USS Hamilton

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USS Hamilton
Technical Details
Class: Defiant-class
Registry: NCC-74216
Role: Escort
Status: Garrison Vessel
Task Force: N/A
Task Force CO: N/A
Task Group: N/A
Task Group CO: N/A
Crew Information
Commanding Officer: Captain Aurora Trax
Executive Officer: Lieutenant Commander Sebastian Rodriguez
Second Officer: Lieutenant Commander Andrew Sheppard
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The USS Hamilton is a Federation Starfleet Defiant-class escort in service during the late twenty-fourth century. She is currently assigned as a garrison vessel attached to the Astral-class Starbase 484 under the command of Captain Aurora Trax.


Vessel History

The Defiant-class prototype was pulled out of storage in 2371 when threat of open conflict with the Dominion began to emerge. Starfleet had originally abandoned the project due to design flaws which nearly destroyed the USS Defiant during its initial shakedown cruise only a few years prior. Only after several upgrades by Deep Space 9 Operations Chief Miles O'Brien managed to correct a majority of the systems performance issues was the ship deemed worthy of use. Starfleet eventually decided to put the Defiant-class into full production, requisitioning an initial block of four vessels in 2372 with another six making up the second construction block in 2373 and plans for eight more the following year.

Commander William Albrecht was chosen to oversee construction of the USS Hamilton (NCC-74216) which began taking place virtually in parallel with the construction of the USS Howe (NCC-74219) at the Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards. The Hamilton's hull was laid down first on 13 April 2373 with the Howe's following on 21 July 2373. Both ships were expected to take about eight to twelve months to build following much the same construction process as one another.

Albrecht led his yard teams to incorporate new methods and advances learned from his own experience as well as that of engineers aboard similar vessels already in the field. By early October, the USS Hamilton successfully completed her first warp stress tests under computer control and escorted by the USS Elias. The later phases of construction proceeded without incident throughout the remainder of 2373 as yard crews continued working to prepare for space trials scheduled to take place in late December. Hamilton's space trials began at oh-six-hundred on 28 December 2373 at the Sector 001 Flight Test Range. These trials consisted of a number of tests of her handling characteristics, interior/exterior sensor capabilities, and security/tactical systems. On returning to the Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards at about nineteen-hundred hours, the surveyor officially declared the ship space-worthy.

Starfleet officially commissioned the USS Hamilton (NCC-74216) on 31 March 2374 and she immediately set out for the Tenth Fleet Patrol Zone. Her initial shakedown cruise followed a carefully planned route observed by the Starfleet Corps of Engineers so as to ascertain the vessel's performance under more realistic operating conditions. The Hamilton arrived on station in the Betazed System on 12 April 2374 to take on final crew and supplies before beginning her first active-duty patrol.

Dominion invasion of the Betazed system

Battle of Betazed

Disaster struck in mid-September of that year when a surprise Dominion offensive against the Federation member world of Betazed. Not only had the Dominion secretly assembled a large invasion force in the Kalandra sector, which Starfleet had believed was too far from Dominion territory to represent a major threat, but a majority of the Tenth Fleet was caught out of position at the start of the invasion as a result of a training exercise. This disadvantage was further compounded by the relative weakness of Betazed's antiquated and undermanned defenses.

The Hamilton was among the first Starfleet vessels to engage Jem'Hadar forces entering the Betazed System and was quickly overwhelmed when superior Dominion forces managed to break through Federation lines by outflanking their defenses. Ship after ship was destroyed or rendered uninhabitable after volleys of destructive torpedo fire as Starfleet struggled in vain to maintain their defense of the system. Only a few starships managed to withdraw from the battle and limp to the nearest system under allied control. Ultimately, the Dominion conquered the planet and its outlying colonies in only ten hours - a humiliating defeat for the Federation.

Still reeling from the capture of Betazed by Dominion forces, the crew of the Hamilton returned to Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards for essential repairs to their ship, which had been severely damaged during the battle. There was little time to mourn the dead, however, before efforts were under way to get the Hamilton back in action as soon as possible. The Battle of Betazed had resulted in devastating losses for the Tenth Fleet and Starfleet Command was forced to adjust starship deployments in order to maintain defensive lines. Orders to return every possible ship to active duty created a competition for resources and personnel. This ended up causing several delays, however, as yard teams sought to prioritize the overwhelming number of tasks before them. The Hamilton was finally returned to active service in February 2375 and assigned to an element of the Second Fleet later responsible for striking against the occupying Dominion forces on Betazed three times in a period of a month. Despite their efforts, the Dominion continued to fortify their position by bringing in reinforcements to their positions on the planet's surface.

Battle of Earth

Breen attack on Earth

By August of that year, the Hamilton had been reassigned to patrol of Sector 001 and the Sol System. She was once again among the first Starfleet vessels to engage enemy forces when the Breen launched a surprise attack against Earth in August 2375. When a few of the smaller Breen ships managed to break through Federation lines, the Hamilton immediately set off in pursuit. The Breen retaliated by firing a volley of a new kind of energy weapon which completely disabled all of the ship's systems. The Hamilton was now adrift and an easy target with their deflector shields inactive, primary computer systems offline, and their weapons disabled.

Breen fighters equipped with conventional weapons targeted the now defenseless Defiant-class vessel, inflicting major damage to the outer hull and quickly rendering the Hamilton uninhabitable. The survivors quickly launched their escape pods in a desperate bid to flee the rapidly deteriorating vessel. All that remained of the Hamilton by the end of the battle was a barely recognizable hulk drifting through the outermost edges of the Sol System.

USS Hamilton following the Battle


It took up to seventy-two hours for some members of the Hamilton's crew to be rescued and another three weeks before Starfleet was even able to consider efforts to salvage what remained of the Hamilton. A team from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers was dispatched to conduct an on-site evaluation of the vessel. The Hamilton was towed back to Utopia Planetia where the long, arduous task of restoring the vessel was begun.

Not long afterward, the Romulan Star Empire declared war on the Dominion and joined the Federation-Klingon Alliance in launching several successful attacks on Dominion-held positions throughout the Alpha Quadrant. Starfleet Command saw this favorable turn of events as reason to redouble efforts to return every possible starship to active duty in hopes of pressing their new-found advantage. The Hamilton was quickly placed on the back burner to make room for vessels that were less damaged or of greater priority for the war effort. When the allied fleet suffered devastating losses at the Second Battle of Chin'toka as a result of the Breen energy dissipator, the Hamilton was passed over again as engineers worked frantically to develop a countermeasure.

Post-War Hibernation

By the time serious reconstruction efforts on the Hamilton resumed in late 2375, yard teams found themselves several months behind with little hope of ever returning the ship to active combat duty. The signing of the Treaty of Bajor in December 2375 brought an end to the hostilities. This hardly seemed to reduce the competition for resources and personnel which had continued throughout the remainder of the war as efforts turned from sustaining war operations to providing for the long process of restoration. The Hamilton was struck from the register of active starships on 27 June 2377 whereupon it was remanded to the mothball fleet indefinitely.

The year 2387 brought about a great deal of upheaval throughout the Alpha and Beta Quadrants which threatened to drastically alter the balance of power even moreso than the Elyshan Cold War ever had. Although the Elyshans had retreated within their own borders following defeats at Starbase 386 and Starbase Gatekeeper, political unrest within the Romulan Empire had been thrown into chaos by the disastrous effects of the Hobus Supernova. Growing concern at Starfleet Command and the Federation Council prompted a renewed effort to formalize many of the diplomatic ties that had been established during the Dominion War. At the same time, there were many within Starfleet who also recognized the need for preparation in the event diplomacy failed.

Around that time, the Legacy-class USS Orlando-A under the command of Vice Admiral Quinn Androski was assigned to assist with the recolonization of Jouret IV by a group of East European settlers. Their initial surveys uncovered a system of tunnels stretcing deep underground which eventually led to the discovery of an ancient research facility. Admiral Androski, knowing how valuable the research facility would be to the Federation and knowing that hostile governments would likely stop at nothing to gain access to the knowledge contained within the facility, decided that a base needed to be established in order to facilitate study of the facility as well as provide protection should word of the facilities existence fall into the wrong hands. Starfleet had already been planning to add a resupply station to the region in order to better support vessel activity as the Federation continued to expand and explore. At the suggestion of Admiral Androski, the location of the planned Astral-class starbase was moved two light-years into orbit of Jouret IV.

Reactivation & The Federation Frontier

The discovery of an alien gateway at the center of the ancient facility in 2388 and the subsequent betrayal of Rear Admiral David Bridgeport prompted Admiral Androski to see the need for additional station security. Starfleet Command ordered the Hamilton brought to active status in order to fulfill the admiral's request for a garrison vessel. Engineers at the Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards installed a more advanced class seven primary engine core, a new secondary computer core, bio neural circuitry, an enhanced ablative armor matrix, and shielding adaptations developed since the Dominion War. The station's proximity to the Elyshan Empire led to the addition of four tri-cobalt devices to the Hamilton's arsenal as well as the installation of Romulan cloaking device under special amendment to the Treaty of Algeron. Unfortunately, there was only time to complete a few priority systems upgrades before a representative arrived to assume command of the vessel on behalf of Commander Aurora Trax of Starbase 484.

Systems Upgrades

Class-Seven Warp Drive

The class-seven warp drive has been standard on all Defiant-class starships and was capable of achieving maximum velocities near warp nine-point-five as of 2371. One distinctive feature of the class-seven drive was the tri-lobed matter/antimatter injectors. As of 2388, the Hamilton had been equipped with a more advanced class-seven drive capable of attaining emergency velocities around warp nine-point-five-two for twelve hours. This was to replace the earlier core which had been removed as a result of damage sustained during the Battle of Earth in 2375.

Bio-Neural Gel Packs aboard a Federation starship

Secondary Computer Core

The computer core is the location of a starship's central computer and houses primary processing equipment. A secondary computer core serves to provide redundancy in case the primary computer core should be damaged or destroyed. Twenty-fourth century vessels were often equipped with isolinear cores which communicated with one another and ship's systems via an optical data network (ODN). Following the success of bio-neural circuitry in the early 2370s, the isolinear chips and optical data networks aboard most Federation starships were eventually replaced with more advanced bio-neural gel packs. Much of the usual isolinear circuitry aboard the Hamilton was replaced with bio-neural cells, which are capable of processing information more efficiently, thereby increasing computer response time. Competition for resources and personnel prevented this upgrade from taking place aboard the Hamilton until 2388 when engineers found it necessary to replace ODN systems severely damaged during the Dominion War.

Ablative Armor

Ablative armor is a type of protective hull plating used aboard starships designed to disintegrate at a controlled rate under enemy fire. It dissipated the effects of directed energy weapons, decreasing damage to the main hull of the ship and thereby providing an extra layer of defense. Starfleet first began using ablative armor technology aboard Defiant-class starships in the early 2370s. Like so many systems aboard the Hamilton, the ablative armor matrix had suffered severe damage during the Battle of Earth in 2375 and had to be replaced with a more enhanced armor matrix when the ship was called upon for active duty in 2388.

It should be noted that under certain conditions, chroniton particles generated by Romulan cloaking devices can become lodged in the ablative armor matrix. On at least one occasion, a temporal surge caused by the explosion of a microscopic singularity shifted the chroniton particles in the hull into a high state of temporal polarization, thus causing a transporter beam to be redirected through time.

Romulan cloaking device aboard USS Hamilton

Romulan Cloaking Device

A cloaking device is a form of stealth technology that uses selective bending of light (and other forms of energy) to render a starship or other object completely invisible to the electromagnetic spectrum and most sensors. After the Dominion threat emerged in late-2370, a special amendment made to the Treaty of Algeron allowed the USS Defiant to be equipped with a Romulan cloaking device initially designated for use in gathering intelligence on the Dominion. By the year 2388, when the Hamilton was called back into active service, Starfleet had renegotiated the amendment to include operations against the Elyshan Empire and the Zutal Imperium. Installation of Romulan-supplied cloaking devices was limited to a select number of starships operating along the Federation frontier including the Hamilton.

Tri-Cobalt Devices

Defiant-class firing two warheads

A tri-cobalt device (also known as a tri-cobalt charge or tri-cobalt warhead) is a type of tri-cobalt explosive device utilized as a missile. They are capable of producing disruptions in subspace when used at extremely high yields. Tri-cobalt devices were not standard issue weapons aboard Starfleet vessels, but were somtimes carried in addition to the standard compliment of photon and quantum torpedoes. Engineers at Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards included four tri-cobalt devices in the Hamilton's upgraded weapons compliment in 2388 by order of the Eighth "Horizon" Fleet Admiralty as such devices were the only known method of penetrating the subspace shield technology used aboard Elyshan battleships.

Holographic Systems Interface

The Library Computer Access and Retrieval System (LCARS) has been the standard computer operating system employed by the United Federation of Planets as well as used aboard Starfleet vessels, starbases, and installations for much of the twenty-fourth century. LCARS uses sophisticated artificial intelligence routines to understand and execute vocal natural language commands. Personnel also frequently interface with LCARS through PADDs, tricorders, and control panels.

In the twenty-fourth century, graphical controls housed underneath clear, touch-sensitive panels allowed LCARS interfaces to be quickly reconfigured by users to suit the task at hand. They could even be modified to include a tactile interface for visually-impaired officers. This enabled even complicated tasks to be executed with just a few button presses. By 2387, however, Starfleet had begun to incorporate three-dimensional control interfaces through the use of more advanced holographic technology aboard Federation starships and installations. Engineers at Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards only managed to incorporate a handful of such holographic interface systems into the Hamilton before she was placed back on active duty in 2388.

Crew Manifest

See also Starbase 484 Crew Manifest

Main Cast
Character Species Rank & Affiliation Position Status
Aurora Trax Trill (Joined) KIKr-o6.png Commanding Officer Active
Sebastian Rodriguez Human KIKr-o4.png Executive Officer Active
Andrew Sheppard Betazoid KIKt-o4.png Chief Medical Officer Active
Perseus Agathon Maran/Human KIKy-o3.png Chief Engineering Officer Active
Antonio Reyes Human/Borg KIKy-o3.png Chief Security Officer Active
Gavin Knight Maran KIKr-o3.png Chief Strategic Operations Officer Active
Erik Lancaster Human KIKy-o2.png Chief Tactical Officer Active
Enzo Elora Maran/Human KIKy-o1.png Chief Operations Officer Active
Samuel Steele Human KIKt-o1.png Chief Science Officer Active

Former Command Crews

Commanding Officer

  • Captain Abigail Smith (Apr 2374 - Sept 2374)
  • Commander Julia Decker (Sept 2374 - Nov 2374)
  • Captain Patrick Argent (Nov 2374 - Aug 2375)
  • Lieutenant Walter Erickson (Aug 2375 - June 2377)

Chief Flight Control Officer

  • Ensign Robert Jefferies (Apr 2374 - Aug 2375)

Chief Security/Tactical Officer

  • Commander Julia Decker (XO) (Apr 2374 - Sept 2374)
  • Lieutenant R'kal (Sept 2374 - Aug 2375)

Chief Engineering Officer

  • Lieutenant Commander Phillip Evanston (Apr 2374 - Sept 2374)
  • Lieutenant Walter Erickson (XO) (Sept 2374 - Aug 2375)

Chief Medical Officer

  • Lieutenant JG Katelynn Bauer (Apr 2374 - Aug 2375)


Related Pages

External Links

Defiant-class Starships
USS GageUSS HamiltonUSS HoweUSS LafayetteUSS PaineUSS RevereUSS TiconderogaUSS Washington