United Federation of Planets
Starfleet 38th Fleet
"Scourge of M'Pokai"
"The White Ghost"
The USS October (NCC-90197-A) was a Federation Odyssey-class starship operated by Starfleet.
Launched in late 2407 from the San Francisco Fleet Yards, the U.S.S. Staffordshire (NX-97013) was one of several experiments on the Block 1A lineup of Odyssey class vessels. Like the majority of her early sister ships launched from the San Francisco Fleet Yards, the ship served as a test bed for the additional construct of the Aquarius auxiliary vessel located in the aft of the ship replacing the secondary shuttle bay.
After 2 years of experimental service, and after severe shipyard delays concerning the tension with the Klingons, the ship received its commission in 2409 following the decommissioning of the Galaxy class vessel, U.S.S. October (NX-90197). Due to the distinction the U.S.S. October obtained through service of the Klingon war, the U.S.S. Staffordshire was rechristened as the U.S.S. October (NCC-90197-A) prior to its assignment as replacement with the then Task Force Argo.
Trial by Fire on the Klingon Front
Decorated Captain, Coby Morton, took command of the vessel in mid-2411 resuming his service with Task Force Argo. The vessel began to create a reputation for itself within the sector, as at the time being only one of a few Odyssey class starships stationed permanently in Eta Eridani. As well as continuing it's predecessors patrol assignments along the Federation-Klingon borders, it maintained a position within the defense structure of Outpost Argo, an already heightened target in the sector.
Aside from standard conflicts and skirmishes within the Klingon war, one of the most notable battles the vessel was drafted into was the Battle for Starbase 381 "Praetorian". An onslaught by a Klingon armada brought about the intense battle for the starbase system, Argo vessels, including the U.S.S. October, were eventually given orders to withdraw after sustaining heavy damage. Once the allied vessels had withdrawn the 26th Fleet unleashed their untested use of a defunct Iconian Gateway located within Eta Eridani, this backfiring majorly and causing the unintentional relocation of the station to the area of space now known as the Outback.
The ship spent the next three months in dry-dock undergoing repairs to all of its major systems damaged during the conflict. Following a minor retrofit conducted during the repairs, the vessel resumed its responsibilities within the defense structure of Outpost Argo.
In 2413, the U.S.S. October saw a rotation with its command structure. Following Captain Coby Morton's reassignment as commanding officer of Outpost Argo to oversee its refit to Deep Space Thirteen, Commander Athini zh'Aeregon saw promotion to Captain, and became the vessels new commanding officer. This change in command brought about a likewise rotation of assignment, the ship was assigned to the efforts within the Solanae Sphere, combating the Voth hostilities.
After leading several Task Force strikes within the conflict, the vessel was then transferred back into the defense structure of Deep Space Thirteen as an unofficial station flagship. Later that year the U.S.S. October, under the operational command of Captain Coby Morton and with a crew mixture of DS-13 staff, was sent to carry out a survey of Sigma-593-b. During this, the vessel detected a group of anomalous readings, which later when followed up led to the discovery of an entire planetary system - initially named October 1-a, this system would later receive an official title and colony effort under "Pariah".
Following repairs after the damage caused during the large scale Undine assault on Deep Space Thirteen in mid-2413, the U.S.S. October saw sudden reassignment in early 2414. With Captain Morton's temporary promotion to Fleet Captain, the vessel was reassigned outside of Task Force Argo to the Fourth Fleet, overseeing joint operations with both the KDF and RRF against the Iconian threat.
After receiving heavy damage in the defense of the Sol System, Captain Athini zh'Aeregon resumed her captaincy of the vessel and oversaw the proposed refit. With the advancement of the class since the October's launch and the heavy damage received, October was one of the next line of vessels to undergo refit following the U.S.S. Yorktown (NCC-98300). Due to the rather unconventional nature of such a new vessel to undergo a radical refit of this magnitude the vessel retained large portions of its original structure and internals, instead of a more complete restructure as seen with the even more severely damaged Yorktown.
Within the refit, the October received several upgrades to her impulse engine systems as well as the inclusion of two additional torpedo tubes ventral of the vessels chevron, however regardless of the emitters installment the new Yoyodyne class 960-B Unified Emitter Arrays were nonfunctional until mid 2417.
As the vessel was relaunched in mid-2415, Captain Athini zh'Aeregon transferred to Stafford-Spire station as its first commanding officer, a joint-operations facility operating as both a commercial and scientific hub within the Delta Quadrant. The U.S.S. October found its way back to Deep Space Thirteen now operating under the 38th Fleet.
With his ship, the U.S.S. Oswestry, being recalled to the Fleet Yards for complete overhaul, Captain Coby Morton requested permission to remain within the 38th Fleet and transferred his command of the Fleets Second Squadron with him to the recently refit vessel. After assignment rotation, the U.S.S. October was placed as squadron flag of the 38th Fleets Aries Squadron.
Following an extended exploratory assignment, the U.S.S. October was then onceagain assigned to the 38th Fleet, however operating from Deep Space K-7 following the evacuation and near destruction of Deep Space 13. During a series of repairs to the primary hull following an engagement with Fre’li pirates, the U.S.S. October received a minor refit to the deflector dish. The vessel took part in several repair efforts to restore Deep Space Thirteen, notably completing repairs and installation of the stations fuel pods and reservoir.
In early 2418, the October was assigned to a 1-Year deep space exploratory assignment, however due to ongoing malfunctions within the vessel, the assignment has been placed on hold on several occasions. In mid-2419 the October returned to Deep Space - 13 to undergo critical repairs to the warp infrastructure and resumed assignment in early 2420.
In late 2420 the October was put into dry dock to undergo non-extensive refit brought forward from tensions within the Klingon Empire. Using pre fabricated structures, utilising blueprints of the Lexington/Yorktown subclass, the vessel received hull plating improvements as well as an additional mission pod, housing additional torpedo tubes and mission-based crisis suites. Another addition of the refit was a high-yield phaser suite that was installed in the form of a ventral “Lance”, as of mid 2421 this device is still non-operational and pending complete instalment when proven necessary.
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Avg. Cruising Spd:
Max. Cruising Spd:
Warp 9.99 (for 19 hours)
20x Type-XV Phaser Arrays
1x Type-XII Fore Dual Phaser Beam Bank
1x High Yield Phaser Lance
6x Variable Payload Torpedo Tubes (Fore)
4x Variable Payload Torpedo Tubes (Aft)
2x Variable Payload Torpedo Tubes (Aquarius Aft)
2x Yoyodyne 960-B Unified Emitter Arrays
16x Type-IX Point Defense Turrets
JAWS System Active Directional Sensor Matrix
Ablative Hull Armor
10x DYN-90 Multi-band Linear Sensor Suites
2x Omniwave Passive Sensor Matrices
2x SENTINEL Omni-Directional Targeting Arrays
1x Yoyodyne 47B M/ARC REINFORCED Warp Core
2x Keenser/Pegg Heavy Impulse Engines
2x Inline Flux Secondary Impluse Engines
4x Garruck Industries B12 Impulse Maneuvering Manifolds
10x Type 10 Shuttlecraft
10x Workbee Shuttlecraft
8x Type 11 Shuttlecraft
4x Yellowstone Runabouts
1x ARGO (Springer)
1x Captain's Yacht
Aquarius Class Escort
Designed as a vessel of exploration, the Odyssey class line of ships on standard measures feature a rather impressive compliment of auxiliary vessels. The U.S.S. October is no exception to this norm, and following it's complete refit in 2414 featured a rotational update to it's auxiliary craft manifesto. The direct cease in hostilities brought about the subtraction of all fighter-type shuttle craft from the vessels compliment, instead replenishing and bolstering the vessel's standard Type 10 shuttle pod, Type 11 shuttle craft and cargo management vehicle with increased numbers. The more standardized use of general-purpose auxiliary craft meant officers commanding these vessels naturally had equal opportunity to gain flight capable skills without the direct need of a specialty craft tailored to a more direct task.
The Type 10 shuttle pods see regular use during maintenance observation, shuttle-transfer between vessels, and interplanetary survey assignment. While not able to remain fully autonomous for prolonged duration, the latest retrofit Type 10 shuttle pods feature adequate replicator rations to provide mild comforts for crew on extended operations. At any one time, there are three Type 10 shuttle pods stored on the hanger deck within the main shuttlebay, with three stored in reserve. These shuttles are available to all crew members upon request to the U.S.S. October's Operations department and Starship Command.
The Type 11 shuttle craft is the U.S.S. October's go-to work horse for any general purpose assignment. While these vessels encompass the assignments generally relegated to the Type 10, the Type 11 is often used when escorting a larger away team compliment to site, or for transport between long-distance destinations. At any one time, there are four Type 11 shuttle pods stored on the hangar deck within the main shuttlebay, with four stored in reserve. These shuttles are available to most crew members upon request to Starship Command and Operations - should it be deemed necessary, on occasion use will be limited to that of the Type 10 variety.
Originally hosting a pair, since the U.S.S. October's refit the vessel now only hosts one Argo-type light cargo transport within it's ranks. The Argo, under the moniker Springer is a somewhat larger shuttle craft than the common Type-11 and with it's modularity can be equipped for almost any assignment. It's larger cargo space, often occupied by a three-man four wheeled buggy-automobile, can also accommodate a significantly sized landing party when the situation calls for it. During normal operations, the Springer is usually stored below the main hangar deck and kept in reserve until operations require it. The Springer is often only available during specific-assignment, under orders from Starship Command and Operations.
The self-sustaining design of the Odyssey class called for an increased number of personal Worker Bee shuttle pods to help facilitate any possible repairs or maintenance when deployed considerable distance from a Federation port. The entirety of the U.S.S. October's Worker Bee compliment is kept in reserve. These shuttles are usually only available to select engineering teams when authorized by the Captain of Engineering and Starship Operations.
The U.S.S. October houses two Yellowstone Runabouts within it's hangar at all times. The Runabouts are used for a variety of assignments, however their primary use is scientific survey. They have been used to ferry senior staff, or large compliment away teams to destinations, however with the open-availability of the Type 11, these tasked are often reassigned. Runabouts are moderately armed, and can operate autonomously from the U.S.S. October for considerable duration before requiring resupply. They feature replicators, sleep quarters and can be configured with their modular nature to transport large quantities of cargo. Runabouts are available for command by senior staff upon request to Starship Operations, or general crew upon direct request and order from Starship Command.
Built into the ventral portion of the U.S.S. October's chevron section, the Captain's Yacht can operate almost similarly to a Runabout. Designed to represent the sleeker lines of the mothership's class, the Captain's Yacht is often reserved for official use only, diplomatic departures and planetary landing are large uses of the vessel however due to it's size it boasts a rather impressive set of defensive systems. The shuttle is always stored, docked, ventral to the mothership's chevron section. It is only available upon delegation from the vessel Commanding Officer.
During her major refit following The Battle of Midnight the October had a series of Yoyodyne 960-B Unified Field Emitter arrays installed. These were non-functional until mid 2417 when Captain of Engineering Thys th’Allegro cowboy-tuned the then-innate emitters to disable a Breen vessel as these arrays can harness an incredibly wide range of exotic particles and energies. Once tuned correctly these emitters are capable of projecting a mass energy wave that can be utilised to interfere with isolinear processors on a subatomic level, with proven potential to completely disable hostile vessels within the wave’s wake.
Following the October’s refit in late 2420 a numbed-variant of the JYNZ Systems Tactical Computer was installed within the vessel's new mission pod, built to run within the October’s EPS conduit grid which was somewhat lesser than those present aboard Endeavour class starships, which serves as both a targeting aid and provides significant assistance in squadron and fleet coordination management. This computer system also ties in directly with the additional multi-vector torpedo tubes installed on all faces of the mission pod, capable of launching a multi-directional artillery barrage at multiple combatants.
As part of its offensive refit brought about with once again rising tensions across the Klingon border, the October had a ventral spinal phaser lance installed. Built directly into the entire structure, or “spine”, of the vessel's hull this powerful armament fires a large phaser beam within the vessel's forward arc. Based on technology used on the Galaxy “X” refit this weapon is devastating against unshielded targets and is even capable of piercing multiple enemy starships within the same firing line. Due to its heavy wattage, the weapon is generally to be used as a final crushing blow, or should the starship be within a squadron, as an initial destructive strike. With this however comes a massive strain on the utilising starship’s energy transfer conduits and takes considerable power from main systems temporarily, which can leave the ship vulnerable. The October’s spinal lance phaser was non-operational until late 2421.
Awards and Decorations
The October is a massive, slow tank. She’s got all the curves in all the right places, and needs to be treated appropriately. She has thick armour, powerful weaponry and highly-tuned sensors; but she doesn’t quite have plot physics. Regardless of the size or class of her opponent, the right shot in the right place can easily cripple her. She’s still going to take a beating even if she comes out on top.
Launched in late 2407 under a different name the October started life as an Odyssey class star cruiser, Block 1A, with innate abilities such as chevron(saucer) separation common throughout Starfleet vessels. Unique to the class, she features the built-in Aquarius class parasite escort, registered as the U.S.S. Shrewsbury. This small escort can operate autonomously from the mothership and be used for planetary landing should the need arise. As well as this, the vessel carries a considerably heavy shuttle compliment to facilitate away missions, colony transfer and scientific study. Unlike her predecessor, she houses no specific-built fighter craft.
The vessel, while originally quite reasonably armed to begin with, received an early refit following the cease fire at the end of the Iconian war. The vessel took on numerous upgrades to both defensive systems and its scientific facilities alike and is exceptionally capable of sustaining herself on extended assignment. While not an exact match on the likes of the tactical-system based Endeavour Subclass, the October is no stranger to putting up her fists. Since her latest refit, she’s received the addition of a high-spec mission pod, complete with upgrade targeting sensors and additional torpedo tubes.
If you treat her like a lady, she’ll always bring us home.
- Dedication Plaque Template by FuryofaSeraph 1
- USS Saratoga post by Kermit
- Memory Beta Starship Information
- USS Yorktown Memory Beta Information
- Odyssey Class Patch Thomas Marrone
- Yorktown Master Systems Display
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