UTOPIA PLANITIA FLEET YARDS, MARS — Following resolving the Breen led pirate raids within the Aavaro Wilds, the ship’s designers recalled the USS Juneau (NX-99801) to Mars, to see how the prototype handled under the pressures of its more strenuous full-time workload.
While the ship underwent repairs and testing, the crew received leave to allow themselves to relax and recuperate. Several members both joined and departed the crew once it docked at Utopia Planitia. The crew relished the time, relaxed from their duties to enjoy and explore their surroundings. Part of the crew headed out, while others remained on board during the repairs and data collection, to compare the Juneau’s performance against the benchmarks set by the design team.
All crew members took the time to unwind, either by participating in ship activities or taking the chance to visit friends and family on Earth. Some crew even took part in low-level trade negotiations between the Romulan Republic and the Cardassian Union.
Before the Juneau set out to return to the Aavaro Wilds, the crew attended a ceremony for their actions against the Jem’Hadar pirates. Along with the awards and recognition earned, several of the dockworkers at Utopia Planitia, who hailed from the same region that the Juneau takes its name from, presented the crew a hand-crafted gift.
The present, a wooden carving of the USS Juneau, now proudly hangs in the ship’s main lounge. Dubbed “The Clanhouse” and decorated in the traditional style of the artisans from the region of Alaska on Earth, the model of the Juneau is in the same style, with motifs common to those people.
“This is a symbol, a reminder, to remind us that no matter how far we are from homes, from our ancestral homelands, from those places we hold close to our hearts, where we draw strength, we are never too far away from that strength,” said Captain Oddas during the ceremony. “We are never so far away that we cannot remember our ideals, that we cannot bring spiritual strength, that we cannot make ourselves remember all that makes ourselves whole.”
Written by Jansen Orrey