Gibralter, finally got read this, and posting it here helped light a fire under me.
My sense of your characters has gotten even sharper after reading through their experiences on Lakesh, their ill-fated first mission.
Also, I have a better sense of why Ramirez remained aboard.
As always, great attention to combat/military terminology and tactics.
Thanks for sharing this again.
Thanks for reading it.
I hope it cleared up any questions you might have had on the crew's origin-story.