I know I gotta get more of my own work up still...
The two Federation ships, the USS Rainier (NCC-92604) and USS Vesuvius (NCC-90544) on a joint patrol along Cardassian space. Even 30 years after the Dominion War has ended, Cardassians feel the effects of their loss. Though it accepts Federation aid while it continues to rebuild, there are small groups of Cardassians who try to stir up insurgencies. Loyalists of the defeated Dominion, or groups who just want the Federation gone. Starfleet schedules routine patrols to make sure such groups do not interfere with the recovering process.
The Rainier, which I've introduced before, and the Vesuvius have a bit of a fun background in Starfleet. Despite the Vesuvius being constructed in 2401, and the Rainier in 2404, and despite the two ships being of completely different classes and serving different functions, members of Starfleet often consider the ships as sister ships.
Why is this? There can be multiple reasons. One is the strange coincidences that the two are often seen aiding each other when one calls for aid. Another reason is that it is said the commanding officers of both ships, Captain Wayde Linton, and Captain Va'Kel Shon are very close and personal friends. Another reason could be because the ships are both named after potentially very dangerous volcanoes on Earth. The urban myths regarding the relationship bergen these two can be fun to talk about, when in all reality, they're about as different as ships can get.
The Vesuvius, launched in 2401, is of course of the Prometheus Class, under the registry NCC-90544. one of the more advanced models of the Prometheus Class, she is commanded by Andorian captain, Va'Kel Shon, a bold, fearless, headstrong captain unafraid to push his ship to the limits. His executive officer however is one with a bit of a known name, Commander Akira Sulu, the great-grandson of Captain Hikaru Sulu, the very same Sulu who captained the USS Excelsior, and served under James T. Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise, almost 200 years prior. The Vesuvius, like other Prometheus Class ships is capable of its infamous multi-vector assault mode capability, in which it literally separates into three separate starships, all capable of delivering a lethal payload of suppressing firepower. In accordance with the Romulan Allies the Federation now has, the Vesuvius is one of the few ships in Starfleet with a functioning cloaking device. However, the device cannot be operated if the ship is in its multi-vector mode. Armed with phaser arrays, cannons, and powerful Quantum Torpedoes, she boasts as being one of the most powerful ships in all of Starfleet.
The Rainier on the other hand was launched in 2404, under the registry number NCC-92604. Like other Vesta Class ships, she was built more for exploration and scientific research. That's not to say she doesn't have teeth, because she can handle herself in any combat situation, but she's not designed for combat as the Vesuvius was. Under command of Captain Wayde Linton, and his executive officer and personal friend, Elisa Flores, the Rainier has seen plenty of excitement in its ship life. One of the things it has the capability of doing is projecting holographic programs, such as the ship's EMH onto a nearby surface, such as a comet or asteroid, a surface that might be more hostile to a humanoid lifeform. They may take data readings and analyze compounds of the surface there. And though this is likely an exaggerated rumor, there is a story that the Rainier at one point actually managed to ward off potential danger at one point by managing to project a small fleet of Federation ships by hologram as if to try and show off a stronger number of ships. This of course is just a rumor. And if it were true, it would have only served as a risky bluff. But wick thinking by the ship's captain, and user of the ships other tricks can pull the Rainier out of any tricky situation. And of course, like other Vesta Class ships, it is equipped with the advanced quantum-slipstream drive, making is capable of reaching father points of the galaxy for missions in which it must delve into the unknown.
When together, these ships can create a most formidable team. The bond of friendship the two commanding officers share is not at all exaggerated, and is one of the factors which can contribute to the success of both ships. And both ships benefit off each other immensely. While the Vesuvius boats incredible firepower that the Rainier doesn't have, the Vesuvius can rely on that firepower too much. The Rainier is able to assist the Vesuvius in ways that make the Vesuvius a potentially much more powerful ship. For example, if facing combat, the Vesuvius can use its modified deflector dish to give a powerful tachyon beam to help drain the shields of an enemy vessel, giving the Vesuvius an edge. And while the Rainier can handle herself, it's large size can make her vulnerable. If outgunned, the stealth capabilities and multi-vector mode of the Vesuvius can provide the Rainier with some much needed support. And this is just a couple ways the ships have been noted to benefit one another.
With such a reputation behind them, it's no wonder Starfleet will often pair these two ships together. Despite all their differences, maybe these two ships really are sisters in spirit...
(And I haven't even gotten into the crews of each. The Rainier has a Jem'Hadar Chief of Security! There's something you don't see everyday!)
Art was done by the awesome
(whom I kinda named a character on one of these ships after)
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The USS Rainier and USS Vesuvius are ships of my own creation, please ask before you portray them in your own works.
Thanks again Jet!