Welcome to the USS Ark Royal!

"You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood." James T. Kirk





With a name that lives into the twenty-fourth century, the USS Ark Royal is assigned to Task Force 72 of Bravo Fleet . Her continuing mission is to explore and understand that which is temporarily hidden; discover that which has not been discovered. Assigned to an officer with a troubled past looking for a chance at redemption, Commander Scott Parker takes the Ark Royal into the depths of the Alpha Quadrant.


Her objectives are clear:


  1. Establish a foothold to conduct exploratory, scientific and diplomatic operations within the Inconnu Expanse,

  2. Protect Federation interest against internal and external threats, and

  3. Continue vigilance along the borders of the Cardassian Union, the Breen Confederacy, the Ferengi Alliance and the Tzenkethi Coalition



Sector Exploration and Necessary Tactical Interdiction Near Enemy Lines (S.E.N.T.I.N.E.L.)


The Ark Royal, being an older Ambassador class vessel, is finally set with a permanent CO and senior staff. In the past fifteen years, it has acted as a stepping-stone command; a test run for new Commanding Officers to undertake prior to Starfleet giving them a new or newly refitted ship. The vessel fits into her new commander's situation perfectly. Starfleet is able to get Parker back into space without devoting the resources it would to a more experienced CO. However, the ship's age and condition, though not falling apart, is not the beauty she once was. As such, her missions are geared more towards scientific research/discovery and diplomatic disputes. Confrontation is avoided as much as possible.



Current Mission:


Mission 0: Commander Scott Parker, a young and flashy officer who quickly gained rank, prepares to take command of the USS Ark Royal. After having taken a year off due to the loss of his first command, the USS Fearless, and subsequent court-marshal, Parker is ready to take on the challenge of scientific discovery in the Inconnu Expanse. Docked at Roosevelt Station, located near the Breen and Ferengi Borders with Federation Space, the Ark Royal also receives her newly assigned senior staff. With only a short amount of time to prepare, can the crew come together to make sure an old bird of the fleet still flies?



Upcoming Mission:


Mission 1:After receiving her new commanding officer and senior staff, the USS Ark Royal is ordered into the the Inconnu Expanse for a routine three week mapping expedition to better complete Starfleet's cartography efforts in the Expanse. Her mandate is simple: collect as much sensor data as possible and report back to Starbase 514 while minimizing contact situations. Four days into the venture, the Royal receives a distress signal from a Ferengi merchant ship and decides to respond to render aid. Can the Ark Royal traverse the gravitic storms and reach the victim ship? What challenges will the Ferengi present to the crew providing assistance? Lastly, is this an isolated event, or does it present larger implications for Starfleet as they progress further into the Inconnu Expanse?





Latest News Items

» September Simulation Update

Posted on Sunday October 1st, 2017 @ 9:41pm by Commander Scott Parker in Sim Announcement

Captain’s Address:

Crew, this is the first of many (hopefully) monthly simulation updates that will be posted between the 1st and 5th of each month. That range isn’t drawn from thin air; it is the date range Bravo Fleet CO’s are afforded to submit their monthly report. Since this update will be written in conjunction with my report, they will be posted near the same time. Most all of the Ark Royal’s updates will come through these monthly updates, so make sure to give each one a quick read over!

These monthly updates will contain the following sections: Captain’s Address, Crew Departures/Arrivals, Mission Progress, Departmental Objectives, Crew Awards, and Other Announcements. Since this is the Ark Royal’s opening month, the arrival list for this month will be rather long!

Crew Arrivals/Departures:

Arrivals:
Commander Scott Parker, Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Damien Blackford, Executive Officer

Lieutenant Naresha Trepar, Strategic Operations/Intelligence Office

Major Thomas Haliwell Jr, Mission Advisor

Lieutenant Oliver Ross, Chief Operations Officer

Ensign Laura Axinal, Assistant Chief Security/Tactical Officer

2nd Lieutenant Gabrielle Sorenson, Marine Commanding Officer

Vice Admiral Zachary O'Connell, Task Force Commanding Officer (Recurring Character)

Departures: None

Mission Progress:

We are currently still in Mission 0: Crew Arrival, where the Ark Royal is docked at Roosevelt Station and all new officers transferred on board are arriving, getting settled in, and beginning to know one another. This is the simulation’s opening mission, so all players have free reign to post concerning their arrival, reporting-in to the CO/XO, and meeting with their own Department staff. Lets all begin getting your arrival and reporting-in posts started and completed so that we may begin our adventure in the Inconnu Expanse!

Departmental Objectives:

Once we begin our first official mission in the Inconnu Expanse, this section will break down possible avenues for each individual department (that we have staffed) to explore related to our specific mission objectives. For this month, all departments should be meeting with their department staff and the Executive Officer to ensure this old bird is ready to fly again!

Crew Awards:

Something that I wish to start in the future will be for us all to nominate other players for crew awards so that the Command Team may routinely award those which deserve it. Further, if the Ark Royal, or any of our players, receive awards from the Bravo Fleet channels, they will be posted here.

Other Announcements:

Exciting news! The Command team has opened up a side mission entitled “Prologue to Ark Royal.” This mission is open for any player to write about events prior to their character arrival on the Ark Royal. Posts could range anywhere from childhood years to academy years to just days before receiving transfer orders. There is no requirement that you post to this mission, nor will any post under this mission apply towards the one post per fourteen day posting requirement. I only request that if you do log a back post, please make sure to post it under the correct mission tab.

Second, there is a new channel in our Discord serve entitled #mission_engagement. This channel is for everyone to discuss our mission progress, specific mission details, and possible avenues to take our adventure. Consider this channel similar to an OCC Discussion that some games keep saved as a joint mission post.

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone for their efforts in joining and helping get this simulation going. It is for you, and the collective writing experience, that I decided to open this game. I look forward to many months, even years of writing with you all. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or the XO through the multiple routes available.

Signed,


Commander Scott Parker
Commanding Officer, USS Ark Royal
Task Force 72, S.E.N.T.I.N.E.L., Bravo Fleet


Latest Mission Posts

» Smarter Than He Looks

Mission: Mission 0: Crew Arrival
Posted on Sunday November 5th, 2017 @ 9:42pm by Ensign Daniel Walsh

Following a brief stop at his quarters to change into a duty uniform, Daniel made his way to Engineering. In it’s infinite wisdom, Starfleet had seen fit to assign an Ensign as Ark Royal’s Assistant Chief Engineer. That meant the young Ensign who was just three years out of the…


» TBD - Reporting For Duty Solwick/Blackford

Mission: Mission 0: Crew Arrival
Posted on Thursday November 2nd, 2017 @ 4:41pm by Ensign Erica Solwick & Lieutenant Commander Damien Blackford

ON:

Back post: These events took place before the ceremonial change of command.

Erica was trying her best to contain her excitement, this was going to be her first opportunity to serve in Starfleet. She was raised on a Starfleet vessel, but she spent most of her time, hiding in…


» Ceremonial Change of Command

Mission: Mission 0: Crew Arrival
Posted on Friday October 27th, 2017 @ 2:56am by Commander Scott Parker & Lieutenant Commander Damien Blackford & Lieutenant Naresha Trepar & Lieutenant Oliver Ross & Ensign Daniel Walsh & Ensign Laura Axinal & 2nd Lieutenant Gabrielle Sorenson & Ensign Erica Solwick

The main lounge of the USS Ark Royal was a buzz of activity with crewman, senior officers, and a few flag officers socializing and snacking on a vast array of Alpha Quadrant foods. It was customary to hold a ceremony when a new officer took command of a vessel; a…


» That Fateful Day

Mission: Prologue to Ark Royal
Posted on Monday October 16th, 2017 @ 10:58pm by 2nd Lieutenant Gabrielle Sorenson

It was raining. Dark, storming, and raining. That much Gabrielle remembered vividly. It was almost as if it was a precursor, a portent of what would come to pass. But in the moments before, it was nothing but another stormy night.

Then came the chime. Gabrielle had long since demonized…


» Armory Inspection and Unexpected Humor

Mission: Mission 0: Crew Arrival
Posted on Monday October 16th, 2017 @ 10:13pm by Ensign Laura Axinal & 2nd Lieutenant Gabrielle Sorenson

Laura stood at the rack of weapons, holding one of the phaser rifles in her hand. She turned it over several times, giving it a thorough inspection as she did. She tapped a few notes into the PADD at her right as she did, noting every single detail and discrepancy…


Latest Personal Logs

» Personal Log 1: Erica Solwick

Posted on Wednesday October 4th, 2017 @ 5:52pm by Ensign Erica Solwick

Personal Log: Erica Solwick

What an interesting past two weeks. Spending two weeks with a Bolian and a Tellarite, was a fun task. The two of them constantly struggled to get a long. Mainly because the Bolian, did not understand how to interact with a Tellarite, he seemed a little…