USS Charon

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Vessel Information
USS Charon
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Class: Luna
Registry: NCC 80111 A
Government: Federation
Commission: 2407
Commanding Officer: Shiarrael t`Rehu
Executive Officer: Sakarra Tyrax
Status: Active

History

USS Charon dedication plaque.

The first USS Charon completed construction in 2379 and was placed under the command of Captain Bellatora Fortis. In 2380 the USS Charon began a long term exploration mission of the Beta Quadrant but was subsequently destroyed by a temporal anomaly in the Elysia Incendae System resulting in the deaths of the entire crew.

In 2405, twenty-five years after the destruction of the USS Charon, construction began on a newer model of the Luna Class vessels. Originally named the USS Tethys it was rechristened USS Charon in memoriam of all those lost on the original vessel to bear the name.

The new USS Charon completed construction in early 2407. Captain Daren Baelor was slated to command the USS Charon, however, during a test exercise of new technology implemented on the Charon in the Alpha Centauri system, word would arrive that Utopia Planitia had been devastated by a terrorist attack. For its protection the USS Charon was secured at the Starfleet fleet facility in the Alpha Centauri system and its crew transferred to the Sovereign Class USS Bentonville.

During the Second Dominion war the USS Bentonville would be destroyed while battling against the Breen. Captain Daren Baelor and his executive officer Commander William Hurst were both killed during the battle.

Charon Journey Map.

After the war's end negotiations between Starfleet and the Romulan Star Navy for a joint exploration mission became stalled due to an issue regarding command. The Romulans demanded that a Romulan commander be chosen because they understood Romulan protocol, however, Starfleet protested putting one of its ships under the command of a Romulan. Admiral Hubert Bandares of Starfleet Science contacted Vice Admiral Jolias Enor about the problem and Enor recommended the recently exiled former Romulan commander Shiarrael t`Rehu. Although concerned with the suggestion, Starfleet reluctantly agreed with the choice due to fact that t’Rehu had personally assisted the Federation at the battle of Typhon and also due to the fact that Federation Councillor Iyaru Aniri was exerting pressure for a swift compromise.

Enor would be given the task of approaching the former Romulan commander about the mission. They discussed the situation at length and Shiarrael finally agreed to command the mission. Starfleet commissioned Shiarrael into service at the rank of Commodore, which was equivalent to the rank she held within the Star Navy before her exile. After a month of training by Starfleet, Shiarrael officially received command of the USS Charon.

Historical Notes:

  • The USS Charon is named after Pluto’s moon. However, the name is also that of the ferryman of hell in Greek legend. The name is one of the reasons Shiarrael ended up accepting command of the Charon. “For my people the name of a ship is part of its soul. I have researched ‘Charon’ and I find it suitable. The galaxy is hell and Charon is our guide.”
  • Several of the shuttles on the Charon are named after her former commanding officers and crew. Shuttle Bellatora Fortis, Shuttle Daren Baelor, and Shuttle William Hurst.
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