Tactical CONN

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The Tactical CONN department was where the Starfleet fighter pilots belonged, where space aviation and military/tactical knowledge went hand in hand. They worked very closely with both the CONN and Tactical departments and the department color was white.

Background Information: Tactical CONN

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The formation of the Starfleet Aerospace Command was heavily influenced by the successful deployment of Peregrine-class fighters aboard the starships serving as carriers in the fleet, yet the USS Theurgy did not hold a squadron of Peregrine-class fighters aboard, but the more developed Valkyrie-class. Namely, the prototype Mk III version, a superior fighter that made use of recent advances in technology.

The year 2375 - after the conclusion of the Dominion War - the AC-205 Mk I Valkyries were deployed. These fighters were assigned to the USS Typhon (TNG game: Star Trek: Invasion). They were initially designed as a carrier-based fleet engagement craft. Initially, the design proved successful, with a high survivability rate matching the heavy fire power available to bring down larger ships. In learning that a full squadron of Valkyries would still require a lot of support for engagements of a Dominion-War level threat, Starfleet deemed that the attack fighter needed an upgrade. By 2381, these fighters were still being deployed in fairly limited numbers - shuffled around the fleet.

Another development at the time was that a group of influential admirals in the fleet demanded to form a new department that hand-picked the Conn officers with the most tactical training. It was the only way, they reckoned, to ensure that the fleet used the right kind of pilots for these fighters. The original score of 400 personnel - the fleets new Tactical CONN officers - served as the foundation for a new and more organized department for fighter pilots. They accepted only the highest scoring Conn or fight-trained Security or Tactical Cadets, and then dealt them another year of training in the fields they lacked from their Academy training. White became the chosen color for the department, and the admirals that rode this project into history became the core of the Aerospace Command.

Both the Mk I and II Valkyries used Rear Intercept Officers (RIOs). The efficiency in which the attack fighters were operated were doubled by allowing the pilots to focus solely on the maneuvers and weapons employment of the craft during a fight, allowing the RIO to handle comm traffic, emergency repairs, and tactic simulations. Among the improvements for the Mk II Valkyrie were a new ablative armor compound, improved power plant, and the employment of a hardpoint system beneath the wings. With the Mk II, the Valkyrie truly stepped into a class of her own. At the success of the Mk II and the fleet-wide deployment of the Valkyries in the fleet, Starfleet Command began looking into the Valkyrie with more interest. Initially, they had considered Tactical CONN another spear in Starfleet's arsenal. So when the project was given new funding, R&D went back to the drawing board to see what could be improved on an already formidable weapon.

The first step was to increase the command, control and reconnaissance capabilities of the design. Originally, the Valkyrie (both Mk I and Mk II) employed an Isolinear twin-core design computer system, with 372 Isolinear banks and 106 command preprocessors and data analysis units. This design was quite successful for the use of standard comm traffic control and tactical targeting, but newer sensor package upgrades intended for the Valkyrie were hampered by a core that was already at its limit for processing power. So, with the eagerness of little boys with a new toy to take apart, R&D began a computer system redesign from the ground up, which would lead to hull, engine, and weapons redesign, and end in an almost completely new Space Superiority attack fighter: the AC-409 Mk III Valkyrie.

By that time, Hyperjet Quantite Mk IV reactor cores were being successfully implemented in the experimental Knight-class interceptor. These core types could be sized variably (depending on the design requirements) while still maintaining a very high energy output. A twin-core design was drafted for the new Mk III, and projected numbers suggested the Mk III would see a 25% increase to power output than the Mk I & II series. With this increase in power output, a larger computer core system was designed. Utilizing bio-neural processors and relays, the original frame space needed for the computer systems was reduced, and spread out through the center-line of the craft. Computational capacity and storage was increased by another 30%, and a new tactical link-up library software system was implemented. The system provided a clearer and more accurate battlefield image for the pilot, and the integration was so effective that the RIOs were not needed any more - only one pilot was required in the cockpit.

With this new freedom of space within the spacecraft hull, R&D decided a more streamlined hull would benefit the pilot. Their new, sportier look reduced sensor cross-section and improved warp field stability for the twin quantite reactor cores. With the hull redesign came minor changes to weapons load-out: the arrangement of the standard Type-XII pulse phaser cannons and microtorpedo launchers in the Mk II changed only slightly to fit into the new spaceframe. The hard-point system was simplified, and the pulse phaser cell-magazine rack was switched from a vertical feed system to a horizontal feed system to combat original design flaws and jams during gravity-inducing combat maneuvers.

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Lastly, one more weapon was added: a tetryon pulse phase cannon was installed on the underside of the cockpit within its own hull compartment. This cannon was installed for ground suppression roles, and to give the Valkyrie an added punch in the Space Superiority role. The drawback to the tetryon pulse phase cannon was its limited ammunition and craft maneuverability when utilizing the weapon. Though the weapon itself could effectively neutralize enemy engine and weapons systems as well as do considerable kinetic energy damage, the weapon itself failed at a remarkable rate when engaged in combat maneuvers. A straight-line course was required for the weapon to work effectively, limiting it to the dangerous Head-to-Head combat maneuver, and strafing of ground or orbital targets. With these weapon enhancements and increase in power, a slightly larger pair of shield generators were installed, increasing shield sustainable load to 390 isotons/second. The ablative armor was also thickened from 10.7 cm to 11.1 cm.

The top speed and warp capabilities of the Mk III remained virtually unchanged, but the increased power output from the new quantite cores benefited the improved avionics, sensor, weapons, and shield systems more than her speed. Despite this, the Valkyrie Mk III could easily go toe-to-toe with the fastest Interceptors currently in service. What she lacked in speed, she made up for in raw firepower.

As of 2381, the Mk III Valkyrie remained a prototype test model, but with the recent development in intergalactic politics and the potential Romulan threat, the project was pushed towards immediate deployment by Aerospace Command. So, since the new Theurgy-class starship - the USS Theurgy - was not only being fitted with an A.I. inter-phase, but with a fully operational (if small) fighter assault bay, the decision was made. The Theurgy was given a complement of sixteen Mk III fighters with their own Squadron Commanding Officer and a crew of thirty technicians hailing from Starfleet Operations or Engineering Corps.

The sixteen original pilots on the Theurgy were named the Lone Wolves, decimated to only twelve pilots after their escape from Earth. In March of 2381 - as of the Battle of Starbase 84 - there were only four of the original pilots left, but twelve fighter pilots defected to the Theurgy during the battle, forming the new squadron with the same name.

Tactical CONN Positions

Tactical CONN were trained in aerodynamics, support craft, fighter engines, flight systems, meteorology, and navigation, as well as flight rules and regulations. They also received training in maintenance and supervision of ground crew personnel. They were trained in combat fighter tactics in space as well as atmospheres. They all began training with runabouts, shuttles, and transports so were qualified on all types before graduation.

Group Commander [CAG] [N/A For Playing]

The Group Commander was in charge of all things related to his Group's Tactical CONN personnel and their fighters, generally a responsibility of all Flight Wings assigned to a base or starship. The CAG was responsible for all the personnel assigned to the Group on the ship/facility, and ensuring that combat readiness, mission load outs, maintenance checks, and repairs were done so all fighters were mission ready. The CAG reported to the Commanding Officer or Executive Officer and was a member of the Senior Staff.

Wing Commander [N/A For Playing]

The Wing Commander was in charge of all things related to his Wing's fighters, generally a responsibility of over 30 attack fighters. As well, the Wing Commander was responsible for all the personnel assigned to the Wing on the ship/facility, and ensuring that combat readiness, mission specific load-outs, maintenance, and repairs were completed maximizing readiness. If more than 16 fighters were assigned to a ship, it could have had a Wing Commander. If the Wing Commander was the senior Tactical CONN officer assigned to the facility, starbase, or starship, they reported to the Commanding Officer or Executive Officer and were a member of the Senior Staff.

Squadron Commanding Officer [SCO] / Squad Leader [Informal Title]

This was the highest ranking rank on board the USS Theurgy. The SCO was in charge of all things related to his Squadron's fighters, generally a responsibility for 8 to 24 attack fighters (2 to 4 Flights). The SCO was responsible for all the Tactical CONN personnel assigned to the Squadron on the ship/facility, and ensuring the combat readiness, correct mission specific load outs, maintenance checks, and repairs were done so all fighters were mission ready. A SCO reported to the CAG or Wing Commander. If the SCO was the senior Tactical CONN officer assigned to the starship, starbase, or facility they reported to the Commanding Officer or Executive Officer and were a member of the Senior Staff.

Flight Leader

The Flight Leader was in charge of all things related to his Flight's fighters, responsible for 4 to 8 attack fighters. The Flight Leader was also responsible for all the Tactical CONN personnel assigned to the flight, ensuring that all his fighters were combat ready, supervising maintenance and repairs on the Flight's attack fighters. The Flight Leaders reported to the SCO of their Squadron.

Element Leader

The Element Leader was the Tactical leader of a pair of attack fighters. An Element was the smallest unit used by Tactical Conn. Only on rare or desperate times would a pilot and his/her attack fighter be deployed as a lone craft. The Element Leader reported directly to the Flight Leader.

Squadron Organizational Charts

Tactical CONN was comprised of Air Groups, which held four Wings, and in each Wing, there were usually four squadrons. Air Groups served as planetary or starbase defence complements, with the high number of fighters suitable for the defence of large population nodes in the Federation. When commissioned to starships, the fighter complement was usually a single Wing or a couple of squadrons. Depending on the ship's class, a round saucer granted a more capacious Fighter Assault Bay, yet single-squadron fighter complements could be found on other starships that had either been retro-fitted as carriers or built with hangars within the engineering sections.

These single squadrons deployed alone from starships all had in common that they had a wolven theme to their names, since they operated in packs without the support from an entire Wing or Air Group. They could have squadron names like the Lone Wolves on the USS Theurgy, the Grey Wolves on the USS Resolve or the White Wolves on the USS Orcus.

See below for squadron organisational charts for known vessels in Star Trek: Theurgy. Since all fighter pilots at Starbase 84 were NPCs, they can be found on this page: The 23rd Tactical CONN Air Group at Starbase 84

The Lone Wolves Squadron

After the defeat the USS Theurgy at the Battle of Starbase 84, a lot of Tactical CONN Officers were killed, and even more defected to the Theurgy from both the USS Resolve and the USS Orcus. After the loss of Miles Renard, callsign "Iron-Fox", the Squadron Commanding Officer on the Theurgy since the Niga Incident, Captain Ives ordered the formation of a new wolf pack, consisting of Tactical CONN officers from all three ships. The Theurgy's new fighter squadron was still dubbed the Lone Wolves Squadron. A couple of days later, the Lone Wolves fought the Savi in the Azure Nebula. With their numbers so low, they had to arrange their Flights by three, with one Flight leader and 1-2 Fighter pilots.

See below for the status of the Lone Wolves Squadron after it fought the Savi the first time:

LONE WOLVES SQUADRON - EP05, IN CHAPTERS "CHARADES" & "VANTAGE POINTS"
x5 AC-409 MK III Valkries, x1 AC-307 Mk II Valkyries & x5 AC-477 Mk I Valravns

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Wolf-01 - Wolf Leader/SCO

Lt Cmdr. Thomas Ravon ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Razor


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Wolf-02 - Fighter Pilot

Lt. JG Evelyn Rawley ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Ghost


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Wolf-03 - Fighter Pilot

Lt. JG Tessa May Lance ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Goldeneye


Wolf-04 - Flight Leader
Lt. Daniel Havenborn ♂ (Human)
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Callsign: Salvo

Wolf-04 RIO
Lt. JG Uriah Ahern ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Knight

Wolf-05 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Krystal Tancredi ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Meony


Destroyed

Wolf-06 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. CJ Slayton ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Husker

KIA, Valkyrie Destroyed


Destroyed

Wolf-07 Flight Leader
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Lt. Talidenai zh'Idenna ♀ (Andorian)
Callsign: Terror

Wolf-07 Rear Intercept Officer
PO2 Amyn Reshi ♂ (Bajoran)
Callsign: Shocker

Both KIA, Valravn Destroyed


Destroyed

Wolf-08 Fighter Pilot
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Lt. JG T'Zantha ♀ (Vulcan)
Callsign: Sniper

Wolf-08 Rear Intercept Officer
Ens. Freedom Running Moon ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Bear

Both KIA, Valravn Destroyed


Destroyed

Wolf-09 Fighter Pilot
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Lt. JG Cameron Ward ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Witch King

Wolf-09 Rear Intercept Officer
Ens. Tallanyreen sh'Kandros ♀ (Andorian)
Callsign: Aria

Both KIA, Valravn Destroyed


Wolf-10 Flight Leader
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Lt. JG Alessia Garcia ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Angel

Wolf-10 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Vinnie Ferris ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Fury


Destroyed

Wolf-11 Fighter Pilot
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CPO Chatrine Palm ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Catscratch

Wolf-11 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Thomas Wigandt ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Vagabond

Both KIA, Valravn Destroyed

See below for the status of the Lone Wolves Squadron when battling the Versant the first time:

LONE WOLVES SQUADRON - BATTLE WITH THE VERSANT EP05 CH01
x7 AC-409 MK III Valkries, x1 AC-307 Mk II Valkyries & x8 AC-477 Mk I Valravns

Wolf-01 - Wolf Leader/SCO
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Lt Cmdr. Thomas Ravon ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Razor


Missing-in-Action

Wolf-02 - Fighter Pilot
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Lt. JG Khorin Douglas ♂ (Human/Klingon)
Callsign: Hardtop

Abducted by the Savi


Wolf-03 - Element Leader
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Lt. JG Tessa May Lance ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Goldeneye


Missing-in-Action

Wolf-04 - Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Nathaniel Isley ♂ (Human/Romulan)
Callsign: Icarus

Abducted by the Savi

Wolf-05 - Flight Leader
Lt. Daniel Havenborn ♂ (Human)
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Callsign: Salvo

Wolf-05 RIO
Lt. JG Uriah Ahern ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Knight


Missing-in-Action

Wolf-06 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. K'Ren ♀ (Caitian/Human)
Callsign: Neko

Abducted by the Savi

Wolf-07 Element Leader
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Ens. Krystal Tancredi ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Meony

Wolf-08 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. CJ Slayton ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Husker

Wolf-09 Flight Leader
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Lt. Talidenai zh'Idenna ♀ (Andorian)
Callsign: Terror

Wolf-09 Rear Intercept Officer
PO2 Amyn Reshi ♂ (Bajoran)
Callsign: Shocker

Wolf-10 Fighter Pilot
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Lt. JG T'Zantha ♀ (Vulcan)
Callsign: Sniper

Wolf-10 Rear Intercept Officer
Ens. Freedom Running Moon ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Bear


Destroyed

Wolf-11 Element Leader
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Lt. JG Devyrie Okhala ♀ (Human/Romulan) - MIA
Callsign: Dragon

Wolf-11 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Vinnie Ferris ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Fury

Dragon MIA, Fury ETSed, Valravn Destroyed


Destroyed

Wolf-12 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Esa Ojanpera ♂ (Bajoran)
Callsign: Strider

Wolf-12 Rear Intercept Officer
CPO Mark SMith ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Flint

Both KIA, Valravn Destroyed

Wolf-13 Flight Leader
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Lt. JG Alessia Garcia ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Angel

Wolf-13 Rear Intercept Officer
Ens. Sehl th'Chilnes ♂ (Andorian)
Callsign: Talon

Talon abducted by the Savi


Destroyed

Wolf-14 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Minjae Soh ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Shinigami

Wolf-14 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Karma ein Yueh ♀ (Câroon)
Callsign: Siren

Both KIA, Valravn Destroyed

Wolf-15 Element Leader
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Lt. JG Cameron Ward ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Witch King

Wolf-15 Rear Intercept Officer
Ens. Tallanyreen sh'Kandros ♀ (Andorian)
Callsign: Aria

Wolf-16 Fighter Pilot
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CPO Chatrine Palm ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Catscratch

Wolf-16 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Thomas Wigandt ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Vagabond

Before the USS Theurgy's crew were named outlaws and persecuted across the Alpha Quadrant, the Lone Wolves Squadron consisted of sixteen fighter pilots and just as many Mk III Valkyries. After the Battle of Starbase 84, the squadron has been altered to accept new Tacitcal CONN Officers from other ships. See below for the status of the Lone Wolves at the end of the Battle of Starbase 84, before these additional officers:

THE FORMER LONE WOLVES SQUADRON (AT THE BATTLE OF STARBASE 84)
AC-409 Mk III Valkyries

Missing-in-Action
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Wolf-01 - Wolf Leader/SCO

Lt. Cmdr. Miles Renard ♂ (Vulpinian)
Callsign: Iron-Fox


Destroyed
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Wolf-02 - Fighter Pilot

Ens. Kanti MacTavish ♀ (Trill)
Callsign: Gun-Shy


Destroyed
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Wolf-03 - Flight Leader

Lt. JG Fasha ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Morrigan

Wolf-04 - Fighter Pilot
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Ens. CJ Slayton ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Husker


Destroyed
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Wolf-05 - Element Leader

Ens. Gregor Strand ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Outrider


Destroyed
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Wolf-06 - Fighter Pilot
CPO Carolina Archer ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Game

Destroyed, ETSed
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Wolf-07 - Flight Leader

Lt. JG Tessa May Lance ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Goldeneye


Destroyed
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Wolf-08 - Fighter Pilot

CPO Earl Lundh ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Hurl

Wolf-09 - Element Leader
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Lt. JG Evelyn Rawley ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Ghost


Destroyed
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Wolf-10 - Fighter Pilot

Ens. Quint Birch ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Hat Trick

Wolf-XX - Former Flight Leader
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Lt. Thomas Ravon ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Razor

The Black Wolves Squadron

At the Battle of Starbase 84, eight Valravn fighters in the White Wolves Squadron defected to the USS Theurgy, being integrated into the Lone Wolves Squadron. The rest stayed loyal to the Commanding Officer of the USS Orcus. Yet since they were so few in numbers after the battle, they were integrated into the Black Wolves Squadron aboard the USS Dauntless.

See below for the status of the Black Wolves when Task Force Archeron intercepted Vector 03 of the USS Theurgy in Episode 05:

BLACK WOLVES SQUADRON - EP05, IN CHAPTERS "VERTEX" & "KNIFE'S EDGE"
x10 AC-307 Mk II Valkyries & x6 AC-477 Mk I Valravns

Wolf-01 - Wolf Leader
Lt Cmdr. Ash Bates ♂ (Human)
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Callsign: Warlock

Wolf-01 RIO
Ens. Yarnul Garrom ♂ (Bajoran)
Callsign: Badger


Destroyed

Wolf-02 - Fighter Pilot
Lt. Rath ch'Oshysrek ♂ (Andorian)
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Callsign: Turret

Wolf-02 RIO
Ens. Wilson Davis ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Boone

Both KIA, Gryphon destroyed by the Theurgy


Disabled

Wolf-03 - Element Leader
Lt. Bror Truggess ♂ (Tellarite)
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Callsign: Wedge

Wolf-03 RIO
Ens. Un’ak ♂ (Grazerite)
Callsign: Moebius

MIA in Fox Hunt, Gryphon Disabled


Disabled

Wolf-04 - Fighter Pilot
Lt. Irina ♀ (Deltan)
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Callsign: Frost

Wolf-04 RIO
Ens. Strunek ♂ (Vulcan)
Callsign: Tempest

MIA in Fox Hunt, Gryphon Disabled


Wolf-05 - Flight Leader
Lt. R'rora ♀ (Caitian)
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Callsign: Whiskers

Wolf-05 RIO
Ens. Okanos Ezaa ♂ (Bajoran)
Callsign: Cactus


Wolf-06 - Fighter Pilot
Lt. JG Xaikin Chaff ♂ (Bolian)
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Callsign: Sneaky

Wolf-06 RIO
Ens. Shastina Nikolayevna ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Tigress


Defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-07 - Element Leader
Lt. JG Donna Petterson ♀ (Human)
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Callsign: Chance

Wolf-07 RIO
Ens. Chaanoo ♂ (Rigellan)
Callsign: Tank

Chance Defected in Fox Hunt, Tank Unconscious


Defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-08 - Fighter Pilot
Ens. Isel Nix ♀ (Vulpinian)
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Callsign: Foxfire

Wolf-08 RIO
Ens. Hilda Gershwin ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Bourbon

Foxfire Defected in Fox Hunt, Bourbon Unconscious



Wolf-09 Flight Leader
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Lt. JG Amator Barcor ♂ (Angosian)
Callsign: Metalhead

Wolf-09 RIO
Ens. Emery D'vol ♂ (Betazoid)
Callsign: Radar



Wolf-10 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Tel Kaifur ♂ (Cygnian)
Callsign: Tinker

Wolf-10 RIO
PO1 Edward Elissalde ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Trapper


Disabled

Wolf-11 - Element Leader
Lt JG. Marana ♀ (Risian)
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Callsign: Pulsar

Wolf-11 RIO
Ens. Rose Drogace ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Thorn

Gryphon Disabled by the Theurgy


Disabled

Wolf-12 - Fighter Pilot
Ens. Ozel Sarea ♂ (Bajoran)
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Callsign: Banshee

Wolf-12 RIO
CPO Garrel Morrigon ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Oberon

Gryphon Disabled by the Theurgy



Wolf-13 Flight Leader
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CWO3 Liliana Walton ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Meerkat

Wolf-13 RIO
PO2 Haqr ♂ (Klingon)
Callsign: Bulkhead



Wolf-14 Fighter Pilot
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Lt. JG Sephiria Arn ♀ (Trill)
Callsign: Scylla

Wolf-14 RIO
PO2 Alloran Markel ♂ (Bajoran)
Callsign: Popper


Defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-15 Element Leader
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Lt. JG Logan Hale ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Wraith

Wolf-15 RIO
Ens. Ezekiel Jackson ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Big Zee

Both Defected to the Theurgy in Fox Hunt



Wolf-16 Fighter Pilot
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Lt. JG Jhozahosh sh'Avhennes ♀ (Andorian)
Callsign: Blizzard

Wolf-16 RIO
PO1 Abigale Sheridan ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Trixie

The Grey Wolves Squadron & the Tribble Squadron

Before the USS Resolve' was thrown into unknown space by a spatial anomaly, the Grey Wolves Squadron consisted of eighteen fighter pilots and just as many RIOs. They flew Mk II Valkyries at first, but over the three-year voyage, the loss of many fighters forced them to form a secondary squadron, the surviving pilots flying Type-8 Shuttles with several modifications. The shuttle pilots that flew these shuttles were named Tribble Squadron, and they were led by Krystal Tancredi, callsign "Meony", who reported to the SCO, Daniel Havenborn, callsign "Salvo". As of the Battle of Starbase 84, the squadron ceased to be, instead being integrated into the Lone Wolves Squadron.

See below for the status of the Grey Wolves at the end of the Battle of Starbase 84:

GREY WOLVES SQUADRON (DISBANDED)
AC-307 Mk II Valkyries
Wolf-01 Squadron Commander
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Lt. Daniel Havenborn ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Salvo

Wolf-01 Rear Intercept Officer
Lt. JG Uriah Ahern ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Knight

Both defected to the Theurgy


Destroyed

Wolf-02 Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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Lt. JG Michael Sanders ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Broadside

Wolf-02 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Ens. Mica Caryn ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Hammer


Destroyed

Wolf-03 Flight Leader
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Ens. K'Ren ♀ (Caitian/Human)
Callsign: Neko
Defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-03 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Ens. Miles Jackson ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Merlin


Destroyed

Wolf-04 Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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Lt. JG Demetria Daniels ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Deadeye

Wolf-04 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Ens. Matthew Xander ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Clutch


Destroyed

Wolf-05 Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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Ens. T'Iya ♀ (Vulcan)
Callsign: Warhound

Wolf-05 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Ens. Samara Rodriguez ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Nymph

TRIBBLE SQUADRON (DISBANDED)
Modded Type-8 Shuttles

Destroyed

Tribble-01 - Tribble Commander
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Ens. Krystal Tancredi ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Meony
Defected to the Theurgy


Destroyed

Tribble-02 - Shuttle Pilot (KIA)
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Ens. Ara Laurent ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Aura


Destroyed

Tribble-03 - Shuttle Pilot (KIA)
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CPO Kimberley Phillips ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Goshawk


Destroyed

Tribble-04 - Shuttle Pilot (KIA)
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PO1 Sophia Cortez ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Torp


Destroyed

Tribble-05 - Shuttle Pilot (KIA)
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PO2 Dermot Lanier ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Frenchie


Destroyed

Tribble-06 - Shuttle Pilot (KIA)
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CPO Kiera Thurmane ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Pole

The White Wolves Squadron

When the USS Theurgy supposedly defected to the Romulans in November of 2380, orders came to Luna Shipyards that the twenty prototype Valravn fighters needed to be put into field duty, since the Theurgy's Mk III Valkyries were better than what the rest of Task Force Archeron had in terms of superiority fighters. So, the White Wolves Squadron ceased to be test pilots and were instead commissioned to the USS Orcus, which was supposed to join Task Force Archeron and hunt down the Theurgy.

In late February of 2381, the USS Orcus found the task force adrift, orbiting Theta Eridani IV without means of communication or propulsion. They had been affected by a computer virus, and it was only with the help of the USS Orcus "clean" software that the entire task force could exit orbit and take up the hunt again. Task Force Archeron immediately set a course towards Starbase 84 - meaning to intercept the Theurgy if Captain Ives had decided to put the advanced Theurgy-class starship of in his Romulan masters' hands.

At the Battle of Starbase 84, eight Valravn fighters defected to the USS Theurgy, being integrated into the Lone Wolves Squadron. See below for the status of the White Wolves at the end of the Battle of Starbase 84:

WHITE WOLVES SQUADRON (DISBANDED)
AC-477 Mk I Valravns
Wolf-01 Squadron Commander
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Lt. Talidenai zh'Idenna ♀ (Andorian)
Callsign: Terror

Wolf-01 Rear Intercept Officer
PO2 Amyn Reshi ♂ (Bajoran)
Callsign: Shocker

Both defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-02 Fighter Pilot
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Lt. JG T'Zantha ♀ (Vulcan)
Callsign: Sniper

Wolf-02 Rear Intercept Officer
Ens. Freedom Running Moon ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Bear

Both defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-03 Element Leader
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Lt. JG Amator Barcor ♂ (Angosian)
Callsign: Metalhead

Wolf-03 Rear Intercept Officer
Ens. Emery D'vol ♂ (Betazoid)
Callsign: Radar

Wolf-04 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Keel Ma'zar ♂ (Capellan)
Callsign: Haul

Wolf-04 Rear Intercept Officer
PO2 R'gath ♂ (Klingon)
Callsign: Bulkhead

Wolf-05 Flight Leader
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Lt. JG Devyrie Okhala ♀ (Human/Romulan)
Callsign: Dragon

Wolf-05 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Vinnie Ferris ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Fury

Both defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-06 Fighter Pilot
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Lt. JG Sephiria Arn ♀ (Trill)
Callsign: Scylla

Wolf-06 Rear Intercept Officer
PO2 Alloran Markel ♂ (Bajoran)
Callsign: Popper


Destroyed

Wolf-07 Element Leader (KIA)
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Lt. JG Leele Vovk ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Vapor

Wolf-07 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Ens. L'kos ♂ (Efrosian)
Callsign: Bacon

Both defected to the Theurgy before being KIA

Wolf-08 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Tel Kaifur ♂ (Cygnian)
Callsign: Tinker

Wolf-08 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Edward Elissalde ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Trapper

Wolf-09 Flight Leader
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Lt. JG Alessia Garcia ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Angel

Wolf-09 Rear Intercept Officer
Ens. Sehl th'Chilnes ♂ (Andorian)
Callsign: Talon

Both defected to the Theurgy


Destroyed

Wolf-10 Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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Lt. JG R'Meia ♀ (Caitian)
Callsign: Stormfang

Wolf-10 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Ens. Carlos Vega ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Scythe

Both defected to the Theurgy before being KIA

Wolf-11 Element Leader
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Lt. Jg Logan Hale ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Wraith

Wolf-11 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Curjut ♂ (Benzite)
Callsign: Corvus

Wolf-12 Fighter Pilot
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Lt. JG Jhozahosh sh'Avhennes ♀ (Andorian)
Callsign: Blizzard

Wolf-12 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Abigale Sheridan ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Trixie

Wolf-13 Flight Leader
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Lt. JG Cameron Ward ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Witch King

Wolf-13 Rear Intercept Officer
Ens. Tallanyreen sh'Kandros ♀ (Andorian)
Callsign: Aria

Both defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-14 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Esa Ojanpera ♂ (Bajoran)
Callsign: Strider

Wolf-14 Rear Intercept Officer
CPO Donald Hughes ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Flint

Both defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-15 Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Minjae Soh ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Shinigami

Wolf-15 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Karma ein Yueh ♀ (Câroon)
Callsign: Siren

Both defected to the Theurgy

Wolf-16 Element Leader
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CPO Chatrine Palm ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Catscratch

Wolf-16 Rear Intercept Officer
PO1 Thomas Wigandt ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Vagabond

Both defected to the Theurgy


Destroyed

Wolf-17 Flight Leader (KIA)
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Ens. James Einhorn ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Rhino

Wolf-17 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Ens. Mark Smith ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Boogeyman


Destroyed

Wolf-18 Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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Unknown White Wolf
Callsign: Unknown

Wolf-18 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Unknown White Wolf
Callsign: Unknown


Destroyed

Wolf-19 Element Leader (KIA)
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Unknown White Wolf
Callsign: Unknown

Wolf-19 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Unknown White Wolf
Callsign: Unknown


Destroyed

Wolf-20 Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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Unknown White Wolf
Callsign: Unknown

Wolf-20 Rear Intercept Officer (KIA)
Unknown White Wolf
Callsign: Unknown

The Dor'GhItlh Squadron

Before the Harbinger's crew were named outlaws and persecuted across the Alpha quadrant, the Dor'GhItlh Squadron was only one of four squadrons in Starfleet's 104th Fighter Attack Wing. What was unique to Wing Commander Kilinvoss' pilots were that they exclusively flew solo in thier Mk II Valkyries, i.e. having any RIOs in the back seat of their cockpits, and this remained true for the survivors in the Dor'GhItlh Squadron. The squadron as of February 2381, before the first battle with the USS Calamity is listed below. At that point, the 48 pilots strong Wing commissioned to the Harbinger had been reduced to twelve pilots, and after the battle, they were only eight, since Eli Cunningham, Harry Ezi, Toman Fal, and Teena Mod were KIA.

As of the final battle with the USS Calamity, all fighter pilots in the Dor'GhItlh Squadron were killed in action, except for Christopher Slayton, callsign "Husker", who defected to the USS Theurgy, becoming a pilot in the Lone Wolves Squadron and later the Lone Wolves Squadron.

Below is the Dor'GhItlh Squadron shown as of February 2381:

DOR'GHITLH SQUADRON (DISBANDED)
AC-307 Mk II Valkyries

Destroyed

Wing Commander/SCO (KIA)
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Lt Cmdr. Phanatos Kilinvoss ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Phantom
Fighter Pilot
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Ens. Christopher Slayton ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Husker

Defected to the Theurgy


Destroyed

Element Leader (KIA)
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Lt. JG Daniel Ritwer ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Riptor

Destroyed

Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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Lt. JG Lukas B. Reed ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Bleed

Destroyed

Flight Leader (KIA)
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Ens. Andrew Sullivan ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Smoke

Destroyed

Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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MCPO Frida Armistead ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Freya

Destroyed

Element Leader (KIA)
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Ens. Gregory Tilliander ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Titan

Destroyed

Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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Ens. Rillian Hav ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Riptide

Destroyed

Flight Leader (KIA)
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Lt. JG Eli Cunningham ♀ (Human)
Callsign: Liquidus

Destroyed

Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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Ens. Harry Ezi ♂ (Human)
Callsign: Hawk

Destroyed

Element Leader (KIA)
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Ens. Toman Fal ♂ (Trill)
Callsign: Spectre

Destroyed

Fighter Pilot (KIA)
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CPO Teena Mod ♀ (Bolian)
Callsign: Tempest

Tactical CONN Exosuit

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A Tactical CONN exosuit was a low-profile EVA suit with adjustable-length exoskeleton limbs and frames that used small overlapping sectioned sliding plates, which dynamically expanded and contracted the overlap distance of its many outer plates, both to adapt to the wearer's limb length and girth, and as the plates move in coordination with the wearer's body during general use. It consisted of three layers: closest to the skin was a liquid heat insulation layer, then a pressure-restraint layer, and finally the thermal micrometeoroid layer, reinforced with sheets of lightweight ablative ceramic. The role of the liquid heat insulation layer was, obviously, to keep the body at the occupant's preferred temperature. The pressure-restraint layer maintained appropriate internal air pressure, and prevented air from leaking out of the suit and provideed constricting pressure under extreme G forces. The outside layer protected the wearer from the extreme temperatures of outer space, lunar dust, and to some extent, energy weapons.

The exosuit also had a synthetic muscle technology with servomechanisms and a spinal stabiliser. The back of the suit also had two low-energy thrusters with a ten minute capacity, added with thrusters in the magnetized hard-shell boots. The PM-1 locator beacon on the helmet was fitted with a xenon strobe, generating 9,600 lumens for sake of visibility during rescue operations. The stand-alone life support generator would generate oxygen for six hours, but the exosuit also had an auxiliary oxygen system if the generator was damaged. An emergency battery powered a O2 analyzer and a carbon dioxide scrubber, with a total capacity of four hours oxygen supply.

The slim utility compartments by the hips and the sides of the legs contained the following:

  • Holster for the pilot's Type I hand phaser [+ 2 extra power cells]
  • Knee PADD (see below)
  • Combat Tricorder
  • Standard combat ration pack (14 days)
  • Standard combat medical kit
  • Knife with retractable parsteel blade
  • 1 field communicator
  • Emergency inflatable shelter (1 person)
  • 2 half-liter pouches of drinking water
  • Respirator/filter mask

Knee PADD

This item of a pilot's gear was essentially a wider and flatter version of the standard PADD issued by Starfleet, with bigger buttons for use with gloves. It was strapped to the pilot's thigh, where it could easily be seen during flight. It was used to record critical navigation instructions, pre-flight checklists, communication code frequencies, and other pieces of important information. During flight, it recorded the pilot's biological data and any conversation inside the cockpit of the aircraft. This data often proved valuable to rescue crews or accident investigators.

Through-Visor Display [TVD]

Critical flight data (course, speed, threats, etc.) was displayed for the flight crew on their helmet visors. This look-through display was known as TVD (Through-Visor Display). The TVD was extremely useful as it meant the crew did not have to lower their gaze from the combat environment when they needed this information.

Unlike a standard HUD (heads-Up Display) which was projected only on the forward canopy, the TVD could be seen no matter where the Aerospace crew looked, and the information displayed in the TVD was updated based on the orientation of the crew member's head. In other words, it showed the crafts heading straight ahead when the pilot looked forward, but to his right when he looked left. This feature was extremely helpful when searching for targets that might not lie directly in the craft's flight path.

Another unique feature of the TVD was its ability to look 'through' the craft. This was accomplished by linking into the craft's sensors to produce a holographic image of what was under the craft. When the pilot put the TVD on virtual mode, he could then look down and instead of seeing the instruments or the cockpit floor, he could actually see what he was flying over, along with all his standard flight information. Virtual mode was engaged with a switch which the crew member kept depressed for the duration of their 'look-through'. Once the switch was released, normal vision returned. This prevented the pilot from looking down at a moment when he really did need to see his instruments and not being able to.

The TVD had several different modes for each crew member, and the particular mode needed could be selected from the stick controls. The computer narrowed the options available based on the environment the aircraft was in to reduce erroneous selections. For instance, space flight modes were not available in atmosphere, landing mode was not available when there was no hard surface within 5,000 meters of the craft, etc.

The Fighter Assault Bay / Flight Hangar [Informal Term]

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Below is the floor plan of the Fighter Assault Bay (more commonly called the Flight Hangar, the hangar etc.) in which the Tactical CONN squadron of Mk III Valkyries were housed and where the Theurgy’s fighter pilots usually hung out. On the starboard side the pilots hang out in their lounge or locker room when not on the main floor of the bay area. On the port side is the deck crew's side, with their lounge and maintenance bays.

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DeviantArt full resolution view: http://auctor-lucan.deviantart.com/art/Star-Trek-Theurgy-Fighter-Assault-Bay-507520121

Squadron Spirit

A Tactical CONN pilot was defined by a certain amount of self-confidence and self-respect for their own skills in regards to their training. Some pilots might have been mice outside of the cockpit, but because of training or inner strength, they turned into formidable piloting machines once they got into their Valkyries. The ones that withered under battle pressure were weeded out early in Tactical CONN Academy.

There was also the great trust they had in their fellow pilots; a 'pack' mentality that kicked in. On duty - especially in combat situations - more than half of their fighting ability came from the support provided by their Squadron. Off duty, there was a certain appreciation for the essence of life itself; a certain flare of enjoying life with more color and enthusiasm than necessarily their fellow Starfleet officers might. Day in and day out they would go out there and willingly throw themselves in front of bullets.

Tactical CONN courted death and faced losing friends every day, so there was a constant state of heightened adrenaline, and thus a greater appreciation for life. Their pack mentality generated some off duty tendencies as well, like wearing matching flight jackets, necklaces, or hoodies that bolstered their team spirit.

Image: Tactical CONN Flight Jacket
Image: Tactical CONN Hoodie & Necklace

Common Terminology

Combat Geometry

  • Angle Off - The difference between your heading and the ship you wished to attack in degrees
  • Angle off Tail (AoT) - The angle between your flight path and the flight path of the ship you wished to attack
  • Aspect Angle - The number of degrees between the tail of the other ship and your ship
  • Range - The distance between your ship and the target ship

Attack Terms

  • Closure Rate - The speed of your ship relative to the speed of the target ship.
  • Cone of vulnerability - The area of space that put you in range of your enemy's weapons. The only cone worse than the "Cone of Silence".
  • Corner speed - The speed at which a fighter/vessel could achieve its best turn radius
  • Turn rate/ Turn radius - The number of degrees a fighter/vessel could pivot per second.
  • Weapons Envelope - The area in which a weapon was effective. It was specific to the weapon and included maximum and minimum range.

Types of Pursuit

  • Lag pursuit - The opposite of lead pursuit. You made a wider turn instead of a sharper one to a point just behind the tail of the target pursuit.
  • Lead pursuit - Taking the path based on your prediction of the flight path of your target. You anticipated where it would be and altered your course to cross the target's flight path. Smaller or more maneuverable craft could get an advantage by taking sharper turns.
  • Pure pursuit - Following closely the path of the target.This was the position you wanted to be in for torpedo and missile firing. Good also for closer range with phasers.

Pilot Chatter

  • Bandit - Enemy vessel
  • Bent - Sensors inoperative
  • Bogey - Unknown vessel
  • Buddy spike - Being tracked/targeted by friendly forces. Look out for friendly fire
  • Bug out - Disengage
  • Clean - No contacts
  • Clear - No enemy threat to you
  • Contact - Located target
  • Mud spike - Being targeted by ground radar
  • No Joy - No contact of target. Opposite of "tally"
  • Target - That thing you are looking for or want to get rid of
  • Tally - Opposite of "no joy". Target, bandit, or bogey has been sighted

Formation Flying

  • Echelon Formation - Arrow head formation. Flight leader was the point of the arrow.
  • Diamond Formation - Similar to above but there was a fighter directly behind the leader at the end to make a diamond shape.
  • Line Astern Formation - Flight leader was in the front with the others behind at equal spacing intervals. Think of it as a column.
  • Line Abreast Formation - Similar to "line astern" but fighters were arranged like a row. The flight leader was to the extreme left followed by the rest to his/her/its right.

Attack and Defensive Patterns

The patterns described on this page - Attack Patterns - could also effectively be used when writing aerospace combat with a smaller Federation Warp Fighter. A recommendation was to write out the description of the specified maneuvres in some way so that the reader does not have to return here to check what actually happened in the post he/she was reading.