We know who captained the Enterprise-E before the events of Star Trek: Picard.
Star Trek: Picard knows that it has 20 years of questions to answer. They’ve done their job to the best of their ability, and have answered questions like; what happened to the Enterprise D, what happened to Ro Laren, what happened to Data, what have the Changelings been up to, are the Borg still out there, and a lot of other questions. One, dangling question, has been about the whereabouts and history of the Enterprise-E.
The Enterprise-D was the ship used in the Next Generation for all seven seasons of the show, as well as the first film; Star Trek Generations. Due to filming dimension changes between television and film at the time, the crew had to make a new ship that would be easier to use on screen. That’s why the Enterprise-D was destroyed and the Enterprise-E was created.
The ENT-E has its fans, as it was the ship used in the iconic film First Contact, but we haven’t seen it since Picard started. So fans have been asking so many questions about it; like where is it, who took over after Jean-Luc Picard, are the weapon’s systems better on the E as opposed to the D?
Well, maybe only Worf cared about that last one.
Who was captaining the USS Enterprise-E after Jean-Luc Picard?
We know that the Enterprise-E is either destroyed or in dry dock somewhere. We also know that the E had better weapons than the D (thanks Worf) but thanks to series showrunner Terry Matalas, we also now know why Worf is so in favor of the E’s systems and why he had to proclaim that the current state of the Enterprise-E wasn’t his fault.
Because he was its captain.
Matalas told ScreenRant that Worf succeeded Picard, while also saying;
"I wanted to leave its exact fate open for someone to tell that story. It’s more fun that way. Better left to the audience’s imagination. What do you mean it wasn’t his fault? Was it an accident? A mission gone wrong?! The possibilities are endless!"
According to ScreenRant, Wof would go on to replace Data as First Officer after Data died during the events of Nemesis, and then Worf would go on to replace Picard shortly thereafter.
But what happened to the Enterprise-E? Only time will tell, apparently.