We leave tommorow on shake down curise

Lost 2 days while the post “commander” found the papers I sent about a longer shake down cruise. One of the first mix service/mixed race crews in Scout history and they want me to just have a 1 jump, 3 days real time, then jump back? I Don’t Think So.

Current plan. 3 days here in Raweh doing ship system tests Jump to Jinx, run post jump system test and gunnery practice for a full t-week, then jump back, refuel and rearm, the off to Foreven.

I would have liked 4 and 8 days real space, but I’ll take what I can get. Crew, other than Lt.Urdar, and Warrant Office Higgs thinks the cruise starts in 8 day. Nothing like an “emergency launch” for a crew test.

On ship now

Well, the pack is on this scout ship. Seems like we are being exiled to the Foreven sector. They claim it’s a exploration but I know better. Seems like that paper from “President” Orsguz means we’re “Navy” not “Pirates”. Navy gets to work with the Imperials. Pirates get shot. Better exile that shot if you ask me, but I’m still on the fence there. Should have just blown the coils on the when we got caught. Meh. At least they gave us the guns, not the mops, like the others on Evdadvur ended up.

They seem to have 2 packs, the one must be not in as much favor as the other because they all live in one big room, unlike the other pack which all have 1 or 2 person rooms. They gave us 2 person rooms, but with a large door between them, so we can make it a proper pack room.

Of the favored pack I’m not sure why Higgs isn’t the pack leader, he clearly has more charisma than Jamison. The ways of humans are strange some times. Boat master Higgs says that we leave for a practice cruise in 8 days.

Rest of crew arrives

The rest of the crew has been assigned and the Imperial Marines have settled in.

All 7 Engineers are Navy, Warrent Officer 2nd Saundra Gahagan ,Petty Officer 2nd Javier Shao. Petty Officer Nita Heimbach and Able Spacers Serena Knebel,Tyrone Haverland and Lou Kraatz. The Imperial Navy doesn’t seem to think a “Class FS II” rates a commissioned engineer, but who am I to complain, the Imperial Scouts don’t even have ranks. It’s what you know, not what you are wearing on your shoulder boards that matters.  Well, if we had shoulder boards.  It’s still what you know that matters.

The ship’s doctor is a civilian, Dr. Tia Darst, this is her 3rd cruise with a scout ship.

The assigned Exploration branch Scouts are Jean Peete, Odessa Demko, Don Panther, John Morrison, Rhett Hansrote, Elease Cotey,Jeni Glacken, Voegrouan, Kelly Ference,Ashlee Alumbaugh,Dollie Capozzi, Lonnie Lona, Zel Boatner and Loraine Cossey, none of which have “Sr. Scout” status.  All of them other than Loraine are on their 3rd tour of duty.  Loraine has a tour with the Army, as a heavy weapons gunner of all things plus 3 tours in the IISS. Voegrouan is Imperial Vargr and is a bit leery of the gun crew.

I’ve requested a extended shakedown cruise, i.e leaving earlier than the 9 days it’s scheduled for. I suspect I should be getting a reply with in the day.

What We got so far

The Skipper seems like a decent bloke, for a Sr. Scout at least. Knows what what, and who is who, so should be, Haven’t named my Surveyor yet, NOT naming it it after the wife or any of the Ex-wives, leaning toward “The Short Bitch” it not being a proper cutter and all. The less said about the navigator the better, only line officer on the ship. They tend to be prigs. Also his first scout crews. Not sure I like this mixed service crew, course I’ve been scout and navy, so I might be, I may be a bit biased there. Gunner are Vargr, which is always good, assuming I can win over Pack Lord Ghaek. All scored high on the blast a rock tests, so I’m not worried about them missing. Missing in combat is bad. Very Bad. I get the feeling they got their training as a crew on a “Vargr navy” ship and are working it off. Hate to have to slave the turrets to my station. Sergeant Leigh is about what you would think a Imperial Marine NCO on her first solo command would be. That’s a good thing as well. Not sure about the marines proper, only meet 2nd fire team leader Myrmidon. Need to tell skip that’s a name, not a title. He’s a Corporal, which means we “only” have have 2 NCO’s. Myrmidon is on his 3rd ship assignment so should be smooth with at least 2nd team.

Getting the crew together.

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.

The Meriwether Lewis (Class FS-II “Far Reach” Survey Scout)

1000 dTon hull, Streamlined

Armor 6pt Bounded Superdense 50
Stealth, Heat shielding, Radiation shielding, Self sealing hull.
Holographic Compact Bridge (+1) 15
Very Advanced Survey Electronics TL15 (+2) 3
Enhanced Signal Processing TL15 (+4) 1.5
Jump Drive P TL15 (Jump 4) 67.5
Maneuver Drive P (4 G) 32.25
Fission Power Plant P TL15 64.5
Jump Fuel 400
Fuel Processor (2 days) 10
Power plant fuel 28
10 Hardpoints

3 Triple Missiles
4 Triple Beam Lasers
3 Triple Particle Beam

10
Hanger

1 IISS Surveyor [4 on board] 50
2 Mini Surveyors [2 on board each] 40
2 TL 14 G-Carriers 20
1 Survey and Exploration Vehicle [6 on ship] 15
2 TL 12 Stealth Grav Planes [4 on ship] 10
Ships Boat 20
195
Barracks and arms rooms 21
15 Statesroom

  1. Sr. Scout & XO
  2. Boatswain & Navigator
  3. 2 Engineers
  4. 2 Small Craft Engineers
  5. 2 Small Craft Engineers
  6. 2 SEV Crew
  7. 2 SEV Crew
  8. 2 SEV Crew
  9. 2 Stealth Crew
  10. 2 Stealth Crew
  11. 2 Lab Scouts
  12. 2 Lab Scouts
  13. 14. 15. Opened as Barrack space for 10 Vargr Gunners
60
Med bay 4
3 Labs 12
Library 4
200 Smart Missiles 10
100 Nuclear Missiles 5
Luxuries 7.25

The Meriwether Lewis gets its orders

The Meriwether Lewis gets its orders

The Foreven Sector

The Foreven Sector

We have received our orders, and it’s a tall one. We are to explore, classify and chart the Foreven Sector. It’s expected this will take several years to finish.
Those helpful boys and girls over in stellar mapping have supplied what amounts to a blank map for us.

That’s a freaking lot of unexplored space for one Class FS-II Scout cruiser to cover by its self.