Captain’s Starlog, May 8th, 2210.
We are now only hours away from the coordinates provided to us by the Rigellian transport that it appears our errant new officers commandeered. If their initial transmission burst is to be believed, Nausicaans seized the ECS Venture and captured the crewmembers and Academy cadets that Captain Cambridge was transporting to Telemachus. Lieutenant Dane, my senior science officer, is still unconvinced that the transmission was genuine, so we are maintaining comm silence until we have a better grasp of the situation. I am ordering Condition Yellow until we reach scanning distance.
Captain’s Starlog, Supplemental.
Not only was the transmission burst we received from the Rigellian transport accurate, but my new junior officers were busy. Full debriefing will await their all-clear from Doctor Barber – he’s worried about residual radiation from the poorly shielded reactor on the now defunct mining station but is confident a decon cycle will clear their systems – but even preliminary reports indicate that these fine young officers went well above and beyond. In addition to conducting a commando raid against a heavily fortified, well-armed and well-defended facility, they managed to rescue all but one of the captured Federation citizens and Academy graduates. By all accounts, the sole casualty was an unfortunate but unavoidable loss.
Additionally, these young officers – Ensigns Aceves, Berzinev, Dalis, Mao and Roland – captured no less than ten Nausicaan pirates as well as their leader, who Doctor Barber suspects to be genetically engineered. I fully intend on recommending these officers for medals.