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Secret Assignment

Posted on Sun Jan 1st, 2017 @ 12:51pm by Captain Claudia Ainscow & Commander Tolan

Mission: S1E3 - Operation Adrestia
Location: Captain Ainscow's quarters
Timeline: Mission Day 17; 07:00

Tolan didn't like to disturb people earlier than they would usually get out of bed but this couldn't wait. He had received instructions from his superiors on Starbase Unity and he had to share them with Captain Ainscow immediately. The assignment was specifically for the Vindex and there was absolutely no time to waste. This had to be done now if Starfleet were to have any chance of pressing home their advantage and crushing The Consortium.

Tolan pressed the chime on Claudia's quarters and waited for a few moments.

Claudia was already awake - she'd returned to her quarters that night to find it had been tidied up and a bunch of flowers in a vase had been placed on the table she ate at. She heard the chime and looked up at the door before heading over to it to see who her visitor was.

"Who's calling here this early?" Claudia muttered to herself.

Opening the door Claudia found it was Tolan.

"What can I do for you this morning Commander?" Claudia asked.

Tolan replied. "I'm sorry to disturb you so early but this can't wait. I've been briefed by my superior officer on Starbase Unity and this has come directly from Commodore Cameron. May I come in to discuss it in more detail? This has to remain secret except to those who genuinely need to know about it"

Claudia nodded and gestured for the Suliban to come in. She was pleased to see he was up and about again so soon after receiving an injury from the Operations console when it exploded during the Battle of Starbase Unity. Once he had sat down Claudia walked over to the replicator to offer her guest a drink.

"Can I get you anything?" Claudia asked.

Tolan nodded. "A cup of tea please Captain"

Claudia replicated a pot of tea, a cup of milk and a bowl of sugar with two cups and saucers which she took over to Tolan at the table. After gesturing for him to help himself Claudia made herself comfortable and watched as Tolan poured his own and Claudia's cup of tea before taking a sip.

"Thank you Commander" Claudia said.

Claudia took a sip of hers as Tolan began to speak.

"Starfleet is keen to retake Deep Space 11 - but we can't do that unless we retake Gavara IV from The Consortium. Commodore Cameron has ordered us to carry out the assignment - and us alone" Tolan said.

Claudia was taken aback. Within 36 hours of the Battle of Starbase Unity the Vindex was about to head into another combat situation and she began to feel the Vindex was turning into a warship rather than being a ship of exploration.

"I'm with you so far. Carry on" Claudia replied.

Tolan continued. "Gavara Colony is the only city on the planet and has a population of around 30,000. Defences are relatively light but with it being a stronghold I'd imagine they'll have the best of their marines and starfighter pilots there to defend it. There's around 150 to 175 marines on the surface and whatever the USS Alwanir has in addition to those"

"That sounds straightforward but I'm with you - I'd imagine it would be as easy as it sounds or looks. What do we know about their deployments or the allegiance of the population? The latter is very important if we're to go ahead with this" Claudia responded.

Tolan read from his PADD for a few moments before giving Claudia an answer.

"The population is against the occupying forces and they're largely confined to their homes under curfew - except for those in essential professions. That makes me think there's a large detachment of Security Officers there as well to enforce the curfew but we haven't managed to confirm that yet"

Claudia nodded. "Alright - at least we won't have to worry about the population being against us. I think it may be wise to ask for volunteers to assist the landing party to try and even the numbers out a little - especially if we've got a security detachment from Deep Space 11 as well. That could easily double, triple or even quadruple their advantage over us"

"Once we get there I suggest we keep the Vindex as far away from Gavara IV as we can - however we will need to find a way to disguise the Horsa and Sheaf in order to carry out the reconnaissance mission and get the Intelligence we need. There's also the matter of a prototype military vehicle The Consortium are rumoured to be developing - Starfleet wouldn't mind taking a look at it" Tolan replied.

Claudia smiled. "I think we can manage that. When are we requested to depart?"

"As soon as possible" Tolan replied.

Claudia nodded. "Alright. I'll call a briefing for the First and Second Officers, the Marine CO and the Intelligence department. See what you can do about getting some starfighters to help combat those stationed on Gavara IV. If you can get some briefing material together I'd appreciate it - I'll meet you in the Strategic Operations Centre at 09:00"

Tolan nodded. The two officers continued their discussion for another five minutes or so before they headed their separate ways to carry out their agreed assignments. Claudia was supposed to be off duty until the next day but this mission required her presence at the briefing - then she would take it easy and catch up on paperwork until the next day.


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