|Registry:||NCC-77447 - B|
|Task Force:||Task Force 56|
|Task Force CO:||Rear Admiral Niamh Devane|
|Commanding Officer:||Captain William Hood|
|Executive Officer:||Commander Bianca Caselli|
|Second Officer:||Commander Ayla Bawden|
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Construction and Launch
Designed in early 2345, the Ascension-class was meant to be the next flagship of Starfleet. However, due to the sheer size of the vessel, the power requirements, and the prohibitive costs of building it, the design was shelved.
In 2380, after the Dominion War, the Borg attacks on Federation space, and other minor skirmishes, the Advanced Starship Design Bureau pulled the design for the Ascension-class off the shelves and had a closer look at it. They started to update the design, utilizing lessons learned on the Vesta Project. The designers also looked at the hull and shields, which at the time were inadequate for a capital ship such as this. They added an additional layer of hull to make it triple-layered, incorporated a regenerative shield system (similar to the one equipped on the Sovereign-class), enhanced the shield generators to produce more shield power, and increased the available power to the shield generators.
After they had the baseline established, it was on to making room for the fighters. The Ascension-class was designed to be a carrier: drop in, deploy fighters, neutralize bogies or hardened targets, and leave. The Federation was caught flat-footed more times than it would like to admit during the Dominion War, so the need for a rapid response vessel that was as versatile as it was powerful was foremost on the designer's minds. An ingenious rack system and quick launch fighter tubes were introduced to the design and field testing proved their effectiveness time after time.
Next they looked at the power systems, which required a drastic upgrade to accommodate all of the modern weaponry. There was also a requirement for a higher warp factor. The designers and the Starfleet Corps of Engineers worked tirelessly on this problem for months, experimenting with various types of warp cores, even upgrading them to produce more power, but no design proved to be enough to power such a large ship. The designers decided to get radical. Thus far, the tests of the Excalibur-class with its dual warp core system had proven quite successful. They ran a simulation of dual warp cores supplemented with a chain of smaller fusion reactors to provide additional power when needed. The results were far beyond what was expected, leaving the engineers to finally focus on other tasks. Initial simulations proved that the design was viable but it was somewhat lacking in tactical situations because it could not make effective use of its torpedoes. This sent the designers back to the drawing board to try and find a way to make the ship more agile so it could bring its torpedoes to bear more easily. One designer, after looking over the Sovereign-class and its Mark-I torpedo turret, decided that these systems could be brought to the Ascension. He had to scale down the launchers to make them more compact and, in the end, he had a design that pivoted along the three axis, but could only fire a two-torpedo salvo. In simulations, with these new turrets placed on strategic points on the saucer, the combat effectiveness of the Ascension increased drastically.
Dreadnought first started her active service under the command of Commander Steve Bawden. Straight from the testing program, she was given permission to undergo shakedown. Task Force Commanding Officer K'Hare summonsed the Commander for a briefing to outline the particulars of the shakedown but also permitting a 'friendly' wargame with the Sovereign Class U.S.S. Boston. A tang of sadness lingered in the air as prior to his appointment to the Dreadnought, as they left dock they saw what remained of the Akira Class U.S.S. Atlantis, her battered and broken hull looked after by a score of support tugs and similar craft. The home to everyone before reassignment to the Dreadnought. The shakedown was cut short by the priority signal from Starfleet Command directing them to Colony 629, where riots within the near 6000 colonists erupted over the discovery of an unknown artifact within the nearby mountain ranges.
Having concluded her first mission she reported back with a score of information about ship systems. With the ship still somewhat new in the hands of her crew they had learned a great deal about what she was capable of doing. Additional crew, mostly families were allowed to board soon after and the Dreadnought once again departed for her next assignment. Later in her service life she found herself investigating a rift in space, she was sent because there were reports of raiders along nearby shipping lanes. A review on data sent back from probes proved inconclusive, however they soon found out that this was where the raiders we emerging from. Three raiders emerged and engaged the Dreadnought, during the fight another much larger ship of Heavy Cruiser size emerged, for the first time since taking command the Dreadnought used its Type-XX cannon. Up to this point the crew had heard of the destructive power of the weapon, when it struck its target they were amazed by how lethal it really was. It also sparked a reminder of why people were so opposed to the creation of this class in light of Starfleet's mission of exploration, not starting wars.
The rift was closed by using the deflector dish and from that point the reports of raids on the shipping lanes died off. Now that the area was secured the Dreadnought headed back to do a routine patrol along the Federation / Klingon border. While on patrol she picked up a distress signal, it was from the U.S.S. Kennedy, a Norway Class Light Cruiser. She had previously discovered a vessel named the Argus, upon investigation it was discovered that the vessel and its crew were a disguise. Species 8472 in Human form had sent the distress call to lure a Starfleet vessel, which is how the U.S.S. Kennedy became involved. The Argus boarded and captured the Kennedy. The U.S.S. Dreadnought arrived on the scene to see the two vessels in close formation. Commander Quach, the Commanding Officer of the Kennedy was forced to answer Commander Bawden's hail with the intent of removing the Dreadnought from the area. The ploy didn't work and when she stayed the Argus and the Kennedy engaged the Dreadnought. The Dreadnoughts fighter wing engaged the Argus in an attempt to distract while the Dreadnought focused it's efforts on the Kennedy.
Following a brief firefight the Argus lay all but destroyed, many systems were failing and dead in space. The Kennedy was disabled, boarding parties from the Dreadnought engaged 8472. Despite suffering heavy casualties the Kennedy was once again secure. The Argus was destroyed by a damaged warp reactor and the Kennedy was escorted back to the nearest starbase.
Several years later was the first real turning point that would shake the crew to the very foundation. Now a Rear Admiral, Steve Bawden had risen to the post of Executive Officer of the Forth Fleet's Task Force 86. During a mission where an old foe, having escaped capture from a previous mission had resurfaced. The mission lead them to a planet which was believed to be the headquarters of this resurfaced foe, it was in fact a trap. Three Heavy Cruisers configuration arrived on the scene and began to attack the ship. Even with numerical advantage they had underestimated the Dreadnought and were swiftly defeated. Realising that the small planet was the base of operations, though not having any information on the exact location of the base, seeing that the planet was uninhabited the Dreadnought fired several Quantum Torpedoes into the atmosphere containing within a compound that would render the planet inhabitable for the next two decades. Upon return to Federation Space, he was summoned to Starfleet Headquarters to face a tribunal for his actions.
While the Dreadnought lay birthed in one of the many shipyards undergoing routine upgrades and maintenance Rear Admiral Bawden was to be relieved of Command for his actions. A Caitian named S'iraa, also a Rear Admiral was to deliver the news. Steve decided to resign his commission with the respect and loyalty of his crew before being removed. He was confident that what he did was right, sure that he'd taken the actions needed to put an end to the threat.
Rear Admiral S'iraa assumed command of the U.S.S Dreadnought following the resignation of Rear Admiral Bawden. As a Flag Ranked officer, he selected the Dreadnought as his personal flagship, which also saved it from being mothballed. It would prove to be the last time anyone would see the U.S.S Dreadnought. What was expected to be a simple mission of mercy, loaded with medical supplies, machinery and other cargo's they headed for a planet that was suffering some unusual seismic activity. Upon arrival they offloaded the supplies, medical teams beamed down but the population was desperate. Riots and looting was reaching epidemic levels and the Dreadnought had to beam down nearly its entire Security Department to protect the largest hospital complex on the planet. As the situation escalated the Dreadnought began to beam wounded to the ship for treatment, however this backfired when the wounded escaped, demanding more food and supplies, a way off the planet for some. They damaged the warp core and several systems in engineering preventing the ship from leaving orbit. Things took a turn for the worse as the seismic activity continued to rise to unstable levels. The Dreadnought contacted Starfleet for assistance, the U.S.S Warhawk, a Nebula Class answered, just in time.
Realising that they could not escape as the seismic activity continued to rise to dangerious levels, the crew was forced to abandon ship. They were picked up by the Warhawk and S'iraa, standing on the bridge of his rescuer watched as the planet tore itself apart, taking his ship with it.
The current class of vessel to hold the name Dreadnought is the Ascension Class. True to its name sake the sheer size and capability of the vessel makes sure its arrival is noticed and its impact on the battlefield felt.
|Commanding Officer|| |
Captain William Hood
|First Officer|| |
Commander Bianca Caselli
|Second Officer|| |
Commander Ayla Bawden
|Chief Flight Control Officer|| |
|Chief Strategic Operations Officer|| |
|Security and Tactical|
|Chief Tactical Officer|| |
Commander Mark Bawden
|Chief Security Officer|| |
Commander Billie Jean Reign
|Assistant Chief Security Officer|| |
Lieutenant Charlotte Beckett
|Chief Operations Officer|| |
Lieutenant Rebecca Sandoval
|Chief Engineer|| |
Lieutenant James Bradhsaw
|Chief Science Officer|| |
Commander Ayla Bawden
|Assistant Chief Science Officer|| |
|Medical and Counselling|
|Chief Medical Officer|| |
Lieutenant Commander Xavier Patrovski
|Assistant Chief Medical Officer|| |
|Chief Counsellor|| |
Lieutenant Tara Lithbeth
|Chief Intelligence Officer|| |
|Chief Diplomatic Officer|| |
|Marine Commander|| |
Lieutenant Colonel Jason 'Jack' Frost
|Marine Executive Officer|| |
Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Snyder
|Wing Commander|| |
Lieutenant Zan Luthar
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