Prologue Stardate 42609.1 (2365) Captain's Log Stardate 42609.1: The Yamato was nearly lost after a series of unexplainable system failures. During a rendezvous with the Enterprise, Chief Engineer Johnson detected multiple system malfunctions in main engineering. He ordered an emergency ejection of the warp core and manually release all of our antimatter stores. The warp core suffered a containment breach after ejecting and detonated near the Yamato. Most systems were knocked out except for life support and communications. I have sustained some injuries from the warp core explosion and will need to be taken to sickbay for further examination. Commander Gerber is leading a team down the Jeffries tubes to determine the exact level of damage and casualties. We were, fortunately, able to regain contact with the Enterprise. Captain Picard has agreed to beam over a small team to assist as well as transport all non-essential personnel from the Yamato to the Enterprise. I should have ordered an evacuation before the failure of the warp core. He has agreed to take up my fool's errand after the encounter with the Romulan Warbird. The warbird must have been tracking us for a while. I am prepared to take the full consequences of entering the Romulan Neutral Zone. The men and women who died for my fool's errand, I will carry that for the rest of my life. However, I believe what we have stumbled upon on Iconia poses a dire threat to the Federation. And perhaps, the entire quadrant. I hope the Enterprise will succeed where the Yamato failed. Captains Log, Supplemental: We received a transmission from the Enterprise on removing the virus and successfully restarted our computer systems by purging all memory files and restoring systems from the protected portion of our computer cores. The Enterprise returned, successful in eliminating the threat and preventing the Romulans from using it as well. The engineers have subsequently found no sign of the Iconian computer virus. Due to the heavy damage sustained, most remaining personnel were evacuated to the Enterprise. The Enterprise is currently towing the Yamato to Starbase 12 for extensive repairs. I expect there will be an extensive debriefing and presumably a court-martial for my actions and decisions. There will be a memorial held aboard the Enterprise at 1600 hours, for those lost due to my folly. In what may be one of my final acts as Captain of the Yamato, I have recommended that Chief Engineer Lieutenant Commander Simon Johnson be posthumously awarded the Federation Medal of Honour as his quick thinking, which saved over well over a thousand lives. I will be recording a personal subspace message to his widow to express my condolences and apologize for what has happened. ******* Early 2371 Captain Donald Varley woke up in a cold sweat, the memories of that day 6 years ago still fresh on his mind. The deaths of dozens of his crew and the fact he had endangered his entire crew and their families during that voyage into the Romulan Neutral Zone ate at him. He glared at the wall nearby, where there was a display of the official pardon from the President of the Federation, acquitting him of violating the Romulan Neutral Zone. Starfleet Intelligence, after listening to him as well as Captain Picard's testimony, sent a request to Starfleet Command to absolve Captain Varley and the crew of Yamato, as the threat of the Iconian computer virus and Iconian technology was deemed sufficient reason to bend the rules. The Romulans, for their part, did not object or wish to dispute with the Federation. Not only did the warbird Haakona violate the Neutral Zone, but it was also clearly sighted within Federation space by the Yamato and Enterprise. Neither side wanted to escalate matters. However, Captain Varley knew that he would never achieve flag rank, despite the pardon, and having dealt with the Admiralty, wanted no part of that. While Stevens was promoted and would take command of the Phoenix, after the arrest of Captain Maxwell, many of the crew from that fateful day were still aboard. To Varley's surprise, none held a grudge towards him for what happened. Captain Varley took time to calm himself down, as he prepared for another day as Captain of the Yamato. Much like Captain Picard and the Enterprise, he was now inevitably connected to the Yamato and its history, for better or worse. After the ship was towed to Starbase 12, engineers there deemed the ship to require further repairs and refit. The ship was subsequently towed to the drydock facilities at Soho Station, where delays and extenuating circumstances made it gain a reputation as a drydock queen. First, delivery of the replacement warp core was delayed repeatedly. Then, her torpedo launchers and phaser arrays were cannibalized for parts to repair the USS Dauntless, after the sister ship of Yamato sustained damage during skirmishes with Romulan ships in disputed space. Then, complications during testing of the computer systems' new security protocols caused even more delays. Due to her condition, Yamato was not able to sortie to Wolf 359 during the Borg cube attack. After the Borg were defeated, Yamato was finally able to leave drydock, but this time, she was promptly sent to Utopia Planitia, where it would become a guinea pig for Starfleet's Corps of Engineers. She would be used to test new technology to counter the Borg threat as well as other prototypes. As a result, some of her unused spaces were fitted with industrial replicators or used to store equipment and testing sensors. By 2370, she had a Frankenstein-ish array of prototype weapons, computer systems, and other technology, including an emergency medical hologram, much to the chagrin of the Yamato's CMO. During that year, the creme of Starfleet's engineers felt they had accomplished what they could with Yamato and mostly restored her to specifications, aside from modifications that were too useful or impossible to remove, especially after the shocking loss of the Odyssey to the Dominion. Finally, his ship would go back to exploration, albeit on the lookout for trouble given recent events. Varley grimaced as he watched some of his colleagues resign from Starfleet and form the Maquis, including Chakotay, a promising instructor at the Academy that he had considered a friend. Along with the Cardassians up in arms, and the looming threat of the Dominion, Yamato's current mission was a way to fly the flag, and to protect the Federation's interest. While there were still families aboard Yamato, the ship had been loaded with supplies and additional defences. As he ate breakfast in the ready room, Captain Donald Varley was preparing for a planned rendezvous within a week with Captain Ramson and the brand new USS Equinox. The smaller, newer ship was still working out the bugs on its shakedown cruise, and the rendezvous would include testing of the newer ship's sensors and other equipment. Hopefully, nothing would come to pass. ****** USS Equinox Captain's Log, supplemental: The Equinox sustained moderate damage after the strange phenomenon that occurred. Our EMH was activated to help treat the wounded. However, Yamato has vanished. The Chief Engineer is currently in an induced coma after sustaining head injuries., but our CMO assured me that he would recover Acting chief engineer Ensign Gilmore was able to restore power, and we should be able to go to warp 6. Lt. Burke was able to hail Starfleet and report what had happened. I can only hope the Yamato survived whatever that was. ****** Delta Quadrant USS Yamato Ensign Richards, Personal Log F$%@ my Life.