Thunder Flight Operations Center

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Primary flight operational control of the Akira class, USS Thunder is provided by the Flight Operations Center located on decks A and B of the aft sail area. The Flight Operations Center directly supervises all primary and secondary flight operations and coordinates all flight, search and rescue, and fighter-based activities.

This is the nerve center for flight operations and conducts combat operations utilizing the Thunder's Marine Space Combat Element and sifting through the numerous sensor plots and intelligence gathered by the space fighters and support spacecraft. A large room, the Flight Operations Center is twice as large as the ship's Bridge and is also fully manned throughout all duty shifts.

The Flight Operations Center is a highly restricted area, and only Beta-One security clearance personnel and authorized Operations personnel are allowed on the deck.

The Flight Operations Center configuration is unique to the Akira class, and it closely resembles a starbase bridge/operations center. The central area of the Flight Operations Center provides a large holographic display, which is viewable from the entire deck. Attached to the holoviewer are the Flight Operations supervisor’s and his two executive officers’ consoles. Identical in size and design to the Bridge’s mission operations console, these consoles are the heart of the Flight Operations Center. All information pertaining to flight operations, maintenance schedules, intelligence gathering, and whatever missions the Flight Operations Center is currently engaged with can be accessed by these consoles.

Directly forward of the holoviewer are the Flight Operations Deck Officers. The eight FODO's are equipped with consoles that cover the entire foredeck, each with access to visuals of the flight decks, fighters, support spacecraft, and shuttlecraft, in addition to Helm and Science information from the Bridge. The FODO's are in charge of maintaining full flight operation efficiency.

Aft and to the starboard of the command area is an elevated platform on which the Tactical/Security control station (comprised of two consoles; one for Tactical, and one for Security along the rear of the command area). Each console is manned by two officers, and their roles are to keep the Flight Operations supervisor apprised of mission objectives in combat operations should the Thunder enter combat in addition to the status of flight operations in the combat zone.

Against the port wall of the Flight Operations Center and 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 Thunder. This monitor can be used to direct ship operations and can be configured for limited flight control, if necessary.

In front of the Flight Operations Master Systems Display monitor is a large Engineering console usually manned by the 1st Flight Operations Engineer. This has a smaller cutaway diagram of the Thunder and displays all Engineering-relevant data including 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, structural integrity field, and inertial dampening field, and it is a backup console for the chief engineer to access Engineering subroutines and protocols away from Main Engineering. Although this console is 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 2nd Flight Operations Engineer maintains work schedules and verifies repair, maintenance, and refit programs for the various fighters, support spacecraft, and shuttlecraft aboard the Thunder.

Against the starboard side walls of the Flight Operations Center are the consoles for Science and other duty stations 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, support spacecraft, or fighters.

There is an emergency ladder that connects the Flight Operations Center to the Maintenance Support Section. There is also one door, on the aft platform of the Bridge, that leads to the Flight Operations Briefing Room, which is directly aft of the Flight Operations Center. Another door, which is opposite the Briefing Room door, leads to the turbolift that connects the aft sail area to the rest of the ship.

Original Excerpt from the USS Ronin.'