Very good second chapter. I agree with CeJay, the new XO is a wildcard. Very Vulcan-like in her demeanor. I wonder if the mask will hold when flesh is rent and blood is spilled?
And speaking of death, that was a very somber (and well-written) memorial service; appropriate considering the heavy losses and the death of long-time, familiar characters. I liked the imagery of the launch of the torpedo casings. A small thing, perhaps, but it added a degree of finality.