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|*Class: Defiant Class Starship|
|*Base of Operations: SS Tranquility Station|
|*Ship Yard: Cascadia Shipyards|
|*Ship Designer: Advanced Starship Design Bureau|
|*Operational Status: Inactive|
|*Type: Escort & Patrol|
|*Overall Length: 120 meters|
|*Beam: 90 meters|
|*Mass: 355.000 Metric Tons|
|*Decks: 4 decks|
|*Crew Compliment: 8 Officers, 32 crew|
|*Auxiliary Craft: Primary and Secondary Shuttlebays contain the following craft:
|*Armament: The Polaris being an R&D Vessel, her Armament System is subject to change depending on mission parameters.
|*Commander: Jessica Xeltentat|
|*Executive Officer: Kira Skytower|
|*Chief Engineer: Vacant|
|*Chief of Security: Vacant|
|*Chief Medical Officer: Vacant|
|*Chief of Operations: Vacant|
|*Chief Science Officer: Vacant|
|*Chief Tactical Officer: Vacant|
The Polaris Initiative
Near the end of 2386, efforts to explore the Delta quadrant were beginning to ramp up, with the commissioning of several new ships, produced by the Cascadia ship yards in the Pinastri system. As with each new ship, the engineers of the Advanced Ship Design Bureau (ASDB) took lessons and technologies discovered from the operational members of the fleet in an attempt to optimize the newer vessels to better handle the unique missions posed to them in the Delta Quadrant. Unfortunately, the need to produce vessels which were suited to operate as ships of the line often limited the amount of experimentation they could when producing new vessels. The end result was more evolutionary than revolutionary, the risk of losing a major vessel was too great to allow the sort of R&D efforts taken by the Mars ship yards back in the Alpha Quadrant. As new enemies and challenges arose, a small, but vocal group within the engineering R&D wing began to lobby for a vessel to use as a testbed for many of the advanced technologies considered “too risky” for a production ship of the line.
At the dawn of 2387, with Starfleet posed to go to war with the Hirogen, command finally sanctioned the Polaris Initiative. A group of engineers drawn from R&D and ASDB would be based on Tranquility Station and be responsible for developing new technologies for defense, science, and exploration of the Delta Quadrant. To allow them to test these technologies, a new vessel was commissioned, the Defiant Class USS Polaris. The speed of the Defiant Class would allow rapid deployment of new technologies under test, while the small size of the vessel would minimize the potential losses in the event of a catastrophic failure. Officers for the testbed vessel, the USS Polaris, were carefully chosen from the fleets science and engineering departments. Lieutenant J'Ess, a former science officer and Tranquility's current Executive Officer was chosen to command the Polaris. Lieutenant Commander Kira Skytower, Chief Engineer of the USS Aviator-A was selected as the Executive Officer and Commander Lan Nakajima, the fleets “jack of all trades” was selected as Chief Engineer.
The USS Polaris is in many ways a unique vessel. During construction of the Polaris, several modular bays were added on decks 2 and 3 to allow for new experimental technologies to be easily integrated into the ship. Additionally, many of the ships standard systems and weapons were constructed in such a fashion to allow them to be de-integrated and swapped with experimental components with minimal down time for refits. The crew of the Polaris also draws heavily on specialists from the Science and Engineering branches, though the crew is often supplemented by mission specialists from other branches, depending on the nature of the particular technologies under test at the moment. These mission specialists may accompany the vessel for anywhere from weeks to months and can be drawn from any branch, even those often not found among a starships crew, such as Intelligence and Marines and even civilian scientists.
Construction and Initial Assignment
- 1 Type 11 Shuttlecraft - Heisenberg
- 1 Type 6 Shuttlecraft - Pythagoras
- 2 Workbee Repair Craft - Spatium & Tempus