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Jolan Tru fellow officers of the 101st Fleet,
This is Fleet Commander Valak i-Rhehiv’je tr-Tomalak of the R.R.W. Ael Kaleh onboard the U.S.S. Biliskner, on the Galdonterre Sector of the Gamma Orionis Sector Block where the ship is currently on patrol duty. The reason I’m on-board this fine piece of Federation Technology is for me the interview its captain, Fleet Captain Dennis “Bill” Anderson of the Fleet Administration Department. The U.S.S. Biliskner, an astonishing ship I have to confess, has been elected after a hard battle and a subsequent tie-breaker with Fleet Captain Carter’s, U.S.S. Lancaster, as the Featured Ship of the Month for June. Captain Bill has agreed to give me an interview where we will talk about his ship and his career, at length.
First of all let me say a few things about the U.S.S. Biliskner. The Biliskner is an Avenger Class Fleet Battle Cruiser specialized in early warning and control and also on counterintelligence. It has over the years helped prevent many attacks on Federation space as many as it has repelled on its own. She is a sturdy ship with an more than adequate firepower to give three times as many Borg Cubes a bad day. Captain Bill is the first captain to be on the helm of this ship and he has a policy that matches the Motto of the U.S.S. Biliskner, “Courage is …the Mastery of fear”, as he (and his crew) have displayed on more than one occasion.
So lets begin our interview with Fleet Captain Anderson:
Cmdr. Valak: “Greetings Captain, thank you for receiving us on such a sort notice. How is the patrol duty going?”
Cpt. Anderson: “Well met Commander, the patrol is going smoothly. I wish to thank you for taking the time to honor me with an interview for the Featured ship article, to tell you the truth I’m surprised our ship got picked for this. We at the Biliskner don’t seek to get that much press on us. But it seems that the fame of the ship has expanded the last couple of months. As I said it is an honor.”
Cmdr. Valak: “So lets us begin then. What you think is the strongpoint of the Biliskner?”
Cpt. Anderson: “I think the Biliskner’s strongpoint is really the fact that it doesn’t pull punches. As a captain, it’s my job to make sure everything runs smoothly, in and out of combat. The ship itself is, despite being well-balanced, rather unforgiving. If I make a bad call, the ship makes sure we all know about it–sometimes that means mass space-walks to replace and repair hull-plating, sometimes that means long hours for the engineering crews to replace blown EPS conduits. But on the flip-side of that coin, when I and my crew are working well, the Biliskner performs wonders for us. I couldn’t ask for more than that.”
Cmdr. Valak: “You seem to put a lot of trust on your crew. What you value most in them?”
Cpt. Anderson: “I think the quality that I value most in my crew, both as a group and as individuals, is their honesty. I’m no stranger to the fact that the ship we serve on was built for war. A lot of times that can mean making tough calls, and it means being away from home for long stretches of time. I want my crew to feel like they can come to me if they see any problems on the ship, or if they’re not satisfied with the way things are being run. I know that kind of policy leaves room for potential abuse of authority, but I trust Starfleet’s judgement in the people they assigned under my command, and I trust my own judgement in the officers I requested. Suffice it to say that I haven’t had any problems yet.”
Cmdr. Valak: “You said earlier that the ship is well balanced, but taking into account the ship’s role; how hard (or not) it is for it to maintain operational integrity?”
Cpt. Anderson: “Like I said, the Biliskner is a battle-ready vessel, and it leaves all of us a little high-strung. I’ve heard stories from a few friends about crews that worked well together on the clock, but didn’t get along with each other on a personal level, if only because the front-lines can be a…challenging place to work. I’d like to say I’ve been lucky and that my crew works brilliantly together. But we’ve had a few scuffles between people who had been working longer hours than they probably should have, or hadn’t been taking adequate down-time between shifts. Nothing my CMO hasn’t been able to patch up, and most conflicts get resolved peacefully when it’s all said and done. There have been a couple shifts that needed rearranging though, to keep certain individuals away from each other for their own sakes.”
Cmdr. Valak: “Speaking of scuffles, what was the hardest mission you had to put the Biliskner through?”
Cpt. Anderson: “It’s funny you ask me that because there is one in particular that comes to mind. It wasn’t necessarily a mission, but it certainly fell under our orders at the time. About 3 months ago now, my crew and I were scouting a rather active portion of the Galdonterre sector, and we stumbled onto an active Unimatrix vessel guarded by at least a dozen Cubes and maybe twice that many Spheres. We were pumping all the power we could into the long-range scanners at the time, so we found them before they saw us… but they’re the Borg. We didn’t get the chance to turn back before two of the Cubes came after us followed by several Spheres. Honestly I don’t remember most of it. All I know is that when it was all said and done the Biliskner was missing nose of the saucer-section and the impulse engines were almost completely ruined. Life-support wasn’t down completely–the rebreathers still worked–but the heaters had stopped functioning and it was getting cold. We never found out what the Borg were doing there, but after we took out the Cubes they retreated and we didn’t see them again. My tactical officer must have sent a message to Battle Group Omega right after the fight started because a couple ships showed up within a couple hours to tow us back to the Alpha Quadrant.”
Cmdr. Valak: “That is all the time we had for this, very interesting I must say, interview. Thank you for taking the time Captain Anderson from your very tight schedule.”
Cpt. Anderson: “Thank you Commander, the pleasure was all mine. Live long and prosper.”
You can find the presentation of the Biliskner following this link here. I hope you enjoy both the interview and the presentation of the Biliskner and its captain. Until next month safe travels to all of you. Valak out!
FCmdr Valak i-Rhehiv’je tr-Tomalak
R.R.W. Ael Kaleh
Fleet Press Office
Fleet Administration Department
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