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USS PHOENIX (NCC-2315) is the newest starship in Third Fleet.
It is an upgraded EXCELSIOR-class Fleet Action Coordination vessel (a Heavy
Cruiser specially outfitted to perform command and control functions for a
Battle Force or a Task Force), and has been officially turned over to Starfleet
by her builders. The ship is presently docked at Starbase Flying Cloud, a
Type-79 Clipper Ship-class starbase in orbit around Enya, fourth planet
of the Sabrena’s "i" star system in the Third Quadrant.
Commissioning ceremonies were completed a week ago and the permanent crew is
This is an exciting time for the new crew of USS PHOENIX. Not
only do they have to learn their way around the ship, but they must also check
and double-check the equipment, meet new people (both peers and senior
officers), and begin the sometimes daunting task of becoming a team instead of
just a collection of individuals who happen to be in the same place at the same
According to the schedule published by Commander, Third
Fleet, USS PHOENIX will move from J-Dock (inside the giant docking bay of
Starbase Flying Cloud) to Mooring Buoy 15, 100 kilometers away from the
starbase, in six weeks. There the crew will prepare the ship for its shakedown