We have some horrifying news to report. The USS Yamato, our Galaxy-class sister ship, has been destroyed. There were no survivors. Over 1,000 lives have been lost.
After receiving a distress call yesterday from the Yamato, the Enterprise diverted course to respond. At the time, the Yamato was stranded inside the Neutral Zone, and was experiencing significant systems malfunctions. Captain Picard believed that we could assist, since the Enterprise is of the same class.
A short time after arriving at the Yamato's coordinates, however, a power spike in their engineering section resulted in a sudden cascade overload of their power systems, and the ship exploded in a horrifying display of plasma and debris. There is nothing left to salvage. One of the largest and most advanced ships in Starfleet has suffered internal damage that shouldn't have been possible. Our Chief Engineer, Lt. Cmdr. Terence Argyle, is certain that the standard Galaxy-class engineering safety systems should have easily prevented the Yamato's destruction.
The loss of our sister ship has most of us in shock. So many lives, snuffed out in an instant. This is a tragedy most of us have never witnessed before. It should not have happened.
Captain Picard was a personal friend of the Yamato's captain, Captain Donald Varley. According to Bridge reports, Captain Varley claimed to have have discovered the location of the mythical planet, Iconia -- inside the Neutral Zone. Operations personnel are investigating the validity of these claims from the Yamato's computer logs obtained via data transfer before her destruction.
And, as if to throw salt onto the wound of the Yamato's loss, a Romulan Warbird has arrived, and her commanding officer is demanding that we leave the Neutral Zone immediately. They claim to have had no part in the destruction of the Yamato, yet, one cannot always take the Romulans at their word.
Captain Picard, has, of course, refused their demands, and intends to remain inside the Neutral Zone until we complete our investigation into the loss of the Yamato. When that will be, and what we will find has yet to be determined.
-Lieutenant Sam Archer