Continuing on the time table, Currently 1 day behind schedule:
You have a full schedule of tasks that may or may not be completed in time and you are already 1 day behind schedule:
- Day 10-11: Full warp core power up, rough tune dilithium matrix, EPS test, warp engine power up, rough balancing of engines, begin 36 hour test cycle to create tuning profile, finish starship services equipment installs.
It didn’t want to power up. Tried, failed, repaired. Lather Rinse repeat. 4 tries to finally succeed. Even then, it was shaky. Eventually got the 36 hour engine tuning cycle started. Lost a day here.
- Day 12-13: Board essential crew and officers, tow from stardock to Phoebes testing range for full warp power up and fine tuning, warp core dilithium matrix fine tuning, full sensor tuning powered from Impulse and Auxiliary only, light weapon testing and calibration, transporter system test.
More Warp issues, weapons testing was fine, but transporters had glitches. Didn’t fall further behind, much.
- Day 14-17: Warp shakedown runs and continued fine tuning.
Flew around the Sol system trying to work out a serious shimmy at warp 5. Got it down to a low vibration by the end. Still not good.
- Day 18: Full shielding test, full weapons test, full sensor test, deflector test, red alert test.
Shield testing had issues as well, this ship is fighting the crew every step of the way it seems. Weapons test went fine, sensor test went fine, deflector test and red alert test successful. No time lost.
- Day 19: Full crew boarding and ship systems fine tuning back at Utopia Planitia.
Crew moved in, brought their crap, and no one failed to report.
- Day 20: Continued fine tuning and repairs, take on armament, take on shuttle compliment, take on marine landing craft (x2 40 man ship to ground transport vessels), marines board, final preparations for departure.
Captain Yu has sends a formal summons to Captain Gamble through channels and the office of the Judge Advocate General’s office basically saying, “Please report to my office at 09:00 hours tomorrow.”
Upon arrival Yu informs Captain Gamble the USS Claymore left the system the day before, on time. Before leaving, Captain Seran of the Claymore filed a grievance with Captain Yu against the Endurance, it’s crew, and captain for a series of trumped up charges:
1. Captain Gamble waits for 25 minutes in a conference room adjacent to Captain Yu’s work office. Probably catching up on his texting and downloading cat videos.
2. Lieutenant Junior Grade T’Kreef (no image available), female Vulcan with a husky voice, enters the room, doesn’t acknowledge the captain, arranges her stuff on the table, seats herself, activates a recording device and says: “Please state your name, rank, and assignment for the record.” – He does. She is efficient and as worthwhile to talk to as most teapots. She is on her script and doesn’t vary from it.
3. “I will now read the charges brought against you and your ship: 1) That crew members of the USS Endurance did willfully appropriate materials and components assigned to other ships construction for the benefit of the Endurance’s own timetable and construction. 2) That the Officers of the USS Endurance did willfully reroute materials both various and numerous away from the construction yards and through warehouse Echo Alpha Alpha 889208 Bravo as a collection point before choosing specific components out and sending them on to the USS Endurance to be fitted immediately and bypassing various systems, methods, and processes designed to coordinate, track, and and record the deployment and receipt of said materials. 3) That transportation officers assigned delivery of materials, notably warp engines, were harassed, assaulted, and forced at phaser-point to vacate their assigned Slow Tug Boat that they were the lawful skipper of, in particular one Harvy Sosae (pronounced so-say). 4) That the timetable of the critical launch window of the USS Claymore was interrupted by the interference of various officers of the USS Endurance unlawfully entering the USS Claymore for said purposes. 5) That the Captain of the USS Endurance, Captain William Gamble did knowingly authorize or otherwise refuse to curtail each of these incidents and actively engaged Captain Hitaki Yu in order to “run interference” for his crew and their activities in this conspiracy. How do you plead Sir?
4. “You have the right to have an advocate here if you wish Captain. This is simply an exploratory briefing. Do you feel the need to exercise this right at this time?" He declined.
5. She went through the charges 1 by 1 taking his side of the story while being as pointlessly Vulcan as possible. Gamble bristled, in an efficient, proper, Starfleet Captain sort of way.
6. She wraps up: “Very well Captain.” Turns off recorder. “You should be aware that Captain Yu arranged this meeting after Captain Seran requested an investigation into the role the Captain and Crew of the Endurance played in the difficulties experienced by the Claymore, as is his right as a Starfleet Captain. If you should wish to make a similar request, or even prefer charges and have a full investigation launched, that is your right. I would point out captain that neither of you would seem to have time for such proceedings but it is your right should you wish to do so anyway. Therefore, these are your options:
A. You may write up reports and submit evidence. The Claymore will be recalled and the officers of both ships will be retained and transferred to Starbase 1 and a full investigation launched leading to courts martial proceedings for one or both Captains and perhaps various members of their crews. Other officers will be selected and given these ship and command slots.
B. You may, instead, choose to let it go. I am authorized to inform you that a quiet investigation is underway already, your testimony will be added to that, I will ask you to take affidavits from your senior officers and transmit them to me within 1 week, you keep your command and ship slots, and you launch as soon as you can with Captain Yu doing his utmost to accommodate you.
“What do you wish to do?”
Captain Gamble, shockingly, choose option….B.
Upon exiting Captain Yu let Captain Gamble know that there was a situation upon his ship that needed his immediate attention. Gamble phoned home, got the bad news, and went to see what could be done about it. Yu promised to help all he could as Gamble left.
While he was having his fun and exciting deposition the Endurance was enjoying a visit from Starfleet Intelligence. Two properly identified LTC’s, Smith, and also Smith, requested entrance to the ship from the rating on duty after properly identifying themselves and their organization and flashing scary paperwork at the poor fella (who, to his credit, peed not one little bit, as he tells the tale). He escorted them through the ship, to the turbolift, and up to the bridge. They presented themselves from the turbolift and made no effort to stroll onto the bridge. 2nd Officer (also Chief of Security and Chief Tactical Officer – really long signature line on his correspondence) LtCmdr Shran immediately enacted ‘Unwelcomed Hostile Naughty People Nearly On The Bridge Protocol’ and did not offer them either coffee nor entry to the bridge. A flurry of activity ensued as badges were flashed, protocols were inflicted, arrest warrants were flourished, the 1st Officer was alerted, coffee was drunk, feet were dragged, insincerely polite smiles were offered, chests were puffed out, security arrived as not much happened, and a low ranking enlisted rating sneaked away to resume his post outside the ship at the entryway to the gangplank (which is actually a tube between the station and the airlock).
Eventually the 1st and 2nd Officers conferred and determined that they would escort these Smiths (still smiling insincerely) to the galley and would not allow their shoes to soil the freshly laid bridge carpeting. There they would be presented with their quarry – it seems they were here to take the two Orion members of the crew into custody. Their orders checked out as authentic, but were classified, leaving little room for maneuvering for the gallant command staff or the Endurance to thwart their presumed evil intentions. As per “the plan” they were led, by the longest and most circuitous route imaginable (their Starfleet equivalents of Fitbits chirping happily at them as they got plenty of steps that day). They were even taken by sickbay where the CMO insisted on accommodating them with complimentary anti-parasite full body cavity searches and injections, as per many a Starfleet regulation he happened to be versed in.
They (eventually) arrived at the galley, were met by LtJG Daevohse, Assistant Chief Tactical Officer, and Lt Cmdr Josco Tanari, Chief Engineer, who were both escorted, quite respectfully, by Endurance Security folk and presented to the SI Smiths who informed them of their situation took them away without fanfare or handcuffs. LtCmdr Shran placed a call to an old friend from Starfleet Intelligence who was posted here on station.
The Captain arrived back at the ship shortly after their departure, called a hasty staff meeting to discuss how to get the officers back, options to cover them so they could still meet the launch schedule if they couldn’t get them back, what a jackass Captain Seran is (hey, it’s in the log!), etc. Towards the end of the meeting Shran got a call from his SFIntel friend who asked for a quick meeting in a specific bar on station.
With the ship preparing to leave for it’s warp flight certification test, Shran hurried to the meeting, met with his buddy Jones, shared a quick drink, and basically found out that Captain Seran has friends in Starfleet Intelligence who were holding the Orions for questioning on trumped up charges for a period of 21 hours, implying that a favor was being repaid or favors had been exchanged for this. Shran Thanked him, beamed back to the Endurance as it was in final departure preparations, and just before Captain Yu came aboard to administer the warp flight certification test.
- Day 21: Warp flight certification test, released from Utopia Planitia command, depart.
The Endurance moved smoothly up to and through warp 4 and shimmied it’s way to warp 5. Captain Yu hid his anxiety well, having been on more than a few of these rides. Eventually the trip came to an end back at Mars, the warp drive was certified, and Captain Yu had a (very) brief commissioning ceremony for the USS Endurance on the bridge. As the ship approached the station for docking the quarantine protocols were activated, locking down the ship, putting it at station keeping, and preventing anyone from entering or leaving the ship.
Thinking ahead to the traditions of the ship and events of the day, the Chief Of The Boat, aka Crew Chief Skanokovich, had procured and set aside, in a quite secure area, a beverage in quantities sufficient for a ship’s crew level celebration of the commissioning of the USS Endurance. With nothing better to do, the party got started. There were toasts, there was dancing (though no music, at first anyway), there was a vicious rumor of the 1st Officer attempting to drag Lt Garcia away for a private health and welfare inspection. Both were saved by the quick thinking of the Chief Science Officer, LT Mary Washington “Wash” Shaw, PhD., aka “Wash”. Wash had earlier participated in the finer points of an excessively dense health and welfare report and ongoing parasitic sterility action play submitted by her and Cmdr Dr Walon Burress. The results of this report are that the 48 hour quarantine was lifted after only 4 hours (pretty much first thing the next morning by that time). The Orion officers were allowed to be beamed aboard the Endurance, Captain Yu said his adieu and beamed out, and the Endurance was released to embark upon it’s mission.