It has been a tough week. I dealt with a difficult personnel matter and ended up having to turn it over to Captain Anzaldi. As a result, I created a New Member’s Guide to the Narragansett and a Questionnaire and Exam to go with it that lays out the expectations for crew members as well as an explanation of what we are about and how we are organized. When a new member completes the exam they will earn the rank of Crewman 1st Class, and the questionnaire will inform us as to what assignment they desire and what level of participation they wish to have.
Our mission to Cestus III has been, thus far, uneventful. We are enroute and will arrive next week. I am pleased with the progress of the upgrades reported by Lieutenant Bender. She is doing an excellent job in her new role as Chief Engineer.
Captain Knotts’ event on the holodeck was an enjoyable affair. It’s always nice to kick back and relax with friends after a long week. The senior staff members who could not make it were sorely missed.
Commander J. Taylor
Several years of time loops has greatly tampered with my memory and cognition. My apologies that it affected my previous reporting. What follows is based on my memory of events, the best I can parse together after the long and harrowing mission that nearly took my life and the lives of my colleagues, thousands upon thousands of times.
The first loop I remember began around February 11th. We assumed we were headed on a relatively simple mission to survey and recover the archaeological remains of the historical relic, the USS Shenzhou. Fleet Captain Knotts took control of a fleet consisting of the Enterprise, Narragansett and Voyager. I was tasked, in Captain Tuvok’s absence, with command of the Voyager for the duration of the mission. We set off with a very small crew consisting of the EMH and Jaime Bender as well as a compliment of engineering and science staff and some Klingon allies. My boarding of the Voyager during that loop was delayed by some Borg activity.
Surveillance photos of the Shenzhou were reviewed, and scanning was planned. We were ordered to conduct self-destruct drills, and did so successfully. We encountered two Borg fleets. While maintaining cloak and awaiting orders, we brainstormed transport solutions for the disabled remains of the Shenzhou. The Borg departed and left a probe, and we continued on our mission as ordered.
We encountered and encrypted data stream coming from the Shenzhou, which appeared to be completely undamaged, fully operational and armed. After a few failed approaches, we decided to employ the EMH to gain control of the Shenzhou, using encryption codes discovered in the mission bio and supplied by Admiral Janeway. The Shenzhou then sent a massive signal burst and we piggyback cloaked her. The Borg fleets moved to intercept us, but was successfully attacked by what we correctly guessed was the USS Discovery. It was unmanned and powered by a dangerous and repulsive mutilated Borg spore drive. The ship then took off, absconding with FC Knotts.
From there, things get a little hazy. There were thousands of time loops. During the first several thousand that I remember, the Borg took over all of the universe, over all universes and assimilated everything past, present and future. It was horrific. I witnessed the death, destruction, and resetting of my own life and that of my crew countless times. The omniscient being Q showed up for our help, and sacrificed his own immortality to help us to sort things out. It involved some fascinating experiences with spore jumping and time travel, and precise timing and measurements and calculated decisions, but in the end, it all worked out. Overall, the mission was a smashing success with no permanent loss of life.
LCDR C. Brunelle
Chief Science Officer
I was assigned to the USS Narragansett on the bridge starting at Ops and switching between Helm and Tactical. Our crew was divided between the USS Narragansett, the USS Enterprise and the USS Voyager to retrieve the USS Shenzhou from a historical battle zone from approximately 150 years ago.
Commander Taylor took command of the Narragansett with LT Griffin as second officer, and with crewman Feldman, myself, and Nurse Tribble as bridge staff. At first I was assigned to Ops and later moved back and forth between Helm and Tactical.
While at Tactical I was required to raise shields, fire phasers and torpedoes as appropriate. I also attempted to collect data on the Shenzhou and ran security scans using sensors to detect anything pertinent.
Crewman Feldman was also retrieving data and manning Ops and Helm.
We first headed to a starbase for a simulation. We entered the historical battle zone along with Klingon archaeologists while keeping them occupied in the holodeck. Using Voyagers EMH we were able to board the Shenzhou due to is hull integrity and security protocols. FCPT Knotts went missing along with the USS Discovery and we were killed by the Borg.
After the simulation, we did the mission for real. We entered the historical battle zone along with Klingon archaeologists. We did not need to use Voyagers EMH. Instead LT Griffin was able to board the Shenzhou and took command using Janeway’s security protocols. Again, FCPT Knotts went missing along with USS Discovery but this time Enterprise followed him.
During our encounter Q was supposedly killed transporting us through space. Commander Taylor came up with a solution to rescue Enterprise and FCPT Knotts by using a slingshot effect around a star warping us back thru time bringing us to the time period of James T Kirk’s rescue of CAPT Spock using a Klingon bird of prey.
Several Borg vessels were present and we fired upon them… THEN… Q… Happened… again saving us. And we exited from the area.
The initial draft of the newsletter has been created by CMN Feldman and submitted for approval. I recommend we use CMN Feldman’s proposed idea name the newsletter with a contest in the first issue. The initial ideas are solid and we look forward to the first issue.
<redacted> in dues was collected at the last meeting – the current chapter funds are <redacted>. Dues collection will be more consistent at future monthly meetings.
LT Emily Dreyfus
Chief Communications Officer
Recovery of USS Shenzhou NCC-1227
USS Shenzhou was abandoned on stardate 1207.3 after being disabled in an engagement with a Klingon Sarcophagus-type vessel acting as the flagship of a larger Klingon fleet engaging Starfleet forces in what will eventually be called the Battle of the Binary Stars.
ADM Janeway ordered an archeological survey and recovery of the Shenzhou. Narragansett transited Romulan Star Empire space and rendezvoused with USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E and USS Voyager NCC-74656 at Gamma Hydrae to form Archeology Fleet One (hereafter referred to as AF1). FCAPT Knotts transferred his flag to Enterprise along with CAPT Anzaldi to act as Chief of Astrometrics and Archeology. LCDR Brunelle was transferred to Voyager and appointed executive officer under CAPT Tuvok as an acting commander. CMDR Taylor was made commanding officer of Narragansett as acting captain, with me being made executive officer as acting commander. Various additional crew transfers were made to accommodate each ship’s mission role.
AF1 proceeded to the Shenzhou’s last known location, where an intact and seemingly operational ship was found. Initial attempts to access Shenzhou resulted in a rapid deterioration of the situation, including FCAPT Knotts being kidnapped by USS Discovery NCC-1031 and various ill-advised (and possibly illegal) attempts to subdue our Klingon passengers. At this time, it was revealed to us that we were in a simulation, and that the real mission would be less forgiving.
It was at this time that ADM Janeway briefed us on the true nature of Shenzhou as an intelligence gathering platform, and that it needed to be recovered. AF1 also underwent weapons refit before we once again were underway.
Upon contacting Shenzhou this time, FCAPT Knotts was again taken by Discovery, however Enterprise laid-in pursuit. Both ships eventually returned having been assimilated by the Borg. Though we had all been seemingly assimilated, timely intervention by Q negated that outcome.
Q explained that the Borg being connected to the spore drive was causing space-time to unravel. AF1 had been continuously trying (and failing) to stop this, and the continued intervention of Q had allowed us to try (unknowingly) again and again. However, the damage to space-time was having deleterious effects on the powers Q Continuum, and that this would be our last attempt. Q sent us back with our memories intact and was rendered human.
Having had time reset this last time, we endeavored again to correct the issue.
AF1 was able to trigger the encounter with Discovery, and FCAPT Knotts went with her again (with Enterprise following again). We were able to board Shenzhou and I was able to activate her automated systems with ADM Janeway’s access codes. It was at this time that CAPT Saru was displaced in time and appeared on the Shenzhou’s bridge. The breakdown in space-time was accelerating, and his time was experiencing the effects as well. He remained onboard to act as my XO.
AF1 was able to rendezvous with Discovery and Enterprise for a final assault on the Borg. With the help of Shenzhou’s vastly superior weapons, AF1 was able to destroy the Borg Command Ship and correct the damage to the space-time continuum.
I would like to put forth TJ Feldman, James Clauson, & Richard Bump for commendations based on their exemplary performance during this mission. As well, I would like it entered in to the record that CMDR Taylor was an excellent CO, and it was an honor to serve under him. I hope I am given that opportunity again.
LT Jay Griffin
Chief Tactical Officer
The USS Narragansett participated in a most… interesting… fucking crazy… strange as hell… dangerous as all hell… life-altering… peculiar mission this month – in tandem with ships Voyager and Enterprise. I was assigned to the Enterprise as Chief Medical Officer for this mission, while I left the Narragansett in the crazy… totally demented… completely insubordinate… most capable hands of Nurse Tribble, where she ended up with the temporary role of acting first officer with the rank of Commander. I am absolutely flabbergasted… astonished… knocked down with a feather pleased that my nurse has inspired such confidence in the crew and has performed her duties so abominably… admirably. She even had time to completely destroy carefully monitor my experiments in my absence.
As to our mission, I hope that this is the last we shall ever have anything to do with that blasted mycelial drive. The human race (and nearly all other races in the universe) would’ve gone extinct because of it, had it not been for the dedication and determination of the crews of these three (with the addition of the Shenzhou: four) ships. I am sure I will never look at my experiments with fungi in the same way again.
I am glad to be back in my own sickbay and to be dealing with bumps, bruises and trifling colds again. I feel like I need a little boredom in my life just now.
Doctor D. Taylor
Senior Sciences Division Chief
Chief Medical Officer
Because I was away for most of the simulation and the mission I was able to observe from a far. From my observations the first simulation did not go as planned. Although I had security detail on the ship they were unable to fully protect our fleet captain and somehow Fleet Captain Knotts was taken from his ship and the mission was a failure.
However, during the actual mission, I upped our security detail on the ship as well as around Fleet Captain Knotts and Captain Anzaldi. After partnering with other Starfleet members and ships we were able put our heads together and combine our resources resulting in a successful mission.
Proudly in Service,
LTJG M. Anzaldi
Chief Security Officer
Participation in the Shenzhou mission far exceeded my expectations. Even the crew members who did not participate and were following along enjoyed it. I do wish that the platform we used allowed more people to be included in Command chatrooms without the ability to talk, just so they could follow along. Many of the conversations we had would have been made from the bridge of the ship and the crew would have been kept in the loop without the plethora of screenshots.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed being in the center seat of the Narragansett. I did not think that the command branch was for me, but perhaps someday I will consider changing branches from Services. In the meantime, I will do my best to serve the ship from the Operations seat. I am very proud of the crew members who served with me on the Narragansett, and of my Commanding Officers’ performance during the mission, as evidenced by my long list of recommendations for commendations.
I am very happy with LTJG Bender’s transition to the position of Chief Engineer. She has proven to be quite adept at the Engineering coursework at SFA and I expect her to have her BOCP certificate very shortly. She is also well on her way to recognition by the academy for outstanding coursework.
CMN Feldman has made good progress on the Narragansett newsletter. She provided me with a mock-up of the design (attached) and I am happy with the layout. She has requested a piece from FCPT Knotts for the first edition’s Captain’s Corner, in which she would like him to speak to our mission and his vision for the future of the Narragansett and the Fleet. With her level commitment to the ship, she will be a rising star on the Narragansett. Should this newsletter be successful, a Fleet newsletter may be in order also, perhaps published twice a year.
LTJG Anzaldi has made improvements in her communication. She has already reached out to me about her report and I expect it soon. This bodes well for the future.
I have designed a flyer (attached). I would like approval to post it in the EWG Library and other locations as applicable, or alternatively, I would like someone to design one for this purpose.
Proudly in Service,
CMDR J. Taylor
Senior Services Division Chief
Chief Operations Officer
Commander Taylor has brought me up to speed on the current goings on in Engineering.
- Alpha/Beta/Gamma Primary has been working non-stop to repair the damage that we sustained during the last mission. I am very proud to say they performed admirably, and the repairs are finished.
- Alpha/Beta/Gamma team A has been working on the warp core itself, re-tuning it and making sure it’s in an optimal state.
- Alpha/Beta/Gamma team B has been continuing their work on Main Engineering, engine efficiency is at 98%.
- There was a slight delay in finishing up the upgrades to the crew quarters, Gamma Team C is finishing up on those. They should be done by the end of the week.
- Because of the delay, the upgrades to the holodecks were also pushed back. Beta Team C will be finishing those up. They should also be done by the end of the week.
- During the last mission, one of our warp nacelles was also damaged, while Alpha/Beta/Gamma Primary worked on repairs for the rest of the ship, Alpha/Beta/Gamma Team A did repairs on it. Also completed successfully.
- Alpha Team C are doing some minor repairs to the deuterium injectors, which should be finished this week.
LTJG J. Bender
We have embarked on a top secret mission. FCAPT Knotts and CAPT Anzaldi have been assigned to the USS Enterprise for the duration of the mission. LCDR Brunelle has been assigned to the USS Voyager. Most of the other senior staff have been assigned to other ships as well. A-CMDR Griffin is serving as my first officer. His performance thus far is impressive.
A-ENS Feldman and A-ENS Clauson are acclimating well to bridge duty. We have successfully completed an auto-destruct drill which went off without a hitch. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. The mission will require some significant feats of engineering balanced with significant tactical issues from this hostile area of space. I have faith that the crew will meet those challenges with the mettle I have come to expect from all who call the USS Narragansett home.