During its years of service in 4th Fleet, the Fitzgerald was under the command of Rear Admiral Frank Sturmgeist and later Captain Ivan Ingram after Sturmgeist assumed his role of director of Gavara Colony. The Fitzgerald was also the flagship of Task Force 9 during 2385, while under the command of then Commodore Sturmgeist and Task Force Commanding Officer. Today, it is assigned as a support ship to Gavara Colony, where it maintains a security presence in the far-reaches of Federation space, particularly in the heavily-travelled Kendiian Corridor between Maran and Gavaran space.
The Fitzgerald was commissioned as an Intrepid class with the registry NCC-75771 in 2379, and first captained by Commander Ben Burton and his skeleton crew. Burton's command, however, was short-lived; he was replaced by then-Lieutenant Commander Frank Sturmgeist after only six months of trials and uneventful patrols. Sturmgeist brought a great deal of experience with him, having served as an executive officer for nine years (2371-2380) aboard the USS Sackville, during which he was involved in three major battles (Siege of AR-558, Operation Return, Battle of Torros III) of the Dominion War. The Fitzgerald quickly became synonymous with its firebrand commanding officer, Frank Sturmgeist, who was known for his strident dissatisfaction with the admiralty and political tradition, which earned him a great deal of respect from those who served with him.
Sturmgeist left the Fitzgerald in 2385 to command Gavara Colony. He was replaced by Captain Ivan Ingram, who had previously served five years as executive officer on the USS Devestator. During this period of transition, the Fitzgerald was briefly reassigned to TF86 in 2386 but was never deployed out of the Gamma Quadrant, nor did it carry out any missions while assigned there. The Fitzgerald's exciting history has subsided with crew changes and now serves in a much quieter role policing the more distant regions of Federation space in the Gamma Quadrant with Gavaran space.
Mission 1: Shadows in the Dark
Sturmgeist's first mission in command of the Fitzgerald was challenging. Two days after leaving DS14, the Fitzgerald suffered a cascading system failure that nearly sparked a core breach. They were forced to land on the nearest M-class planet covered in dense jungle to make repairs. It was discovered that an explosion from the outside had caused significant damage to the nacelles and stardrive section. Chief engineer Lieutenant Christopher Wellington led the repairs while the rest of the crew explored the area, but only after the sensors were restored to scan for civilisation. Detecting nothing, exploration was approved. During the stay on the planet the crew got to know each other through the various social activities set up by various people. Sturmgeist decided to go for an excursion in the surrounding jungle's rugged terrain, accompanied by chief medical officer Lieutenant JG Lisa West, Second Lieutenant Ray Fernandez, and Operations Officer Mark Smith.
On the excursion the group felt that they were being watched, but tricorders failed to detect anything. After three hours into the hike they were ambushed by a group of indigenous humanoids. Fernandez and Sturmgeist fought most of them off before they retreated back into the forest. Lisa West suffered a critical injury, being impaled through the chest with a spear. Fearing that moving West would cause further damage, the group set up camp and tried to call for help. The Fitzgerald's transporters were still offline and bizarre atmospheric particles scattered an SOS from Smith's tricorder. It was later discovered that the unique makeup of the atmosphere interfered with sensors, preventing them from detecting the natives or the team's calls for help. Lt. West tried to tell the team how to heal her without success; they had no medical supplies with them and she needed to get back to the ship for treatment. She died hours later. By nightfall, Lt. Commander John Vancouver dispatched a shuttle with helmsman Lt. JG Kyle Everson and security chief Jeffery Tavet to search for the missing away team. Their initial searches were unsuccessful.
The following morning the group was attacked again, this time knocking Sturmgeist into a coma. Fernandez and Smith successfully fended off the attack. Unfortunately during the attack, the natives carried away the body of Lisa West and she was never seen again. The Fitzgerald's engines were repaired that day. Fernandez and Smith built a fire and flagged the search shuttles down with smoke. They returned to the ship safely and Sturmgeist made a full recovery. While the crew went on rest and relaxation following the mission, Commander Vancouver went missing after going for a walk in the forest on Altor II. He is presumed dead.
Mission 2: Double Vision
While on a routine patrol of a quiet trade route, the Fitzgerald stumbled upon a civilian transport ship. Its life support was down and no lifesigns were detected. Scans indicated that the ship's engines hadn't been running for several months and that its atmosphere had been lost. Two away teams beamed over in EV suits to investigate, however a mysterious force prevented them from beaming onto the bridge.
The Fitzgerald's new executive officer, Lt. Commander Jennifer Trudeau, led Alpha Team and First Lieutenant Ray Fernandez led Beta. Fernandez beamed into the engine room and Trudeau's beamed near the bridge. where they attempted to open the doors manually. What the away teams discovered horrified them: the transport's crew was dead. Their bodies were strewn all over the ship and blood was everywhere. They all seemed to have died the same way; a medical team was beamed over and it was revealed that they had all suffered horrific cerebral aneurysms, hundreds of times worse than anything previously recorded - their brains had literally exploded inside their skulls. Blood drained from their ears, noses and mouths.
Fernandez's men managed to bring the engines and life support back online, along with power and the ships databanks. The ship's logs indicated that the transport had made contact with a sort of energy being that communicated telepathically. There were no telepaths aboard their vessel, so the aliens attempted to make contact by speaking directly into the minds of the human crew.
The away teams returned to the Fitzgerald where a briefing was called to inform Sturmgeist of their discoveries. Sturmgeist decided that the best course of action was to tow the ship back to DS14 to give the dead a proper burial. When the tractor beam was activated it deflected off the transport's hull, creating a feedback surge that destroyed the Fitzgerald's tractor. Operations chief, Lieutenant Laan determined that the tractor beam was actually deflected by an unknown energy source between the Fitzgerald and the transport. Chief of science, Lt. Joret Belor and Laan discovered a series of comets previously undetected whose courses took them through their position.
Commander Trudeau and Fernandez returned to the vessel to try regaining access to the bridge, this way they could bring the ship back to base on its own power. Because the access doors were magnetically sealed and a scattering field prevented transport, Fernandez requested permission to blow the doors with explosive charges. Fernandez and his demolitions team successfully blew the doors and made access to the bridge, finding that the bridge staff had died like the rest of the crew. The positioning of the bodies appeared as if they set up for a last stand, their weapons laid on the floor beside them.
Communications were restored with the Fitzgerald and Ray informed Sturmgeist of what had happened and, in turn, they were informed of the mysteriously approaching comets. Strategic Operations chief Michael Antioch beamed over to assist in the investigation of the deaths. At this point the comets inexplicably sped up and came to a stop between the transport and the Fitzgerald. It phased into a Romulan Warbird that had been stolen by an alien never-before encountered by the Federation. They claimed to feed on intelligence and demanded the Fitzgerald's smartest. Sturmgeist refused, which prompted the aliens to beam aboard the transport ship and kidnap Doctor Parker, chief medical officer. A ferocious battle ensued between the away team and the aliens. The Fitzgerald did not fire on the transport because of its weakened condition. The rest of the away team returned to the ship to come up with a plan on how to get the doctor back and destroy the enemy ship.
Trudeau and Antioch suggested that if Belor could configure the hellfire prototype torpedoes with the modulation of the Warbird's shields, they could knock out their shields, beam the doctor back and destroy the ship. The plan worked. Before the Fitzgerald could destroy the Warbird, it fired a pulse of energy at the Fitzgerald that erased all record of the aliens' existence and then destroyed the transport ship. The Warbird then shot to warp and escaped. At the last minute, however, science officer Relkin Xel made an unauthorised transport to the transport in an attempt to salvage some information on the aliens. He was killed when the aliens exploded the vessel. Before leaving, the Fitzgerald left a warning buoy informing ships to steer clear of the area.
Mission 3: The Zed Axis
A Starfleet vessel returning from a deep space assignment discovered Dominion operations within a metallurgic asteroid field well within Sector K04, within striking distance of DS14. The Fitzgerald was assigned to investigate. Because of the field's densely packed asteroids, Executive officer Lt. Commander Jennifer Trudeau and science chief Lt. Joret Belor took a shuttle to find a suitable path for the Fitzgerald to take into the field. After they returned, the Fitzgerald moved in along their charted course. Nearing the centre of the field the Fitzgerald couldn't find anything. When all seemed to be lost, a Dominion cargo ship was briefly detected. Because of the makeup of the asteroids, accurate sensor readings were impossible. After some difficulty, the Fitzgerald located and shadowed the vessel until it suddenly vanished behind some kind of cloak.
The cargo ships were much larger than the Fitzgerald. Several several cargo ships were seen to disappear like the first over the period of an hour, which confirmed that if there was a threat in the asteroid field, this was it. Lt. Laan recommended that the Fitzgerald follow a cargo ship into the cloaking field. He modified the shields to mask the Fitzgerald from detection long enough to sneak into a cargo ship's ionic wake. The Fitzgerald followed the next cargo ship, Laan's modifications successful, and suddenly an entire Dominion fleet yard appeared before them. It was discovered that the entire base was hidden behind the cloaking field. Inside, the Fitzgerald hid behind a large asteroid.
A senior staff briefing was held, and it was concluded that something had to be done. It was clear that the Dominion was building an attack fleet inside of Federation space. Sturmgeist decided that the base had to be destroyed. A plan was made to destroy the base by sneaking aboard its central nexus and planting modified photon-explosive charges designed by Lt. Wellington. Lt. Commander Trudeau nominated herself to command the mission. She, Joret Belor, Ray Fernandez, and skilled pilot Kyle Everson took a shuttle to within transporter range of the unshielded nexus. By use of a prototype cloak that Belor had developed, the shuttle remained hidden even when they were not on board and had beamed to the base.
The team managed to place the charges in strategic locations throughout the nexus. Lt. Commander Trudeau thought that they should make an attempt to locate the specifications for the cloaking shield that surrounded the base, and the exact purpose of the fleet construction yard. After hacking into the main computer, Joret located the source of the cloaking shield and moved to steal it. Belor also downloaded the database. The team was detected upon hacking into the computer and hordes of Jem'Hadar forces descended rapidly onto their position. Fearing that the charges would be discovered before they could be detonated, the team opted to get off the base as quickly as possible.
Shields were erected over their section of the base, however, and the away team's only escape was through a hole in the shields five decks above. They battled their way up in brutal hand-to-hand combat, but Trudeau and Everson lagged behind. She ordered Belor to make sure he got the information back to the Fitzgerald and for Ray to go with him, claiming that she would make it on her own. As soon as they returned to the shuttle, the base exploded several minutes prematurely, killing both Commander Trudeau and Lt. Everson. Before Fernandez and Belor were able to take the conn, five Jem'Hadar beamed aboard and a second bout of hand-to-hand combat ensued. Ray managed to fight them off, but during the struggle the information and specs for the cloaking field were destroyed by a Jem'Hadar. As they started back for the ship, Belor was beamed off by the Dominion who likely assumed that he still had the specifications with him. He was never seen again, being officially declared MIA but presumed dead. With the total destruction of the fleet yard and several casualties behind them, the Fitzgerald returned to DS14. Task Force Command decided not to raise the issue with the Dominion in fears that it could have provoked another war that neither side was prepared for.
Mission 4: Needle in a Haystack
Most of Task Force 9's dilithium crystals were shipped from the Alpha Quadrant. This was a costly and lengthy process. A science vessel found a system not far from the Parada system in Sector L5 that was rich with dilithium, though it was near the Dominion border. Task Force Command thought it best to take advantage of the resources by setting up the Gamma Quadrant's first dilithium mining operation and was quick to deploy ships. The Fitzgerald, Victoria, and Adelphi were sent to escort a convoy of science and engineering vessels, in addition to some freighters to bring back the initial excavations.
Dominion Battlecruisers had appeared on long range scans from the dilithium system designated Dilithium L5. These ships, however, were patrolling the edges of Dominion Space and were thought to be of no immediate threat. An away team from the Fitzgerald beamed down onto a frigid K-Class planet that contained the most significant amount of dilithium. Because of this planet type, EV suits were required. The new chief science officer, Lt. Suvok was in charge of locating the dilithium and setting up the camp. Lt. Wellington and his engineers began assembly of the mining operation. Lt. Commander Antioch supervised the operation. The USS Victoria, an Ambassador Class, moved on to scan other planets' concentrations of dilithium while the Adelphi, an Excelsior class, beamed its crew down to another location on the same planet as the Fitzgerald's team. Ray Fernandez and his marines beamed over to the lead science vessel to assist in dilithium transport.
The operation was running smoothly and several of the freighters in orbit were transporting the dilithium into their holds. The transporters that Wellington had configured according to Suvok's specifications were performing flawlessly. Three Dominion Battlecruisers then entered the system without warning, they were different from the ones previously detected patrolling the Dominion border, and demanded to know what business the Federation had in the system. Sturmgeist replied by informing them that they were well within Federation boundaries and that the Dominion had no jurisdiction. The Dominion claimed that the system was in their space. The Dominion opened fire on the science vessels and freighters, disabling their shields and beamed Jem'Hadar boarding parties over in an attempt to seize the dilithium. They also beamed Jem'Hadar down to the planet's surface where they attacked the away team, killing Lt. Suvok in phaser fire. The away team managed to fend off the attack with minor casualties.
A massive battle took place in orbit between the Battlecruisers, the Fitzgerald and the Adelphi. Meanwhile, Fernandez was fighting a bloody close-quarters attack with the boarding Jem'Hadar on the lead science vessel. After destroying one Battlecruiser and suffering heavy damage, the Adelphi withdrew to recharge its shields. The Fitzgerald was taking pounding after pounding when the Victoria arrived to assist.
During battle on one of the dilithium freighters, its warp core was severely damaged. Additionally, the freighter was close to the exploded Battlecruiser and was taking heavy bombardment from its debris. Realising the ship was a loss, the freighter's captain set a collision course for the next closest Battlecruiser and beamed his crew over to one of the other shieldless science ships. Its core detonated, taking a Cruiser with it. The blast caused several hull breaches on the Fitzgerald, exposing some decks to space. The last remaining Dominion vessel was much closer to freighter that had blown up and was drifting without shields. The Victoria took minor damage and the Adelphi was far enough away to be unaffected. The Dominion vessel began to flee and hailed for help, though Sturmgeist chose instead to destroy it. The Fitzgerald was called back to DS14 for new mission orders shortly after the battle. Ray Fernandez was promoted to Marine Captain and won the Starfleet Security Commendation for his actions in defending the crew of the science ship. Suvok's family was posthumously awarded the Starfleet Medal of Valour.
Mission 5: Prey
An unnamed system in deep space with the designation 'E4' was protected by the Prime Directive. Probes had been launched into the sector discovering a primitive humanoid race at the hunter-gatherer level. Travel through E4 by starships was prohibited, but warp signatures were discovered by long range sensor relays leading into the system. Task Force Command responded because the of the amount of signatures indicated that a significant amount of ships had entered the E4 system.
A small task group under the command of the Fitzgerald embarked on the long mission to the E4 Sector. The USS Merrick, Ingnola, Ypres and South; a Galaxy class, Defiant class, Excelsior, and another Intrepid left DS14 for the month-long journey. Because the task group was heading into largely uncharted space, Commodore Sturmgeist decided the ships should travel as far apart from one another as possible. This way, while en route they could collect more data. A day before arriving at E4, the Fitzgerald received a distress call from a badly damaged transport ship. Sturmgeist notified the other ships to continue on course and not to wait for them, the Fitzgerald was capable of handling the situation.
The transport ship's warp core was unstable and was on the verge of breaching, its life support failing. Lt. Wellington refitted the cargobay where Doctor Parker set up a triage station for the injured. Security teams were posted with security chief Lt. Aidan Tobias as a precaution. The transport's captain, David Noland, seemed untrustworthy and suspicious. It was decided that before transporting their crew aboard, a security forcefield would be erected around the cargo bay and security officers inside. After the passengers were transported into the cargobay safely, the Fitzgerald moved away from their ship and it exploded.
Five refugees escaped from the cargobay via a Jefferies tube without being detected. They made their way to a computer core access junction and disabled the internal sensors so they couldn't be found. Security teams led by Lt. Tobias were deployed and the marines with First Lieutenant Fernandez were to report to Strategic Ops chief Jonathan Mackenzie while they combed the ship. First Officer Commander Michael Antioch went down to the cargobay to question the refugee captain, David Noland. Noland accused Antioch of apprehending the missing refugees for questioning.
Systems started going on and off all over the ship. The deck plating was turned off and on on various decks, the lights were going in and out, life support and environmental controls were being played with and without the sensors there was no way to find out from where the problem was coming. Lt. Laan rallied his entire operations department to the computer junctions all over the ship in an attempt to solve the problem.
There was no luck finding anyone. Sturmgeist and Wellington came up with an idea that it was possible that their saboteurs were using a phase cloak. Wellington scanned the ship with an anyon field that detected signature chroniton particles emitted from phase cloaks. Chronitons were detected on deck six in the computer core. Security teams were deployed; Lt. Laan was present and pinpointed the saboteur's location within the core. Upon realisation of his discovery, the saboteur sent a message to Noland in the cargobay to rise up against the security personnel and Lt. Mackenzie.
Using an EMP emitter, Noland disabled the security field around the cargobay along with the weapons in the room. The amount of refugees quickly overcame the Starfleet personnel guarding them and they stormed their way to the armoury. Without any working systems due to the EMP, security was not informed until it was too late. With sensors still down, attackers' whereabouts were unknown from the bridge. Sturmgeist ordered the turbolifts deactivated to slow the attackers' movement. Security sealed deck six was. Wellington put up an ionic scattering field around the bridge to prevent transport.
Eventually the attackers made their way to the bridge by using the back access and took the ship, holding the bridge staff in the briefing room. They resumed course to E4. Lt. Tobias and his security teams, along with Mackenzie and Fernandez, made their way to the bridge as the ship was coming up on the planet. The pirates attempted to land the ship on the planet but were prevented by the attack to retake the bridge. Lt. Laan managed to sneak his way into the Aerowing where he detached it and fired on the Fitzgerald's landing struts to prevent it from landing. Laan contacted the USS Ypres commanded by Terry Jefferson for assistance. Luckily, the Ypres had already set an intercept course because all of its hails had been ignored since the bridge was taken.
During the recapture of the Fitzgerald's bridge, many of the pirates were killed and only the leaders remained. Once in orbit, a few pirate vessels that were already at the planet engaged the Fitzgerald and the Ypres, disabling the Fitzgerald's shields. The attackers beamed the surviving pirates out and made for an escape. Several of them were destroyed by the arrival of the rest of the task group. The ship with the pirates that had attacked the Fitzgerald, however, escaped.
Scans of E4 revealed that the pirates had violated the Prime Directive by enslaving portions of the planet's inhabitants. They had built themselves an underground base inside a mountain not far from an indigenous village. The senior staff beamed down and split into two groups. One was led by Sturmgeist and the other by Fernandez while Antioch, who was injured from the battle on the bridge, took command of the Fitzgerald. Sturmgeist's team consisted of Wellington, Tobias and security personnel and Fernandez's consisted of Mackenzie, his Marine XO Jonathan Winters and Sergeant Lynch, as well as several marines. Laan provided aerial support with the Aerowing.
The pirate base in the mountain was easily accessible. Sturmgeist's team's objective was to destroy the underground base while Fernandez's was to destroy the outposts in the jungle around it and it to liberate the native village. They beamed down in casual clothing that resembled the pirates'. Sturmgeist's team entered the base through an elevator shaft and descended down into it. Once inside they pulled a fast one and killed most of the pirates by surprise. Charges were placed and detonated after returning to the surface. Fernandez's team met heavy resistance in the jungle, but managed to fight themselves to victory and liberated the village.
After the pirate threat had been vanquished, Sturmgeist spoke with the village chief and informed them that they were not their enemies. He supplied them with weapons and an emergency distress beacon in case something like this ever happened again. Security could not be guaranteed for them as they were so far away. Sturmgeist apologised that their culture had been interfered with and that they could be left alone from then on. This mission resulted in the promotion of many crewmembers.
Mission 6: Trouble at Gavara
The Federation colony on Gavara V had a population of almost 10,000. When it lost contact with Task Force 9 Command, it made sense to worry. Gavara sits in a remote sector of the quadrant on the very fringes of Federation Space. It is a bustling trade hub and is one of the largest settled areas in the Gamma Quadrant. At first, Task Force Command thought Gavara was having problems with their communications network as an attack was unthinkable. But when scheduled transports and trade convoys stopped arriving throughout the quadrant, fears of an actual attack had risen. The Fitzgerald was deployed to the Gavaran Sector to investigate.
Admiral Jenkins from Starfleet Intelligence boarded the Fitzgerald and assumed the role of mission advisor. He brought with him secret information about Gavara V that few knew. Their fears had been right; Jenkins informed Commodore Sturmgeist that a "small" Jem'Hadar attack had been conducted two weeks prior to their deployment. No ships were dispatched because Starfleet assumed the attack was minor and that the colony's defensive capabilities were strong enough to fend off whatever was thrown their way. Without contact for more than a week, Starfleet Intelligence realised that their assumptions were wrong.
The entire colony, however, did not fall to the Dominion attack. At the Fitzgerald's arrival only a few Dominion Bug ships were in orbit which quickly fled. The colony hailed the Fitzgerald, informing them that not all was lost; there were still pockets of controlled areas, including the governmental buildings. Despite resistance from the crew, Admiral Jenkins beamed down to the surface unaccompanied to speak with the colony's governor. Shortly after beaming down, Dominion ground forces enabled a scattering field that prevented communications, transport or surface scans of the colony. It didn't take long before Lieutenant Kalem Laan penetrated the field with the sensors and discovered that the government buildings had been attacked and taken.
An away team consisting of intelligence chief Lt. Commander Christopher George, Captain Ray Fernandez, Doctor Walter McAllister, Lt. Laan and Second Lieutenant Jonathan Winters took a shuttle to the surface to locate Admiral Jenkins. He was discovered at a Jem'Hadar camp that had been built a few kilometres outside the colony city. With the shuttle, the away team destroyed the scattering field emitter and landed a safe distance away from the camp that held Jenkins.
The team devised an attack plan led by Lt. Commander George. Security personnel and marines were beamed down from the Fitzgerald to assist in the engagement. Jenkins was rescued but had sustained serious injuries during captivity. Few casualties were suffered. Security forces at the colony informed the Fitzgerald that they had managed to reclaim the government buildings and that the governor could return. The Fitzgerald destroyed the camp with its photon torpedoes after the away team cleared the area.
Once the governor had been returned to the city, Commodore Sturmgeist beamed down to meet him. During a tour of one of the governmental buildings a missile struck and the governor was killed along with several members of his staff and guard. Sturmgeist returned to the ship and negotiated a withdrawal with a Vorta captain that was in charge of the attack. The colony has since been repaired and has a Federation in starship in orbit at all times. Rear Admiral Frank Sturmgeist is currently serving as the colony's governor.
Mission 7: Left for Dead
After Sturmgeist's appointment to Rear Admiral and commander of Task Force 9, the Fitzgerald as an Intrepid class was retired and replaced with a Galaxy class under the registry NCC-81510. Sturmgeist accepted a posting at Gavara Colony and was replaced by Captain Ivan Ingram. This was a period of dramatic change for the crew of the Fitzgerald as much of the original senior staff had moved on to other postings.
During the Fitzgerald's shakedown mission as a Galaxy class, a distress call was received from Gavara Colony in which a garbled Sturmgeist shouted "I am killing Borg!" over the sound of machine gun fire. The Fitzgerald diverted course and headed for the colony where it discovered that a Borg Cube detached from the Collective had crashed in the harbour of Gavara City. Doctor McAllister discovered that the Borg were severed from the collective because of a destructive virus that been injected into a drone by an unknown species that that Cube had tried to assimilate at some previous time. Confused and alone, the Borg crashed on Gavara. Its thousands of drones then entered the colony from the shoreline and tried to assimilate everyone they encountered. As the Cube descended its phasers and pulse weapons fired randomly on the city, destroying many skyscrapers and killing hundreds in the sporadic and indiscriminate destruction.
The Borg, having defective nanoprobes and acting only on instinct, wandered throughout Gavara infecting people with their virus. Security forces were quickly overwhelmed and the colony entered a state of emergency, most managed to escape to the mountains surrounding the city to hide in security bunkers and storage facilities. The crew of the Fitzgerald beamed down to find what looked like an apocalypse. Sturmgeist was found in a police station with a few civilians, armed with projectile weapons and machine guns. Sturmgeist explained that the Borg had quickly adapted to their phasers and traditional weapons were more effective. Captain Ingram, Colonel Fernandez, chief of intelligence Commander Christopher Scotto, Doctor Gwen Damara and science chief Lieutenant Neda Vahl fought their way to the bunkers in the hills, led by battle-hardened Sturmgeist and his rag-tag group of fighters.
They commandeered a train after some intense fighting into the station. Ray rigged charges behind them to explode as hundreds of infected Borg stumbled after them. At the bunkers in the mountains, they learned that a civilian scientist had developed a weapon that would vapourise all organic life within five kilometres. Captain Ingram deemed it too unethical and the risk of killing too many trapped people, estimated at several hundred, was too great. Admiral Sturmgeist spoke to the scientist privately a while later and consulted with Lieutenant Vahl about its viability. Vahl believed it to be the best way to secure the city as there were too many Borg, communications were down and their ammunition was running worryingly low. Vahl volunteered to deliver the agent and was granted Sturmgeist's permission, unbeknownst to her fellow officers or Captain Ingram.
Vahl snuck her way to a maintenance shuttle, but was discovered by Doctor Damara who intervened when she realised what was going on. Vahl managed to incapacitate her for what she thought was the greater good and flew the shuttle over the city and deployed the agent. The Borg were eradicated along with the rest of the organic life in the city. It was found that seventy civilians were killed. Vahl escaped reprimand because of Sturmgeist's protection, although she was reassigned post-mission. Doctor Damara also sought reassignment and, by coincidence, was posted aboard the USS Washington along with Vahl. The colony was repaired and is still governed by Admiral Sturmgeist.