History of the name Vindex

Created by Captain Claudia Ainscow on Tue May 31st, 2016 @ 8:39pm

The word vindex is a Latin word which means "defender", "protector" or "avenger".

There have been two Royal Navy vessels and two Federation Starfleet vessels named Vindex.

HMS Vindex (1915) - 1915-1920

The first Royal Navy Vessel to be named Vindex was originally built in 1905 by Armstrong Whitworth of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and operated on the Irish Sea for the first ten years of her life. Originally, the vessel was known as Viking. In 1915, the vessel was requisitioned by the Royal Navy Admiralty for conversion into a seaplane carrier. For service with the Royal Navy, the vessel was renamed HMS Vindex, to avoid confusion with another vessel which already named HMS Viking.

The first HMS Vindex spent the majority of her Royal Navy career in the First World War operating on the North Sea, before the vessel moved to the Mediterranean in 1918, and remained there until 1919 before it returned to the United Kingdom. Vindex was sold back to her original owners in 1920 and converted back to passenger use, assuming her original name, Viking.

Viking also served during Second World War as a troopship, however this time was not named Vindex. At the end of the war, Viking once again returned to her original owners and returned to service on the Irish Sea. In 1954, Viking was sold for scrapping.

HMS Vindex (D15) - 1943-1947

The second HMS Vindex was a Nairana-class escort carrier that operated during the Second World War. The Nairana-class vessels were constructed following the successful conversion of HMS Activity (D94) from a cargo liner. Originally built by Swan Hunter of Newcastle upon Tyne, with the intention of the vessel being a merchant ship, Vindex was completed in 1943 as an escort carrier with the pennant number D15. Weighing 13,671 tonnes after her conversion, Vindex had a complement of 700 crew and carried between 15 and 20 aircraft.

There were three vessels in the Nairana-class, HMS Nairana (D05), HMS Vindex (D15) and HMS Campania (D48). All three vessels survived the war.

Vindex served in three theatres during the Second World War, the Arctic, the Atlantic and latterly the Pacific. She was assigned a wide range of different aircraft types to suit different roles during her career, with the initial compliment made up of Hawker Sea Hurricane fighters and Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers, with the Sea Hurricanes later being replaced by Grumman F4F Wildcats. Whilst operating in the Arctic and Atlantic, Vindex provided air cover for the Atlantic Convoys.

At the end of the war after serving in the Pacific as a flagship for Rear Admiral Angus Cunninghame-Graham, Vindex was placed in reserve. The vessel's original owners purchased the her in 1947 and converted her into a refrigerated cargo vessel named Port Vindex. In 1971, Port Vindex was retired from service and scrapped in Taiwan.

USS Vindex (NCC-2474) - 2248-2386

The first USS Vindex was an Excelsior-class starship which was commanded by Captain Paul Wainman. The vessel was launched from Utopia Planitia in 2248 and assigned to explore the Beta Quadrant. In 2267, Vindex served in the Federation-Klingon War. For many years, Vindex served primarily in an exploratory role in the Beta Quadrant and occasionally conveyed diplomats and high ranking Starfleet officers to their destinations. In 2276, 2298, 2319 and 2345, Vindex received refits to modernise her systems.

After spending a number of years in her exploration role, Vindex served in the Federation-Cardassian Wars until the cessation of the conflict. In 2357, Vindex was reassigned to the Alpha Quadrant and converted for use as a training ship for Starfleet Cadets. Vindex served in this role until 2373, when upon the commencement of hostilities with the Dominion, Vindex was sent to Utopia Planitia to be returned to front line service.

Two months after entering Utopia Planitia, Vindex had undergone a major refit which included the installation of ablative armour, the latest shielding and phaser technology and well as Quantum torpedoes. Upon being declared as ready for service, Captain Barry Waddecar, who had supervised the refit, was chosen to remain aboard to command the vessel. The heavily modernised Excelsior-class vessel was launched from Utopia Planitia on August 20, 2373 and went straight to the front lines.

Vindex served in all but one of the major battles during the Dominion War, and although she had outlived the expectations Captain Waddecar initially had for the ageing Excelsior-class starship, her survival had come at a cost. Over the course of the conflict, over ninety crew members had died, with many more injured. In the final battle of the Dominion War, the Battle of Cardassia (2375), Vindex was ambushed and badly damaged by two Dominion cruisers resulting in a number of systems failing and high casualties. Despite that, Waddecar and his crew successfully kept the vessel in the battle and refused to withdraw to safety. After the final battle above Cardassia, the heavily damaged Vindex was towed to the nearest starbase.

Despite the amount of damage the vessel had suffered, Vindex was repaired in order to allow Starfleet to rebuild its fleet. The repairs allowed Vindex to remain in service until 2386, still under the command of Waddecar, when she was finally retired from service.

USS Vindex (NCC-75610, NCC-2474-A) - 2388-present

The next starship to be named Vindex was a Sovereign-class starship built at Utopia Planitia in early 2388. After completion, the vessel was assigned to the Gamma Quadrant under the command of Commander Claudia Ainscow. To commemorate the previous starship with the same name, the first master of the new Vindex, Commander Claudia Ainscow, was presented with a small model of the Excelsior-class Vindex, which Ainscow placed on her desk in her ready room.

Following Vindex's departure from Starbase Unity, the vessel travelled to Rakhar to look for the missing Renown. After an away party beamed to the surface and found two crew members from Renown, Vindex found the vessel hiding in a nebula after being badly damaged in a confrontation with The Consortium's USS Cukela. Shortly after retrieving Renown and towing it to safety, Vindex successfully managed to locate The Consortium controlled starship Bozeman and disabled it, retrieving the hostages from Renown's away team on Rakhar from the enemy vessel.

Vindex then proceeded to Altor with Renown in an attempt to locate the missing Brandenburg and Sarek and ask them to assist them defending an imminent attack on Starbase Unity. After a brief confrontation, all four vessels agreed to join forces and proceeded to Starbase Unity through Dominion space after passage for the four ships was granted in the circumstances. During the battle, Vindex destroyed The Consortium flagship Dark Horse, but received damage to a number of systems in the process.

Following the battle, Vindex was ordered to retake Gavara IV from The Consortium. It was also re-registered NCC-2474-A after the battle, following on from the previous Vindex. Almost immediately, Vindex was ordered on a one-ship mission to retake Gavara IV from The Consortium, giving Starfleet a platform to retake Deep Space 11. Code named Operation Adrestia, Vindex crew launched a reconnaissance mission before launching the attack. Vindex's Marine detachment engaged The Consortium's forces on the planet whilst Vindex engaged The Consortium's Alwanir in orbit. The latter was destroyed and the planet was retaken successfully.

En route to Deep Space 11, a group of Consortium agents aboard Vindex hijacked the vessel and sabotaged the life support systems. A number of crew members were taken hostage and taken to Veloz Prime, with Vindex left under the command of Lieutenant Commander Akiva ben-Avram as Captain Ainscow had been taken hostage. The former led Vindex and her crew to the Cardassian planet Veloz Prime, where the hostages were retrieved from an abandoned Maquis facility.

After undergoing repairs at Deep Space 9, Vindex was sent on a mission of exploration in the Gamma Quadrant. Not long into it, the crew discovered a chartered but not yet explored planet near to Starbase Unity. The crew landed on the planet and it was named Nova Mercia, and they assisted the initial settlers with the colony's construction. After locating a crashed alien shuttle, Vindex was requested to take it to Starbase Unity for analysis.