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Wednesday, May 24

Starfleet Uniforms, 2365-present

Introduced in 2365, these Starfleet uniforms addressed a common complaint among most personnel -- comfort. Now, instead of the restrictive one-piece jumpsuit, Starfleet has returned to a two-piece uniform for all duty variations.

The updated duty uniform features a front-close jacket that corresponds to the individual's service department -- wine-red for command personnel, pilots and helm officers; mustard-gold for operations and security; and teal-blue for science and medical. Trim on the raised collar of the jacket matches the uniform color. Separate pants match the black of the uniform jackets. These uniforms are standard issue for all Starfleet naval personnel serving on starships, space stations, and planetary bases.

The Starfleet insignia combadge is worn on the left breast, with rank insignia -- in the form of round gold or gold-black pips -- on the right side of the collar.

An optional black belt can be worn with this uniform, thereby providing holsters and attachments for phasers, tricorders, and other necessary small devices.

Starfleet Marine duty uniforms have been updated to match this style, with the standard Marine duty uniform featuring gray with green trim, instead of the standard red, gold, or blue.

This jacket serves as the standard-issue Starfleet naval dress uniform. This is worn by all ranking and enlisted Starfleet personnel during formal events. Each uniform consists of a thigh-length, wrap-around tunic worn instead of the standard duty jacket. Each dress jacket reflects the color of the wearer's service department, with a band of gold trim running along collar and the top of the overlap enclosure.

The Starfleet insignia combadge is worn on the left breast, with rank pips and insignia worn on the narrowest point of the black fabric on the right shoulder (just below the gold trim). Service medals may be worn on the right breast, if desired.

This uniform is standard issue for all Starfleet admirals and high-ranking flag officers. It consists of the standard duty uniform (in the color of the wearer's command department), embellished with gold trim along the chest. The collar trim extends down to the colored chest area, and three gold stripes (regardless of rank) adorn the cuffs of both sleeves.

The Starfleet insignia combadge is worn on the left breast, with rank insignia -- in the form of admiral pips -- on the right side of the collar.

This jacket serves as the standard-issue Starfleet admiral dress uniform. This is worn by all flag officers during formal events. Each uniform consists of a thigh-length, front-close tunic worn instead of the standard duty jacket. Each dress jacket reflects the color of the wearer's service department, with a gold-trimmed black V-neck punctuating the black shoulder area. A band of gold trim runs along the rest of the chest, separating the black shoulders from the primary jacket color.

The Starfleet insignia combadge is worn on the left breast, with admiral rank pips worn on the right side of the collar. Service medals may be worn on the right breast, if desired.

Starfleet Marine Uniforms, 2365-present

Introduced in 2365 (alongside the updated naval uniforms), these Marine uniforms addressed a common complaint among troops on the ground -- comfort. Now, instead of the uncomfortable and often restrictive one-piece jumpsuit, Starfleet has returned to a two-piece uniform for all duty and field variations.

Starfleet Command has chosen to establish consistency across all service branches. The standard Marine duty uniform now matches the style of it's naval counterparts, and features a gray front-close jacket with black shoulders and green trim. This standard duty uniform is worn by all Marine personnel while serving aboard starships, space stations, and non-combat ground base assignments.

In addition to all standard duty uniforms, the combat/field fatigues have been updated as well. While the previous version was a one-piece black jumpsuit, this new uniform features an olive-green, two-piece combo consisting of a sturdy military jacket and pants. The olive colored fatigues are worn during most field operations, although, a dark green disruptive camouflage version (for forest environments), and a sandy disruptive camouflage version (for desert environments) are also available as needed to fit custom mission parameters.

Protective helmets are worn in all ground combat situations.

And finally, as the Marines have taken on a greater role in the skies, and atmosphere-capable fighter craft are being added to Starfleet vessel manifests, a teal flight suit has been added to the collection of standard-issue Marine uniforms. All fighter pilots wear this jumpsuit while operating fighter aircraft.

Unit patches are worn on the left sleeve of all operational uniforms, while rank patches are worn on the right sleeve. The Starfleet insignia combadge is worn on the left breast.

The Marine dress uniform remains unchanged, and continues to feature the traditional wrap-over black jacket with blue-gray quilted shoulders. A black belt is worn over a red sash, with matching red stripes on the cuff. Hard-framed service caps are worn in formal situations. Dress shoes are worn instead of standard duty combat boots.

Tuesday, May 23

Arrival: Vega

The Enterprise has arrived at Vega. We will remain in orbit until Friday, during which time we will transfer crew, obtain some supplies, and enjoy a few days of shore leave.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Planet Profile:

NAME: -- Vega -- (Vega III)
GRAVITY: -- 1.2 G
ROTATION: -- 26 hours
LAND AREA: -- 33%
ASSOCIATION: -- Federation member planet
GENERAL CLIMATE: -- Warm Temperate
POPULATION: -- 54,300,000
MOONS: -- 1

As one of the first Earth colonies, Vega has been an integral part of the Federation for centuries. They are a significant stop on many Earth trade routes, and at only 22 light years from Earth, they have attracted many colonists and immigrants from Earth, Mars, Luna and other core Federation planets.

Vega maintains a large state-of-the-art hospital in New Boston, and builds many small privately-owned spacecraft in its planet-based Victoria Shipyards. Vega Station, a small Regula-class space station, is the only orbital facility. It houses orbital traffic control, and system communications offices.

Some local sight-seeing locations include: Wembley Falls (the highest waterfall on the planet), Preston Islands National Park, the New Boston Art Museum, and the underwater Bellows Resort (located just off the coast of New Boston).

Hotels are available for a nightly fee.

Friday, May 19

Back Inside Federation Space

The Enterprise is returning from a two week assignment in unclaimed space -- in a region located between the Ferengi Alliance and the Tzenkethi Coalition. We had been sent to investigate rumors of an Iconian Gateway, on an uninhabited planet containing ruins much like those found on Iconia.

In the end, we didn't find any evidence of another Gateway, but we did spend a day exploring the ruins of a once-thriving civilization. Based on the data collected, we think these ruins may, in fact, be related to the Ancient Promellian civilization. It will be interesting to see what the Federation historians have to say once they they study the data and artifacts we're bringing back with us.

As of this evening, we have reentered Federation space, and are on our way to Vega. We should arrive sometime on Tuesday. At this colony world, we will obtain additional supplies, transfer a few crew members, and prepare for our next assignment. After that, who knows where we'll be sent.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, April 27

Promotion: Lieutenant Worf

Congratulations to Lieutenant (JG) Worf Rozhenko. Earlier this afternoon, Captain Picard promoted him to the rank of full Lieutenant. Mr. Worf remains in the position of Chief Security and Tactical Officer, but gains additional command authority.

Well done, Lieutenant. Well done!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Saturday, April 8

A Victory For Captain Riker

Our first wargames exercise has ended, and Admiral Andrei Markov (currently aboard the Enterprise, overseeing the event) has declared the USS Hathaway to be the victor. Commander Riker and his crew have, against all odds, defeated the most advanced starship in the fleet. And they did so with an 80-year-old retired Constellation-class vessel that had no warp drive, outdated systems, and a skeleton crew.

Well done Hathaway!

The Admiral did note, though, that, while he admires Commander Riker's tenacity, this combat exercise has revealed a number of security weaknesses that Starfleet Command will need to address. Lieutenant Worf's hacking of the Enterprise computers via his security access code, and the ease with which a starship's sensors can be reprogrammed, are serious defense issues. If this can be done so easily to the Enterprise, then this is a major concern for the rest of the fleet.

On a lighter note, Admiral Markov suggested giving Commander Riker's strategy a name, and wanted to call it the "Riker Maneuver". However, Commander Riker, being the leader that he is, chose not to take credit, and instead passed the honor to Lieutenant Worf -- the man who came up with the idea. Moving forward, that sensor reprogramming tactic will now, officially, be known as the "Rozhenko Maneuver" (after Lieutenant Worf's adopted last name).

Congratulations Lieutenant Worf!

Oh, and speaking of Commander Riker's character and leadership.... A few hours before the the official end of our wargames exercise, instead of staying safely beyond the range of the crippled Enterprise's weapons, Commander Riker made an interesting command choice. Under flag of truce, he moved the Hathaway alongside the Enterprise, and offered to beam the engineers from his own crew (including Lieutenant La Forge) over to the Enterprise to assist with the simulated repairs.

Now that's the mark of a good leader.

Even an enemy deserves compassion.

Now that this combat exercise is over, it has instilled in me an even greater respect for Commander Riker. I have no doubt that, someday, he will have a command of his own. And you know what, I think he'd be a great Starfleet captain!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, April 7

USS Enterprise vs. USS Hathaway

Well, that was interesting. Commander Riker and his 40-person crew aboard the Hathaway, have officially defeated the Enterprise in today's simulated wargames.

Yes, Starfleet's advanced flagship has been beaten by an 80 year-old retired Constellation-class vessel. Although, to be honest, the battle had little to do with the vessels themselves, and everything to do with creativity, inventiveness, and pure Klingon guile.

Here's how the victory was achieved:

When the battle began, both ships moved into a series of moves and counter-moves as they positioned for dominance in the simulation. As this was taking place, however, Lieutenant Worf used his knowledge of the Enterprise security codes, hacked into the ship's computer, and tricked the Enterprise sensors into registering an incoming Romulan Warbird. Caught off-guard, and thinking it was a real Romulan vessel, Captain Picard swung the Enterprise around to face the enemy....

It was as this moment -- while the Enterprise was deactivating the simulation parameters and activating it's real defensive systems -- that Commander Riker had the Hathaway fire on the exposed aft of the Enterprise. The Hathaway's simulated weapons took out both of the Enterprise's impulse engines, their aft shield generators, "severely damaged" one of the warp engines, and scored three direct hits on the aft decks.

By the time Captain Picard realized the deception, and deactivated Lieutenant Worf's security access, the Enterprise was crippled and losing power. About 46 simulated casualties were calculated aboard the Enterprise. Not a single shot had been fired at the Hathaway.

Commander Riker then moved the Hathaway out of weapons range, while we here aboard the Enterprise scramble to "repair" the simulated damage. Our engineering teams are working to restore power before more casualties are calculated as a result of deactivated ("damaged") systems.

The simulation will continue for another 22 hours, during which time we will continue to deal with the simulated damage. Commander Riker could still employ additional tactics, however, even as crippled as we are, the Hathaway is no match for the Enterprise and her remaining weapons.

Regardless of what happens in the next 22 hours, the facts are clear, Commander Riker and his crew have already achieved a tactical victory.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, April 5

Military Exercise: Braslota System

The Enterprise has arrived in the Braslota System, an uninhabited Federation star system near the Ferengi border. This is where we will be conducting our wargames exercise.

In this exercise, we will be facing off against the 80-year-old Constellation class starship, USS Hathaway -- commissioned in 2286, and retired ten years ago in 2355. Commander Riker is beaming over to the dusty old ship with a hand-selected crew of 39 Enterprise personnel. On Friday, after two days of preparations, Acting-Captain Riker will engage in simulated combat with the USS Enterprise. He and his crew aren't expected to defeat the Enterprise, but we can expect a good battle. Commander Riker is a skilled strategist.

Joining Commander Riker and his crew on the Hathaway are Lieutenant La Forge who will serve as the ship's engineer, Lieutenant (JG) Worf who will be the ship's tactical officer, and our own Lieutenant (JG) Tessa Kensington, who will serve as the ship's temporary records officer.

Battle will be simulated, and lasers will be used to calculate weapons hits. If either ship suffers "damage" in the exercise, the ship computers will record that simulated damage, shutting down any affected systems until they are "repaired' by the crew. Even casualties will be calculated, and medical personnel will be required to respond accordingly.

It will be a fascinating experience to say the least, and the first official combat exercise since the Enterprise left Earth two years ago. Although this is an officially monitored training exercise, excitement is still high. We have no idea what could happen. Everyone wants to perform at their best, but the uncertain thrill of the event is hard to ignor!

Here's to both ships; may the best ship -- (the Enterprise, of course!) -- win!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Happy First Contact Day!

Three hundred and two years ago, today, on April 5, 2063, Vulcan Captain Solkar, of the science vessel T'Plana Hath, landed near Bozeman, Montana on Earth. He and his crew did so after observing Zefram Cochrane break the warp barrier during his first test flight of the Phoenix.

This event marks the celebrated first contact between Vulcans and Humans.

Today, both the T'Plana Hath and the post-launch Phoenix are displayed in the Smithsonian Museum on Earth.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, April 4

Operation Lovely Angel

The Enterprise has been assigned to participate in a strategic combat exercise, known, officially, as Operation Lovely Angel. We have been joined by Zakdorn Master Strategist Sirna Kolrami, and Starfleet Admiral Andrei Markov, both of whom will be overseeing the event. The location of our exercise remains confidential, and cannot be shared until we arrive.

I am unaware of any other operational details at this time.

Captain Picard originally resisted this wargames exercise, since he doesn't believe the Enterprise should be a combat vessel. However, with the recent Borg threat, he has altered his view a bit, and believes it would be prudent to test our tactical skills. He hopes we can be better prepared, in the event that we run across the Borg a second time.

It is almost certain that the entire ship will be assigned special duties in association with this exercise, although, right now, what those duties will be has not yet been announced.

Stay tuned. We have about a day's travel at warp before we arrive in the designated star system. I'm sure we'll learn more about what we'll be up against in the coming hours.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, March 31

Exploring Earth 2

After our visit to Fellebia, the Enterprise was assigned to investigate an uncharted class-M planet near the Ferengi border. We remain in orbit of this uninhabited planet while our science personnel study the geography, fauna, and wildlife, and a number of exploratory teams continue to explore a few locations down on the surface.

According to the data we've gathered so far, this looks like an excellent planet for a Federation colony. In many ways, it feels like Earth, minus any Human infrastructure. We've already been referring to the planet as "Earth 2", although, once Starfleet officially registers this planet, it will likely receive a different name.

I'm not entirely sure, though, how Starfleet will categorize the large creatures that live on this planet. I can only imagine what it would be like to live in a colony here, surrounded by creatures that are nearly identical to the extinct dinosaurs on Earth.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, March 23

Arrival: Fellebia

The USS Enterprise has arrived at Fellebia, a Federation planet roughly eight light years from the Ferengi border. Captain Picard will be attending a conference over the weekend discussing Ferengi activities in this region of space. Captain Picard's personal experiences with them in the past make him a valued participant at these events.

While there have been no new incursions by the Ferengi, their militaristic intentions remain a concern along the border. Federation diplomats have been hard at work promoting peaceful relations with the Ferengi Alliance, however, there is still a long way to go. It is the hope of many in both Starfleet Command and the Federation Council that this conference can solidify new avenues of cooperation between the UFP and the Ferengi Alliance.

Until recent, there has been very little direct interaction between our two powers. Both the Federation and Ferengi Alliance have held a strong non-interference agreement for decades. There is, however, evidence to suggest that the Ferengi may have been weapons suppliers to the Cardassian Union during the Cardassian Wars, and that they may have been a Cardassian intermediary to a little-known species referred to as "The Breen".

All things considered, this should be a very interesting weekend.

The Enterprise will remain in orbit of Fellebia until Monday.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Saturday, March 18

The Enterprise At Warp

We've had a few people ask us what it looks like when the USS Enterprise is traveling at warp. Well, here you go.

Whenever the Enterprise is flying at warp, the space outside our windows manifests itself into a beautiful collection of black, white and blue streaks. It is as if we are traveling inside a hypothetical tube. Everything INSIDE our warp field, and along our warp heading, has a solid, recognizable shape. But everything OUTSIDE that "warp tube" is distorted into brilliant streaks of blue light -- a result of the immense speeds that the Enterprise is traveling.

These streaks of light flash gracefully past for as long as we are at warp. When the Enterprise engines power down, and we reenter normal space, those streaks of light disappear, and the vast darkness of space opens up before us again.

It is an awe-inspiring sight, and a kind of beauty you can only witness aboard a warp-powered starship.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, March 17

A Renewed Sense Of Hope And Morale

The USS Enterprise has left Starbase 5. We return to deep space with Lieutenant Commander Data and the last of our missing crew, a new chief engineer in the newly promoted Lieutenant Geordi La Forge, and a renewed sense of hope and morale following a series of deadly and dangerous events. Let us hope that our next assignment proves to be more of an adventure than a disaster. We could certainly use some uplifting events for a change.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, March 15

Lieutenant Geordi La Forge, Chief Engineer

Congratulations to Lieutenant (JG) Geordi La Forge. Earlier this afternoon, Captain Picard officially named him the new Chief Engineer of the USS Enterprise.

For the past few months, La Forge has been spending more time in engineering, than serving at the conn as a Bridge officer. He has an extensive engineering background (in addition to being a pilot), so this isn't much of a surprise. Following the death of Lieutenant Commander Argyle in the Borg encounter, La Forge began competing with two other officers for the vacant Chief Engineer title. Today he won the position.

Geordi La Forge has now been promoted to full Lieutenant, and switches uniform colors from red to gold. Congratulations Lieutenant!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, March 13

Lieutenant Commander Data Returns

Seventy days ago, Captain Picard, Lieutenant Commander Data, and Petty Officers Jando and Matthews stepped through an "Iconian Gateway" on the mythical planet Iconia, and disappeared. Twenty-four days later, Captain Picard was discovered, alone, by a science vessel on a distant uninhabited planet beyond the Federation. He was later returned to the Enterprise by the meddlesome Q (just before our first contact with the Borg).

Lieutenant Commander Data and Petty Officers Jando and Matthews apparently stepped through that Iconian Gateway a moment too late, and were sent to a different planet. No one know where they were for more than two months.

Earlier this afternoon, Lieutenant Commander Data, both petty officers, and an unknown blue-skinned woman suddenly appeared at Starbase 5 (a planet starbase). Apparently, they had escaped their planet via another ancient Iconian Gateway, and managed to travel here. How they knew where the Enterprise was located remains a mystery.

From early reports, the planet Data and both petty officers were sent to is an inhabited, pre-warp, class-M planet called Mynaras. Where the planet is located remains unknown, however, it has a population of nearly 7 billion humanoids, and a dominant culture similar to an early 21st Century version of the Ancient Roman Empire on Earth.

Regrettably, our officers' appearance on Mynaras was noticed, and did break the Prime Directive, however, they were able to stay hidden from government forces with the help of friendly locals. Eventually, they discovered a Mynaras-based Iconian Gateway among the ruins of an ancient city, and activated it. They located Starbase 5, and stepped through the portal, destroying the Gateway behind them.

Joining Lieutenant Commander Data, and both petty officers on the return trip was a blue-skinned Mynari woman named Baona (pronounced "Bay-ona"). Commander Data confirms that she was the slave of a high-ranking government official. In exchange for her assistance, our Starfleet trio agreed to help her escape slavery on her homeworld.

So, now, in a wonderfully unexpected turn of events, our away team, once lost on Iconia, has been reunited aboard the Enterprise. And, we have a new visitor who has requested civilian status aboard-ship. Even more impressive, is the fact that Mynari have an innate ability to learn languages rather quickly. Baona already speaks fluent Federation Standard.

Given the sudden arrival of Lieutenant Commander Data and Petty Officers Jando and Matthews, the Enterprise has been ordered to remain at Starbase 5 for another day or two while Starfleet Command interviews Baona and our returned personnel.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, March 9

In Port: Starbase 5

The Enterprise has arrived at Starbase 5. We have turned over the derelict vessel to Starfleet Command, and will remain in port for a day or two before resuming our original course.

It is likely that the "USS Terra Nova" will continue its journey to Earth under tow from another Starfleet vessel. It will then be studied, taken apart, assessed, and, if the predictions of a few officers here on the Enterprise have any merit, this unknown ship could potentially become the first vessel in a new class of Starfleet ships. Now, wouldn't that be a fascinating turn of events!

Of course, we have no idea what the future will being, this is just a creative theory, but it does present an interesting line of thought, nonetheless. Starfleet is always innovating. Maybe we'll be seeing more little "Terra Novas" protecting Federation shipping lanes in a few years. You never know.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, March 5

A New Mystery For Starfleet Command

On Friday, the Enterprise responded to an automated distress call from a severely damaged unknown vessel bearing the markings of Starfleet, and carrying the name and apparent registry of "USS Terra Nova, NCC-75701". There are, however, no Starfleet vessels with registries that high.

The Enterprise has stabilized the derelict ship, and is currently towing her at warp to a nearby starbase for further investigation. This vessel will, no doubt, be thoroughly studied by Starfleet Command, Engineering, and various Intelligence agencies. I'm sure most of what they discover will be classified.

Based upon the Enterprise investigation so far, low levels of chroniton radiation on the hull, and the strange nature of the ship itself, have led many to believe that this is a Starfleet vessel from the future. There is, however, no way to prove this, nor are we able to discern anything about that future. The ship's computer core has been compromised in whatever attack damaged the vessel. Entire sections of the core have been burned and charred beyond salvaging. Whatever data was stored in that computer core is gone. We may never know where this ship came from.

Please be aware, there have been a few claims from various individuals indicating that they know the future, and can tell us exactly what this ship is, and where it comes from. While it would be wonderful to know this information, to date, no one in the Federation has ever been able to discern the future, so these are only rumors at best. Please be cautious when it comes to these claims. The future is unknown; it hasn't been written yet. We can theorize, assume, and fantasize all we want about this unknown ship, but without evidence (which looks increasingly unlikely at this point), we have no way of knowing what the future will be like.

We have a fascinating mystery on our hands. But in a day or two, once we reach the nearest starbase, it won't be our mystery anymore. The ship will transfer to the control of Starfleet Command, and from there, who knows. I'll certainly keep my ears open for any public news, though, and I'll share it here if I am able.

I'm just as intrigued by this strange little ship as you are!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, March 3

USS Terra Nova

A few hours ago, the USS Enterprise diverted course to respond to a Federation distress call. Upon arrival, we discovered that the automated signal originated from a small vessel of unknown design. It bore the hull markings of a Starfleet ship, and, on the underside, was identified as the USS Terra Nova, NCC-75701.

The problem is, there is no Starfleet vessel with that registry. In fact, the current Starfleet vessel registry only goes as high as NCC-71900.

The Enterprise hailed this "USS Terra Nova", but there was no response. The ship was severely damaged, and looked like it had been torn apart in battle. Sensors indicated that there were no life signs aboard. An away team, led by Commander Riker, confirmed the complete absence of any crew. In addition, the escape pods were still intact, and stored securely within their launch bays. Whatever happened to the crew did not involve an evacuation.

After further investigation, we still know very little about this ship, or where it came from. The vessel's computer core is severely damaged and corrupted, most ship systems are off-line, and the warp engines are non-functional. An assessment of the ship's layout suggests that it served as a warship -- or at least a small destroyer -- and carried a crew of about 40 individuals.

If this is, somehow, a Starfleet ship, it is unlike any Starfleet vessel we have ever seen. And that only adds to the mystery.

With a little work, the vessel has been stabilized, and can be salvaged, however, it is far from space-worthy. Once it can be safely towed, the Enterprise has orders to relocate it to a nearby starbase. After that, I'm sure Starfleet Engineering will have a field day looking her over and seeing what else they can discover.

Something tells me the mystery of the "USS Terra Nova" is just beginning. There's more to this than meets the eye.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, February 26

Bolarus: Preparing To Leave Drydock

Repairs on the Enterprise are now complete. Damage from our first contact with the Borg has been removed. With the ship once again mission-ready, tonight will be our last night moored in dry dock. Tomorrow we leave Bolarus; Tomorrow we head back out into to deep space.

The Borg made it known to us during their attack, that "resistance is futile". That may be true -- on the surface, but, I think they underestimate who we really are. They underestimate the spirit and resolve of Starfleet. They underestimate our willingness to surrender in the face of extreme odds. The Borg may be coming; Earth may be in danger. But we will not let them stop us.

We took a beating, there's no denying that. We lost a few good men and woman. We were hurt, we were maimed, but we will not be kept down. There's a huge galaxy out there, and we're going to warp right back out there, and see what awaits us. Why, because we're Starfleet -- exploration is what we do.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer