Operational Readiness Protocols: This Fine Crew


‘A captain’s only as good as their crew,’ said Lieutenant Dathan.

‘Sentimental nonsense,’ said Admiral Beckett. ‘If a captain cannot extract the necessary performance from their crew, they have no business being a starship commander. And if they will not give their best, those officers have no business being on a starship.’

Dathan paused. ‘How long has it been since you commanded a starship, sir?’

‘Five years,’ said Beckett loftily, with no trace of self-awareness. ‘Why?’

‘Oh,’ said Dathan, thinking of past crews she’d served with and how they’d worked together. ‘No reason, sir.’

Admiral Beckett is wrong: a captain – and ship – are only as good as their crew. And your primary character, and their ship, all definitely have a crew. Especially a bridge crew, the crack team of senior officers ready to face every crisis the ship will confront.

Perhaps this is the bridge crew of your avatar ship, serving under your captain. Perhaps your primary character is still a junior officer leading runabout missions from your Task Force HQ – they still have a team with them! But who are they, these senior officers? Who’s your primary character’s Spock, who’s their Scotty, who’s their McCoy?

This competition is to assemble a picture/pictures of your ship’s bridge crew, and name and describe them. These pictures can be from anything – photoshopped pictures of them in uniform, or just photos of actors or models you’d cast. Or you can create them in Star Trek Online and screenshot it! Or use something like Trekkietar (and make do with the uniform choices, alas). Or, hell, draw them!

Then name them, and describe them. One sentence will do – ‘The young, ambitious first officer who’s not afraid to tell the captain their mind.’ ‘The cool-headed engineer who handles everything, from a maintenance problem to a warp breach, with endless patience.’ Their tag-line, their character pitch.

It’s important to think about your primary character. It’s important to think about your ship. But both are only as good as the crew.

  • Entries require one or more images representing your ship’s bridge crew. One group shot is allowed, or multiple images may be linked to in the submission box. It must be made in some way clear which image is which character (or who’s who on a group shot).
  • There must be at least 3 bridge crew characters, not including the commanding officer.
  • Images can be from a variety of sources including STO or simple generators like Trekkietar, and photos of actors/models do not have to be photoshopped for uniforms. Lee-way will be given on aliens, but effort will be rewarded.
  • The characters must be named, and given a brief (one sentence to one paragraph) description.
  • Links to BFMS characters will be accepted so long as they include images and the brief description. There are no bonus points for a complete biography.
  • Entries will be judged on creativity, adherence to Star Trek canon, style, and adherence to the prompt. Grammar and spelling will not be important judging criteria but will be used to break ties.


Please read through and view each competition submission before making your decisions. As a general rule of thumb, the earliest person who submitted a fully correct entry should earn first place, although this may vary depending on the competition you hosted. Don't forget to compare each entry with your criteria as a rubric for grading! Feel free to contact the Chief of Staff if you have any questions about the judging process.

User ID Content Date Entry
Odren Iladris 290 "This Fine Crew" U.S.S. Kerala NCC-86415 Back: - Commander Odren Iladris, the newly promoted young commanding officer of the Kerala. Front (L to R): - Lieutenant Anati Vederet, the Cardassian chief science officer and second officer - A polymath with a flair for making jokes on long-dead languages. - Ensign Raja R'Sarr, the Caitian security officer - Quiet, soft-spoken, observant and deadly with a phaser. - Lieutenant Kezla, the Ferengi chief engineer; Whip-smart and proud of her culture, she is a true ambassador for the new wave of young Ferengi Starfleet officers. - Lieutenant JG Firro, the Denobulan chief medical officer - Outgoing and always up for a party, he is well-loved among the crew for his bedside manner. - Lt Commander Keira Lenneck, the half-Human/half-Romulan first officer - Insightful and very organised, she keeps the commanding officer on his toes and the crew in line. 2021-01-16 20:00:55 View Image
Joryn Tarvos 2197 User: bri.whyte Entry: Captain Joryn Tarvos (center) The Trill captain began his career as an engineering officer but entered the command training program as a lieutenant in order to challenge himself. Approachable and outgoing, he frequently joins crewmembers for holonovel adventures and likes to dine with the senior staff. Dr. Sakkith (left) Chief Medical Officer Sakkith is a Vulcan medical researcher and heads up the medical staff, triaging patients, and allocating resources with the cool efficiency that he is known for. Lt. Kezil (2nd left) Operations Officer A young Trill woman who is very detail-oriented, she manages the allocation of the ship’s resources between departments and is known for taking thorough sensor scans which makes her a popular inclusion on away missions. Lt. Temux (2nd right) Chief Security Officer The burly Betazoid mans the Tactical station on the bridge and co-ordinates the security staff. Captain Tarvos frequently relies on his telepathic abilities to detect deception and undisclosed intentions when dealing with other parties. Lt. Urbros (right) Chief Engineering Officer Her creative and lateral thinking abilities usually enable her to find a way to cut repair times significantly. An introverted Betazoid, she prefers to read alone in her quarters when off duty so she can focus on her own thoughts and feelings. 2021-01-15 22:19:43 View Image
Thov th'Zeles 1644 Full Bios for the CO and XO can be found below if curious here: https://bravofleet.com/user/1644 Commander Thov th’Zeles - CO Paternal relic from a bygone era who constantly tells stories from decades past and seems a little lost in the modern era. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=15407_hopkins-anthony.png —- Commander Raku Mobra - XO Stoic disciplinarian always ready to sacrifice himself to save anyone or anything he is responsible for. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=16006_phillips-lou-diamond.png —- Master Chief Petty Officer Eddie Smythe - COB NCO lifer with a brash personality, a silver tongue and the ability to erase tension with perfectly timed humor. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=9534_chestnutt-morris.png —- Lieutenant Commander T’semik - Chief Tactical/Security 2XO Accidentally charming Vulcan who does everything by the book and is a little too detail oriented. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=14555_rai-aishwara.png —- Lieutenant Gloria Hanley - Chief Engineer Extremely driven ultra-professional with workaholic issues and a fear of growing close to anybody romantically. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=19992_mori-barbara.jpg —- Lieutenant Xann Zar - Chief Operations Officer Quirky mechanic who is eager to please others and takes himself a little too seriously in comedic fashion. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=22769_stiller-ben.png —- Lieutenant Mivadi Deku - Chief Medical Officer Unassuming, self-conscious Betazoid doctor with a strict bedside manner and a snarky sense of humor. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=16440_tonkin-phoebe.png —- Lieutenant David Vandersen - Chief Intelligence Officer Grim, hardened grayshirt with a knack for finding out hidden knowledge and solving problems through street smarts. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=19125_elliott-david-james.jpg —- Ensign Wilesina Draf - Chief Science Officer Lovable prodigy with an incredible IQ and an equal amount of social awkwardness. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=4064_de-france-cecile.png —- Ensign Bahr Ch’vyveth - Chief Helmsman Naive and foolhardy pilot with extraordinary luck and bright eyed optimism. https://scifiavatars.com/viewer/big_viewer.php?img_dir=avatars&image=15411_lanter-matt.png 2021-01-07 22:14:21
Michael Lancaster 669 My entries are all attached to my avatar ship page, here: https://bravofleet.com/member/18572/ 2021-01-02 22:29:07
Edmond Langston 2064 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DIAu6_zhbceEHEMyBg6019tWon3keswn/view?usp=sharing I hope this works as a submission. I am really proud of this crew. 2021-01-01 05:06:24
James Preston McCallister 1759 Bridge crew of the USS Odyssey: Commander Cambil Bexa - https://bravofleet.com/character/19758/ Commander Karyn Reyas - https://bravofleet.com/character/20233/ Commander Max Duncan - https://bravofleet.com/character/20000/ Commander Tremt Hunsen - https://bravofleet.com/character/20461/ Commander Slyvexs - https://bravofleet.com/character/20936/ Lieutenant Commander T'Rani - https://bravofleet.com/character/20592/ Lieutenant Commander Lukiz Jen - https://bravofleet.com/character/20763/ Lieutenant Commander Cline Lenjir - https://bravofleet.com/character/20814/ Senior Chief Petty Officer Tobias Court - https://bravofleet.com/character/20818/ 2020-12-06 22:49:46 View Image

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