“Ut incepit fidelis sic permanet.”
The USS Aegis is a Norway class vessel assigned as a support craft to Starbase 118. The USS Aegis is kept docked at Starbase 118. Her moorings when docked are at Airlock 401 on Deck 55; where she is kept ready and waiting if needed by Starbase 118 Operations' senior staff. The current Custodians of the ship are Captain Sal Taybrim and Commander Theo Whittaker. The Aegis has no real crew, so instead of a Commanding Officer it has a Custodian, with the USS Columbia serving as the primary support ship to Starbase 118 Ops.
Ægis was the protective shield of the god Zeus in Ancient Greek Mythology on Earth. The word "Aegis" in modern English can mean: "shield," "protection," or "sponsorship."
Ægis has long signified protection of the weak by a strong force. Indeed, "Doing something under someone's ægis" is the act of carrying out an action under protection of a powerful, knowledgeable, or benevolent source.
According to Homer this shield was designed for Zeus by Hephaestus (the Greek god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals and metallurgy, and fire equivalent to Vulcan in Roman mythology.) Hephastus furnished "Ægis" with golden tassels around a Gorgoneion (i.e. Medusa's head) at its centre. It was said that when Zeus shook ægis, then Mount Ida would become shrouded in clouds, thunder would roar and mortal men would be filled with fear. Zeus would sometimes lend "Ægis" to Athena (Zeus' companion and Goddess of Heroic endeavour) and to Apollo (god of medicine and healing, light, truth, archery and also a bringer of death-dealing plague) whom according to the Iliad used it to charge the Achaeans, and push them back to their ships on the shore.
In the early part of 2393 the USS Aegis launched from Star Base 118 under the Command of Commander Sal Taybrim, to head to Tilanna V to investigate a drug called An All Time High. The new CAG Lt. JG. Antero Flynn was tasked with finding a Civilian smugglers Shuttle in the impound hanger and moving it over to the Aegis for use on the mission. Lt. Commander Baylen Anders converted the lower Cargo Hold into a Science lab to safely house and research the drugs with Lt. JG Mirra Ezo and Dr.Arden Cain. The Science lab is modular and can be beamed down to the planet if needed.
The USS Aegis' dedication plaque bears the inscription: "Ut incepit fidelis sic permanet." This is the ancient Earth language Latin for "Loyal she began, loyal she remains" and is also the motto of the Province of Ontario on Earth.
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