It was a rare sight for so many Starfleet vessels in one place so close to the frontier. The fleet review in the sector is a once in three year occasion in which the ships are inspected by Admirals and the senior staff of the crews attending a large dinner. Hosted by Starbase 434 the review became a much anticipated as well as lauded event by many Starfleet personnel, the pomp and ceremony ticked off many seasoned officers who felt that Starfleet was becoming complacent. The younger officers saw it as a way of brown nosing the brass and seeing if they could get better assignments on more prestigious vessels.
One such vessel was the USS Trireme, a Carina class ship. An offshoot of the Ambassador program the Carina class vessels are a rare sight in Starfleet with only seven built and commissioned into the fleet. Seldom did Starship enthusiasts have her in there scrapbooks. Her size was unparalleled and the hull was unlike anything Starfleet had made before her, mostly self sufficient she was the first ship to be fitted with industrial replicators and advanced fabrication facilities. The only timer she ever needed to be at a Starbase was to take on new personnel and resources that could not be replicated or manufactured on-board. This was not one of those occasions and thus the Captain disliked being pulled away from station.
The review did drive home some truths to some Admirals attending that year. Starfleet had changed. The ships that they once captained against Klingon marauders and Romulan infiltrators were gone, the limits of the ships they served on were gone too with this new generation. Even the small Leander would have put a Constitution down on her knees if they were to ever have met in combat. Yet it felt like something was missing, the challenge perhaps? Risk was a distant memory, death among Starfleet officers and crewmen had slowly declined and ship losses were practically nil. It was the best of times for Starfleet, nothing could go wrong.
Happy 50th Trek!
The Shuttles were modelled by David Metlesits whilst everything else was done by myself.
Rendered in 3DS Max with post effects in Photoshop,