AAR: Canaries in a Minefield

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Filed By:
CAPT Mirazuni, A

After Action Report

LOCATION Tiste System and Oio’riq System, Boreth Sector

MISSION Patrol along Klingon Border.

OUTCOME Starfleet ships lured into an ambush, all ships withdrew.


  • CAPT A. Mirazuni
  • CAPT R. Hanson
  • CPT G. Valencia

BACKGROUND Pursuant to patrol orders, the U.S.S. Sunrise and the U.S.S. Endeavour were on patrol when we came across a distress signal coming from the Tiste System. The location of the distress call was deep within a densely populated asteroid field. The U.S.S. Sunrise made contact with the occupants of the freighter who was sending out the distress call, and managed to evacuate the crew before the freighter’s core overloaded. The U.S.S. Sunrise, along with Captain Valencia from our ship, continued on to deliver the freighter crew to a save haven, whilst the U.S.S. Endeavour continued to scan for what happened to the freighter. Shortly afterwards, we received a distress call from the U.S.S. Sunrise, but this was cut abruptly before any information could be transmitted. We then warped to assist the U.S.S. Sunrise.

NARRATIVE The instant the U.S.S. Endeavour warped into the Oio’riq System, we were struck by a mine, which temporarily damaged our communications and brought our impulse engines offline, setting us adrift, which was only stopped by the use of our thrusters. The U.S.S. Bark was deployed to provide cover and relay our status to the U.S.S. Sunrise.

We were being attacked by an unknown, cloaked ship. Through careful shots when the ship decloaked briefly to fire, the three ships were able to force the cloaked ship to withdraw, which they did by detonating their minefield to stop our pursuit, though none of the ships were in any condition to give chase. After withdrawing ourselves, the U.S.S. Sunrise set off back to Deep Space 13 for repairs, whilst the U.S.S. Endeavour continued the patrol after our impulse engines were brought back online.

RECOMMENDATION Debris from the freighter showed no damage and it is postulated that the freighter and the attacking ship were using the distress call as lures to ambush and destroy patrol ships.

Care should be taken when patrolling the border; it is clearly volatile and the Klingon ships in this region have little regard for past alliances with the Federation. This should not, however, mean we do not respond to distress calls in the future, but instead, care should be given as any distress call could very much be an ambush. Patrol ships should travel in pairs, or be within warp range, so aid can be given if something goes wrong.

RECOGNITION Captain Hanson commanded her ship with the expertise of a seasoned commanding officer. Commander Samaras and Commander SinB both performed well on the U.S.S. Bark and the U.S.S. Endeavour respectively in command positions.

Lieutenant Savur performed exceptionally in her role as the helm officer of the U.S.S. Endeavour, and Ensign Skilyth did well on the tactical console of the U.S.S. Bark.

OOC This is the AAR of the private event “Canaries in a Minefield”. Event logs are available on request. Many thanks to @Eunha who helped plan and co-GM’d this with me. Slightly backdated as most of the event took place last weekend.

Filed By:
CPT Valencia, G

ADDENDUM This officer was on the U.S.S. Sunrise during the attack. Whilst we were en route to deliver the prisoners, we were attacked by an unknown, cloaked, vessel. During the attack, the rescued freighter crew attempted an escape, and this officer was tasked by Captain Hanson to track them down. This was done successfully and all rescued crew were moved to the brig.

Interrogation revealed the following:

  • The freighter belonged to House Ru’voQ, a disgraced house in the empire.
  • The captain of the freighter was from House Ru’voQ.
  • The crew of the freighter were from various houses, all of them minor, and all of them loyal to House Mar’voga.
  • The crew of the freighter had purposefully given a route to the U.S.S. Sunrise to drive them into the minefield.