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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #30 on: 24 December 2020, 18:44:39 »
LCS Frederick Steiner, Tharkad anchorage yard slip 16...

"...undergoing her five year inspection and refit, but we've got your quarters ready, ma'am."  the Petty officer was friendly, at least.  His New Capetown accent wasn't even grating a little bit.

"Thank you chief." Amanda surveyed the ship outside, before entering the docking umbilical, and kicked off gracefully, floating freestyle down the tube with a little, controlled flip at the end, where she waited for the NCO to catch up.

"You know-we get in trouble for that." he told her, "Not supposed to fly clear of the line in case of a problem, Ma'am."

"Oh, sorry." not sorry! she gave him a tight, cheery smile with a little shoulder shrug, "I'll be good now."  no I wont.

"It's alright, everybody does it, even if it's against the rules."

"Sounds like...everywhere." she agreed, "let's keep this between us and not the brass, ayeh?"

"Ajaeh." his accent mangled the acknowledgement just the littlest bit.  "Yool be rohmin' wi' Van Oosten from the weapons department, hope you don't mind."

"Not at all." she said, "What's he like?"

"She.  Like...she's a good'un, mum.  bery shahp, but good wi' the leds, o'cawse, I kina hefta sey thet, she's a Praetoria gehl."


"Ah. So from your hometown, ayeh?"

"Yes'm." he said with a vigorous nod.

"Well, I've never met someone from New Capetown, so this is two in a single shift. should be fun." Amanda grinned wider.

The interior was stripped, and Amanda only KNEW it was stripped, because she could see where the  panels would go once the updates to the wiring and plumbing were complete.

the signs of work got fewer as they went deeper and further up the Ship's length.  Mentally she noted the locations of each pak of Beachballs and where the manual valves were for the fluid and gaseous plumbing, constructing a mental map for quick reference later, she also counted frames as they passed them.

They reached an intersection where the rungs were back in place, fresh welds showing the handgrips, useful both for dirtyfeet to stay oriented, and as launch points for bounding movements.

Also occasionally useful as tie-offs, or when the ship was under sustained thrust.

The Chief waved her card in front of the hatch to Officer's quarters, and floated aside to let her pass.  "Room fifteen Alpha, mum." he told her, "Past here, I don't go."

"Thanks Jeremy." she said his last name as if it were his name, forgetting for a moment the formality of rank.

"Yer welcom, mum."  she free-floated along the p-way intersection to floor fifteen, and looked for 'A'.

there you are.

she touched the faceplate, and when it neither opened the door, nor alarmed her off, she examined it.

set to manual, huh.

she braced a foot, and spun the wheel one-half turn, unlocking the bolts manually to swing the hatch open.

and got blasted by some kind of raucous music that sounded like it came from a garage studio.

...It's a long way to Llewelyn
It's a long way on the train
We can kwai it to the North Pole, But they'd build one just the same
The parade square
We all dig the stoppies, haircuts and the graze
And if we really scheme it's lekker when we start on our first phase!


and the blondest girl she'd ever seen was...kind of dancing? to it.

Amanda watched for a few moments, mentally trying to decipher the low-grade rock music her apparent bunkie was listening to at decibels high enough to maybe drown out a blowout alarm.

she drew in a breath because apparently Van Oosten's situational awareness was absolute shit.

"HEY!! Innyawallah!!! Say finagle wahttahelle yo!" she bellowed in Rokkajakkah dialect like a Basic instructor. (from the diaphragm, no screech)

The blonde skipped a spin and tumbled in sudden panic.

"you read me clear yeah ovah?" Amanda added when the girl's sound system cut out mid-tune.

"Oh shit, sorreh, Yer th' new gehl yah?"

"Ayeh, which rack's yours?" Amanda asked.

"This one."

"A'right then.  all shifts?"

"um, yeah...you can have the other one, nobody is using it?"

"Thanks." Amanda floated in, "Amanda Ngo, Nav department."

"Irena Van Oosten, Weapons and Ordnance."

Amanda helped her stop her spin one-handed.  "You a Dirtyfeet?"

"Um..."

"That'd be yes. So am I, is there anyone on this boat who's a proper spacer?" Amanda asked cheerfully. 

"Uh..."

"dumb question, never mind..."

she released her bunkie and pushed for her bunk assignment, "Damn, the lockers double cap too?"

"No? where you from Ngo?"

"Cutters." Amanda said, "Coast Guard, Reserve activated.  You?"

"First ship, ma'am." Irena said.

"We're the same rank." Amanda pointed out, "I would guess you're senior in grade, but I probably have you on total service time."

"time, and combat patch...and is that an earring?"

"yeah.  Regulation size, metal and placement for surviving having my boat shot out from under me."  Amanda opened the locker, and dropped her C-bag in.

"So...wow...that's totally lekker!!"

"Not so much if lekker means good or cool.  watching an aerofighter come in without a nice bit of hull in the way isn't much fun." Amanda told her, "I hit the initiate and vorp! Golden light and colorless void and six years later I came out. My Twin brother is six years ahead of me in grade and rank now."

"Holy shite, f'r real??"

"for-real." amanda turned around, "Where's your suit?"

"Uh...we're not under way?"

"******..regulars, right...okay, what's the duty uniform for the day?"

"Working duties."

"and since officer of the Watch wasn't there when I came aboard, I'm guessing that..."

"oh, I'm on duty." Irena chirped.

"you...are the duty officer..?"

"We're in dock, ship's on blocks, the Captain's got a rotation and today I'm it, if there's trouble, I call the XO at the BOQ, and ef I can't get him, the Captain's line."

jesus ******, mom, why didn't you warn me??

"Okay, so you're the briefer then." Amanda said, "care to bring the newbie up to speed?"

"about what?"

"Why there isn't an O-4 or above doing ship's watch in port, for starters, and why this ship's half-dismantled but nobody's actually working on her."

"That...isn't normal?"

"No, it really isn't." amanda said, "In dock during a half-dee? there should be at least a third of the crew at work with the civcons, it's not just good for budget, it's also good for keeping skills sharp on Dee-Cee and vacuum procedures.  A crew that works on the ship, knows the ship.  Senior officers are supposed to be immediately available at all times so someone can be here to take responsibility, us juniors are supposed to be learning our craft as officers during this down time through mentoring and practice with the crew."

"I can honestly say I never heard that." Irena said, the chirp was almost gone in her tone, "but christ it makes sinse!"

"yah. Okay, no grownups, we're going to go through the ship on a babysit walk, ayeh?"

"right."

"I'll wait for you to get suited up." Amanda told her, "we're going to check the exterior too."

"what for?"

"Cool things." Amanda said, "Totally metal things, things they don't teach in ground school." she grinned impishly.

"Lekker..."

"and when we get back, you can show me how to log on to the ship's network, My P-mail is probably blowing up."
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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #31 on: 24 December 2020, 19:09:38 »
Oh God, how true it is.


I did two shipyard tours, One refuel, One Decom.


The Refuel, the CO was a party animal and let the crew lay-doggo, when we went for recert, we failed twice, The second ORCE we failed, half the eng department got shipped out and we got a mix from the other boats in the squadron and group to refill the department.


The Decom, we stood watch and did shipboard duties right up till the flag came down and we marched off the brow. I recerted on my next boat in a matter of weeks, (was a different class of boat, so took longer). I heard from old shipmates, that they did the same, those of use who keep up our skills, breezed through our requals.


I then did 20 years working as a Nuc Eng Tech in a Naval Shipyard and saw the crews from the outside looking in. I mentored many a tyke, and saw crews who slacked and crews who worked their buts off.
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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #32 on: 24 December 2020, 19:13:26 »
So, the first mistake wasn’t making getting her groundside appearance and uniform first a direct order.  The Second was thinking there was nothing going on the Fred to keep her busy, or she couldn’t find anything.

The Zeroth Mistake was not understanding Kowloonese<>Lyran.  Things like her reactions weren’t social anxiety, it was to her them displaying careless habits that her training says will get them and maybe her killed.

Misreading that reason means she’ll consider that mildly worded order as what it sounded like, a suggestion.  To most Social Officers both an order and permission to get some personal time on the clock for “professional appearance development.”  Amanda?  In a comedy of different social contexts considers it a suggestion far down the list from reporting in for the job that is officially stamped on her orders.

And one that can’t ding her on, because she was reporting in as ordered.  Is her ‘disappearing’ and not showing up at the stylist to be ambushed with hair extensions set off a manhunt before they find her in the last place anyone thinks to look, her official posting?

And based on what Amanda is doing and georgiaboy said, the ones she is teaching will breeze their quals coming out of refit, while the senior officers will struggle or fail.

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« Reply #33 on: 24 December 2020, 19:52:48 »
(snip) the ship's undergoing a five year refit, it won't be ready to sail for another twenty four months."

Is that a refit that takes 5 years, or a refit after 5 years of service?

Either way, 24+ months for a refit sounds like stripping the ship right down to the core and back.
Or am I wrong in thinking that you could build a new ship in 2-3 years?

Edit - Or is this a 24+ month refit because it's peace time and they're working short shifts with long weekends?
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« Reply #34 on: 24 December 2020, 20:02:04 »
Is that a refit that takes 5 years, or a refit after 5 years of service?

Either way, 24+ months for a refit sounds like stripping the ship right down to the core and back.
Or am I wrong in thinking that you could build a new ship in 2-3 years?

Edit - Or is this a 24+ month refit because it's peace time and they're working short shifts with long weekends?
Both all everything is slow it peacetime the Snr officers have parties to go to and the crew is going to seed

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« Reply #35 on: 24 December 2020, 21:26:44 »
While he's going about it in not the best way, Adam has a good point. If he doesn't want to risk coups, the Nobility has to be on board, an united, and leaving one group hanging off in the corner is a recepie for disaster. Either the other nobility will wonder if Adam is going to use the Ngo's against them, or if the Ngo's might get their own ideas, involving strategic KE bombardment. They need to know them.

And as much as the Ngo's may not like it, in this sort of society, learning how to function around your peers is as much a vital job skill as being able to fight a warship--because the one, hopefully makes the second, less likely.

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« Reply #36 on: 24 December 2020, 21:49:45 »
Not to backtrack, but i honestly would think this a totally different ship design. Like a Destroyer or something.  I've not read much Jihad story, but battleship from the Administrator AU would be on someone's drawing board.

Situation on the ship sounds bad.  Wow, worst than it was in Administrator series. Yikes.
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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #37 on: 24 December 2020, 22:25:59 »
While he's going about it in not the best way, Adam has a good point. If he doesn't want to risk coups, the Nobility has to be on board, an united, and leaving one group hanging off in the corner is a recepie for disaster. Either the other nobility will wonder if Adam is going to use the Ngo's against them, or if the Ngo's might get their own ideas, involving strategic KE bombardment. They need to know them.

Option three, the “in” nobles will organize something to their benefit and leave Kowloon in the cold or screw them over for their group’s benefit.  Leading to feuds, lashing out, or the Archon having to step in and spend his political capital to contain the situation.

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And as much as the Ngo's may not like it, in this sort of society, learning how to function around your peers is as much a vital job skill as being able to fight a warship--because the one, hopefully makes the second, less likely.

Three things.  One Amanda isn’t the heir now.  So she is probably thinking “not my job anymore”.  Two, Kowloon has been on the outside of the “in kids” clique for so long?  The idea the head of that clique wants them there for Kowloon’s benefit computes like a planetary surface KF jump. :D

Three, that isolation means you might as well as paint Amanda green.  Because socially we are talking Darmok level communication issues.  And the Admiral didn’t realize he needs a translator for what was to him clear social communication but might as well be Sanskrit to Amanda.  Not even that, Amanda might have recognized Sanskrit as a message.  Albeit not me she had no idea how to read.  Here she didn’t even recognize a message being sent.

Though I wonder, is Amanda’s bunkmate a noble as well?  Connections might be formed by, just not in the way Adam thinks they have to be.  Irena is learning to talk to Amanda, rather than assuming Amanda must learn the inverse.

Just a random extra thought? Did Kingfisher think he was speaking "noble to noble" with Amanda in his office?  Because being stiff and formal ISTM is the natural protective camouflage of a newly minted Lt j.g. reporting to a Admiral in his own office.
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« Reply #38 on: 25 December 2020, 02:15:31 »
One thing to consider is that on paper, 'Manda is still the older of the twins, and if your head is stuck deep enough in the gravity well you think there's an objective timeline, they think she's the one who's gotta learn all this.

They wanna teach 'Manda to grease the social ladder? Frame it like "this is how you get funding for deep space exploration and other expensive ventures where you can't let intelligent peoples greed do the convincing for ye".

EDIT... Also hoping for some noble to noble experience with her fellow junior grade officers on the Fred is probably in vain. With no one senior actually on the ship, 'Manda is literally the cool kid.

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« Reply #39 on: 25 December 2020, 05:26:28 »
Forward section, LCS Frederick Steiner

Amanda levered the hatch open, and floated into the forward cargo space.

"...No way, man, He's out of your league! How did you do it?"

"...only problem was he said he never had a brother before..."

she counted six voices.  she hooked a cargo container, and adjusted her velocity until she was skinning the hullward side, thus getting a look.

"...Klaghler's wife had her hand on my thigh the whole night.  what the ****** was I supposed to do, turn her down?"

she gently swung outward, and let her velocity lead, straightening to six meters above where the group of sailors were trading sex stories and a bottle of contraband liquor.

then she activated her boots, and dropped into the middle of the group with a three point landing her basic training chief called a 'superhero' landing.

"Yo boys and girls."  she straightened and lit the illuminators on her suit, displaying her rank. "who wants to tell a lonely ell-tee what the game is or why nobody's unshipping these crates, ayeh?"  she completed the display by tapping her palm with a crowbar, before drawing it along the endosteel of the deck structure, making sparks.

The desired result was achieved and she knew it when an E-4 squealed 'Scheisss!' like a little girl.

quite an accomplishment for a large man with dark skin who quite apparently works out.

Irena's approach was more straightforward, but Liz had their attention until...

"Hey, There's an Officer on deck!!"

Amanda held out her hand, "Booze me, and who's supposed to be NCOIC here?"

Abashed, the group of lower enlisted sailors passed the bottle between them to her.  "Petty Officer Downes, Ma'am."  the same black sailor told her.

"Where can I find him?" she asked.

"um...container three, ma'am...but-"

"I take it your presence officially on-duty isn't due to some fantastic performance, neh?" Amanda asked.

"Negative ma'am..."

"Well. we're going to pretend you weren't drinking on duty." Amanda said, "Provided you're fit for duty."

"Ma'am?"

"There is no regulation against Drinking, there is only a regulation against Being unfit." she enunciated.  "Get yourselves ******, I'm going to have a talk with your NCO.  this much downtime means someone isn't making or enforcing duty rosters.  we're going to fix that...and...Cleveland, is it?  button up your suit, you're an embarrassment to your gender.  I'm actually a little bit embarrassed for you."

"Ma'am..."  a Thin female with excellent cleavage blushed and pulled her uniform tunic, open to the fourth button, closed.

"Not to say you're going to be punished for taking these boys' money, but you're not being paid by the Commonwealth on your ability to make boys..and maybe girls, moan." Amanda continued.  "Get suited up, we're meeting on the aft quarter-deck exterior in an hour."

"For what?"

"Work party." Amanda stated, "The hull looks like scheisse. and I'm not painting that ****** by myself."

she strode on the deck, no hint of stealth, to cargo module 3, and rapped on the hull with the crowbar.

to be rewarded by tumble-stumble and squealing from inside.

then she undogged the hatch,  "FRONT AND CENTER!!" she demanded using a Drill Instructor voice.

Two heads peeped out, both in their mid-twenties.  Amanda loomed (which is kind of amusing, she's barely average height for a woman of her age.)

"Petty Officer!" she showed teeth, "Put your pants on...and...excuse me, miss, but are you a member of the crew or a civilian contractor?"

***

"I'm not going to report this cluster-******." Amanda explained after the Petty Officer came out with his clothes on.

"you're not?"

"Hells no." Amanda said, "We're going to correct the problems, but we're not going to bother the Judge Advocate with a stack of dereliction reports and we're not going to bother the Captain with a stack of NJP's.  Nobody is going in front of a Captain's Mast.  We're going to correct the deficiencies and deviations instead."

"that's...very generous, why aren't you going to report this?" he asked.

"Because you have not been treated as professionals, so you have lost your professional demeanour." Amanda explained calmly, "it is a morale problem.  Those are not solved with blindly lashing out with punishments.  We are going to restore the dignity of this crew instead."

"you're not the captain." he said.

"Ya, but a good crew can make a poor captain great, while a degraded crew can make the best captain shit." she explained, "Junior Officers and NCO's provide the leadership and difference between a good crew and a poor one."  she laid an arm over his shoulders, "So we're going to be a good example, Ayeh?"  she gently tapped the point of his chin with the crowbar, "Or maybe someone will have an accident.  you understand, ayeh?"

Fear lit in his eyes, "aye ma'am."

"Good talk, get suited up, we're meeting on the aft quarterdeck hullside in forty minutes."

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« Reply #40 on: 25 December 2020, 05:56:09 »
Groundside...

"...didn't go to Gagnon's, she went straight to her duty station, and is now raising hell with everything."  Lt. Colonel Marcus Peets explained.

"Raising hell you say?"  Admiral Kingfisher asked.

"apparently she has assigned herself to overseeing the deck detail left aboard as assistant to the duty officer, she led a painting detail on the aft quarter last night while we were looking for her in downtown."

"that's Chief's work." the Admiral said half scornfully.  "Who was the chief assigned?"

"Downes."

"Downes isn't a chief."

"no sir.  The senior staff were on pass last night, Chief Paulus was in my drunk tank by twenty hundred."  The Provost officer explained.

"This does not present the best impression of the Squadron, Colonel." Kingfisher said grimly.

"No, it does not."

"Very well, thank you for your assistance, Colonel.  I have some messages to issue, and apparently there needs to be a surprise Command Inspection of the Frederick Steiner."

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« Reply #41 on: 25 December 2020, 06:15:21 »
Core structure, LCS Frederick Steiner...

"...told me that 'we never saw an officer pick up tools before!' can you Believe that??"  Amanda planted her feet, and hauled back on the stabilized ratchet.

Irena sat, anchored, in the control booth as her bunkie and fellow Leutnant helped the core team adjust the secondary power feeders.

"I believe it." Irena said, "most of the senior officers are from fighter branch, and Captain Krieger's smart enough not to get in the way, or so I have been told."

"huh."  Amanda disengaged the ratchet and handed it to an E-4  "see how I did that, and the torque reading?"

"Yes Ma'am."

"there are connectors just like this spaced around the core assembly, you need to adjust them in a star pattern like I did with this one.  It equalizes pressure and prevents leaks, diggit ayeh?"

"Ahh..ayeh? yes."

"Good boy, get to it."  she clapped the enlisted on the shoulder, "Don't hurry, you need to be very sure you're applying the torques evenly."

"you know the Civilians are going to be upset you've got crew taking their work."

"If they wanted to do the job, they would be working." Amanda said, settling beside her new friend.  "You were telling me that part of all this plentiful idle time is delayed delivery of new components, ayeh?"

"ayeh."

"that's outside my reach." Amanda shrugged, "but we can get what ship we have in ship-shape.  I mean, can you imagine the shit-storm if an admiral showed up and we had spacers playing pass the bottle or screwing in the cargo modules while the basic maintenance sat undone?"

"Would they even care?" Irena asked.

"If they don't, then we must." Amanda said, "It isn't the Admiral whose life depends on this ship being fit to fly now, is it?"

"How long were you out there? you seem to know a lot more about ships than a nav Leutnant should..." Irena said, "not to mention how you motivate the crew!"

"we were in the Colleen system alone for three months." Amanda said, "We had to teach people who could barely spell 'ship' how to not die in deep space."

"Your crew or-"

"Refugees." Amanda said,  "Fleeing a genocide.  we almost succeeded."

"almost?"

"we lost." Amanda said simply, "We lost, and they're gone."



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« Reply #42 on: 25 December 2020, 07:46:15 »
Lockheed-CBM annex, Tharkad system, 10:00 hours Tharkad standard time...

Kapitan Johannes Krieger scowled in the waiting room, already half an hour spent waiting to speak with the Tech rep on the refit of his ship, the woman he was waiting for wasn't out of her previous meeting yet.

half an hour.  this is ridiculous.  He stood up, tugged down on his class B tunic, and strode right past the receptionist without a word, planting a hand on the door of the office, and shoving.

"Sir! You can't do that!!"

it opened, revealing an empty desk, in an unoccupied office.

"Another meeting, huh?"  he scowled, "We are done here."

and turned to leave.

"Sir you can resched-"

"no, you can go ****** yourselves." he said coldly, "We're done.  You will be hearing from the Inspector General's department."

Ninety days delay, ninety days of fruitless p-mail exchanges and he'd come down here to try and work with them in person since indirect contact wasn't working, and this?

Unacceptable.

as he walked, he pulled out his comm unit, and punched in his XO's unit.  "Lois, it's a bust."

"You didn't get them to adjust the schedule?"

"Their rep wasn't even on the ****** site, I just spent half an hour waiting outside of an empty office!" he growled, "Get the Chief Engineer and his people to the dock, we are done waiting for the prime contractors, we will do the work ourselves!"
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« Reply #43 on: 25 December 2020, 08:10:05 »
Ooooh, that is going to be fun.

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« Reply #44 on: 25 December 2020, 09:13:02 »
Well, at least someone is interested in doing their job...
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« Reply #45 on: 25 December 2020, 09:13:58 »
Especially when he finds that one of his junior officers has taken it upon herself to get the standing crew to start the work already. Some, the smart ones, call that initiative. Others. the not so smart ones, call it something else.
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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #46 on: 25 December 2020, 10:00:08 »
Especially when he finds that one of his junior officers has taken it upon herself to get the standing crew to start the work already. Some, the smart ones, call that initiative. Others. the not so smart ones, call it something else.

I think Krieger is going to call it “good job Lieutenant, you’re seconded to Engineering for now.”  Hopefully fighting his own supply chain is what distracted him from crew issues.

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« Reply #47 on: 25 December 2020, 10:35:13 »
Sounds like the Skipper at least has grabbed hold of a Clue(tm).

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« Reply #48 on: 25 December 2020, 11:45:40 »
Primary sensor array, LCS Frederick Steiner...

"Well, that explains a lot." Amanda floated over the opened hull panels.  Ensign (O-1) Hoffmann from the navigation department was with her, while a PO2 who'd come back to the boat to retrieve her wallet squatted over the unfinished cable work.

"Ma'am?"

"The missing parts." Amanda said, "there's something that is supposed to go between the new array, and CIC, and it has a different cabling layout, which means a whole set of components.  It's what we're probably waiting for from Lockheed."

"You think?"

"It's either a component, or someone at the design bureau screwed up and ordered arrays that don't directly interface with ship's power and display feeds, and what we're waiting for is someone to design the method to couple the two." she said, "Without sensors, we're navigating eyeballs or blind, and we'd be shooting blind.  Ensign, take pictures and measurements, see what your people can do about identifying what we're missing, so we can go over those boxes of parts in the hold and locate it if it's here."

"Yes ma'am."

a karat was blinking in Amanda's peripheral vision, she gestured to accept the incoming call.  "Ma'am?"

Irena's voice came through clearly.  "Heads up, Kapitan Kreiger is on his way to the ship."

"Aye mum, I'll have a report partially ready on what we've gotten done the last two days then, ayeh?"

"Do you need me to stall while you write it up?"

"Mum, you're the officer of the deck, I need to send what I have to you first, it's chain-of-command, ayeh?" Amanda replied, "I'll send a summary to your P-mail, do you have time to read it?"

"He's due in an hour."

"that's a yes, Summary report incoming." Amanda told her, "Relax, okay? we're just doing our jobs."

she kicked off and floated down the length of the ship to the starboard number eighteen personnel lock.

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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #49 on: 25 December 2020, 11:46:11 »
TAGged!

Also, I know the LCN isn't the same as the USN, but petty officers aren't addressed as chief.
At least, not until they get promoted to Chief Petty Officer.   ;D :thumbsup:

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« Reply #50 on: 25 December 2020, 11:59:46 »
TAGged as well,

I really like this story with all the rank names assigned. I guess most of them are properly assigned as well. Let's me as a pure civ learn at least how the navy works more or less. :thumbsup:

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« Reply #51 on: 25 December 2020, 12:01:44 »
What a mess.  I hope Amanda is able get their ship into order without getting in trouble. Adam Steiner sticking her in Tharkad try broker better relations with Lyran Commonwealth will either work or back fire. I'd would say backfire unless he secretly wanted get his Navy into order.

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« Reply #52 on: 25 December 2020, 12:40:02 »
"...interfaces aren't complete, We don't even know what's supposed to go there, only that it's not here."  Irena was explaining when Amanda made it to the CIC.

"It's not on the spec sheets?" Kapitan Krieger looked a little like Amanda's father, only with variations in coloring and a different chin.  He was wearing what she'd come to think of as 'surface duty' class B uniform, similar to the ones she saw when she reported to Headquarters on Tharkad.

"Do you have anything to add, Leutnant Ngo?"  He barely glanced up while addressing her.

"Not at present, Skipper." she said, "we've about finished with installing the hardware update to the drive core, and I've got the boys and girls mapping out the gaps in our power distribution and control networks now, focus on propulsion, sensors, and life support...sir, you should probably be suited up, for safety, sir."

THAT got his full attention.

"My god, you look like your mother." he said, adding, "I know.  I came here direct from Headquarters.  Commander O'Reilly will be arriving soon with the rest of the engineering department."

"Sir?"

"There is, apparently, some kind of dispute with Lockheed CBM.  That's why we haven't had CivCons swarming the ship installing replacement public property." he said sourly, "The Lockheed rep has been dodging my calls...so we're going to take on as much of the work as we can until the Inspector General and Bureau of Ships can get this mess sorted."

"Respectfully sir...do we know what the problem is?" Amanda asked.

"Other than the work on my ship hasn't progressed until the two of you started pushing? no." he made a negating gesture, "I'm suspecting it's got to do with the appropriations bill going through the Estates General, but don't quote me on that."

"Why would that-" Irena started to ask.

"because the contract's in jeopardy." Amanda interrupted, "about right, ayeh, sir? It's in jeopardy for cost overruns?"

He frowned and nodded.

"I bet there was a proviso giving Lockheed exclusive on the actual work as well, sir?" Amanda added.

"How would you know?" Irena asked.

"Because she's the daughter of Elizabeth Ngo, of Ngo industries." Kreiger said.

"wait!" Irena regarded Amanda with a peering expression, "you're from that Ngo family??"

"Uh, yeah." Amanda said, "Mom occasionally bitched about dealing with Lockheed on the Eisensturm contracts.  Phennig-pinching and late on delivery to the Navy...it's the reason the Coast Guard went with the modified SL-15 variants and kept the SB-27s in service, we could get parts on time."

"Do you think you can do something about our missing components?" Kreiger asked.

Amanda sighed, "Not an engineer." she said, "I have some knowledge, but you need an engineering team to figure out what's not there, or you need the actual plans.  With actual plans I can probably supervise production and installation, but without them? and without the parts? I lack the expertise, sir. I don't even know what I would be trying to design, and I am not confident in being able to jury rig a workaround without knowing what I'm trying to rig around.  I don't even have the full spec sheets on those new sensor arrays."

Kreiger nodded sagely, "Wise." he said, "you can't navigate until we have a sensor array."

"No sir."

"Good enough.  Report to Commander O'Reilly when he gets here, give him everything you've given me, plus whatever you find between now and then, Leutnant Van Oosten, You've been on duty for three weeks now, you're free to take pass to the planet if you wish."

"Sir, I'd rather stick around, I've learned more in the last two days than since I graduated Academy, sir." Irena said.

"Acceptable, hold the chit then." he said, "you will use it before we get under way again, surface time is medically mandated for health reasons."

"Jawohl mein Kapitan."

"That goes for you, too, Ngo." he added, "You'll get your minimum time in gravity."

"Aye sir."

"Okay, dismissed!" he made a shooing gesture, "Captain has the conn.  Return to your tasks."

Amanda and Irena left CIC and headed back toward the aft of the ship.

"have you checked your P-Mail yet?" Irena asked.

"uhm..."

"Let's get you logged in then, shall we?" Irena suggested.
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« Reply #53 on: 25 December 2020, 14:24:16 »
Nice going. Lockheed-CBM are going to be so fethed up they won't know what's happening to them. I mean, ghosting your client for those long intervals? Jeebus, that's not appropriate customer service! Although ... there might be some serious case of corruption re-coming up again after the 3020ies scandal ... https://www.sarna.net/wiki/Lockheed-CBM_Corporation

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« Reply #54 on: 25 December 2020, 15:00:44 »
Admiral Kingfisher arrived at 1800 hours, at which point, the ship's Engineers were already two hours into work.

"They're three months behind, sir."  Kapitan Krieger was saying as the hatch opened, "We finally had enough of waiting."

"So you made a decision that's going to result in financial penalties for the realm?"  The Admiral said sternly.

"Which is a greater penalty, having a serving warship out of action waiting on a committee hearing for the next six months, or paying a penalty to a contractor who is obviously NOT honoring their obligation?" Krieger insisted.

It was enough to make Amanda look up from where she was helping a squad of engineer's mates retrofit larger conduits between frames.

"I'm not disagreeing with your position, Johannes, but there is going to be political blowback in the Estates General over this, and you know that Kelswa-Marsden is going to be looking for scalps.  Haranshire's one of his key backers and he chairs the defense subcommittee...hello Miss Ngo!"

"ADMIRAL ON DECK!!" Amanda bellowed, coming to attention with her boots anchored to the bulkhead with a click.

The other members of the working party came to as close to a position of attention as they could.

"At ease people..." Kingfisher said. "What are you up to doing her, Leutnant?"

"Sir, Helping Sir!!" she barked.

"With what?" he inquired, "and could you take that stick out of your ass?"

she visibly relaxed, "Apologies sir.  I was warned things were very formal out this way...we're making structural adjustments per the submitted plans to adapt for the more powerful Sensor arrays-at least, with the materials the prime contractor brought over before they ceased doing their jobs sir."

"and your part? I was not aware you were a welder."

"I've been trained sir, and the work's overdue, I can't fill my normal role as a navigator as long as the ship's on blocks."

"Or a painter, ja?" Krieger continued.

"The men needed to know their leadership wouldn't order them to do anything they were unwilling to do themselves, sir." she said.

"Ah. 'Lead by example', yes." Kingfisher said, "Good on you.  Come, I require your assistance."

"Aye sir." she released her boots from the bulkhead and handed the welding rig to an E-4, "like I showed you, neh?"

"Aye mum." he said.

"I believe I recommended a haircut and some uniforms, Leutnant." he said casually.

"Sir, as soon as the work is done-"

"It wasn't just a recommendation, Herr Leutnant." he said firmly.  "it is good that you wish to set an example for the men, and it's to your credit you chose to report for duty here aboard your assignment first-if more young officers followed your example, the service would be in far better shape...however..."

"Sir?"

"Lina?" he said to his aide.

Said aide produced an envelope.

"There is just about enough time." he continued, "that means 'open the envelope', Leutnant."

Amanda, chastened, did so, and read the card contained within.

"Uh...sir?"

"You will attend." he told her firmly, "I have been given explicit instructions that you and any other officers of noble rank or birth in the Squadron are to attend, note, it is a 'fancy dress' occasion, meaning you need a tailored mess-dress uniform...or in your case, a nice ballgown, you may choose which, but you will attend, and you have...twenty hours? to get ready.  You may continue skinning your knuckles here when you get back, but it has been stressed that you are to be presentable before the Archon.  Am I understood?"

"Ayeh Sir." she said quietly.

"Very good.  As your mother was quite fond of saying, 'Get moving then'! you are dismissed."
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« Reply #55 on: 25 December 2020, 15:16:11 »
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« Reply #56 on: 25 December 2020, 15:56:15 »
Great job letting Terra control your military parts chain.
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« Reply #57 on: 25 December 2020, 16:00:43 »
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I wouldn’t be too quick to assume. He does seem to be taking a severely political view of things but that’s part of an Admiral’s job.

He certainly doesn’t seem to have any issues with carrying on what Amanda started, just with getting her ready to be presented to the Archon. Which is a major and legitimate obligation.

I honestly think he’s just as fed up with the situation as she is, just too buried in the politics to have seen a path to dig out of it.

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« Reply #58 on: 25 December 2020, 16:17:33 »
I wouldn’t be too quick to assume. He does seem to be taking a severely political view of things but that’s part of an Admiral’s job.

He certainly doesn’t seem to have any issues with carrying on what Amanda started, just with getting her ready to be presented to the Archon. Which is a major and legitimate obligation.

Well he really should have made clear, either personally or through an aide that his ‘suggestion’ was in fact a significant and immediate obligation of her new assignment.  Sun Tzu,  “If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame.”  Not checking her messages might be something to ding Amanda for, if early notice went that way.

I get the impression Amanda is a tomboy.  Does she know how to dance?  And is probably going to arrive in uniform.  Does the Kowloon Coast Guard Militia have mess dress uniforms?  Or is Amanda going to have to get one or a LCN uniform rush tailored?
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« Reply #59 on: 25 December 2020, 16:19:18 »
I wouldn’t be too quick to assume. He does seem to be taking a severely political view of things but that’s part of an Admiral’s job.

He certainly doesn’t seem to have any issues with carrying on what Amanda started, just with getting her ready to be presented to the Archon. Which is a major and legitimate obligation.

I honestly think he’s just as fed up with the situation as she is, just too buried in the politics to have seen a path to dig out of it.

Well put, I agree with this conclusio.