The ship would be homeported at the New Bajor colony in the Gamma Quadrant and would explore uncharted space for months at a time.
Launched in November of 2377 under the command of Captain Potho sh'Vah'rich, she was one of the most diversly crewed starships in the fleet. 139 of her 350 crew members were not Human, the majority, of course, were Bajoran, with Benzites, Vulcans, and Andorians making up the next largest groups. ("Oglala")
As there were several joined Trill serving aboard the cruiser, the Trill Symbiosis Commission arranged for Doctor Dulon Kegi, an expert in Trill and Symbiont Physiology, be stationed aboard the vessel as a civilian specialist. Special medical equipment was installed to care for symbionts.
Its first mission after being commissioned was to resupply of Heimdall Station, followed by a high warp journey to New Bajor in order to further test its warp drive and ability to shift propulsion between nacelle pairs.
While at New Bajor several crew members, including sh'Vah'rich, spent three weeks settling their families on the colony prior to a five-month exploration mission along the Denkiri Arm.
Prior to the Denkiri Arm exploration, the cruiser returned to Heimdall Station carrying General Iyram Ragha, Commander of the Bajoran Space Guard, who had been visiting New Bajor.
First Command CrewEdit
Captain Potho sh'Vah'rich - Commanding Officer
Commander Apurba Matri - Executive Officer
Major Koyo Behirn - Second Officer
Lieutenant Rochus Halma - Chief Medical Officer
Lieutenant Seha - Chief of Security
Lieutenant Gisele Ryal - Chief Engineer
Lieutenant Corida Taurinus - Chief Navigation Officer
Lieutenant Sl'ohna - Chief of Operations
Lieutenant Commander Lemeeh Keears - Chief Science Officer
Major Koyo Behirn
Lieutenant Eckto Doluca
Master at Arms First Class Ibir Traic
Species Breakdown of First CrewEdit
Human - 211
Bajoran - 42
Benzite - 17
Andorian - 14
Vulcan - 14
Trill - 10
Centauran - 9
Axanari - 8
Betelegeuse - 8
Zaldan - 7
Efrosian - 7
Napean - 5
Bolian - 1
02 USS Rexroat
03 USS Payabya
04 USS Kuinyan
Jervassi - Captain's Yacht