Cell:MFS Christine Hoagland
The MFS Christine Hoagland was founded in West Warwick Rhode Island, on 2009-02-21, as a chapter of the Maquis forces International. The Ship was origianlly named MFS HAKUNA MATATA II but one year later was renamed MFS CHRISTNE HOAGLAND when the Original Commander of the First MFS HAKUNA MATATA NCC-8162 returned to duty after a period of Retirement.
On Stardate 304.11 the MFS Christine Hoagland was transfered from the Maquis Third Fleet (zone 3 ) Home port of West Warwick Rhode Island to Her new Homeport of Fort wayne Indiana in the the Maquis Fourth Fleet Command (zone 4 ), on stardate 812.15 The MFS Christine Hoagland was Transfered from The Maquis Fourth Fleet command to the Maquis Ninth Fleet command. (zone 9)
the MFS CHRISTINE HOAGLAND was renamed in Honor of Ensign Christine Anne Hoagland, a starfleet officer who passed away on August 4 1997, Ensign Hoagland was the younger sister of Master Gunnery Sargeant Derick Merlin Wildstar,the starship is also named for Christina Jane Hoagland-Wildstar, the daughter of Colonel Derick wildstar, as well as Master Gunnery Sargeant Derick Wildstar's Adoptive Grandmother. The MFS Christine is a "Aegis" class amphibious assault and medical Cruiser, embarking the MSG-182 Black Tiger Search and rescue squadron,and Carrier Air Wing 13. the MFS CHRISTINE HOAGLAND NCC-1678-C is assigned to the 4rd fleet of the Maquis forces international(zone 4) and the First marine division of the Maquis forces international.
The MFS Christine Hoagland is also the home of the First Marine Division's Armored cavalry Regiment, The Maquis Royal Dragons Guard.(The MRDG) The MFS CHRISTINE HOAGLAND accepts all science fiction fans, regardless of race, creed, Religion, or national origin.The MFS Christine Hoagland maintains a facebook page that can be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000981898074. The Chief Engineering Officer of MFS Christine Hoagland is Master Gunnery Sargeant Derick Wildstar. Colonel Wildstar's Profile can Be viewed at http://wiki.maquis.com/w/User:Dwildstar. The Commanding Officer of the MFS Christine Hoagland is Captain Melissa Wildstar. Her Profile can be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000647194330.
The MFS CHRISTINE HOAGLAND is the First "Aegis" class Starship to join the Maquis Fleet. The "Aegis" Class Starship was Designed by Col. Derick Wildstar, Based Upon the maquuis needs for a new starship to replace the Explorer class reconnaissance Cruiser.
ADVANCED TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE AEGIS CLASS FAST FRIGATE (RECONNAISANCE CRUISER / DESTROYER)
Funding for the Aegis Class Fast Frigate (Reconnaissance Cruiser / Destroyer) is Provided By: The Advanced Starship Design Bureau Theoretical Propulsion Group Jupiter Station Research and Development The Daystrom Institute of Technology United Federation of Planets Defense Council Caveman Fleet Yards, Andor, Sector 008
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT STARTED: 2368 PRODUCTION START DATE: 2372 PRODUCTION END DATE: Ongoing CURRENT STATUS OF CLASS: Active / In Service
PRODUCTION BASE: ASDB Integration Facility, Cavemen Fleet Yards, Andor, Sector 008 TYPE: Fast Frigate (Reconnaissance Cruiser / Destroyer) ACCOMMODATION: 270 Officers and Crew. Maximum Capacity: 360 Personnel POWER PLANT: One 1500 plus (modified) Cochrane Warp Core feeding two nacelles; one set of dual Impulse Engines; Reaction Control Thruster (RCT) Systems ESCAPE PODS: 30, with a maximum capacity of 12 personnel each
DIMENSIONS: Length: 349.91 meters (1,148 feet) Beam (Width): 171.60 meters (563 feet) Height: 66.14 meters (217 feet) Deck Height: 17 Decks, each 2.44 meters (8 feet) high Mass: 865,000 metric tonnes (minus support craft and standard cargo load)
WEAPONS: Standard Phaser Strips: 12 (7 top and 5 bottom) Pulse Phaser Cannons: 6 (3 fore and 3 aft) Photon Torpedoes: 4 (2 fore and 2 aft). Maximum Torpedo Capacity: 800 Tractor / Repulsor Beam: 1 (located on the underside of the ship)
ADDITIONAL WEAPONS (Standard Configuration): Quantum Torpedoes: 4 (forward only). Maximum Torpedo Capacity: 800 Countermeasures Systems: 4 (2 fore and 2 aft) DETAILS LISTED BELOW Adapted Cardassian-Type Facetted Disruptor Wave Cannon: 1 (forward only)
PERFORMANCE: Maximum Warp Speed: 9.985 (sustainable for 18 hours before engine shutdown)
CURRENT STARSHIP IDENTIFICATIONS AND REGISTRATIONS: 1. U.S.S. AEGIS, NCC – 74500 2. U.S.S. CHRISTINE HOAGLAND, NCC – 1678 – C (74501) 3. U.S.S. GERONIMO, NCC – 74502 4. U.S.S. PORTER ROCKWELL, NCC – 74503 5. U.S.S. SHIKU MARU, NCC – 74504 6. U.S.S. HAJIMAE SAITO, NCC – 74505
CLASS MISSION AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Provide a front line replacement for the Explorer Class of starships in reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. 2. Provide a front line supplement to the Defiant Class of Destroyer Escorts; increasing range, firepower, and improving crew accommodation in potential threat areas. 3. Serve as a platform for testing of new ASDB technologies and interests. 4. Provide autonomous capability for full execution of United Federation of Planets and Starfleet policy options in UFP territories, shipping lanes, outlying border areas, and uncharted or unclaimed space.
RESEARCH AND DESIGN HISTORY When the USS Defiant (NX-74205) was redirected to Deep Space Nine in 2371 during its final year of spaceworthiness testing, both Starfleet and the ASDB were monitoring the situation closely. The Defiant had been designed and constructed under less than ideal circumstances, and even though two other Defiant NX Class ships were commissioned and entered service, Starfleet saw the need to provide a supplementary (and possible replacement) vessel should they not meet stated mission objectives.*
So, even while the USS Defiant was under construction, Starfleet and the ASDB began work on a vessel intended to combine the best elements of the original Defiant Pathfinder (placed into service under the Nova Class banner), the Defiant NX Class, and the larger Intrepid Class vessels. This proved to have some significant advantages, first and foremost being that it would be based on established and proven design and construction techniques, which meant potentially faster build and shakedown times.
Project development began in 2368, and spaceframe concept architecture was in place within a year. After initial computer simulations yielded substantially positive results, funding for the vessel, christened the Aegis Class, was secured and construction began at the Caveman Fleet Yards at Andor in late 2369. The first vessel of this class, the USS Aegis (NX-74500) departed the Fleet Yards in
*The fact that, despite excellent service, two of the three Defiant NX Class ships (including the USS Defiant) were destroyed within five years of their commissioning underscored the need for a supplementary class of starship. late 2371 for a six month shakedown cruise to test all of the ship’s operating systems. Regular reports were sent back to Starfleet and the Fleet Yards so any anomalies or system failures could be addressed and corrected while the Aegis was still in shakedown.
By the time the USS Aegis returned to the Caveman Fleet Yards in 2372, fixes had been developed for all reported problems (which were surprisingly minor), and Starfleet ordered the class into immediate production. This was a fortuitous decision, as the situation in the Bajor system was deteriorating rapidly. By 2374 and the time of “Operation Return,” the offensive to retake Deep Space Nine from joint Cardassian and Dominion control, the USS Aegis (now listed as NCC – 74500) had received all of its system upgrades and was operating as a ship of the line. Two more Aegis Class vessels, the USS Christine Hoagland (NCC – 1678 – C) and the USS Geronimo (NCC – 74502) were ready to enter service, though they had not yet taken their shakedown cruises. All three ships survived the successful “Operation Return” offensive, though the Hoagland and the Geronimo were severely damaged. The ASDB deemed this was due to the ships being pressed into service before their shakedowns. Both were determined to be salvageable and they, along with the Aegis, returned to the Caveman Fleet Yards for repairs.
Those repairs were rushed as, after the retaking of Deep Space Nine, tensions in the Bajor system devolved into all-out war. Starfleet’s resources, already strained by the recent Borg invasions and “Operation Return”, were pushed to the breaking point. Ships in all the Starfleet yards were prepped to minimum operational levels and pressed into service. Salvage yards were raided for any vessels or components that could be “kitbashed” into spaceworthy ships. Even ships that had been on display (some for decades) in the Starfleet Museum and the Smithsonian Institute were refitted and launched. The sole exception was at the Caveman Fleet Yards. Their only mandate: “Build more Aegis Class ships.” The Aegis was brought up to full operational specs in short order, and the Hoagland and Geronimo were both launched at 80% operational capacity. Two more ships, the USS Porter Rockwell (NCC – 74503) and the USS Shiku Maru (NCC – 74504), already under construction, were brought up to minimum standards and launched as well. A sixth ship, the USS Hajimae Sato (NCC – 74505), began construction during the Dominion War, but was not completed by the time hostilities ended.
Once again defying the odds, all five Aegis Class vessels survived the rigors of battle, though none escaped completely intact. With the Dominion defeated and, if not peace, a new era of cooperation growing between the superpowers in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, there was initially some question if a need for a Recon / Destroyer like the Aegis Class still existed. However, the massive loss of so many Starfleet ships during the Dominion War; the continuing threat of yet another Borg incursion; the deception of the Son’a against the Baku in the Briar Patch; and the violent coup of the Romulan government by Shinzon, all spoke to the fact that a dedicated Fast Frigate with high speed and heavy weapons capability, while perhaps unfortunate, was a basic necessity for protecting the worlds of the United Federation of Planets. As such, the Aegis was once again brought back up to full operational readiness and re-launched. The Hoagland and the Geronimo were repaired, all systems restored, and both finally took their long delayed shakedown cruises before entering active service. The Porter Rockwell and the Shiku Maru required extensive reconstruction, but eventually reached specifications and followed the other Aegis Class vessels into space. The Hajimae Sato (the only ship of the class not to see battle) was completed slightly behind schedule, sailed through an uneventful shakedown cruise, and became the only ship of the Aegis Class to enter service in original, pristine condition.
As of this writing two more Aegis Class vessels, still as yet unnamed, are to begin construction at the Caveman Fleet Yards over Andor.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION AND MODIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS
The USS Aegis entered service with several unique design specifications and system modifications, not the least of which is its interchangeable forward module. Despite its official classification as a Fast Frigate, the vessel was always intended to have multi-mission capability. As such, it was constructed with an open forward section into which almost any manner of mission specific modules can be inserted. This greatly increased the versatility of the class because, should it be needed on short notice, the forward module could be swapped out for another within hours at almost any starbase or fleet yard.
In its standard configuration, the Aegis Class carries a dedicated weapons module which greatly enhances its firepower and combat readiness. This module includes four (4) quantum torpedo charging stations and launchers with a load capacity of 800 torpedoes. It also houses a power plant and firing nozzle for an adapted Cardassian-type facetted disruptor wave cannon. This form of weapon was the bane of many a Starfleet vessel during the battle in which Dominion and Cardassian forces took Deep Space Nine from Starfleet control. Its ability to disrupt standard shield defenses and severely damage hull structures, sometimes with as few as two shots on a target, was studied very closely as Starfleet prepared for “Operation Return.” When the weapon’s wave-like properties were discovered, wherein multiple “waves” of energy were directed along a single carrier particle beam, resulting in impact forces many times greater than standard phased particle beam weaponry; the ASDB set to work immediately on developing a version for use on Starfleet vessels.
The main stumbling block was power consumption as Cardassian ships allocate much more power to their weapons systems. Since time was of the essence it was determined that redistributing power systems so Starfleet ships could carry an adapted version of this weapon was not feasible. The design of the forward module on the Aegis Class, however, provided ample space for an independent power plant, one dedicated solely to energizing the disruptor wave and the quantum torpedoes. The result was tremendously successful and after “Operation Return” the weapons module with the adapted disruptor wave cannon became part of the Aegis Class standard configuration. Other modules with varying mission-specific guidelines include the following:
1. A high gain, active sweep sensor pallet for both strategic and scientific use. 2. A forward facing launch / landing platform for squadrons of single pilot strike fighters and beachhead landing craft. 3. An anti-jamming communications array which allows communication between Starfleet ships through enemy interference. 4. A mid-scale medical triage suite with dedicated transporter and stasis facilities (nicknamed M*A*S*H units). 5. A large missile / torpedo warhead called the “Borg Buster.”*
Other modifications to the Aegis Class include a much larger hangar deck and cargo bays relative to the ship’s size. The hangar deck provides launch / landing and servicing facilities for all standard classes of shuttlecraft as well as single pilot strike fighters and military assault shuttles. All of these auxiliary craft are deployed from the hangar opening in the ship’s aft section. Likewise, the increased cargo capacity allows for the transportation and storage of larger amounts of supplies, scientific equipment, fabrication facilities, weapons stores, etc.
Two other enhancements, currently still within the testing phase as of this writing, may be the most technologically profound. These involve the warp drive system and the outer hull. In 2364, when the being known as The Traveler was on board the USS Enterprise (NCC – 1701 – D) he was able to drastically increase the ship’s speed without affecting its warp power output. The warp field equations devised by engineer Kosinski were quickly ruled out as the reason for such unheard of velocities. Years of study eventually solved the mystery of how The Traveler was able to send the Enterprise (apparently) all the way to the edge of the known universe and bring the ship safely back to the Milky Way galaxy. It was determined that The Traveler was able to synchronize an active tachyon field with the warp field of the Enterprise. The two fields somehow acted in symbiosis, greatly increasing the vessel’s speed while having very little effect on its power output. Through some as yet unknown process, The Traveler was able to project this active tachyon field and synchronize it to the Enterprise warp field naturally. Despite substantial research no way have ever been found to replicate
- The details surrounding this particular module are strictly classified at this time.
This process mechanically. The power levels necessary to generate and hold an active tachyon field, and safely synchronize it to a warp field, are quite simply beyond the scope of Federation technology at this time. Even so, many experts in the field of warp propulsion believed that it was possible to use tachyons to increase the efficiency of a standard warp drive system.
The breakthrough came just as the warp drive system for the USS Aegis was about to be installed. Computer simulations showed that by introducing an active tachyon field inside the dilithium chamber of a warp core, the energy output created by the mutual annihilation of matter and anti-matter could effectively be “slowed down”, allowing the same amount of energy to be used for a longer period of time. The primary benefit of this was, of course, increased fuel efficiency. Two additional, and somewhat surprising, advantages also emerged. The first was a noticeable increase in speed. Since the same amount of energy was available to the warp engines for a longer span of time, a ship could use that energy to go faster. The second was a ship could hold its maximum warp speed longer as well. Throughout the long history of warp travel, no vessel from any warp capable civilization has been able to hold its maximum speed for any more than 12 hours before engine shutdown occurred. Introducing an active tachyon field increased that range by 50% to 18 hours.
Small scale physical testing accurately replicated the results of the computer simulations. Since the warp drive system to be installed aboard the USS Aegis was brand new and state-of-the-science, the decision was made to use it as a full scale testbed for the enhancements. After some expected refinement and “tweaking” during the ship’s six month shakedown cruise, the new system performed flawlessly and the Aegis was able to maintain a top speed of warp 9.985 for 17 hours before speed was voluntarily reduced to avoid engine shutdown. Speed, duration, and efficiency; all the hallmarks of a true Fast Frigate.
The enhancements made to the outer hull of the USS Aegis and her sister ships are just as remarkable as those made to its warp drive system. Once again, these were developed as a result of increased hostilities between the Federation and the combined forces of the Dominion and the Cardassian Union. With the Cardassian disruptor wave cannon able to punch through both shields and hulls with relative ease, Starfleet searched for a way to give their ships an extra level of protection. The ablative armor in use on the Defiant NX Class showed some promise, but it was difficult to fabricate and added a great deal of weight so it wasn’t feasible for use on larger ships. A possible solution came from the most unlikely of sources; Orion Pirates. For years their ships proved hard to track and even harder to damage during skirmishes. When one was finally captured the reason why became clear. The pirates had coated their ships with a substance that the Starfleet Corps of Engineers dubbed “a non-Newtonian solid.”
The properties of non-Newtonian liquids have been well known for centuries. These liquids behave just like any other until an outside force is applied to their surface. When this is done to typical liquids the force displaces and moves through it easily. Non-Newtonian liquids behave differently, becoming semi-solid where the force is being applied and actually reacting against said force. The “non-Newtonian solid” on the captured Orion ship was found to react in a very similar fashion, only in the opposite direction. In its natural state it was a normal solid, much like a coat of paint. When force was applied to it, however, it reacted like a viscous semi-solid, absorbing and displacing the effect of the force around the ship’s hull. The substance reacted the same to any force applied against it, from hammer strikes to phaser fire. In fact, it displaced strikes from energy and particle beam weapons very effectively, taking multiple hits in the same area before finally losing molecular cohesion and disintegrating.
The most surprising aspects of this substance were its light weight and how thin a layer it took to effectively cover and protect a ship’s hull. After rigorous testing, it was determined that a layer only 10 centimeters thick would adequately protect an unshielded hull from sustained phaser or disruptor fire for nearly 10 minutes before terminal disintegration. After determining the “non-Newtonian solid’s” protection against energy and particle weapons, it was tested for solid objects; everything from interstellar dust, to micrometeoroids, to hull fragments, to conventional explosive torpedo loads. It performed well against the dust and micrometeoroids, stopping hull breaches either by redirecting the objects or by trapping them harmlessly within its matrix. Size and edge sharpness were the main factors in protection against hull fragments. It even offered some slim protection against conventional explosives, depending on its proximity to the blast radius. All this is far from making a vessel’s hull indestructible, but these factors could mean the difference between life and death, or victory and defeat. It also meant that by using this substance (which was eventually dubbed NNS, or “Ennis” Coating), a vessel’s hull could remain at least marginally protected even if its shields and deflector screens have completely failed.
The NNS Coating wasn’t finished giving up its secrets, however. With a final flourish, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers discovered why the Orion Pirate ships had been so difficult to track. The substance reacted to standard sensor and targeting scans just as it did with other forms of energy, by absorbing and displacing it around the hull. While not nearly as complex or effective as a cloaking device, the coating did serve to displace scans enough to confuse sensors by “ghosting” the reflection of the ship. That, coupled with the erratic and often dangerous flying tactics employed by Orion Pirates, were often enough to allow them to escape their pursuers.
Despite the overwhelming promise the NNS Coating seemed to hold, some serious hurdles remained. The molecular structure of the substance is extremely complex and it takes some time before it settles down to a useable state during manufacture. The Orion Pirates aren’t known for their technical sophistication, so it’s generally believed that supplies of the substance are likely stolen, though exactly where remains unknown. This has left Starfleet in the dark about specific manufacturing techniques, leading to a great deal of trial and error. Also, Orion Pirate ships tend to be smaller, faster vessels. No one can be absolutely sure how or if the NNS Coating will work on larger Starfleet vessels, of even if it will maintain cohesion at high warp speeds. For these reasons, the Aegis Class was chosen as the testbed vehicle for Starfleet’s version of the substance. Refinements to the manufacturing process will continue until it is either perfected or deemed unusable for Starfleet vessels. So, for the foreseeable future it seems that the Aegis Class vessels will be making regular trips to nearby starbases to be stripped and recoated as the process is refined.
OVERVIEW OF WEAPONS SYSTEMS
As a Fast Frigate Recon / Destroyer class vessel, the USS Aegis and her sister ships are well-fashioned with various weapons systems. They are front line ships, designed to move fast and meet any threat force head on. Many of these weapons, such as photon and quantum torpedoes, are commonly known, though the Aegis Class carries a much higher number than most Starfleet ships. The Cardassian-type facetted wave disruptor cannon is discussed in detail above. The phaser strips located at strategic areas over the ship’s outer hull are also fairly common, though these have been modified to fire uni-directional continuous beams and multi-directional bursts simultaneously. They also have a faster energy cycle rotation to keep threat forces like the Borg from adapting too quickly. The vessels also employ fore and aft pulse phaser systems, very much like the ones used aboard the USS Defiant.
The most unique weapons system the Aegis Class carries are its countermeasures packages. Almost every warp capable civilization tends to employ similar defenses against enemy fire; dedicated exterior and interior hulls, polarized hull plating, defensive shield and deflector screens, ablative armor, etc. Long forgotten, it seems, were very effective defenses used by Earth’s military forces during air and sea battles. These systems were used to “confuse” enemy fire and either destroy it before it reached its intended target or throw it off course. The Aegis Class vessels utilize two different countermeasure technologies, and once their effectiveness has been determined they may well be added to the defensive systems of other Starfleet vessels.
The first type of countermeasure is called a Decoy Mass Cloud (DMC) and is meant for use only during sub-light or normal space engagements. Using the self-replicating technology developed during the Dominion War, the DMC system is designed to stop enemy fire by duplicating the apparent mass of a vessel. When deployed, a cloud of particles is dispersed in a tight formation. These particles are programmed to quickly self-replicate and mimic the mass of the targeted vessel. The intent is to fool enemy targeting sensors and weapons into believing the DMC is the intended target of fire and lock onto it instead of the actual vessel. The DMC also serves to temporarily shield the vessel from enemy targeting sensors, allowing time for critical evasive maneuvers.
The second type is the Energy Signature Charge (ESC). This countermeasure was developed primarily for use during warp speed engagements, but it can also be used at sub-light speeds. Like the DMC, the intent is to deceive enemy sensors and weapons into believing that the decoy is the actual ship, only the ESC does this by exactly duplicating the energy signature of the vessel at the time of deployment. This is especially beneficial during warp engagements because ships cannot be targeted by their mass at warp speeds. The ESC uses a stream of programmable, highly charged photon “shells” to mimic she ship’s unique energy signature. When deployed, these shells maintain FTL speeds by recording the vessel’s current speed and “cloning” it for a short time. The shells cannot maintain energy signature cohesion at warp speeds for very long, usually only 15 to 20 seconds, but that is typically enough time for a vessel to evade a volley of enemy photon torpedoes and make any necessary evasive course changes.
The DMC and ESC countermeasures can be used independently or in concert at sub-light speeds but their effectiveness is limited, mainly due to the energy consumption needed to replicate a ship’s mass and power signature. For this reason, their use is recommended for only the most critical engagements and after all other defensive and evasive options have been exhausted. Even so, it is believed that as technologies improve, these systems (and others like them) will be a keystone in Starfleet maintaining a balance of power against any and all threat forces.
The Aegis Class ships represent the cutting edge of starship design and utility, merging time-tested systems with new and experimental technologies into a truly unique vessel. Their service, along with the crews aboard them, will pave the way toward a brighter, peaceful, and more secure future for The United Federation of Planets and its allies. It is hoped that, in centuries to come, history will show that the Aegis Class played a pivotal role in furthering Starfleet’s core mission:
To Explore New Worlds, To Seek Out New Life and New Civilizations, To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before.