|Position||Helm / Ops|
|Birthplace||New Sheras, Andoria|
Lieutenant Jona ch'Ranni, an Andorian, is currently the Assistant Chief of Operations and Helmsman aboard the USS Columbia.
- Full Name: Jona ch'Ranni
- Current Rank: Lieutenant
- Race: Andorian
- Date of Birth: 237110.04
- Place of Birth: New Sheras, Andoria
- Gender: Male
- Telepathic status: T0/E0
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 180 pounds
- Hair Color: White with the barest touch of gray highlights
- Hair Style: Curly, messy
- Complexion: Light blue
- Eye Color: Ice blue
- Build: Muscular
- Strengths: Spatial reasoning, Mathematics, Tactics
- Weaknesses: Endurance
- Likes: Earth History, Languages, Cultures
- Dislikes: Chocolate
- Hobbies: 3D Chess, Flight Simulations
- Favorite Drink: Samarian Sunset
- Spouse: None
- Children: None
Jona's thaven (father), who opposed his entrance to Starfleet. He maintains a professorship at the Andorian Military College with a specialty in History and Historical Artifacts. He is a somewhat stern man who Jona found difficult to please while growing up. Spel preferred his studies over his family relationships.
Jona's charan (father), outwardly displayed his irritation at his offspring's choice of Starfleet over his heredity. He is secretly pleased that his son has followed in his own footsteps as a pilot. Vorka is chief helmsman in the Andorian Guard aboard the star cruiser Marvassi. He has been secretly writing correspondences to his son but not sending them.
Jona's zhavey (mother). Mir disagreed with Jona's pursuit of a career in Starfleet, believing that Andorians have a moral obligation to put their planet first. She teaches at the Andorian Military College alongside Spel. Her main expertise lies in Historical Documents and Literature. She is always quick to smile.
Jona's shreva (mother), who outwardly opposed her son's choice of a Starfleet career. After several years of no contact he learned that it was only in submission to the wishes of her three mates that she expressed her displeasure with Jona. She is fluent in many languages and serves as the communications officer aboard the Andorian Guard vessel Marvassi with Vorka.
Upon the Columbia's first visit to the newly established Dehner Base on Delta Vega I, Jona fell head over heels for one of the scientists stationed there. Vexa is a young Andorian woman that does specialized research in energy fields. She and Jona have been on one date together and corresponded for several months over subspace while the Columbia explores the region. Vexa recently labeled herself as Jona's girlfriend and both are happy with the escalating romance.
The Denobulan science officer was one of the first people on board the Columbia to interact with Jona socially. They shared drinks in The Look Outt bar and spoke of their families and motivations. They have quickly become friends and enjoy laughing with one another and the occasional practical joke. After Duyzer ascended to the Executive Officer position aboard the Columbia, Jona felt envious of his friend but found it difficult to voice those shameful feelings.
Jona met James soon after he was posted to the Columbia. They have developed a good working relationship and mutual respect for one another's abilities. James and Jona became roommates and shared quarters on Deck 20 for a few months before Jona received his own personal quarters.
Jona met Artinus aboard the Columbia during a workout session in the gymnasium. They shared multiple interests including Klingon opera. Jona and Artinus participated in multiple holodeck adventures including cliff diving on Andoria and a war game simulation developed by Serinus. Jona appreciates his go-getter attitude and believes the Magna Roman will go far in the Fleet.
Jona spent his youth on Andoria but developed a taste for Terran cuisine and culture despite his traditionalist parents' objections. When he applied to Starfleet it was against the wishes of all four of his parents. This has led to a somewhat strained relationship with them because of their ongoing disapproval. Jona displays a natural ability at piloting and served for a year aboard an Andorian dilithium freighter to gain experience before attending the Academy. His hobbies include playing three-dimensional chess and reading Andorian and Terran historical novels. He is eager to learn and gain life experiences. He can be somewhat clumsy when nervous but covers with humor even in serious situations. Jona is fluent in Graalen (Andorian), Federation Standard and Klingon and has intermediate ability in Bolian.
|Awards and Service Ribbons|
- 237110.04: Born on Andoria in the city of New Sheras to a coupling of two history professors and two officers in the Andorian Guard
- 239006.01: Signed on to serve aboard the Andorian Merchant Marine vessel Verlaxi, an Andorian dilithium freighter, to gain flight experience
- 239110.01: Entered Starfleet Academy
- 239510.17: Graduated Starfleet Academy with a major in Helm/Navigation and minor in Communications/Ops
- 239510.20: Assigned to USS-Columbia (NCC-85279) as Helm Officer
- 239602.28: Promoted to Lieutenant JG
- 239605.31: Promoted to Lieutenant and appointed as Assistant Chief of Operations
Tour of Duty Achievements
Duty Post Achievements
After Action Reports
Stardate 239601.03 - Ensign Jona ch'Ranni - "Omega 17"
Special Maneuver – Attack Pattern Omega Seventeen: An Analysis of Maximizing Weapons Engagement
This after action report represents an analysis of a tactical maneuver used on Stardate 239601.03 by the USS Columbia NCC-85279 while engaging an unknown assailant in the Delta Vega system. The attacker began an unprovoked assault on the Nebula-class cruiser. The Columbia’s captain ordered the use of Attack Pattern Omega Seventeen (O-17) in an effort to respond to the threat. This report analyses this tactical response and suggests the strengths and weaknesses of this maneuver.
Omega Seventeen involves a ship of cruiser or greater size flying straight at an enemy. This generally reduces the surface area that can be targeted as distance is closed. When a distance of one kilometer is achieved the ship is sharply corkscrewed to the starboard (right) in a sweeping arc. Footnote 1 As the ship accelerates to one quarter impulse through the curve the ship is completes its spiral at a positive Z position. The ship cuts across the nose of the attack in a diagonal. This provides a maximum amount of exposure for the ship to target and fire its weapons broadside at the attacker while making use of all three dimensions of space flight as a defensive measure.
The vulnerability of this maneuver is that it places the ship momentarily point-blank in front of the attacking ship, though this time is at a minimum. In addition, if the assailant's ship is in motion relative to the ship performing O-17 it can throw off the calculated vectors used to place this strafing run's alignments.
Variations in the maneuver can provide for a more successful execution of this tactic. For example, when cutting across the assailant’s nose, ship speed can be randomized positive or negative to counteract the opponent’s target lock. In addition, immediately after completing the maneuver the ship is ideally placed to execute a loop that could bring the ship aft of the target, allowing for an easy second weapons strafe. Footnote 2
Attack Pattern O-17 remains an effective and versatile means of maximizing a ship’s weapons engagement while minimizing exposure to an enemy’s threat radius. Its successful completing puts a ship in a prime spot for varied response or disengagement as the situation warrants. It is recommended that all helmsman make this a standard pre-programmed response for their vessels.
1: If the maneuver is reversed and the ship is banked to the port (left) then it is considered Attack Pattern Omega Sixteen (O-16).
2: Alternatively, the ship has the option to warp out of the engagement at a direction opposite of the attacker’s direction of flight. This maximizes the response time of pursuit by the attacking ship.
Stardate 239510.17 - Ensign Jona ch'Ranni - "Call Me Ensign Jojo"
I'm officially an ensign in Starfleet. I can't believe it! That final simulation was intense. Commanders Delano and Mei'konda had us on this holographic ship and everything went haywire. There was a ship that appeared on sensors and then there were these spider-like bugs that were feeding off the energy from the warp core. We had to abandon ship and head for the alien vessel. It was so real I almost forgot it was a holographic test. Looking forward to news of my assignment. The admiral says the duty postings will be available within the week. You know which ship I have my fingers crossed for! I tried contacting my charan but he refused the transmission. One day I hope to heal the rift with my parents.
Stardate 239510.20 - Ensign Jona ch'Ranni - "Leaving Tonight"
Not in my wildest dreams! Well, maybe my wildest dreams. I never thought I'd get my first choice of assignments! I ship out for the USS Columbia later today. They are on the way to a remote sector - the Sagittarius Reach - so my transport needs to leave right away to catch up with them. I can't believe I get to pilot the Columbia. I've been following every article on the FNS about her refit and now I get to fly the thing! Awesome!
Stardate 239510.26 - Ensign Jona ch'Ranni - "Missing in Action, Part I"
I got called up to helm duty during alpha shift. Normally that wouldn't happen except most of the senior officers are gone on an away mission. The scuttlebutt around the lounge is that the captain is missing and they've mounted a search and rescue mission for him. I hope he's okay.
Stardate 239510.30 - Ensign Jona ch'Ranni - "Missing in Action, Part II"
We received troubling news from the surface of the planet. Some unknown woman responded on Commander Ezo's comm. I hope its not one of the suspected Augments. They are no doubt a nasty bunch if the historical reports are to be believed. We have only just now re-established contact with our away teams. Commander Thoran ordered the ship into the planet's atmosphere as a show of strength. Less than a month on the ship and I'm already piloting the thing into a planet's atmosphere! I can only imagine what the ship must have looked like from the ground ... like some celestial chariot rumbling across the sky. Can't wait to see what's next.
Stardate 239511.29 - Ensign Jona ch'Ranni - "Arrival at Dehner Base"
We finally made port at our first official stop in the Sagittarius Reach: Dehner Base. The captain and XO and a few science types are going over for an initial visit and I've been asked to ferry them down in a shuttle. I'm interested to learn more about the personnel here. The captain seems to have a curious dynamic with the lead scientist - Sellards, I believe. Not quite what you would call mortal enemies ... but close.
Stardate 239512.13 - Ensign Jona ch'Ranni - "Vexa zh'Lev"
I've been getting to know one of the scientists here at Dehner Base. Vexa zh'Lev. I can't describe her. She's amazing. Such a gorgeous young Andorian girl ... and brilliant too! She's researching the Galactic Barrier which is perfect for her focus on energy fields and their interactions with biologic matter. We have a date tonight at the bar. If I can just avoid embarrassing myself and pay attention to the conversation instead of acting like a bumbling, lovesick flyboy ...
Stardate 239601.03 - Ensign Jona ch'Ranni - "Going Below"
We just had an encounter with an unknown aggressor. They've disabled our engines and I'm going below to Deflector Control where Lieutenant Commander Solis and I will try to initiate an ionized nadion burst in an attempt to blind them. I hope this works ...
Stardate 239601.24 - Ensign Jona ch'Ranni - "Space Ballerina"
I think I've found my new favorite place on the ship. The Astrometrics Lab is amazing! You can alter the graviton fields in the room so that you can actually float among the star projections. Not quite the level of the holodeck but very close. Pholin Duyzer played a little trick on me while we were in there today and pretended to fall from the raised platform - only to float up again. I'll find a way to get back at him.
Stardate 239602.28 - Lieutenant JG Jona ch'Ranni - "Bursting With Pride"
I am both ecstatic and confused. The captain just informed me of my first promotion. I never thought that it would come so soon. It is a humbling experience to be recognized for your hard work. I'm trying to contain myself and keep a level head. There's an old Terran book that I remember a quote from. "Pride cometh before the fall." Well ... I'll try not to let that happen. Oh yeah, and Colquhoun and I broke our replicator. What a mess! Hope I don't get into too much trouble for it.
Stardate 239603.08 - Lieutenant JG Jona ch'Ranni - "On Our Way"
We've been traveling for a week now toward the Losarian homeworld. I must admit I'm eager to learn more about this race of people. I'm trying not to let the first impressions of the their species get clouded by our interaction with the pirate Captain Tarius Kaironn. Gods, please don't let me accidentally injure the royal puppy or cause some other intergalactic incident.
Stardate 239605.31 - Lieutenant Jona ch'Ranni - "The View"
I just came from the awards ceremony where I was promoted to Lieutenant and appointed as the Assistant Chief of Operations. It was more surprising to me the sense of camaraderie and family I felt afterwards standing and looking out at the stars with the Captain. I can't imagine being anywhere else but right here.
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