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With the reactor core catastrophe becoming a distant memory, The Outback quickly shifted its gaze to a new and exciting discovery. In March of 2417 a distant signal was picked up in a remote nebula not far from Starbase Praetorian. Lieutenant Chianna Prax explains what happened next,
“Well, it was kinda the Intrepid that discovered the base. K-26 was transmitting a standard 23rd century navigational beacon that the Intrepid picked up. At first we thought we had a temporal situation so the Intrepid was sent out to minimize contamination. Later the ship was used to augment the stations damaged systems while we made repairs.”
When asked why a mission to a centuries-old base was placed in the hands of what outwardly appears to be an incredibly young, albeit enthusiastic, Lieutenant she replied,
“When it comes to the Intrepid, no one knows her like I do.”
Given the Lieutenant’s past with working on the USS Intrepid - a 23rd century Constitution-class starship which was also found in the same nebula several years ago - her confidence is certainly well-founded.
Once discovered, work quickly began to bring this vintage museum piece station up to modern-day operational standards, as well as assigning a crew to work on what has now become yet another arm into the unknown of this dwarf galaxy.
Possibly the most astonishing, and heart-warming, discovery made was finding dozens of cryo-stasis pods still in active condition. The pods were quickly transferred to medical staff who safely brought back officers who had long been lost to history. The local spokesperson for the Department of Temporal Investigations insisted that there was no sign of a temporal phenomenon, simply that this station had been lost and beyond the reach of Starfleet – until now.
With the base now within reach, Lieutenant Commander Iridel Dess, captain of the USS Beacon, was assigned to not only ferry shipments and cargo to the station – a colossal task given the environmental conditions of the area – but to also oversee the coordination of all starship traffic to and from K-26. The Tellarite Lieutenant Commander describes her duties, as well as her perspective on the overall progress,
“Starfleet is a team effort. It's true my considerable talents for command contributed to the success of our recent activation of Deep Space K-26's transwarp conduit to Starbase 381, but many not entirely incompetent officers were also crucial to its setup.” The Lieutenant Commander also colorfully attributes credit for the success to Commander Juzel Rix, Chief Science Officer of the 26th Fleet, Lieutenant Commander Mogedu of the USS Miyazaki, and Lieutenant Chianna Prax.
“Working on this station has given me a great sense of satisfaction. You can't beat twenty-third century technology for its durability and dependability. Solid state, elegant design, and sturdy materials. It's been a labor of love, as humans say, and I haven't been alone in that sentiment. Many members of the 26th fleet have enough good sense to share my feelings, and we're thankful to have the privilege of discovering the old gal, and bringing her back to functional glory.
I'll be happy when we get to hand over traffic control to full-time station staff. With the guidance of the station's new commander, Captain Zekell, and its Executive Officer, Commander Johnson, the station will soon be sufficiently staffed so that my crew and I can get back to our primary mission of fleet asset support and planetary surveys.”
Once the repairs on the base had been completed, Starfleet held a celebration and open-house to show off all of the hard work. The Federation News Network was lucky enough to receive an invitation to this, as well as get the opportunity to speak with the leader of the 26th Fleet, Admiral Kenzi Alenis.
FNN: “Admiral Alenis, it's miraculous that your fleet has managed to get such a relic working with updates. What would you say has been the biggest asset?"
Alenis: “I'd have to say it's been our science and engineering staff and their prior experience restoring a vessel from this same time period."
FNN: “And has there been any word on what this station will be used for? So far, it hasn't been opened to civilians, are there plans for that in the future?”
Alenis: "Most likely not. This area of space is somewhat...unstable. Letting civilians out here could be dangerous."
As always, the safety and security of all Federation, Romulan, Klingon, and other Alliance species is the first and foremost concern for the Admiral. However, this reporter certainly hopes more civilians get the opportunity to visit this masterpiece of history.
With things looking up in The Outback many new supply ships take up routes and colonies begin prospecting for places to call a home here in another galaxy. As always, FNN will be one step ahead keeping you up-to-date with the latest happenings and events.
Adama Griffin is a Federation News Network reporter stationed on the frontier lines bringing you the latest and most up-to-date information about the Federation’s farthest-reaching base.