Captain’s Log, Stardate 9823.1

Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Tek, Com­mand­ing Offi­cer, Lyonesse NCC-2278.

After a year of fit­ting out and six months of shake-down, Lyonesse is final­ly approach­ing Star­base 514 and her for­mal com­mis­sion­ing. I and many of the care­tak­er staff will be tak­ing our leave and hand­ing her over to her new com­mand­ing offi­cer, Cap­tain Masu­da Akari.

Like her sis­ters, Lyonesse has per­formed well dur­ing her shake­down tests. There are some lin­ger­ing issues with sub­space field shap­ing and some minor pieces of equip­ment, but Lieu­tenant Valik appears to have cor­rec­tion works well in hand. As the ves­sel’s des­ig­nat­ed chief engi­neer, I have con­fi­dence that he should be able to han­dle any unex­pect­ed fail­ures, although I am cer­tain the report­ed con­di­tions in their assigned mis­sion region will chal­lenge even him.

Ser­vices have done their best to organ­ise the spe­cialised quar­ters for Ensign Kheled. While it has not been unknown in diplo­mat­ic cir­cles, this is the first time that reg­u­lar offi­cer’s quar­ters have been cus­tomised for the pecu­liar require­ments of a Zaran­ian. The cor­ro­sive ele­ments of his world’s atmos­phere have posed some inter­est­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in con­tain­ment and dura­bil­i­ty. I shall be mon­i­tor­ing the reports on this with interest.

Sim­i­lar­ly, I have some lin­ger­ing con­cerns over the exper­i­men­tal equip­ment required by Doc­tor Vale-of-Winds. I have heard she was instru­men­tal in devel­op­ing many of the asso­ci­at­ed pro­ce­dures, but the devices so advanced that I am unable to cer­ti­fy their capa­bil­i­ties to any accept­able stan­dard. I will need to make sure she is aware of this caveat.

Com­mand han­dover is always a dif­fi­cult time for a shake­down com­man­der like myself, and I some­times feel it is akin to hand­ing one’s child over to the nurs­eries fol­low­ing their jcha­lak cer­e­mo­ny. There is always a con­cern that the one tak­ing on the duty of care will not live up to their respon­si­bil­i­ty. While I am not famil­iar with Cap­tain Masu­da’s record, I am sure she would not have been assigned com­mand if she were not capable.

Fair sail­ing, Lyonesse