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Thursday, February 28

Thomas Halloway, Commanding Officer


Our new USS Enterprise-D captain is official -- Captain Thomas Eugene Halloway.

Captain Halloway was born in 2317, on a farm just outside of Red Rock, Texas, in the United States of America on Earth. He is married to Marla Halloway, and has no children.

Marla was recently diagnosed with Liddleton’s Disease, and will not be joining him aboard the Enterprise. She will be remaining on Earth where medical care is more readily available.

Captain Halloway is a religious man, career-minded and athletic. He is decorated, and one of the top captains in Starfleet. Many believe he may even rise in rank to become the Commander-in-Chief. He has indicated, however, that he’d rather end his career aboard a starship.

Halloway’s previous command, before the Enterprise, was the USS Galaxy (Galaxy-class) where he was captain for three years. The USS Enterprise-D is his third command.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, February 27

A Captain Delay / Case Closed

Well, it looks like it’ll be another day until I can announce the identity of our new captain. He – yes, our captain will be a man – has a family consideration to address, and Starfleet Command has asked me to wait another 24 hours so that it can be cleared up. Based upon my most recent orders, I should have clearance to share his identity tomorrow evening.

For now, we will all have to wait just a bit longer.

In other news, Starfleet OSHC (Operation and Safety Health Command) has closed the case on the disappearance of Lieutenant Hodges, Lieutenant (JG) Walter Pierce, and Ensign Marla Finn. There is not enough evidence to issue a ruling on what happened to them. There are no significant leads, and no concrete answers. Many believe that they were killed in an accidental plasma discharge in the starboard ship nacelle, but without true evidence, the specific cause of their disappearance will remain a mystery.

A memorial service will be held for the three engineers on Friday, in the McKinley Station Chapel. 1900 hours. Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome to do so.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, February 26

A New Captain Has Been Chosen

I've been on Earth, at Starfleet Command in San Francisco, most of the day, attending meetings, briefings and such. As a result, I haven't had the opportunity to prepare a more informative social post for today. On the other hand, since I was at Starfleet Headquarters, I now know who the new captain of the Enterprise will be.

The command assignment is official, and the new captain has been informed. He/she is already preparing for his/her transfer, and will be ready to take command on commissioning day.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, February 25

Enterprise-D Stardrive Photo


Last week, while the Enterprise was on its final shakedown deployment just outside the Sol System, one of the tests we conducted was a series of saucer separation maneuvers. The Galaxy-class is the only Starfleet ship class than can conduct a separation like this. Even its sister class, the Nebula-class, does not share this feature. So, since this is a relatively new concept in starships (only the three other Galaxy-class ships already in service can separate), I thought you might like see what the Enterprise looks like – without its saucer.

This photo was taken from the Enterprise saucer as it was coming around for reintegration during one of those tests. The ship looks oddly “stunted” without its iconic saucer section.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, February 24

Missing Crew Investigation

I have been cleared to share an update in the case of the three Starfleet officers declared missing on Friday. Lieutenant William Hodges, Lieutenant (JG) Walter Pierce, and Ensign Marla Finn have not been found, however, investigators are now leaning towards the likelihood that may have been killed in a warp plasma accident within the starboard warp nacelle control facilities. The investigation is ongoing, and evidence is still being collected. It may be a few days until we have a better understanding of all of the evidence, but for now, that is the theory that the investigators are working with.

If Hodges, Pierce and Finn were indeed killed in an accident, that would be a tragic end to the construction phase of the Enterprise, and a sad beginning to her career among the stars.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, February 22

Three Missing Engineers


Earlier this morning, three Starfleet officers were reported missing aboard the Enterprise. These officers -- Lieutenant William Hodges, Lieutenant (JG) Walter Pierce, and Ensign Marla Finn -- are engineers from McKinley Station, assigned to warp systems installation and testing in the starboard warp nacelle. All three reported for duty in the morning, and were reported missing by 1030 hours. An investigation is underway.

It is extremely rare for Starfleet personnel to vanish aboard a starship. The Enterprise internal sensors, security cameras, and location access records provide ample tracking of any personnel aboard. We know they didn’t transport off the ship, or leave aboard a shuttlecraft, so, either they are still aboard somewhere, or an accident may have occurred – such as a possible plasma discharge in the already dangerous warp nacelles.

Security personnel are searching the ship, and investigators are combing the starboard nacelle maintenance and control facilities for evidence. After ten hours, though, we still have very little to go on. The investigation/search will, of course, continue. We just hope, and pray, that Hodges, Pierce and Finn are still alive, somewhere, and can be found as quickly as possible.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer
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(Post Image: Walter Pierce, Marla Finn and William Hodges)

Thursday, February 21

Shakedown Complete

A few hours ago, the Enterprise completed its final shakedown deployment, and re-docked at McKinley Station in orbit of Earth. A few minor ship systems remain to be completed, however, for the most part, the Enterprise-D is ready to transition from the temporary shakedown crew that oversaw construction and shakedown, to our senior staff who will be commissioned with the ship.

March 10 is fast approaching. It won't be long until this magnificent ship is commissioned into the fleet. Can you feel the excitement?!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, February 19

Final Shakedown Deployment

Earlier today, the Enterprise left McKinley Station for its final shakedown deployment before commissioning next month. It will be a short deployment -- we’ll be back in port on Thursday. We’re just heading out beyond Pluto, in the outer reaches of the Sol System, to test some of the recent systems installations while under our own power. If all goes well, the Enterprise can then spend the next two weeks bringing aboard crew and supplies, we’ll be commissioned on the 10th of March, and our first assignment could come shortly thereafter.

Right now, we’re still under the command of engineering crews from San Francisco Fleet Yards (in Earth orbit), but we should start seeing our assigned crew once we return to McKinley Station on Thursday. I’ve even been told that we may find out who our captain will be as early as tomorrow. Rumor has it, he could be Captain Elias Guenther, the former captain of the USS Melbourne (Excelsior-class). We’ll see.

For now, this great Lady of a starship is almost ready to begin her mission. Nineteen more days until she becomes an active ship in Starfleet. Nineteen more days until we get to finally go, where no one has gone before.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, February 17

Uniformed Services of the Federation


There are six uniformed branches of service within the Federation.

1 = Starfleet is the science and exploration branch. This is the branch we represent. It is our job to “boldly go where no one has gone before.” We explore space, study stellar phenomena, and advance the Federation’s knowledge of the galaxy. We also manage most interstellar diplomacy, and help defend the Federation during times of war.

The Marines are a sub-branch of Starfleet that provide soldiers to help defend our ships, and conduct planet and boarding combat operations during our missions (as needed).

Ship classes currently active within Starfleet include: Ambassador, Constellation, Excelsior, Galaxy, Miranda, Nebula, Oberth.

Future Starfleet ship classes (currently in development) include: Intrepid, Nova, Sovereign.

2 = The Federation Port Guard is tasked with defending the solar systems, home worlds and planets of the Federation. They are the military backbone of the Federation. In times of war, these are the Federation combat ships fighting on the front lines. Starfleet ships combine and coordinate with the Port Guard during war, thereby increasing Federation security.

Ship classes currently active within the Port Guard include: Akira (carrier ships), Centaur, Norway, Saber, Raider (also known as the Ju’day-class).

Future Port Guard ship classes (currently in development) include: Bradbury.

3 = The Federation Army is charged with defending planet-based fortifications, defenses, and strategic locations. They also conduct offensive planet-based operations as needed (in times of war). The Army does not maintain any starships, instead, they are transported from planet to planet by ships from the Federation Transport Command.

4 = The Federation Fighter Corps operates and maintains all small vessel fighter craft, both in space, and assigned to atmospheric combat assignments.

Fighter craft currently active within the Fighter Corps include: Peregrine-class medium fighters, and Valkyrie-class light fighters.

Fighter craft from the Federation Fighter Corps are stationed aboard the USS Enterprise.

5 = The Federation Transport Command operates all cargo, troop and personnel transports for all six of the Federation uniformed branches. They also maintain all military hospital ships.

Ship classes currently active within the Transport Command include: Apollo (Vulcan design), Challenger, Cheyenne, Olympic (hospital ships), New Orleans, Steamrunner (carrier ships).

There are no notable Transport Command ships currently in development.

6 = The Federation Commship Command transports all communication, data, files and messages, at high warp, from planet to planet, ship to planet, and ship to ship. They are also capable of transporting 1-2 individuals per run, when rapid reassignment is necessary. All service vessels in the Commship Command are runabout-sized Class-10 commships that can enter most starship shuttlebays.

The hundreds of commships in service are necessary, because no messages or data can be transmitted faster than the speed of light (warp 1). This is a physical transmission barrier that cannot be broken. Therefore, in order for ships and planets to stay in communication across the vast distances of the galaxy, a warp-propelled form of data delivery is necessary. This is made possible by commships that travel at warp 9.

With small warp 9 commships speeding across the Federation every day, messages, data and communication can travel 1 light year in 6 hours, five light years in 1 day, and twenty light years in 5 days. Despite these long-distance delays, messages get where they need to be, courtesy of the dedicated ships and personnel of the Commship Command.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer
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(Post Image: the iconic flag of the United Federation of Planets)

Wednesday, February 13

Starfleet Uniforms, 2363


Introduced in 2350, these one-piece, form-fitting, jumpsuits are standard issue duty uniforms for all male Starfleet personnel serving on starships, space stations and planetary bases.

The uniform color corresponds to the individual’s service department – red for command personnel, pilots, and helm officers; gold for operations, engineering, and security; and blue for science and medical. Piping on the shoulders, collar and pant cuffs match the uniform color.

The Starfleet insignia combadge is worn on the left breast, with rank insignia (in the form of small round pips) fastened below the collar on the right side.

These uniforms open in the front (via zipper), and include optional areas to attach phasers, tricorders and other necessary small devices.

Personnel assigned to off-ship away missions, do not wear these duty uniforms. Instead, they are required to wear gray, one-piece, jumpsuit field uniforms designed for durability, efficiency, and added protection from the elements.


Introduced alongside the male jumpsuit uniforms, these short-sleeved, skirts (also knowns as "skants") are standard issue duty uniforms for all female Starfleet personnel. The Starfleet insignia combadge is worn on the left breast, with rank insignia fastened below the collar on the right. Knee-high black boots round out the style.

These skirt uniforms open in the front via wrap-around closure, and also include areas to attach phasers, tricorders and other necessary small devices.

Older women in service are permitted to wear black pants or leggings if they prefer. A slightly modified version of this skirt uniform is also available if needed.

Contrary to the ideas of some people, men do not wear this uniform style.

Efforts are being made, by a few individuals in command positions, to convince Starfleet Command to adopt the male jumpsuit uniform as a unisex style for both genders. As of this post, however, they have not yet been successful.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, February 8

USS Enterprise-D Service Logo


Back in the early days of space travel, personnel assigned to starships wore assignment patches to designate the space station or vessel they served aboard. In the days of Captain James T. Kirk, Constitution-class starship personnel still had their own unique logos, although, by that point, they were worn as insignia on duty uniforms, over the left breast, where Starfleet personnel now wear their combadges.

Starfleet has since done away with assignment patches and ship-specific uniform insignia, however, most Starfleet vessels do still have their own unique service logos. These logos are a source of pride for the crew, and are usually displayed prominently throughout the ship.

The USS Enterprise-D has its own service logo as well. As you’ll note in the image, the Enterprise-D service logo consists of a top-down silhouette of a Galaxy-class starship, with the starboard (right) side of the saucer adapted to look like the letter “D”. It presents a simple, yet effective indentifying image for this ship, and one that may become iconic as the Enterprise builds a reputation for itself in the years to come.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, February 5

Greetings From The USS Enterprise-D


Alright, it’s February 5, 2363. Greetings from the USS Enterprise-D – the fourth Galaxy-class starship in Starfleet. My name is Lieutenant Samuel John Archer (although, you can call me Sam). I have been assigned to serve as one of the officers in the USS Enterprise Public Affairs Office. At the moment, I am the first person assigned to this department, although, I do anticipate at least two more officers joining me in the weeks to come.

My job will be to maintain both this blog, and the USS Enterprise Facebook page, and keep you, and the rest of the Federation, updated on the missions and adventures of this great starship. My future colleagues will fill the other responsibilities within this department (although, I’m sure you’ll get to know them over time as well).

At the moment, the Enterprise is docked at McKinley Station orbiting Earth.

In terms of timeline, the USS Enterprise was launched from space dock above Mars back on November 24 (2362 – last year), and after a few shakedown deployments in the outer Solar System, she was transferred here to McKinley Station. I arrived on board yesterday. As of today, we are in the final stages of completion before being commissioned into the fleet on March 10. Between now and then, our final ship systems will be installed, our crew will be assigned, and we’ll find out who Starfleet Command has chosen as our captain and senior staff.

For now, though, we are live, and I will begin posting regular updates. I will be sharing news about our crew as they are assigned, information about our mission, a look at some of the physics behind space travel and the technology we use, even a photo tour of the Enterprise. I am excited to be assigned here, and I hope my posts bring you a little joy as well.

In addition to our Facebook Page, you are also invited to visit our Facebook Fan Group. You’ll be able to interact with other fans of the Enterprise-D, ask behind-the-scenes questions, and learn more about who we are and what we do. We aim to be as social and interactive as possible, and we would love to have you join us as we go where no one has gone before.

Welcome to the USS Enterprise-D!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer