USS Avandar/Marines Overview
Organization and Duties
The Starfleet Marines assigned to the USS Avandar belong to the Charlie Company of the Starfleet Marine Corps' 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, nicknamed "Strike". When not involved in training exercises or specific Marine assignments, the contingent support the Starfleet crew in appropriate departments (for example, Marine medics can be found undertaking shifts in sickbay).
The Avandar’s marine unit is 20 individuals split into two teams, which includes (at minimum) 2 officers and 2 non-commissioned officers. In addition, the unit has a SFMC trained pilot who serves as flight crew. The entire unit comes under the command of the Chief Marine Officer and the captain of the starship, following the usual chain of command.
Typical Missions include, but are not limited to:
- Hostage Rescue
- Search & Rescue
- Starship Boarding actions [in hostile territory e.g. without a Starship for backup]
- Pre-assault sabotage [disturbing enemy communications, supplies, shields]
- Guerrilla actions
- Military support for Starfleet Intelligence missions if required
- Generally the very practical side of covert operations
The Chief Marine Officer is the marine in charge of overseeing all other marines on board the USS Avandar, and reports directly to the captain. The Marine administration officer is responsible for any incoming or out-going messages relevant to the marines and takes care of the general administrative duties. The armory officer is responsible for all Marine Weapons and Armour, makes sure they are maintained and stored properly and securely. to check out the Equipment click here
The Search and Rescue (SAR) team is a team deployed to assist in search and rescue operations in high-risk and hostile environments. The team usually comprises of a commanding officer, a search specialist, two medics, an engineer/communications specialist and an infantryman.
The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team are a small squad of Marines who provide additional tactical and firearms support to security personnel. They specialise in VIP protection, hostage rescue, siege breaking, close quarter battle (CQB) and sniper techniques, and primarily operate in the fields of counter-terrorism and anti-hijacking. This team usually consists of a commanding officer, two snipers and three infantrymen.
Location and Facilities
The two Squads and Staff are on Deck 10 of the USS Avandar next to Deflector Control and the Waverider Access Port. To access this deck requires security code clearance of Beta-One or Higher to access the Marine facilities. More information about the Marine facilities on the USS Avandar can be found here.