I'm enjoying this so far. I haven't read any of your Sutherland series yet, but reading this is making me interested in checking it out. I like the mention of the Saladin
, but not so much the Miranda
; then again, I tend to subscribe to a different history of that particular class than the one provided by canon, so that's by no means a reflection on you. I personally prefer the classifications given in the Ships of the Star Fleet books, which is reflected in my own fiction.
Again, I'm liking your writing and I think you've got a good start to this story. Looking forward to more.