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Ship Closeup: U.S.S. Thor Continued …

In part two of the Thor’s Ship Closeup special, I meet with the Medical and Science teams to learn more about the specific medical and scientific capabilities of the Vesta class.

Hearing a rumour that the Thor’s medical team are dispensing gummy bears to encourage regular crew medicals, I’ve decided to try my luck and head over to Sickbay on Deck 10 to meet with Lt. Jg Alieth and Lt. Cmdr. Alexander Brodie.

Garcia: No, I don’t know where the gummy bear rumor came from, but I’m thankful for your time nonetheless. The medical provision seems quite substantial aboard the Thor. What medical facilities does the Vesta class come equipped with?

Alieth: The main sick bay of the USS Thor is slightly larger than that of the rest of her Vesta class sisters. We have 15 state-of-the-art biobeds, an ICU with 3 dedicated biobeds and a quarantine unit with the latest technology. We also have two fully equipped surgical suites, which are independent of each other and to the main room of the facility.

In addition to all this, we have an excellent medical department staff, assisted by the latest EMH program, which has a greater capacity of assistance throughout the ship thanks to the holoemiters. This way, medical assistance can be provided even in secluded areas of the ship, or in circumstances that could be dangerous for the medical personnel.

Brodie: We also have a fully equipped counseling suite including not only areas for individual sessions but also a morale and welfare center to cater to the crew’s wider needs – such as family issues and spiritual well-being. We have some families aboard the ship so having these kinds of facilities really makes the difference to caring for everyone aboard.


Ship Closeup: USS Thor

In a two-part article, we’re going to be taking a close look at the USS Thor, under the command of FltCapt. Aron Kells. Join us as we take a deep dive into this ship and her crew!

The Vesta class is a multi-mission explorer with a crew capacity of around 750 with a 3,500 evacuation limit. It is fitted with one 1,500+ Cochrane warp core and is also QSD equipped. In addition, the Vesta class boasts a formidable armament and a state of the art class XIX Bioneural/Isolinear Computer Core.

To put the Vesta class into some sort of perspective, when lined up against the Galaxy class it’s 30 meters longer, but 268 meters shorter in width and around 107 meters shorter in height.

To get a more tangible sense of the Vesta class, its capabilities and role within the fleet, I sat down with the Thor’s current CO, Fleet Captain Kells, and First Officer, Lt. Commander Geoffrey Teller to talk about the USS Thor – the fleet’s currently active Vesta class vessel.

Garcia: First, thank you both for taking time out to talk about the Vesta class. Why don’t we start by learning a bit more about each of your backgrounds. Fleet Captain Kells, while the Thor is the fourth starship you’ve served on, it’s the first Vesta class, yes? Can you tell us more about your career in the fleet and how the Thor differs from your previous ships?

KELLS: So what you need to know first is that I have a reputation of being the “weird ship” guy, ha. I inherited the Mercury for Kells first command, and from there I moved my crew to the Garuda, a Galaxy class ship. That was purely because I was a TNG fan first! But after that, I knew I wanted to launch something that was a little odd, which is how I came to both the Invicta and the Za, both of which are non-canon designs, and fairly unusual ones at that. By comparison, the Thor is actually pretty standard and quite powerful, which is a fun change of pace for me as a CO. Basically, the Thor can do whatever its simmers can dream up!


Ship Closeup: USS Juneau

“Toow-u latseen khaa jeexh attee.”

Juneau motto translated from Tlingit language it means “It gives strength to the Spirit.” The Tlingit language is spoken by the indigenous Tlingit who resided along the coastline from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska.

The USS Juneau (NX-99801) launched stardate 239705 (May 2020) under the command of Captain Oddas Aria. The ship was designed with experimental warp technology. It is the first to utilize this advanced warp propulsion system. Fittingly, Captain Oddas co-developed a prototype Warp XV engine that eventually became known as the Oddas-Rahman Next Generation Warp Propulsion Assembly, the precursor to the now OR-400MV. The Juneau is the first non-test ship to hold the OR-400MV and it is still working out some of the kinks. She is a fast ship with a cruising speed of warp 12 with a maximum sustainable cruising speed of warp 14 and a maximum warp speed of 15.

When contacted for this article, Captain Oddas Aria noted the ship was “designed to be used as a test bed. It’s the result of really a multi-year effort from a lot of talented people in the fleet and I’m just beyond glad that we get to be the ones who are trusted with its continued success.”


Ship Closeup: USS Veritas

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” – Veritas motto

I recently sat down with the crew of the USS Veritas, NCC-95035, in order to better understand one of the more unique vessels that compose our great fleet. The Veritas is not your typical vessel for a variety of reasons. For one, its location in the Shoals is quite unique: Tetryon emissions extending throughout the area make for some intriguing challenges from the very beginning!

“(Y)ou cannot go higher than warp 5 in certain areas, and can by no means use slipstream drive or get communications out swiftly – subspace and letters are crackled or delayed at best” – Deliera, who plays LtCmdr. Sky Blake, the Ranger aboard the Veritas

These kinds of restrictions, not applicable to any other post in the fleet, has some intriguing side effects, which, according to Deliera, was precisely the goal. By cutting down contact with the outside universe, and the bigger picture as a whole, the crew is able to concentrate on the smaller, yet equally meaningful parts of the region they inhabit, which fosters further creativity.


Ship Closeup: USS Blackwell

The USS Blackwell is part of a larger story that is being told in the Par’tha Expanse. The Olympic-class vessel is one of four Starfleet ships that make up the ambitious Andaris Taskforce, a multi-starship campaign being simmed by eighteen player characters.

At the head of the Taskforce is veteran Starbase 118 player Rear Admiral Renos, and his PC, Captain Akinor Onali Zaekia, commands the Blackwell.

Renos pulled together the Andaris Taskforce with the SB118 crew because he wanted to try something different. “I’ve got a large and ambitious crew, with a number of people looking for leadership opportunities as they work along the command path with the ultimate goal of getting their own commands some day.


Luna class MSD

An Inside Look at the USS Doyle-A

The newest addition to the StarBase 118 fleet is the USS Doyle, NCC-80221-A, a Luna class explorer. Named after Scottish physician and writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) and one of New Scotland’s moons, the Doyle-A was launched on stardate 239204.02 under the command of Captain Shelther Faranster. Many of the Doyle‘s senior staff had previously served with Captain Faranster aboard the USS Constitution-B, a Galaxy class starship.

Designed by Dr. Xin Ra-Havreii at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on Mars in the early 2370s, the Luna class was initially conceived for exploration of the Gamma Quadrant following the discovery of the Bajoran Wormhole and has since become one of Starfleet’s premier exploratory and research vessels.

Luna class vessels are equipped with a dedicated sensor pod at the back of the saucer section, allowing their crews access to enhanced sensor nets and data collection grids that rival many advanced space telescopes. The sensor pod itself is manned by up to eight crewman at a time, and a special suit allows an operator to directly control and manipulate probes fired from the pod.

To get an inside look at these technologies and more, I sat down with Lt. Commander Benjamin Hunnicutt, the man tasked with taking care of her as chief engineer, and Lieutenant Ceciri Ariadust, the Doyle‘s helm/com/operations (HCO) officer, to learn more about what makes the Doyle special.


Closeup on Starbase 118

As I approach the massive installation known as Starbase 118, home base for the fleet in which I serve, I look out the transparent aluminum window of the transport ship I am aboard as the computer announces its approach and then begins to dictate the starbase’s defensive and offensive capabilities.

Impressive, I think to myself. I stand listening as the station looms larger with each passing second as the transport ship approaches. I am not in uniform as this is not an official Starfleet visit to the station. The transport ship slows to a crawl as it awaits docking instructions upon its approach. After a few moments, the transport ship adjusts its vector approach and picks up speed and I stand there, with my thumbs in my jean pockets and my carry-on bag slung over my left shoulder, smiling knowing I am about to board a station that has become a part of Starfleet lore over the last two decades.

Now under the command of Commander Leo Handley-Page, someone whom I have had the privilege of serving with in the past in different roles, the starbase has taken on a brand new feel. For that, I am sure as for each of the previous commanding officers of the station, also came along with a unique style of command.

Knowing some of the history of Starbase 118 Ops, but not all by a long-shot, I eagerly await the transport to complete its final docking maneuvers. I then hear the moorings clamp in place and the announcement describing disembarking instructions coming over the speakers, followed by the final message, “Welcome to Starbase 118”.

Moments later, I find myself in the bustling concourse area of the starbase. Here, people of all walks of life, from Starfleet officers, to civilians of all shapes, sizes and species come together to shop, dine, drink and party. It is designed to resemble a commercial sector of any city on any Federation member planet with holographic areas that would cleverly disguise the fact that this part was actually on a space station and not on a planet surface somewhere else in the galaxy. I enter one particular area of the concourse, and look up the the holographic blue sky with skyscrapers extending as far as the eye could see.


A Closer Look: The USS Vigilant-A

“The candle of liberty has always been kept lit by a vigilant few.” -Russell Pearce

This is the motto of the newest Starship to be commissioned for StarBase 118: The USS Vigilant NCC-75515-A. A Hephaestus-class starship launched in April 2391, the Vigilant-A will patrol the Zeta Gelis Region along with the USS Darwin-A, keeping that candle burning to represent the interests of United Federation of Planets. Equipped with a quantum slipstream drive and capable of operating in Multi-Vector Mode, the latest incarnation of the Vigilant is tougher and better equipped to deal with the demands of maintaining a Starfleet presence in such a remote sector than her predecessor.

Fleet Captain Diego Herrera, the Commanding Officer of the Vigilant-A, was kind enough to chat with me about his new ship in this installment of “A Closer Look.”

Nathan Baker: Firstly, the Intrepid class Vigilant was knocked out of action by a cascade failure of the computer core, correct?

Diego Herrera: That’s correct – a sophisticated virus created by someone with extensive knowledge of the LCARS system found its way aboard. The crew had been able to contain it for some time but when they tried to purge it it caused irreparable damage to all of the system start-up protocols. That left the computer systems throughout the ship crippled and made it unsafe to power the Vigilant back up.


A Closer Look: The USS Gemini

The beginning of the year has seen several new ships launch into the fleet, ready to explore the unknown and search for new life and new civilizations. One of them is brand new: The Dakota Class USS Gemini under the command of Commander Liam Frost. Let’s take a closer look…


Atlantis Rising

Atlantis has been spoken of for centuries as a place of knowledge and understanding. In the UFOP we have been lucky enough to have several ships embody those principles, one of which is the namesake for this mythological island nation. Like the Atlantis of legend which vanished from the world, the our Atlantis too sank below the waves of time. However in true form of our persistence and belief in the exploration of the unknown, and unlike it’s mythological predecessor, the USS Atlantis is rising back above the waves of time and soaring into space once more. Here is a short moment with it’s new commander Raj Blueheart.


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