One of the most famous names on the Starfleet register is U.S.S. Hood. The current U.S.S. Hood is an Excelsior class starship launched in 2287. Hood underwent a period of extensive testing with the experimental Transwarp drive before finally being commissioned on stardate 8457.5. Her motto is taken from HMS Hood and is 'Ventis Secundis' meaning 'With favourable winds'. This Hood was launched during the time which NX 2000 Excelsior was still undergoing testing with her revolutionary new Transwarp drive. Hood was originally designed to incorporate the Transwarp drive, but initial testing revealed problems. By the 2290s, Hood had been converted to conventional warp drive and had taken her rightful place as one of the new vanguard exploratory vessels, pushing back the boundaries of the final frontier.
The first commanding officer of this new Excelsior class U.S.S. Hood was Captain Thomas Saunders. Saunders had been the Executive Officer aboard the old Constitution class U.S.S. Hood and was continuing the "family line" of the Hood. Saunders requested and received Commander Richard Hawkins from the Excelsior. Hawkins had extensive knowledge of the Transwarp system aboard the Excelsior, NX 2000 and was a little bitter with Captain Styles for replacing him with Captain Mongomery Scott for a period in 2285. Hawkins soon joined the Hood as her Chief Engineer - determined not only to whip the Transwarp drive into operational condition, but to deliberately exceed all the standards set by the Excelsior. Hawkins was on his last 5 years as a Starfleet officer before retirement and was determined to go out on the Hood: this was family.
With the declaration of Transwarp drive as a failure, both Excelsior and Hood were converted back to standard warp drive - some argue that the Hood never was actually fitted with Transwarp drive. The Hood then went on to a successful 5-year deep space mission of exploration and diplomacy, attaining First Contact with 2 races and discovering over a dozen new sentient forms of life.
Captain Matthew Tovey took command of the Hood on stardate 9523.5. The Hood was launched from spacedock after the reports on the explosion at Praxis first reached Starfleet Headquarters. Hood was sent to Starbase 24 as a back-up should the Enterprise-A not be ready. After the arrest of Captain James T. Kirk and Doctor Leonard H. McCoy, Hood was sent to find the Enterprise-A but was 'unable to locate her'.
U.S.S. Hood was a prominent player in the ISC Pacification Campaign of 2294-8. After the U.S.S. Excelsior first encountered the Interstellar Concordium, the Hood was sent to the Romulan and Gorn borders to investigate the first actions by the ISC. This urgent action drew the Hood away from the Kzin border where she had been investigating a possible breach of the Treaty of Sirius. Had the Hood crew known better, they might have forewarned the Federation of a bigger threat down the line.
By Stardate 10124, the observations from the Hood alarm Starfleet Command sufficiently that they consider preparations for the eventuality that the Gorn and Romulan forces would not be able to stop the advance of the ISC forces. Captain Tovey and the Hood were ordered to starbase 12 and an assembly of the Second Fleet, joining brand-new Excelsior class U.S.S. Albion, carrier class prototype Ark Royal and a couple of Ascension class and older Federation class dreadnoughts. Admiral Charles Buckingham put his flag on the Ark Royal, with Ulysses class dreadnoughts Zeus and Zrinyi acting as his primary tactical assets.
The following year, Hood and the Second Fleet provided assistance to the Gorn in trying to slow the advance of the ISC forces. Hood provided cover for the U.S.S. Ark Royal after the loss of dreadnought Zeus left the carrier dangerously exposed. Captain Tovey noted in his log that the newer designs of starship such as the Excelsior class, Ark Royal class and Ulysses class showed greater resistance to the effects of the ISC Pulsed Plasma Device weapon. Zeus was lost covering the withdrawal of the fleet under overwhelming ISC attack, providing a pyrrhic victory for the ISC. Although the ISC were slowed considerably, their advance was relentless.
With the Ark Royal damaged, the flag was transferred to the Hood whist the carrier underwent urgent repairs at the nearest starbase. Starfleet Intelligence was by now under no illusions that the ISC would reach the Federation border within twelve months. Elements of the fourth, fifth and ninth fleets were readied to meet the ISC and priority was given to tactical analysis of the Interstellar Concordium ships, especially with regards their echelon strategy. The analysis showed that the ISC were content to guard the systems they captured and attack any offensive starship, rather than subjugate the people.
The Hood, Ark Royal and main tactical fleet went into action at the Battle of the Grave of Thoughts, liberating three ISC re-education facilities. Through careful planning and the increasing number of new-technology starships available, the Federation and her allies managed to push the ISC back until the successful conclusion of Operation Tyr and the unconditional surrender of the Interstellar Concordium.
In 2310 Admiral Matthew Tovey on his flagship USS Hood commits forces to the Lyran/Ferasan border to quell growing incursions by the Lyrans. Part of the Treaty of Sirius demilitarises the Ferasan on the assurance of Starfleet enforcement of the no-go zone between the two powers. The Hood and Ocean task group achieves its aims and the Red Claw clan are deterred from crossing the border.
Stardate 13447.5, U.S.S. Chantho - an Oberth Class vessel - on a mission for the archaeological study of planet PPB-318 discovers the remains of a Taubat colony. The exact age of the colony cannot be locked down to anything better than within the last 20 years. Either way, this confirms that the Taubat expanded beyond the Tabula Rasa systems that entrapped the remainder beforehand or that the Taubat escaped before the Tabula Rasa systems were pushed back into their subspace pocket. Starfleet Command authorises the reinforcement of Starbase 77 as a forward-deployed element of the Second Fleet. There are also early talks of reviving the Ninth fleet. Ark Royal class U.S.S. Glorious and Ocean are deployed to SB 77 with U.S.S. Hood assigned as flagship.
Current Hood crew 2312:
Commanding officer: Raekwon Okigbo.
Executive Officer: Commander Khessir of Cait. Seen by Captain Okigbo as his right hand man. Truly a lion of a man in both looks and build. Graduated 2291 from Starfleet Academy , being first assigned to the USS Mikado and assigned to the events in the Tabula Rasa region. Khessir made his mark early, helping an away team escape from the Metar assault. Khessir’s trials were not over as the Metar attacked the Mikado, causing a warp core overload. Khessir managed to guide some of the crew to lifeboats before the ship exploded. They were recovered by the USS Excelsior three days later, adrift and behind the expanding Metar lines.
Khessir insisted on helping out as best that he could on Excelsior, wanting to get back into the action to help Starfleet evacuate. The young Caitian impressed enough to be assigned to the Excelsior for the duration, being one of the science officers who saw the Metar escape from their subspace prison. Khessir was reassigned to the R’karra where he was mission operations officer. He volunteered to cover as watch officer on the night shift for bridge-keeping qualification. This led to promotion and a position as Operations Officer on the Ulysses class Tartarus for her plankowner shakedown voyage.
The voyage was interrupted by the ISC invading Federation space. Khessir had a prime position to observe the first encounters between the Federation and ISC forces. The Tartarus was part of the first main forces sent to repel the ISC from the borders of Federation space. She was badly damaged facing down the ISC fleet. The Tartarus was repaired and sent out to face the ISC as the only type of ship that could face down the ISC battleships. Khessir continued in the role of Operations Officer, liaising with the other capital ships and their escorts. The ISC would be faced down in a climactic battle with most of the Ulysses class dreadnoughts involved. The battle was tough, the captain of the Tartarus sent her down the throats of the ISC capital ships. She succeeded in destroying one battleship and damaging a second when the Tartarus succumbed to the firepower unleashed on her.
For the second time in his career, Khessir had to lead abandoning ship for this goliath dreadnought. The plasmatic pulsar device had crippled the main systems of the Ulysses class dreadnought and there was no alternative but to abandon ship.
After recovering on the Federation Medical Ship Joseph Lister, Khessir was eager to resume his duties. The reputation and experience of this Caitian saw him assigned to USS Ark Royal as the Operations Officer. His knowledge of Interstellar Concordium strategies made him invaluable in carrier operations as they proceeded into ISC space. Khessir was witness to the steady counter-invasion by allied forces. He helped to liaise with the Klingon and Romulan commanders to drive the ISC forces back to their homeworld where they surrendered.
Khessir has many tales to tell about his experiences during the Interstellar Concordium Pacification War, using examples to inspire crew to perform harder and to persevere even in the face of adversity.
Khessir was promoted to Executive Officer and served on the Youngblood class USS St. Lo. The assignment patrolled the Interstellar Concordium and ensured compliance with the ceasefire whilst the Treaty of Nimbus was drafted. Former ISC ships were escorted back into their space and the ISC borders were re-affirmed with the establishment of the Armistice Line. The St. Lo continued to patrol the Armistice Line along with the other forward-deployed elements of the Ninth Fleet. After his tour of duty was completed, Khessir transferred to the Hood.
Operations Officer: Tiburonian Lieutenant Commander Saldin is currently in this post. He graduated in 2295 and was first assigned to the Ascension class USS Nashua. The dreadnought was in the final stages of refit and was being rushed to deploy her to assist in the operations against the ISC invasion forces. The Nashua deployed and saw action in several fights against the Interstellar Concordium forces. Saldin was injured in one of the encounters and was evacuated on medical ship Taro Takemi and recovered at Nirvana colony.
Once recuperated, Saldin was reassigned to the Excel Class USS Devonshire which was serving a tour patrolling the Tholian border. After serving a tour on the Devonshire, Saldin transferred to the Belknap class Mikuma for a tour along the Gorn border. Saldin acquired knowledge of the strategic deployment of the different nation’s forces. Lieutenant Saldin was promoted to Mission Operations officer and served aboard the Jenshahn class USS Gambier Bay for two tours along the Romulan Neutral Zone. The Gambier Bay was involved in the stand-off with the Romulans over Tomed. After an extended leave of absence, Saldin transferred to the Albion.
Mission Operations Officer: Tellarite female
Communications Officer: T’nil of Vulcan is assigned to this station. He studied at the Vulcan Science Academy from 2260 up until 2301. Wanting to explore new avenues he applied to Starfleet and graduated from the Academy in 2305. T’nil’s experience facilitated his assignment to the Starfleet Intelligence Cassandra Array in the Beta Quadrant. T’nil excelled at cryptography and analysis. The Hood is T’nil’s first starship assignment.
Helm Officer: Ensign Fenela Pel of Bolarus IX is the helm officer of the Hood. Fresh out of the Academy, she has shown aptitude for helm systems and an eagerness to learn.
Navigation Officer: Trill Barajis Weks is the Navigation Officer on the Hood. He graduated in 2303 and served initially on the USS Levant before transferring to the Akagi. Lieutenant Weks served for a two year tour before transferring to the Hood.
Chief Security Officer: Lieutenant Thalib Ch’delis, an Andorian Male, is currently in this post. He graduated from Starfleet Academy in 2298. Ch’delis first served aboard the USS Montrose, on her mission through Interstellar Concordium space. Ch’delis next served on the USS Endeavour, exploring the frontier in the Alpha Quadrant. This five year tour included First Contact with four new races. His next assignment was the Carron, operating in the Alpha Quadrant in the region of Cait. This was followed on the Athabasca class USS Cándido de Lasala for a five year tour as assistant Chief Security Officer. Ch’delis was then assigned to the Hood.
Security Operations Officer: Anka (Ania) Gabrjela Chmielewski from Gdansk in Poland. Graduated in 2307 from Starfleet Academy and assigned to Excel class Vortigern for a tour of duty along the Tholian border. When the ship was reassigned to the Ninth Fleet, Anka stayed with the ship for a further tour along the ISC Armistice Line.
Chief Medical Officer: Doctor Joiyvuud is the Rigelian chief medical officer. Guided by the spirits, she joined Starfleet Medical School in 2302 and graduated in 2310, serving on the medical ship Thrapas Tanzing in support of operations at Kronos. She transferred to the Hood in 2312. She likes to remind patients that the three most important words in any language are “Let me help.”
Chief Engineering Officer: Lieutenant Commander Paul Rutherford from Manchester, England. Graduated in 2299 and was assigned to Starbase 15 ‘Pharos’ as a spacedock technician. Four years in the role gave him experience over a wide range of starship types from Starfleet and other nations. Assigned next to USS Dibner, a Corps of Engineers frontline support ship, Rutherford made a good impression. Paul met his future wife on the ship and they served a couple of tours on the Dibner.
With the loss of the Hood [Author note: this is in an as-yet unwritten event], Starfleet Command will choose to rename an under construction Excelsior class hull (then to be named Exeter) as a new Hood, NCC registration 42296. This Hood will blaze its way for the next century and once again stand alongside the Enterprise as one of the most famous ship in the fleet.
The previous starship Hood.
Constitution class NCC 1703, was launched on March 27th 2246 - 330 years after the commencement of construction on her namesake, HMS Hood. Hood was constructed at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards and is the sister ship of the famous USS Enterprise 1701. The first Commanding Officer was Captain Richard Blake.
Like her other Constitution class sisters, Hood revolutionised the Starfleet. In 2260, when the 12 were selected, Hood was one of the first selected for the 5-year missions. Hood's 5 year mission began in 2266, 20 years after her launch. Whilst the U.S.S. Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk grabbed the headlines as Flagship of the Fleet, Hood was always a close second under Captain Emma Roberts.
Stardate 4210 saw the Hood redirected from it's supply mission to Science Station Delta Zero Five and instead directed to Starbase 10. At Starbase 10 Federation Representative St. John Talbot boarded. U.S.S. Hood then led a fleet of Federation colony ships to Nimbus III, where they rendez voused with their Klingon and Romulan counterparts.
The Enterprise, under James T. Kirk, had encountered 'complications' involving Klingons on the planet Neural. First officer Spock had been injured and thus the Enterprise was taken off this high-profile mission and the second ship of the fleet, Hood, was substituted at the last moment.
Stardate 4729.4: Hood under Captain Roberts was diverted to rendez vous with the U.S.S. Potemkin, U.S.S. Excalibur and flagship U.S.S. Lexington. Together, the four ships would perform wargames against the starship Enterprise, equipped with the new M-5 computer. The Hood was fired upon by the Enterprise during the disasterous M-5 computer trials. Along with USS Potemkin and U.S.S. Lexington, the Hood suffered casualties. The U.S.S. Excalibur was not as lucky, her crew all being killed and the ship reduced to a floating hulk. The U.S.S. Hood had to report to starbase for repairs lasting months. The paperwork following this disaster lasted even longer, involving a formal inquiry.
The refit would allow U.S.S. Hood to remain in service for longer than expected. However, the incident also highlighted the encroaching age of the design. Plans were already afoot to redesign the Constitution class starships. The Enterprise was to be the first ship back into spacedock. Constitution herself suffering badly during her five-year mission. Unlike the Enterprise, Hood was never upgraded during her mission; instead she was lined up to be the next vessel refit after Enterprise and Lexington returned to Earth spacedock.
[Author's note: possibly even destroyed if the publicity material suggesting Enterprise was the only vessel to survive the 5-year mission. But I'd take that with a pinch of salt]. The upgrading of Enterprise pre-TMP was shown in a Star Trek: Phase Two vignette "Going Boldly".
In the early 2273 the refit of Hood was brought forward when the V'ger Crisis of stardate 7411 occured. Captain Emma Roberts order the ship at maximum warp for as long as possible in order to try to assist the Enterprise. Hood was almost shaken apart by the exertion, her Chief Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Hawkins, was heard swearing from one end of Engineering to the other as his beloved starship was strained to breaking point. Hood never participated in the crisis itself, but arrived at Earth barely 40 hours after Admiral Kirk and the Enterprise had saved the day. Hood limped into San Francisco Orbital Yards looking the worse for wear.
Despite being offered a promotion to flag rank, as had happened with James T. Kirk, Captain Emma Roberts declined. She saw herself in the command chair of the Hood for another five-year mission, and no amount of bribery from Starfleet Headquarters would change this. Captain Roberts managed to keep most of her crew for the second mission, although Commander Singh was promoted for his own command, and she lost her Chief Engineer - Commander Richard Hawkins - for a brief stint on the U.S.S. Potemkin, although this wasn't to last as he wanted to return to his 'home' on the 'Mighty Hood '.
The Hood was involved in some classified clashes with the Romulans during the late 2270s, rumours abounded that she even fired upon a Romulan Warbird. Commodore Emma Roberts was succeeded in 2280 by Captain Elizabeth Buckingham. Captain Buckingham was well schooled in diplomacy and was involved in a memorable encounter with Klingon Captain Koloth. The exchange between the captains is often played at Starfleet Academy as an example of the linguistic sword-play that can occur in deep space.
Author's Notes on the starships Hood:
Little is actually known in canon Star Trek history about the starships named Hood. There have been two - Constitution class NCC 1703, U.S.S. Hood and later in Star Trek: The Next Generation we were introduced to an Excelsior class U.S.S. Hood. The first ship named Hood appeared once as a squadron of Constitution class vessels fought the M-5 computer equipped Enterprise. The Potemkin, Lexington and Hood were all badly damaged in the exercise, with the Excalibur being tragically lost. The history concerning the refit of the Hood in the 2270s is based upon conjecture. Established Trek art department notes infer that the Constitution class were all refit after the 2260s, Hood was therefore part of this programme. A Service Life Extension Programme [SLEP] is standard procedure for naval warships of a certain age. Iowa Class battleships and various classes of aircraft carrier [e.g. Essex class] have also undergone such programmes.
The latter Hood, as seen in ST: The Next Generation, was the previous assignment of Commander William T. Riker before he joined the Enterprise-D. No launch date has ever been officially established for the Excelsior class Hood, but the registry number, and configuration of the studio model, would suggest somepoint around the time of Excelsior in her NX 2000 incarnation. The reason for this is due to the discovery of photographs of the Hood model from "Encounter at Farpoint", disproving the long-held belief that the Hood was NCC 42296. The actual model [whose registry is far too small to read onscreen] is actually NCC 2541. The belief that this was not changed for filming is supported by the next appearance of the Excelsior studio model which was dressed up as U.S.S. Repulse NCC 2544, which would require only the simple change of the final digit in the registry number. The appearance of the Hood in DS9 as a CGI model had the incorrect registry number of 42857 - same as the U.S.S. Lakota - in error. It is therefore quite possible that except for Mike Okuda's displays, we have never seen a Hood registered as NCC 42296. The Memory Alpha website attempts to reconcile this anomaly by stating that there were two canon U.S.S. Hoods and the NCC 2541 therefore was an anomaly in filming. Given what happened with the U.S.S. Valkyrie this will probably turn into a semi-canon unseen Hood from somewhere between 2287 and 2361.
The Excelsior class Hood was commanded by Captain Robert DeSoto, and was seen in the episodes Tin Man, Encounter at Farpoint and was referred to on various occasions. The Hood was originally intended to appear in 'Encounter at Farpoint' as an Ambassador class starship, and it is therefore possible that the errant registry number of NCC 42296 was given to this vessel in anticipation of it being Ambassador class. The U.S.S. Hood appeared as a CGI model during the dramatic sixth season of Deep Space Nine, appearing in many of the decisive space battles of that series. Hood's last mention was as part of the squadron of starships racing to assist Picard's Enterprise-E against the Remans in Star Trek: Nemesis.
Author's Notes on the namesake for the starships Hood:
The namesake for U.S.S. Hood in the Original Series of Star Trek was the battlecruiser H.M.S. Hood, laid down on the day of the Battle of Jutland. Hood was the pride of the Royal Navy between the two World Wars. Hood was truly the flagship of the fleet, and it was a dramatic encounter between this legend and her nemesis, Bismarck, that placed her in the annals of history. During the fateful encounter between H.M. warships Hood, Prince of Wales and the German battleship Bismarck, a shell from the Bismarck pierced the armour of the Hood, destroying her in two dramatic explosions. Hood sank in barely three minutes, taking with her all but three of her crew. It is safe to state that the United Kingdom was in mourning and a state of utter shock and disbelief when the news was broken. It was after the destruction of H.M.S. Hood that the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, ordered every warship available to sink the Bismarck. In a matter of days this was done, and a chapter of naval history was written.
H.M.S. Hood was discovered on Friday 20th July 2001. Hood lies in three major pieces, the central portion lies inverted some distance away from the bow and stern. A memorial service was held by the final survivor of the Hood, Ted Briggs. To the left is an image of the bow section of the Hood, where the memorial plaque now lies. H.M.S. Hood is a designated war grave and it is the hope of the author of this website that the Hood is respected and left in peace. Click on the image of the Hood's bow to visit the website of the H.M.S. Hood association with all the information on the 20th century Hood that one could want.
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