Ah! This is making sense now. It stands to reason that Starfleet would not want to totally abandon trans-warp. Having a small Oberth
- class vessel as a test-bed makes perfect sense, especially if they want to keep the program a secret.
You're laying out a great plot here. I'm looking forward to more character development, but the master chief's story was important. Well done!
And now the tug is at red alert - now what?