CAPT Zaliel Sel
Level 3 - Restricted
LOCATION: New Circini System, Kelterre Sector
MISSION: Investigate Azedi Presence in New Circini System
OUTCOME: Several Starfleet ships disabled, some Azedi vessels damaged or destroyed
USS Leyte Gulf (Operational Lead)
NARRATIVE: Upon arriving in New Circini System, Kelterre Sector as part of a Task Force assigned to determine the strength, disposition, and intention of Azedi ships in New Circini, our vessel detected multiple Azedi starships within system but at distance from New Circini.
Communications traffic with New Circini and scans of same showed no immediate hostilities. Brahe attempted a multitude of scans to determine if the Azedi ships were preapring for an attack; however, none of the Brahe's sensors could penetrate the Azedi hulls.
After several attempts, the Leyte Gulf was able to briefly communicate with the Azedi ships, who denied any hostilities. Without warning, a multitude of Azedi-spawned wormholes opened. At approximately the same time, the Task Force was informed the Azedi had destroyed a Federation installation elsewhere and we were to open fire.
This vessel did not open fire, instead focusing its resources on using the Teleraptor to close wormholes thereby preventing Azedi reinforcements from entering the field. Brahe, in addition to some of the other science vessels, were successful in this effort.
Unfortunately, one wormhole opened directly proximate to this vessel. A metallic object, of approximately 10x5x18 meters, penetrated the shields and attached itself to the hull. Once in contact with the Brahe, the device began saturating the ship with Verteron Particles. Brahe attempted to reverse hull polarity and engage in erratic maneuvers to shake the device from the hull; neither efforts were successful. After only a few short moments, the Brahe's Engines, Shields, and Communications Systems were disabled.
Damage inflicted to the Brahe included a complete overload of the ship's field coils. As a collateral result of the field coils overloading, a plasma conduit in Main Engineering burst, causing substantial damage, injuries, and a partial evacuation of Deck 7. 18 members of the crew were wounded in the attack; fortunately, none fatally so.
Adrift, Brahe focused on regaining communications and power. Brahe succeeded in restoring communications by using one of its shuttlecraft, which did not appear affected by the Verteron Device; possibly because it was unpowered at the time. This could prove a possible countermeasure to these devices, if power to the field coils can be suspended until the device is removed from the hull.
Eventually, both the Azedi and Task Force withdrew from the field without the Azedi ships firing a single shot. Brahe was shortly thereafter returned to Deep Space 13 under tow.
Brahe's Engineering advises approximately 96 hours in total for repairs to be completed. This includes cleanup of the plasma breach, replacement of the field coils, and minor repairs to the hull.
- Recommend Command focus all available resources into investigating countermeasure to this new Azedi weapon.
- A composite of Azedi hull should be studied to determine if there is a way to penetrate the an Azedi ship's hull. The tactical advantage of this information cannot be understated.
OOC: This AAR is for The Celdence Project; thank you for a great event!