PROLOGUE - HOME, FINALLY
Following the Shengen events, the USS Swiftsure shoreleaves briefly at >> Carthage Colony. An Awards and Promotions ceremony to remember is held in a saloon of Canyon City. The crew bids goodbye to one of its longest standing members: Lt Commander Ethan Spencer, Second Officer and Chief Operations is finally given his chance at command and transfered to an XO position.
Bolian Conn officer Rella Rann builds on the surprising friendship started at >> Sixth Fleet Academy with scientist T'Lailara. Several romances bloom among the crew, most noticeably between Lt(jg) Geooffrey Ashton, Asst Chief of Operations and Caitian Yeoman V'Zara. Captain Paula Chapman and Marine DC Major Aloysius Stark find they form quite a good match themselves.
a few days, the crew starts on the last stretch of the journey towards
her new Area of Operations: >>Starbase
123 situated in an isolated portion of the Federation beyond
the corridor between the Romulan and Klingon Empire. Several new crewmembers
are assigned among which Security Officer Miho Okawa, Engineer ElsarraChar
sh’Shran and Doctor Cevik McCloud.
PART 1 - ALL I NEED IS A TALL SHIP... BUT DOES IT HAVE TO BE THAT ONE?
Arrival at SB 123 holds some surprises for the crew. Captain Paula Chapman takes part is a Sector Tactical Briefing for the week. Meanwhile Lt Commander Durek, acting XO is tasked with taking command of a ship called SS Ulante. The cargo ship was stopped by Starfleet while transporting cargo stolen from the Klingons. A rendez vous in space has been organized to hand back the ship and its important cargo.
For this mission, Durek selects a crew among the Senior Staff and Swiftsure officers and enlisted. Their first ship is to try and bring the SS Ulante up to space flight standards but as the rendez vous with the Klingons is moved up, they have no choice and leave the starbase before repairs are fully completed. Lt Commander Durek's first stint at command starts under less than favourable auspices.
PART 2 - THE WILD RIDE
Following several mishaps and a navigational computer failre, the SS
Ulante finds herself off course and going circles. As the malfunctions
spread through the computer core, the Ferengi CO is forced to make route
towards the nearest solar system with an M class planet in case they had
to make an emergency landing. Instead of an emergency landing, the SS
Ulante crashes for good in the middle of a swampy territory.
PART 3 - A TASTE OF SOMETHING DIFFERENT
- TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS
Ferengi Acting XO Lt Commander Durek finds upon arrival at the Starbase
that contrarily to his beliefs, his 'failed' mission proved to be enough
of a success in the eye of Starfleet to be deemed a successful conclusion
to his command training and internship. He is now a Command graduate slated
to receive a Captain's Star award on top.
Far from the adventurous assignments the crew was hoping for in this area of space, the USS Swiftsure leaves dock with a mission to spend the next few months charting and exploring uninhabited solar systems for their mining potential.
- Captain's Log -
mission was John B. aka Lt Commander Durek's Command
School internship with >>Sixth
Fleet. It took place from mid July to mid September 2007, after the
long journey from Earth to starbase 123. John's internship ended with these
words from his instructor: 'I'm thoroughly impressed
and I don't often say that!' We thank Matt, CS Instructor for his
support during what has to count as one of the bumpiest internship mission
ever: delayed start, last minute draft of a new mission to better fit a
change of crew, to recall but a few... Congratulation
to Lt Commander Durek, whose field rank was made permanent and who won a
Captain's Star for his ceaseless efforts throughout. The USS Swiftsure is
proud to have you as her XO!
Next mission will be something pretty special as the USS Swiftsure RPG starts not a Joint Mission, but a Joint Mission arc with the newest Sixth Fleet sim: >> USS Poseidon - Carrier Group One. Stay tuned as the USS Swiftsure and her crew find themselves stranded in the Perseus Arm of the galaxy... 50 000 LY from home!