Notes On Your Newly Commissioned Vessel
Posted on Mon Oct 6th, 2008 @ 5:25am by
Location: Earth Spacestation
Timeline: USS Amazon Arrival to Earth Spacedock
The USS Amazon arrived to the Earth Spacestation early enough to allow the crew to take a few days of shoreleaved. They were adjusting to their unscheduled arrival to Earth. Their inabilitity to dock at Starbase Gatekeeper meant much of the crew had to make a lot of changes to their vacation schedules. No new updates of the Gatekeepers Intrepid crew were available. Captain Urban decided to write to Commander Krace prior to leaving his quarters for the planet surface:
Captain Krace, let me begin by saying "Congratulations on your trade in." The USS Iapetus is a beautiful name. Although it can be a sad occassion when decomissioning your first vessel, even more sad is commanding a vessel that you never tested in the past. But there's comfort in knowing that your crew will be lead by a great captain. Your crew are very fortunate to have you as their captain. And if I had to charter new courses in an untested vessel, I would surely prefer to be under your command. The USS Lincoln stood the test of time and the Iapetus will do the same.
Having been only in command of a new vessel for over a year now Lieutenant Commander Laketon and I took the priveledge of downloading our astrometrics charts. We have traversed some of the farthest regions of our patrol zone. Our Stellar Cartographer Ellana Straven has compressed these files into holobuffer. Once it is transferred into your computers, you should be able to view our charted stellar regions three dimensionally.
I have had the opportunity to put the Amazon through a few trials. As you know, some of them were not welcomed or preplanned. As a result, I can tell you that reverse polarization protocols for nitrium metal parasite should be deleted from your bag of gotcha manuevers. Your best bet solution is a neutrino beam directed towards the manifestation. Even at 60%, your hull can withstand the heat. Also, immediately run diagnostics on your thrusters. Accurate readings are nearly impossible to get when calculating your constant bearing decreasing range at impulse. I suggest you run them through a few drills and make the necessary adjustments to your navigational computers.
I experienced first hand how grueling a shakedown can be. I'm sure you share my frustrations and and know how tedious they can be. But it's always the best time an engineer can have. They get a chance to push every button and turn every knob. In that time they will get to know your ship better than the back of their hand. But even more importantly, get a good medical team. I know first hand how benificial they can be in a time of crisis. Just like the engineer get to know the ship, the medical officer gets to know your crew and can be a valuable resourse.
Good luck to you Captain and may your marbles never roll away.
Captain Michael Urban
Commanding Officer, USS Amazon
P.S. If you ever get a chance to visit the Brea Rift again, wave at the blackened space. They'll know who you are.