Exploring the Gamma
Over a decade after the most devastating attack on Federation soil since the Dominion War, Starfleet has changed. Gone are the carefree days of scientific exploration and diplomatic overtures. Instead, the Federation has sealed its borders and limits contact with those beyond them, its mighty fleet aggressively protects vast swathes of territory from threats both internal and external. With a focus on developing Starfleet into a stronger military presence, technological advancements have significantly enhanced the operational capacity of vessels that are long past their usual hull life.
But there is a longing inside every Starfleet officer; a yearning to be out among the stars and exploring the cosmos. For the first time since 2385, a petition to open a new front of exploration is considered by the Federation Council. Endorsed by Vice Admiral Noah Ramsey of Starfleet Command, and supported by Fleet Admiral Kirsten Clancy herself, the petition sought permission to divert a small task group of Starfleet vessels to the Gamma Quadrant for the first time since the armistice that was agreed at the end of the Dominion War. The task group would begin initial exploration efforts around the mouth of the wormhole in the Idran system of the quadrant, and would ensure the terms of the treaty were being respected. An area of the galaxy neglected after the war, the Federation Council granted the petition and authorised the creation Gamma Exploration Command, initially to operate out of Deep Space Nine until such a time as a location for a headquarters could be identified in the Gamma Quadrant itself.
Among those ships to partake in the new initiative is the brand new Odyssey-class USS Venture.
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Having been docked at Deep Space 9 for what feels like an eternity, the crew of the USS Venture are in the midst of shore leave on the station, and the nearby world of Bajor, when Captain Romaes returns to the ship with orders; the ship is to be decommissioned and will return to Earth, but the crew will assume command of a new vessel upon its arrival at DS9.
Early the next day, as the crew make final preparations to depart, leaving a skeleton crew behind, they are overwhelmed when their new home, an Odyssey-class vessel, arrives. But the emotions really hit home when the ships name is revealed to be Venture - together, they can continue the famed vessels legacy. Venture is to play a significant role in a new exploration initiative, and the crew must ready the new ship for departure in less than three days.