Challenger Marine Flight Operations CIC
Flight Command and Information Center (CIC)
This is the nerve center for Flight Operations, conducting combat operations utilizing the Akira's Spacefighter Wing, and sifting through the numerous sensor plots and intelligence gathered by the fighters. A large room, the CIC is twice as large as the Ship's bridge, and is fully manned through all duty shifts.
CIC General Overview:
Primary Flight Operational Control of the Akira-class is provided by the CIC, located on deck 13 aft. The CIC directly supervises all primary and secondary Flight Operations and coordinates all Flight, Search and Rescue, and Fighter-based activities.
The CIC is unique to the Akira-class, and closely resembles a Starbase Bridge/Operations Center. The central area of the CIC provides a large holographic display, viewable from the entire CIC. Attached to the holoprojector are the CIC Supervisor, and his two executive officer's consoles. Identical in size and design to the bridge Mission Operations console, these consoles are the heart of the CIC. All information pertaining Flight Operations, Maintenance Schedules, Intelligence Gathering, and whatever operations the CIC is currently engaged with, can be accessed by these consoles.
Directly fore of the holoviewer are the Flight Ops Officers. The 8 FO Officers are equipped with a console that proceeds across the entire Foredeck, each with access to visuals of Flight Decks, Fightercraft, Shuttlecraft, along with Helm and Science information from the bridge. The FO's are in charge of maintaining full flight operation efficiency.
Aft and to the left of the command area is an elevated platform on which is located the tactical/security control station (comprised of two consoles, one for tactical, and one for security, located directly behind tactical and along the back of the CIC area). Each console is manned by 2 officers, and their role is to keep the CIC CO appraised of missions objectives in combat operations, should the Akira enter combat, along with the status of Flight Operations in the Combat Zone.
Against the Starboard wall of the CIC, on a raised platform, is a large master systems display monitor, similar to the one in main engineering and identical to the display monitor on the Bridge. All relative ship information (such as damage, power distribution, etc.) is displayed on the cutaway image of the Akira-class. This monitor can be used to direct ship operations and can be configured for limited flight control if necessary.
In front of the CIC master systems display monitor is a large engineering console. This has a smaller cutaway diagram of the Akira-class, which displays all engineering-relevant data and shows warp fields and engine output. This console also has priority links to the computers, the WPS (Warp Propulsion System), the IPS (Impulse Propulsion System), navigation, SIF, and IDF, and is a backup console for the Main Engineer to access Engineering subroutines and protocols away from Main Engineering. Although usually unattended, the Chief Engineer can bring this console to full Enable mode by entering voice codes and undergoing a retinal scan. In its typical configuration, the CIC Engineers Mate maintains work schedules and verifies repair, maintenance and refit programs for the various fighters and shuttlecraft aboard the Akira-class vessel.
Against the port side walls of the main bridge are the consoles for Science and others that are programmable for a multitude of functions. There are two fully programmable multi-mission consoles. These consoles have access to all science, navigational, sensor, and communications systems. These consoles are typically configured for Intelligence Gathering and collating data retrieved by Shuttlecraft or Fighter craft.
There is also an emergency ladder that connects the CIC to Upper Engineering. There are also two doors on the aft platform of the bridge, the starboard door leads to the CSW Commander's Office, the port side aft door leads to Flight Operations.