Or, at least that’s what the fine folk at the personnel say it is. So far, My roster is as follows.
1) Master and Commander IISS Meriwether Lewis – Alexander Jamison, at your service m’lord.
2) Ship’s Bosun, Warrant Officer Higgs, rated as a surveyor, gunner and master of arms as well. He’s a scout that has a lot of navy time or a naval Warrant that has a lot of scout time. Damn glad to have him either way. The surveyor bird and crew are his.
This leaves a Pilot, a Navigator, a set of Engineers, Ship’s Doctor (and I will, by all that is Holy, get a Doctor and Surgeon, not just a medic), my gun crews and the actual scouts.
I have been informed that Lance Sergeant Leigh Hester and her merry band of armored cutthroats will be boarding soon. She and her head myrmidon arrived a few days ago and were Less Than Pleased at the conditions of their barracks area. Nothing that we did, of course, but it seems that Lance Sergeants can see grains of dirt and grime at the quantum level. Cleaning is To Be Done. Her marines seem happy at polishing the floors walls, and ceilings in their area for the time. That and getting their massive, to my less violent eye, amount of arms and armaments together.
Shakedown cruise starts in 10 days, I hope we will be ready.
After shakedown, 10 days refit, then we be come the first major Imperial Interstellar Scout Service long range patrol of the Foreven Sector in 200 years.