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Summary

The bridge is the starship equivalent of an operations center or command center. On Starfleet ships, it is generally located near the top and front of a vessel. From here, the commanding officers supervise all ship’s operations, ranging from vessel course control to tactical systems.

Additional Information

Location Deck 1
Description On the Sovereign-class USS Nogura, the bridge module has been replaced to one of a higher standard, and used as a test bed for newer starships such as the Odyssey-class. The bridge is the focal point of the ‘Bridge Module’ which is located on top of the vessel’s primary hull and takes up most of deck 1. The bridge is the nerve-center of every starship, and it is usually manned by the top officers of each department except for Engineering and Medical, who are present at their discretion and in line with their duties at the time. There is typically an engineering station that the Chief Engineer can use when on the bridge, as well as science stations that the science officer or chief medical officers can use. Most bridges on Starfleet vessels were replaceable modules, so that adaptation for special missions or upgrading is expedited.

Nogura’s bridge stations are entirely configurable, meaning operations are not confined to one station, or particular area on the bridge. This experimental and unique feature allows the staff complete flexibility over the running of the bridge and is extremely useful in emergency situations where consoles may cease working.

The bridge command stations, located in the command arena in the centre of the bridge, provide seating and information displays for the commanding officer and their executive officer, as well as a third officer (which often includes the Counsellor, CMO, Diplomatic officers or mission advisors). The command chairs are located in the center of the bridge, to maximize interaction with all key bridge personnel, while permitting an unobstructed view of the main viewscreen and holo-communications projectors. Typically, the consoles to the side of the second and third chairs feature a miniaturized status display and other command functions. Using keyboard or vocal commands, the CO can also use controls in the arm of their chair to override the basic operations of the starship.

Due to the nature of the ship’s mission, the Nogura has expanded the remit of the Flight Control department and now, under the new moniker of ‘Flight Operations’, navigation is once again a prominent starship duty station. The Flight Ops Officer works very closely with various officers of a starship with their primary duties being to plot courses, taking into account such phenomenon as the effects of quasars, nebulae, tachyon eddies and the gravitational effects of planets. They are required to constantly review Starfleet databanks for any hazards to navigation that might exist in the space ahead of the ship. They are also in charge of updating all stellar charts via astrometrics and liaising with Stellar Cartography. Amalgamated with the navigation roles mentioned, the 24th century Flight Operations position, also referred to as the Conn, is also where the ship is piloted and the use of auxiliary craft managed. The critical nature of the station demands a humanoid officer to oversee these operations at all times. During spaceflight at impulse, Conn is responsible for monitoring relativistic effects as well the inertial damping system status. When traveling at warp speed, Conn is required to monitor the subspace field geometry in parallel with the operations and engineering departments. During warp flight, the Conn console continually updates the long-range sensor data and makes automatic course corrections to adjust for minor variations in the density of the interstellar medium. Flight Operations is the forward most, starboard positioned duty station.

Many shipboard operations involve scheduling resources or hardware that affect a number of departments. In many such cases, it is common for various operations to present conflicting requirements. It is the responsibility of the operations officer to coordinate such activities so that mission goals are not jeopardized. The operations position, also known simply as Ops, evolved from older 23rd century positions. The bulk of the duties held by the helm and navigation positions were combined into the Conn position whilst the other functions of the helm panel, such as internal systems control, became the purview of Ops, as well as some communications and sensor system usages. The Ops panel presents the operations officer with a continually updated list of current major shipboard activities. This list permits Ops to set priorities and allocate resources among current operations. This is especially critical in cases where two or more requests require the use of the same equipment, entail mutually exclusive mission profiles, or involve some unusual safety or tactical considerations. Operations is located next to Flight Operations as the forward most port positioned duty station.

Key to the ships mission as an explorer is the science division, so it is no surprise that there is a large area of the bridge dedicated to science consoles on the starboard side of the command center. From these consoles, the Chief Science Officer can oversee the functions of all of their sub-departments and even utilize them from the bridge itself. Linguistics, bioscience, stellar cartography, sensor readings, planetary science and probe control are usually the standard science uses on the bridge. There is a dedicated Science station position, which is forward facing, and enables the officer to have easier, direct input in all discussions and situations as required.

The bridge station directly behind the command arena and embedded into an elegantly curved rail is dedicated to defensive systems control and starship internal security and is known as Tactical Operations. Parts of the default control layout presents the Tactical officer with a wide variety of starship defensive systems, ranging from the defensive shields to phaser and torpedo systems. Other systems that may be commanded by Tactical Operations include communications, long- and short-range sensor arrays, sensor probes, message buoys, and tractor beam devices.

Located on the port side wall, adjacent to the science wall, is the Engineering wall. From these positions, the Chief Engineer and their staff are able to monitor situations developing in engineering and are even able to reroute some key engineering functions to the bridge in the event of an emergency. It is from the configurable stations on the engineering wall that engineers are able to monitor environmental controls, life support and other such systems.

Located aft of the bridge, Mission Operations is located in an area of the bridge known as ‘The Pit’. The Pit formally housed the Engineering area of the bridge, but shortly after departure, the ship’s commanding officer saw fit to have the configurable stations reorganised, a unique feature of the Nogura bridge. Whilst every Starfleet bridge also includes several supportive consoles and backup stations, they do not do so in designated areas such as this. Those stations here present include configurable consoles for Mission Ops, Strategic Ops, Intelligence, Security and any other department where additional computer power and liaison with the bridge may be needed during a mission. Most of these are meant to relieve the senior bridge officers of secondary duties during alert and crisis situations, but senior officers may relocate their duties to the Mission Operations area if they feel the need to do so. Mission Ops provides additional support to the operations officer and is specifically responsible for monitoring activity relating to secondary missions. Mission Ops is also responsible for assignment of resources and priorities according to guidelines specified by the operations officer and by operating protocols. This station is also responsible for monitoring away teams. Due to the highly automated nature of these systems, this console would be unattended under normal circumstances, but becomes of crucial importance during alert situations to maximize crew survivability. On the aft wall of The Pit there is jefferies tube access to the bridge.

The Pit is separated from the rest of the bridge by an elegant, reinforced, glass display screen which, during standard operations, displays an ever adapting and changing starfield and the position of the Nogura in space. This screen can, as with all consoles on the bridge, be reconfigured at the request of any officer, displaying key tactical scenarios, unfolding fleet movements and even engineering’s the master systems display (abbreviated MSD), which enables the viewscreen to be used less.

There is turbo lift access to the bridge both forward and aft, as well as doors linking directly to the ready rooms of the CO and XO, as well as access to the Observation Lounge. In a concealed compartment between the forward stations and the viewscreen there is access to holographic emitter controls and other communications systems.

DECK LAYOUT

1. Command Arena
2. Commanding Officer
3. Executive Officer
4. Counsellor/Mission Advisor
5. Flight Operations
6. Operations
7. Science
8. Science II
9. Science III
10. Engineering
11. Engineering II
12. Engineering III
13. Tactical Operations
14. The Pit
15. Mission Operations
16. Mission Operations
17. Mission Operations
18. Strategic Operations
19. Starfield/MSD/Mission Operations Display Screen
20. Jefferies Tube Access System
21. Starboard Aft Turbolift
22. Port Aft Turbolift
23. Starboard Access to Deck 1 and Forward Turbolift
24. Commanding Officer’s Ready Room
25. Observation Lounge
26. Executive Officer’s Ready Room
27. Communication and Holographic Systems Control
28. Viewscreen