As one of the finest ships in the fleet, the USS Nogura has some of the finest facilities available to any crew trying to carry out the mandate of Starfleet. Here is a list of some of the facilities mentioned.
The battle bridge on Galaxy-class starships is primarily designed for the control of the stardrive section in saucer separation scenarios. Located on deck 8 of the secondary hull, the battle bridge duplicates the strategic functions of the main bridge, with command, conn, ops, and tactical stations oriented toward a main viewscreen; however, it has only very basic science and engineering stations.
The main bridge and battle bridge are connected by a dedicated emergency turbolift which can also be accessed from other decks. The battle bridge can also be entered by standard turbolift or through a corridor on deck 8. A small captain’s ready room is located on the port side of the bridge, although it is much smaller than the one off the main bridge, and lacks a window. The battle bridge can potentially be used to control the entire docked ship in the event of damage to the main bridge, but the practice on the Galaxy-class is to coordinate recovery from main engineering whenever possible.
All quarters aboard the Nogura are of a similar design, whether they are VIP, senior officer, junior officer, enlisted or guest quarters; the main difference is size with VIP, guest and senior officer quarters being marginally more spacious. Junior and Enlisted quarters are modified to house up to four occupants. All quarters have access to a living space, a reception area and shower or bath facilities.
Heihachiro's Bar and Crew Lounge
Heihachiro’s, named after the famed Admiral Nogura (who, coincidentally, the ship is named after), is the ships only messhall where crewmembers can relax and enjoy a meal or a quick snack in a social setting. It is also the place where officials, such as ambassadors of other worlds, are entertained. Gatherings of other types are also held there.
The main crew lounge is situated at the extreme forward end of the saucer section and is designed with several large windows, which offer a spectacular view of space ahead of the vessel. The room is accessed by two doors, on the port and starboard sides at the rear of the room. The location serves as the social center of the ship and was equipped with a number of recreational activities such as three-dimensional chess, Terrace, and Strategema, tables and seating, and a bar which serves several alcoholic and syntheholic beverages. Two replicator terminals behind the bar are able to produce other food and drinks. The lounge also employs dedicated wait staff who serve patrons both at the bar and at the tables. They are generally civilian members of the crew and wear uniforms with a green color palette. Ten Forward is also used for many official shipboard functions, such as weddings, diplomatic gatherings, the change of command ceremony, birthday celebrations and other parties for individual ship personnel, concerts, poetry readings and funerals. There is an upper level to the mess facility where children are not allowed.
Sickbay is the main medical center aboard Federation starships. The section was presided over by the chief medical officer (CMO), a senior staff member. The CMO was supported by various doctors and nurses. The area was also used for certain analyses of new lifeforms a starship might encounter, and for developing treatments for unknown diseases or illnesses. When rendering aid to a stricken planet or spacecraft, the sickbay staff treated and cared for the wounded.
Other Key Facilities
The arboretum (or botanical garden) is a garden that has been incorporated into several Federation starship classes in the 23rd and 24th centuries including the Constitution-class and Galaxy-class. As well as being an area where crewmembers can relax in their off duty hours, the arboretum’s true purpose is part of the science department aboard a starship, where botanists can experiment with various forms of plant life
The social epicentre of the Nogura, the Auditorium or Theatre often runs theatre shows, concerts and movie nights that any member of the crew is welcome to attend. Reservations and requests are handled via the main computer. Seating in these rooms can be removed and changed to accommodate large groups as needed.
The Briefing Room, observation lounge or conference lounge is a special designation referring to the briefing room on starships that includes an expansive view of space on one side of the room. Aboard Starfleet vessels, the observation lounge is used as a meeting place for the ship’s senior staff as well as special events and gatherings. Some people go to the observation lounge simply for the view. Captain Farrell usually finds himself in the ship’s observation lounge, looking out at the stars, just prior to a mission.
A cargo bay or cargo hold is a general purpose storage facility aboard shuttles, starships and starbases. Cargo bays are often equipped with large transporters to assist in the moving of cargo containers. In situations where mass transport is required, cargo is directed into the bay by a transporter chief operating in a transporter room. Cargo bays are used in a variety of ways other than typical storage, including triage centers, brigs, and stasis unit facilities depending on the purpose of the mission.
A specialist scientific unit, Cybernetics is the study of hugely complex artificial intelligence systems, usually running on a positronic matrix and often housed inside robotic machine technology. A practical implementation of this was an android. The scientists who studied in this field were known as cyberneticists.
Engineering’s primary purpose is to be the central point for control of all engineering systems aboard a starship, especially those related to propulsion and power generation. The matter/antimatter reaction chamber (also known as the warp core) is located in engineering. Engineering can also be used as a command and control center, overriding primary centers such as the bridge, battle bridge or auxiliary control. Main Engineering is the only engineering facility functional at all times.
Geology is the science, specifically planetary science, involving the study of the natural landforms of a planet or other celestial body with a solid surface. One who studies geology was known as a geologist or exogeologist. Fields of geologic research included volcanology, mineralogy, geomechanics, and geochemistry. Geology was a common part of the Federation Starfleet's scientific portfolio.
A gymnasium is an area of a starship which was dedicated to physical fitness and exercise. It usually featured a number of items that could be used for the fitness of the crew, including exercise bikes, treadmills, and weights. The gym aboard Nogura also has climbing facilities and a basketball court.
A Holographic Environment Simulator, or holodeck as it is most commonly refered to, was a form of holotechnology designed and used by the Federation Starfleet which ran holographic programs. They were installed aboard starships, space stations, and at Starfleet institutions for use in entertainment, training, and investigative purposes.
Hydroponics is the growing of plants in a medium other than soil, such as a nutrient-rich liquid. The mess facility personnel maintains a hydroponic greenhouse to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the crew’s mess. Some Federation starships have laboratories devoted to hydroponics. The Nogura has a hydroponics laboratory, which is to be visited annually by the winners of the primary school science fair. The variable environmental controls in the redesigned cargo bay that houses hydroponics equipment makes the environment adaptable to different plants.
A quiet place used for for educational and research purposes, the library has full computer access to the Federation Computer Network (depending on clearance levels and access codes) and can be enjoyed by supervised children also.
The captain’s ready room is a personal office reserved for the commanding officer of a starship and is accessed from the bridge on deck one. Here, the Captain can engage in administrative work with all relevant office equipment at hand without interfering with bridge operations while having instant access to the bridge in the event of a crisis. In addition, this room is usually the preferred place where the captain can hold private discussions and/or receive classified communications. The room also has its own dedicated bathroom facility and a newly installed holocommunication platform.
The shuttlebay (variously called the flight deck, hangar deck, or shuttlecraft bay) is a facility on a starship where shuttlecraft are launched, received, stored, and maintained. 24th century developments saw the use of force-field technology allowing shuttlebay space doors to usually be kept closed, and when these are opened during shuttlebay operations, the physical doors are replaced with a force field where shuttlecraft or other space vehicles are about to board or were about to be launched. These force-fields can be penetrated by the shuttlecraft itself, while nonetheless preventing decompression through exposure to the vacuum of space of the shuttlebay. Most shuttlebays are equipped with a tractor beam emitter in order to facilitate the landing procedure.
small corridor lounge
There are several corridor lounges dotted around the saucer section of the Nogura that provide space for a few people to sit and relax and even enjoy a limited selection of foods and drinks from the nearby replicator. All of these lounges of view ports to allow patrons to take in the stars.
Stellar cartography is the science and practice of making maps and projections of space. The United Federation of Planets and other space faring cultures had various different systems to organize and catalogue space and objects in space. One who specialized in this science was known as a stellar cartographer.
The transporter room is part of a starship or space station which is specially outfitted to transport lifeforms and small, inanimate objects. This room includes a transporter chamber with a transporter platform. The number of transporter rooms varies per ship or station, the main criteria being the ability to evacuate all personnel within a specified time. All key components which are needed for transport are fitted in this room and the one just below.