““Huli ke alo i ka paia” -- “Turn the face to the wall (for there is nothing to fear)"”
The ‘Oumuamua was one of the third production run of the Luna class, all of which were launched in 2386 or 2387 as one of the new backbones of the post-Dominion War Starfleet. Luna class starships are the top of the line in Starfleet's scientific and exploratory pursuits, and each features a sensor pod just above the back of the saucer section that comprises two decks with advanced sensor nets and data collection grids.
The ‘Oumuamua is named for the first detected interstellar object that moved through the Sol system. That ‘Oumuamua was in turn named from Hawai’ian, roughly translated as “first distant messenger.”
After extended service in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, the ‘Oumuamua has been reassigned to Project Nashira, Starfleet’s extended mission to survey the Gamma Quadrant, specifically the Dominion’s former sphere of influence. The project is named for the ship that inaugurated that mission, and the ‘Oumuamua is one of a handful of ships on extended assignment to supplement the USS Nashira.
The ‘Oumuamua’s proposed mission profile included primarily diplomatic and scientific missions, though its crew was instructed to provide humanitarian aid when requested and when specific missions call for such a response. The ‘Oumuamua’s defensive and offensive capabilities also mean that it will be able to handle itself against aggressors. Rumors upon the ‘Oumuamua’s launch suggested that there were still small but militant pockets of Dominion activity, and the ‘Oumuamua had increased maneuverability and durability in part to counter Jem’Hadar offensive capabilities, in ways that were developed in Starfleet fleetyards during the war but ultimately not incorporated into most ships after the war’s end.
In 2399, under the command of Ossa V'Airu and in a mission that ultimately became a rescue of the USS Thor, the ‘Oumuamua first encountered the United Dominion of Planets, a would-be confederation of former Dominion powers and new Gamma Quadrant species that hoped to emulate the structure of the Federation. As a result, the ‘Oumuamua’s mission profile was updated to include ongoing monitoring and liaising with the United Dominion of Planets.
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