiorina 161's atmosphere and the science team set down of the surface. However, their mission to recover a Xenomorph was ultimately a failure. Michael Bishop and his team departed aboard the Patna, taking with them the sole survivor from the Fiorina 161 Class C Work Correctional Unit, prisoner Robert Morse, along with Corporal Hicks and civilian Samwell Stone, who had also been captured at the site.[3]

Behind the scenes

The Patna follows in the tradition of naming spacecraft in the Alien franchise after elements from Joseph Conrad novels — in this case, the SS Patna from the novel Lord Jim. The name, however, is never mentioned in the film; it comes from the novelization. Originally, the Patna was not going to appear at all, but the crew eventually realized that they would need to show the vessel that brings the company team to the prison. In an attempt to keep the production's rapidly rising costs down, they elected to reuse the Sulaco model with a slight re-dress of surface features.[4]



  1. S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 138 (2014), Insight Editions.
  2. Vincent Ward (writer), David Fincher (director). Alien3 (1992), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
  3. Stasis Interrupted (2013), Gearbox Software, SEGA [Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360].
  4. Paul Taglianetti, Geoff Topping, Bob Gould. Sci-Fi & Fantasy FX #48, p. 17 (2000), Next Millennium Publishing.