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|The Briar Patch|
|*SIM Type: USS Sheppard Missions|
|*Production number: SHEP-RP040|
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The Sheppard's attempt to cross the Briar Patch with the Denmark in tow to get away from mercenaries proves somewhat explosive.
Location: Midgar Sector
Executive Officer's log, Stardate 101023
Following our ambush of the Merc Vessel, in which we destroyed two and left one crippled, the USS Sheppard, under the temporary command of Lt. Odriscoll, and the USS Denmark under my command have headed towards Federation space as advised by our intel's intercepts of the Mercs comm's traffic.
In an effort to avoid any ambushes that may lie in wait, the Task group has decided tactically to reverse course. We are now out of sensor range of the Merc Vessls and proceeding further into the Badlands in a effort to gain both crews some breathing space to assess the damages and changes the Mercs have made to the Denmark.
An important note, sensors have picked ups mysterious subspace anomaly readings within the area and it will be the intention of the Task group to investigate these whilst we are in the area, as the data obtained might be useful to Starfleet should a fleet enter the sector at some point to deal with the Merc threat.
Computer, end log.
With Captain Dwi severely injured, it fell to Second Officer Kaelin Odriscoll to take the Sheppard deeper into the Briar Patch, with Chief of Operations Pema Nakamura following on the USS Denmark. The area presented pockets of strange subspace anomalies and although the Sheppard moved with caution, it was soon rocked by explosions. It was soon determined that the ships had entered a minefield and.
With Denmark hanging safely back, an away team led by Lt (j.g.) April Coswell was tasked with taking a closer look at the minefield. After Lt. Voludo Porthos devised a way for the away team to approach the mines without being detected, Ensign Teresa Firelight was able to determine that each mine had the ability to transmit to and receive data from the two mines closest to it. With that information, the away team came up with a way to reverse the polarity of the mines' signals and rebroadcast it to them, confusing the mines long enough for the Sheppard and Denmark to pass through safely.