By Ltjg Vorobijev
There’s been a new addition to the Starbase 118 fleet recently: the Nova-class USS Aurora, NCC -72750, under the command of Commander Megan Elise Parker. The Aurora, a new scientific vessel, is part of Starfleet’s program to reassert itself as an organization of peace and research. The Nova class, first introduced in 2369, has been a successful series. Sixteen starships of this class are in now service, including the Equinox, which recently rediscovered the long-thought extinct Yridian race. The Aurora‘s captain shares this enthusiasm for exploration.
Although this is her first permanent command, Commander Parker is not in the captain’s chair for the first time. “My first command was while Captain Hurne was called away from Victory,” she says. “I got the feeling at the time that Starfleet Command didn’t have a lot of confidence in my abilities. Persistence pays off in the end, though. Victory was placed temporarily under my command, I was placed under the operational command of the Atlanta. We were assigned to the continuing exploration of the Dyson Sphere.