USS Black Hawk
|USS Black Hawk|
Captain Harvey Geisler
The USS Black Hawk-A is a Century Class starship assigned to Task Force 9. It is currently based out of Finnea Prime to study the Finnean Convergence Zone. She is also currently home to the 325th Fighter Squadron.
USS Black Hawk NCC-63554
Commissioned in 2373 during the height of the Dominion War, the USS Black Hawk, under the command of Captain Mitch Bueller, saw plenty of combat. Captain Bueller was an excellent tactician and was given the responsibility of commanding the entire Starfighter Wing for the Third Fleet. Under his direction, the Black Hawk led many successful missions during the war.
Until the Battle of Kalendra, that is.
The Black Hawk led allied forces into the system. Captain Bueller's tactics were on the verge of becoming textbook, a fact that the Dominion was prepared to exploit. The Black Hawk was targeted the moment the battle started. Nearly an entire Jem'hadar attack wing came down on the Black Hawk and her companions. Most of other ships were destroyed or disabled within five minutes.
But not the Black Hawk. Within two minutes, her shields were overwhelmed and the warp drive disabled. Instead of simply destroying the ship, the Jem'hadar boarded the vessel. This battle, it seemed, had become personal. With aid from a couple Miranda-class ships, the crew of the Black Hawk was able to retain control of their vessel, but their spirits were broken. As the Allied Forces declared victory, the Black Hawk was towed back to Andoria for repairs. She sat out most of the war; seeing her next and last bit of action at Cardassia Prime, but without a starfighter squadron to call the Black Hawk home.
Following the war, the Black Hawk was assigned close to Sector 001. She did see some variations of duty, including patrolling the Romulan Neutral Zone in the early 2380's. Before the Hobus Supernova, the Black Hawk was recalled to Earth.
Assigned to the Gamma Quadrant
As Task Force 9 expanded deeper into the Gamma Quadrant, the Black Hawk was refitted and reassigned to join the Task Force, accepting Commander Harvey Geisler as the first Commanding Officer to take her into the edge of known space. Commander Geisler assumed command in late 2387. As he led the ship into the far reaches of the Gamma Quadrant, the mystery of the frontier became Harvey's new obsession, wanting to uncover truth and make an impact much like he did as a young lieutenant who worked feverishly to cure disease and pestilence.
Mystery of the Golden Stars
Undertaking his first assignment, the USS Black Hawk is ordered to the Altair system to complete a scheduled extraction of a scientific research team. The ship arrives, only to find the science team missing in action. An Away Team discovers the encampment vandalized and pillaged, yet there were no signs of a struggle. The investigation continues, and members of the Away Team start disappearing, vanishing completely without notice. Retracing the science team's steps, a massive underground city is discovered, containing a chamber with the abducted science team, Black Hawk crewmen, and some of the pirates who pillaged the camp. The crew work quickly to recover the abducted, whose collective consciousness were being fueled into a tremendous weapon of mass destruction. The weapon destabilizes, destroying the alien installation. Meanwhile, the Black Hawk is visited in orbit by representatives of an organization calling themselves the Golden Stars.
The Black Hawk is soon assigned to patrol duty in a nearby system. In one day, the Black Hawk responds to two distress calls, arriving too late to help in the first call, and just in time on the second. The ship lends repairs to the damaged freighter, only to find the cargo hold locked and filled with individuals. Commander Geisler orders an investigation and arrests the freighter's Captain, D'rimo. The investigation reveals that each of the persons in the cargo hold willingly submitted themselves into indentured servitude in order to escape a hellish lifestyle. Geisler does not agree with this, but is bound by the Prime Directive to not get involved in their affairs, especially since person has a family that would suffer by accepting Federation asylum. Hoping to learn more, Geisler releases D'rimo and the freighter, but sends a covert Away Team, led by the ship's new XO, Lieutenant Commander Kos, with the freighter to learn more once the freighter reaches its destination.
Geisler keeps the Black Hawk close to the freighter, detouring only at the last second to study a nearby collapsing star in order to keep within response range to the Away Team. The freighter arrives at a small station called Razmena. Commander Kos and the Away Team disembark and begin to explore the station, stumbling upon a private auction involving stolen Federation technology, including a replicator and subspace transceiver. They observe the sale, only to be detained by individuals with a separate interest. The team manages to escape, and is quickly rescued by the Black Hawk.
The ship refits, resupplies, and replaces several crewmembers before heading out to a nearby nebula where all of the clues regarding the mysterious Golden Stars are pointing. Geisler is also promoted to Captain shortly before shipping out. After a couple days in the nebula, the Black Hawk is struck by an energy surge and is disabled, losing all power. She is boarded by a group calling themselves The Syndicate who quickly capture Captain Geisler. This effort was aided by Geisler's yeoman, Petty Officer Emily Carter. The Syndicate is also successful in gaining control of the ship, intending to use it as their flagship for its strength and massive amounts of cargo space. The ship's senior staff manage to escape, regroup, and resist, capturing Petty Officer Carter in the process. They are barely able to retake the ship and begin to commit repairs.
An Away Team, aboard the Runabout Tigris, is sent to Nestene IX in a nearby star system where the Golden Stars are rumored to originate, only to be captured by The Syndicate on arrival. Meanwhile, the Black Hawk finishes its repairs, aided by D'rimo and Richard Carter, Emily's father and leader of the Golden Stars. Emily confesses that she had joined The Syndicate to find her family as she herself had been trafficked by them. She also reveals that the Golden Stars were a family operation, one interested in protecting the less fortunate, but was being smeared by the more powerful Syndicate in hopes of vanquishing the Stars. The Black Hawk arrives at Nestene IX in time to retrieve the Away Team, rescue what was left of the Golden Stars and retreat to Federation-controlled space.
The Consortium Crisis
Following their pursuit of the Golden Stars, the Black Hawk receives its much needed repairs at Deep Space 11. The crew, however, are not permitted to rest for long as they are called back into action to escort a medical convoy to Gavara IV. Other convoys had travelled to the planet, only to be plundered by Starfleet rebels known as The Consortium. Commodore Juliana Terlexa reveals in a private briefing to Captain Geisler that these attacks were being conducted by the USS O'Carroll under the command of Harvey's former roommate Commodore Zachary O'Connell. As expected, the O'Carroll shows up to attack the convoy, and the Black Hawk quickly intercepts and forces the O'Carroll to surrender. Captain Geisler is surprised to learn that Zachary isn't on the O'Carroll, but his very pregnant wife instead. As the crew of the Black Hawk tries to sort things out, the crew slowly figure out that their ignorance was abused. Zachary and the O'Carroll are revealed to actually be loyal to Starfleet, and Terlexa to be the real head of the Consortium. An inspection of the medical convoy reveals that there were more weapons aboard than medicine and foodstuffs, and that it was bound for a Consortium cell to be used for an attack on Starfleet assets. The cargo is confiscated, and the Black Hawk and the O'Carroll set course for Starbase Unity.
Starbase Unity, a former Dominion outpost, has become the new home for Task Force 9's operations while The Consortium control most of Starfleet's assets in the Gamma Quadrant, including the wormhole and Deep Space 11, the true headquarters. The Black Hawk is immediately pressed into service and sent to Yolvanda II to obtain as many supplies as possible for Starfleet's efforts. While there, a massive and deadly virus breaks out, gripping the planet and the crew. The Black Hawk's Doctor Kij manages to find a cure, but not before there are a few deaths on the planet and ship. Lieutenant Di Pasquale, Security Chief, leads an investigation and uncovers that the virus was a Consortium plot to infect all of Starfleet. Had the Black Hawk not lingered at Yolvanda a couple days for shore leave, the Consortium might have been successful.
The Black Hawk delivers the supplies to Unity, but is retasked with a special assignment. Intelligence reveals that two Consortium ships, the USS Chimera and USS Cochrane, were dispatched to the Hadyn Nebula in hunt of a rumored Romulan Valdore equipped with a thalaron weapon. The threat is too great to ignore, and the Black Hawk is ordered to intercept and prevent the Consortium from finding the weapon. The nebula features many Mutara-like qualities, leaving all three ships absolutely blind. After a couple days, the Black Hawk stumbles upon the two ships. A firefight ensues, and both ships are subdued and retaken, thanks to the individual efforts of Lieutenants Corwin and Cooper. Unfortunately, the Black Hawk had arrived too late. The Consortium had indeed found the Valdore and had started to repair the vessel. The Thalaron generator is activated, but quickly proves itself to be unstable. The Black Hawk, Chimera, and Cochrane engage the Valdore, which is unable to stop bursts of radiation from spiking from itself, instantly killing many aboard the three Starfleet vessels. The Black Hawk uses a tri cobalt torpedo to destroy the Valdore. The combination of the torpedo, nebula, thalaron radiation, and the Valdore's artificial quantum singularity creates a rift in the space-time continuum and sucks in the three starships.
As the smoke clears, it becomes evident that the Chimera is damaged beyond repair. Anything of value is stripped from the vessel and the crews divided among the Cochrane and the Black Hawk before the Chimera is scuttled. The Black Hawk's XO, Commander Teixeira, is assigned to temporarily command the Cochrane. Both surviving vessels depart the nebula, only to be intercepted by a group calling themselves The Confederation and led by D'rimo. D'rimo does not recall Harvey, and the Confederation disables the Cochrane. The Black Hawk manages to escape. The Cochrane's crew is tortured for information, especially about how to use the Federation ship in their custody. The Black Hawk, meanwhile, enlists several unlikely allies and tracks down where the Cochrane and its crew was taken. By the time they arrive, the crew of the Cochrane manages to initiate their own escape plan, enlisting the Black Hawk to help them finish the process. Both ships quickly make way for the Hadyn Nebula.
The Confederation chases the ships back to the nebula. Captain Geisler sacrifices the Runabout Tigris to close the spatial rift that brought them to this alternate universe just as the Black Hawk and Cochrane return to their native time and space. Both ships vacate the nebula only to again be intercepted, this time by a joint Federation-Dominion Task Force led by Commodore Zachary O'Connell. The alliance had been stuck in the Black Hawk's absence, allowing the Federation to mount an attack on Deep Space 11 in hopes of dethroning The Consortium. The Black Hawk's senior staff members that were loaned to the Cochrane were returned, and both ships join the alliance. The Battle of Deep Space 11 begins days later. Heavy losses are suffered on both sides. The Black Hawk herself becomes one of the last casualties, losing a catamaran and a nacelle at the hands of the USS Sovereign. Unable to control herself, the Black Hawk tumbles towards New Bajor's surface. The crew evacuates, and Captain Geisler and Commander Teixeira wait to the last possible minute before leaving, making sure the Black Hawk wouldn't hit any inhabited areas. The ship crashes on the surface, losing her remaining nacelle. Starfleet later declares the wreckage a total loss, and the battle a victory.
Starfleet reinforcements arrive from the Alpha Quadrant and lock down the Gamma Quadrant until the Consortium threat is confirmed to be purged. The crew of the Black Hawk is released on shore leave until new assignments can be found for them.
USS Black Hawk NCC-63554-A
A little more than three months since the Federation ended the Consortium coup. The USS Vasco de Gama, a Nova Class Starfleet vessel patrolling the mouth of the Finnean Convergence Zone, comes across a 100-year old Class Nine Probe. Their engineers quickly uncover the first page of a great mystery, a garbled message stating that a great danger is about to eclipse the Federation. The recording lasts for minutes, but most of the information had been lost due to years of aged equipment and hardware.
Normally, such a discovery would be inventoried and carefully studied. However, the crew of the Black Hawk is summoned back to active service to discover the origin of the probe, determine if the Federation is actually in danger, and find out why the message was sent by Harvey Geisler himself. The probe, unfortunately, had been captured, along with the USS Vasco de Gama and Deep Space 15 in orbit of Finnea Prime, a Federation station that had been abandoned during the Consortium Crisis. After days of negotiation, Captain Geisler and his crew were able to resecure the station, as well as lay the groundwork to restablize the Finnean society, yielding the return of all Federation property, including the probe.
A month later and after several close studies of the Convergence Zone, the USS Black Hawk was able to traverse the barrier no one had been able to break in nearly twenty years. Their method involved various modifications to the shield and deflector grids, allowing the ship to offset multiple quantum variables without being translated through various spatial dimensions. The experience was not fully successful as the Black Hawk lost power shortly before exiting the zone. The crew was also bombarded with an unknown radiation, rendering them unable to remember anything. A simple medical procedure was able to restore the crew's memories. This came just in time as a mysterious group called The Guardians attempted to take the Black Hawk for themselves.
After the crew finished repairs, they set course for the nearby Alpha Trios system where sensors revealed five destroyed planets and two small artificial establishments. Multiple away teams are dispatched to learn as much as they could. Their discoveries match well with the conditions of the Guardians. The level of technology in the universe is consistent with the Federation at the turn of the 24th century but there doesn't seem to be anyone developing technology further, and many of the locals seem resigned to their fate to live within a dystopian universe. The crew regroup and withdraw to a nearby nebula in which they begin to analyze the fragmented information they collected.
The ship is soon rocked by five quantum filaments. Three of these filaments become lodged in the antimatter and rotate, displacing three-quarters of the crew, including the vast majority of the command staff, across a seventy-year span. The antimatter becomes unstable, and threatens to breach at any attempt to move the ship. Desperate for answers, and to avoid a painful death at the hand of theta radiation poisoning, members of the engineering crew hatch a plan to bombard the antimatter with nucleonic particles. Information on how to do this is stored in the main computer and unlocked by the displaced crew. The attempt works, and the quantum filaments are reversed, restoring everyone to the proper time.