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United Federation Starfleet

Ship of the Line Start Up Guide

Original by

Fleet Admiral Mike Calhoun

Reviewed and Amended by:

Commodore Rosine Heinkel

Commander T’Rennek Yuitza

Brigadier MilesPrower Dagger

Published by

Chief of Staff, United Federation Starfleet

Commodore Tammy Durant

Editor

Vice Admiral Rosine Heinkel

Commander T’Rennek Yuitza

Fleet Admiral Mike Calhoun

Intended Audience

All current and aspiring Ship of the Line Commanding Officers of UF Starfleet

Reviewing Authority

United Federation Starfleet Command

Revision History

First Edition: February 2012

Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Structure within United Federation Starfleet

1.2 Chain of Command

1.3 Requirements to Start a Shakedown Ship of the Line

1.4 Privilege not a Right

1.5 Crew Organization

1.6 Non UFS members

2.0 Ship of the Line Commissioning Program

2.1 New Ship of the Line Formation

3.0 Construction Stage

3.1 Ship of the Line Type

3.1.1 Meeting Ship of the Line

3.1.2 Virtual Ship of the Line

3.2 Ship of the Line Designations

3.3 Naming your Ship of the Line

3.4 Choosing a Ship of the Line Class

3.5 Choosing a Ship of the Line Chapter

4.0 Shakedown Stage

4.1 Chapter Finances

4.2 Shakedown Cruise Termination

5.0 Commissioning Stage

5.1 Ship of the Line Status

5.1.1 Shakedown

5.1.2 Commissioned

5.1.3 Standby

5.1.4 Dry Docked

5.1.5 Decommissioned

6.0 Accelerated Ship of the Liner Commissioning Program (ASCP)

6.1 Transfer/Dual Affiliation

6.2 Returning UFS Ship of the Line

6.2.1 Left Friendly

6.2.2 Left Hostile

6.2.3 Evaluation and Petitioning

Endnote

1.0 Introduction

One of the greatest honors a Starfleet Officer can receive is the command of their own ship. James T. Kirk is perhaps the greatest example of this. When Kirk stole the Enterprise to go to Genesis, Excelsior Captain Styles threatened him, “Kirk, you do this, you’ll never sit in the Captain’s chair again.” This was the most powerful thing he could say, not court martial, not prison…but never commanding a ship again. When Jean-Luc Picard met Kirk in the Nexus, Kirk said, “…Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do *anything* that takes you off the bridge of that ship…”

When William Riker was offered his own ship, his struggle was fierce. He was First Officer on a flagship under one of Starfleet’s greatest captains. The longer he was on the Enterprise, the more he would learn and experience, but if he left, it would be his ship, his rules, and his crew.

Do you have the same drive these officers did? Do you dream of leading a group of people who share the same dream as you, to explore Star Trek, to have fun with other Trek fans? If so, you are looking to become a Ship of the Line Commanding Officer in United Federation Starfleet (UFS). But be warned: This is not a commitment to be taken lightly. It is a long process that requires dedication and commitment.

Do you have what it takes to be a UFS starship or space station Commander?

The information in this manual is intended to help UFS Members understand the structure of a Ship of the Line in relation to UFS, how to start a Ship of the Line, and its importance to UFS.

1.1 Structure within United Federation Starfleet

Ships of the Line are the building blocks of UFS. All members are assigned to a Ship of the Line and no two are alike. Each Ship of the Line is organized as a typical starship or space station as seen in the Star Trek universe. While each Ship of the Line can organize their activities and personnel however they want they are expected to progress and be active in the mediums they started. Ships founded for RP need to RP to become commissioned and remain commissioned, ships that start for meetings need to meet, etc. All Ship of the Line do have the same reporting system, minimum membership numbers, and Ship of the Line Commanding Officer requirements as described in the UFS Membership Manual.

1.2 Chain of Command

When working with UFS Command, a Ship of the Line has three (2) officers in their Chain of Command: the Commanding Officer (CO) and the Executive Officer (XO), and the Second Officer (SO). Each CO can decide if they want the SO in the chain of command within the ship but UF Starfleet recognizes the post. The Chain of Command from a Ship of the Line up through the ranks is as follows:

 

This allows for a simple and easy-to-follow chain that is the same for ALL Ships of the Line in UFS.

However, if a Ship of the Line chooses to have a deeper Chain of Command within their own crew, such as having a Second Officer, there is no rule against that. This is especially helpful in case the CO or XO cannot attend a scheduled activity.

 

1.3 Requirements to Start a Shakedown Ship of the Line

Before you can apply to start a Ship of the Line within UFS, The following basic requirements must be met:

 

If all of these requirements are met the prospective CO must contact the UFS Chief of Staff with the list of the members they have, including their membership IDs. The application will be reviewed and if needed a meeting will be scheduled with the CO to discuss the application.

The UFS Chief of Staff will provisionally promote the CO to the grade of O-5 (Commander, Lieutenant Colonel) and the XO to the grade of O-4 (Lieutenant Commander, Major) upon attainment of Shakedown status. If the Ship of the Line fails to become fully commissioned, then these ranks will be rescinded.

1.4 Privilege not a Right

Becoming a Ship of the Line CO or XO is NOT a right in UF Starfleet, it is a privilege. Because you are able to meet the requirements does not mean you will be allowed to start a Ship of the Line.

1.5 Crew Organization

All Chapters must have five active , meaning their membership status is active on the Database, members at the time of formation. The only stipulation for these members is that one of them be the CO and the other the XO, otherwise the positions and roles of these members is up to your discretion.

As you move forward however, keep in mind that a minimum of ten active members are required for your Ship of the Line to be commissioned. Therefore, you must recruit and sustain a steady membership for a prolonged period.

 

Crew organization varies and is decided upon by the Ship of the Line CO. Some Ships of the Line will have departments that others choose not to have. Some Ships of the Line will have a Marine unit, some will choose not to. It is all part of the uniqueness to each Ship of the Line. However, it is suggested that each Ship of the Line spread out the required duties so as to ensure the smooth operation of their Ship of the Line.

For example, if the Ship of the Line has a newsletter, the Communications Officer could be assigned as the editor. Also, if they have a Website or Facebook page, the Chief of Operations could be assigned to make periodic updates.

 

1.6 Non UFS members

It is permitted that individuals who are not a part of UFS can serve onboard a Ship of the Line; however, it should be noted that membership benefits would not extend to them and that they will NOT count toward the minimum membership requirements for a Commissioned Ship of the Line.


2.0 Ship of the Line Commissioning Program

One of the most asked questions, especially by new members is, ”How can I start my own Ship of the Line?” You have probably looked around and maybe cannot find a Ship of the Line close to you, or you cannot find one that suits your needs, so you start playing with the idea to form your own Ship of the Line.

New Ships of the Line are started for a variety of reasons:

 

 

UFS has set up the Office of Shakedown Operations to help you get started and guide you toward commissioning.

2.1 New Ship of the Line Formation

Once you have applied and been accepted to start a new Ship of the Line, you will need to go through three (3) stages. These stages are designed to give you plenty of time to make sure your Ship of the Line gets all the help needed to become a fully commissioned ship of the line. The three stages are Construction, Shakedown, and Commissioning.


3.0 Construction Stage

Whether you are part of an existing Ship of the Line or start out on your own, the first stage of the program is basically a lot of talking, planning, and making decisions that will affect the shape and future of your Ship of the Line. The formation stage consists mostly of building the foundations of your Ship of the Line. The following sections identify the minimum requirements that your Ship of the Line will need to get underway.

3.1 Ship of the Line Type

All Chapters fall into two categories: Meeting and Virtual.

Each Ship of the Line has their own unique personality. While some Ships of the Line are focused on Metaverse  role-play, others can be dedicated to play Star Trek Online or other online games. Others like to come together in real life to watch Star Trek, Sci-Fi, or engage in community service, and then there are, of course, Ships of the Line that like to do everything.....as long as you have fun, it’s all good.

Let’s examine both types so you can decide for yourself what type fits best to your needs.

3.1.1 Meeting Ship of the Line

Meeting Ships of the Line are made up of members who live close to one another. They are able to get together and meet on a regular basis to participate in activities. Meeting Ships of the Line report to the Sector Commander that oversees the region where their Commanding Officer is located.

3.1.2 Virtual Ship of the Line

Online Ships of the Line operate via use of electronic communication and are for members who do not live close to one another or who prefer the online community aspect. Except for the Ships of the Line within the metaverses like Second Life or OSGrid, Online Ships of the Line report to the Sector Commander that oversees the region where their Commanding Officer is located.

3.2 Ship of the Line Designations

Most Ships of the Line decide upon a starship or station designation; however, all Ships of the Line are able to assume any designation that they feel best suits them, whether that be a science research facility or a distant outpost. There are only a few minor restrictions. The final authority for approving your chosen designation rests with the office of the UFS Chief of Staff.

The restrictions for a Ship of the Line’s designation include but are not limited to:

 

3.3 Naming your Ship of the Line

Each CO is allowed to choose a name for their Ship of the Line. It is suggested that Ship of the Line names be something meaningful to the members of your Ship of the Line; however, the choice is yours. It is suggested that you work with the members of your Ship of the Line to make those decisions. After all, an involved crew is a happy crew. In order to receive approval for your Ship of the Line name, you must contact the ASDB BEFORE you send in the Chapter Registration Form (CRF).

3.4 Choosing a Ship of the Line Class

As with the Ship of the Line name, each CO is also allowed to choose the class for their Ship of the Line. To receive approval for a Ship of the Line class, you must contact the ASDB BEFORE you send in the Chapter Registration Form.

3.5 Choosing a Support Ship of the Line

We want to give you as much support as possible in becoming a UFS Ship of the Line. Many have gone before you, so we have set up a program so you can benefit from those who have started and FINISHED the Commissioning Program in UFS.

 

Finding a mentor CO is an important part of this process. It is suggested that you ask an individual you trust who has a Ship of the Line most like the one you would like to start; however, it is your choice as to whom you select. Your mentor will help you as you move forward through the stages and basically be a sounding board for you.


4.0 Construction Stage (UFS Shakedown Cruise)

After your Chapter Registration Form (CRF) is received and approved, The Office of Chief of Staff UF Starfleet creates your Ship of the Line’s file in the UFS Database. At this time, your Ship of the Line is officially recognized by United Federation Starfleet.as a Shakdown Ship of the Line. Your Ship of the Line is now considered to be on its Shakedown Cruise. Use this time to get all your requirements ready to get commissioned as a UFS Ship of the Line.

The UFS Shakedown Cruise exists to help new Ships of the Line develop. Ships of the Line on the UFS Shakedown Cruise are considered fully active Ships of the Line, and they perform activities and operations much like commissioned Ships of the Line.

During the Shakedown Cruise, the crew is encouraged to begin developing the Ship of the Line’s operational procedures, newsletter, logos, recruitment strategies, and web presence as well as other activities pertaining to their Ship of the Line’s operation and development. Ships of the Line are allowed to have a set of guidelines and standards they have in order for the CO to submit a member for promotion however it has nothing to do with whether or not the promotion will be approved. It is simply the CO show what they require for someone to be doing to be recommended for promotion.

A typical Shakedown Cruise requires a minimum of 9 months but can take longer if needed.

 

4.1 Ship of the Line Finances

Any Ship of the Line finances are managed and overseen by the Commanding Officer of that Ship of the Line or whoever they delegate. For some Ship of the Line, finances may not be an issue, but for others, this is a wise position to have should the need arise. This is critical for Ships of the Line with annual bills such as ones that run their own web sites, have metaverse land, and receive Ship of the Line dues to help pay for it.

4.2 Shakedown Cruise Termination

There are several situations where the Shakedown will be Terminated, meaning the Shakedown has failed and all ranks are reverted, crew is sent to Unassigned and the Registry Number and Name of the Ship of the Line can be used again.

5.0 Commissioning Stage

Typically after 9 months, the Shakedown Ship of the Line can request Commissioned status by submitting the Chapter Commissioning Request (CCR). As with the initial application to start a Ship of the Line, a number of basic requirements must be met before the Ship of the Line can be commissioned.

 

Once these requirements have been met, then the CO must submit the Chapter Commissioning Request, which is sent to the UFS Chief of Staff for approval.The Chapter Commissioning Form (CRF) is available at http://tinyurl.com/UFS-CRF.

 

In Sector 001 once the UFS Chief of Staff approves the Ship of the Line they deliver the approval to the new CO, after which the Ship of the Line will be officially listed as Commissioned. In sectors 002-020 the appropriate Sector Commander will be notified and requested to deliver the approval to the new CO, after which the Ship of the Line will be officially listed as Commissioned.

The UFS Chief of Staff will provisionally promote the CO to the grade of O-6 (Captain, Colonel) and the XO to the grade of O-5 (Commander, Lieutenant Colonel). Once the Ship of the Line has been in operation for a one year, the ranks will become permanent.

 

5.1 Ship of the Line Status

To help make it easier for a CO and crew of a new Ship of the Line to focus on specific goals, UFS uses statuses, or classifications. These are as follows:

 

5.1.1 Shakedown

These are Ships of the Line undergoing their Shakedown Cruise and are working toward becoming fully commissioned.

 

5.1.2 Commissioned

These Ships of the Line are fully operational and meet all the requirements set by UFS.

 

5.1.3 Standby

These are Commissioned Ships of the Line that are not meeting all requirements set by UFS, such as membership numbers, problems with reporting on time, etc. Once notified of the status change, these Ships of the Line have 90 days to correct the problems to become fully Commissioned again.

 

5.1.4 Dry Docked

If a Ship of the Line placed on Standby is unable to correct the situation within 90 days, the Ship of the Line is then Dry Docked. The Ship of the Line has 12 months to work toward correcting its issues to return to Commissioned status.

 

5.1.5 Decommissioned

When a Ship of the Line is unable to correct its issues within 12 months, then it is decommissioned and removed from our Ships of the Line. All remaining crew is placed in the reserves section and must find a new Ship of the Line.

A decommissioned Ship of the Line that desires to become active again will need to go through the Shakedown Cruise in its entirety.


6.0 Accelerated Ship of the Line Commissioning Program (ALCP)

Established Ships of the Line belonging to other organizations or returning Ships of the Line that wish to join / rejoin may opt for the Accelerated Ship of the Line Commissioning Program (ASCP). Acceptance into the ASCP is approved on a case-by-case basis and overseen by the UFS Chief of Staff. The ASCP applies ONLY to pre-existing Ships of the Line or those belonging to other established groups.

6.1 Transfer/Dual Affiliation

Ship of the Line members that want to transfer from another group or opt for a dual affiliation will receive the rank they held in the other group (up to the rank of O-6). UFS will also recognize any awards previously earned. The Chapter will also retain the ship/station name, registry, and designation. (Any duplicates/conflicts with name will be addressed individually through ASDB, as needed.)

6.2 Returning UFS Chapters

Depending on prior relations with UFS, the process differs slightly:

6.2.1 Left Friendly

Any Ship of the Line that left under friendly conditions or went into an inactive phase will regain their status and achievements they had attained prior to leaving or the inactive status.

6.2.2 Left Hostile

Any Ship of the Line that left under “less-than-ideal” circumstances will be subject to review on a case-by-case basis, and if accepted, will be placed on probationary status.

6.2.3 Evaluation and Petitioning

Any Ships of the Line from organizations other than UFS that want to attach their Ship of the Line to UFS need to submit sufficient information that proves they are an existing Ship of the Line. This can be a Ship of the Line newsletter or any other kind of information that proves the Ship of the Line’s establishment. These Ship of the Line COs may contact the Office of Fleet Operations before sending in the request to get a better understanding of expectations.

After acceptance into UFS, the process toward Commissioned status is the same as any other Ship of the Line. Existing Ships of the Line can request immediate fully Commissioned status by approval of the UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff. If approved, the Ship of the Line will be assigned a sponsor Ship of the Line to help the new Ship of the Line adjust to UFS.

 

Endnote

It is our hope that you have found this manual to be useful to your development as a Ship of the Line. Any questions should be submitted to your Sector Commander or Mentor CO. We look forward to working with you in the future.