|USS George Hammond|
The George Hammond
The USS George Hammond (NCC-76325) formerly known as the USS Phoenix, sometimes referred to as the Hammond, was a Daedalus-class warship in the 24th century. The Hammond was completed in 2384, and a member of the Second Tactical Wing. Placed under the command Brigadier General Samantha Carter in 2384. The ship is named in honor of the legendary George S. Hammond, General Hammond died of a heart attack sometime in 2383.
The George Hammond became the sixth of the 304 class of ships built by the Federation. The name was chosen by General Carter after the sudden death of General George S. Hammond in order to keep him in the Stargate program going forward even in spirit after everything that General Hammond had done for it.
As it neared commissioning, General Jack O'Neill was supplied with a list of names of possible commanding officers for the ship, top of which was Brigadier General Samantha Carter. Carter became aware that she was going to be offered command of the Hammond but had doubts about whether she wanted to take it. After an encounter with an alternate timeline version of herself in 2492 BC, Carter decided to accept command of the ship.
The George Hammond is eventually launched from Area 51 in a ceremony attended by Federation President Nanietta Bacco, a mixture of dignitaries and construction crew, O'Neill and SG-1. After making a speech, President Bacco breaks a bottle of champagne against the Hammond's bow and the ship is launched into space.
The Hammond was active in 2384 and renamed from the Phoenix when Samantha Carter took command. The George Hammond has a yellow 3-dimensional tactical map located at the back of the bridge. The ship was originally to be named the Phoenix, however after George S. Hammond died of a heart attack the ship was renamed in honor of him.
Battle of P4X-351
In 2384, the George Hammond's first mission was to intercept four Romulan Valdore-class warbirds, the Romulans were attacking the Federation starship USS Intrepid-A in orbit of P4X-351. The George Hammond dropped out of warp and the Intrepid was attacking a Romulan Valdore class warbird. The Intrepid was able to fight off the Valdore class warbird, giving the George Hammond time to fire quantum phasers and disabled the warbird's weapons. Saving the Intrepid from the Romulans. Later the Hammond towed the Intrepid back to Deep Space 9 using a tractor beam.
Second Battle of Icarus Base
When Icarus Base soon after came under attack by three Lucian Alliance Ha'taks, the George Hammond, which was still in orbit at the time, intercepted the weapons fire from the enemy fleet and used phasers to repel the attacking force. However, numerous smaller craft, including Death Gliders and a Troop transport, were able to escape the battle and descend onto the planet's surface. To deal with these craft, F-302s were launched from the Hammond led by Captain Typhuss James Kira, which accompanied the F-302s stationed at Icarus Base.
While the Hammond's shields were able to protect the ship against the onslaught, the Hammond still incurred moderate damage. When they detected more Lucian Alliance warships, the Hammond recalled all fighters, they were forced to retreat before two F-302 fighter-interceptor's could be safely dock with the Hammond and the two F-302's were destroyed along with the pilots on board who were killed in the attack and retreated into warp and back to Starbase Atlantis.
Soon after the engagement's conclusion, General Samantha Carter informed O'Neill about the battle and the unknown status about Icarus Base's personnel, who had escaped to a Federation Galaxy-class starship during the base's evacuation. During the attack and evacuation of Icarus Base, bunker-shielding technology inhibited the Hammond's ability to beam personnel off of the planet. Five hours after the battle the Hammond and the USS Intrepid-A returned to Kaleb II and found no Alliance forces near the planet and they found the missing Icarus Base personnel aboard a Galaxy class starship.
Lucian Alliance invasion of Destiny
Later in 2384, the Hammond was in orbit of Earth when Dr. Nicholas Rush went undercover as Colonel David Telford in an attempt to infiltrate the Lucian Alliance using the Ancient Long-range communication stones. However, when his cover was blown and he was captured by Alliance Commander Kiva, the Hammond was unable to beam Rush out of the area due to a jamming device. Sometime later, the Hammond was sent to the Lucian Alliance outpost (having gained the location from Telford) to stop the Alliance forces from taking Destiny, a task which they forced Rush to help them accomplish. After dropping out of warp, the George Hammond scanned the planet and discovered that it had a naquadria core.
After discovering that jamming devices were once again being utilized by the Lucian Alliance in their outpost on the planet's surface, a wave of F-302s were launched as to allow for an assault by ground forces to capture the Alliance forces and save Rush. However, in response to the F-302 attack, Kiva ordered her troops to invade Destiny. After several minutes, as the planet's core became unstable, the entire planet exploded. Barely managing to escape the blast, the Hammond was forced to retreat into warp, but not before recalling all fighters back from the surface. However, the crew of the Hammond was forced to leave two F-302s behind lest the Hammond itself be destroyed in the explosion as well.
Battle of Kaleb IV
In 2385, the Hammond fought in the final battle of the war with the Xindi, the Battle of Kaleb IV. Having tried to end the war two years ago in 2383 which the war went on after that but this time the war was over in obrit of Kaleb IV.
Battle of Capella IV
In 2387, the Hammond fought in the Battle of Capella IV against the the Narada, a rouge Romulan mining vessel commanded by Nero, and two Valdore class warbirds, after the destruction of Romulus by the supernova of the Hobus star.
The Hammond continues doing regular trips to the Pegasus Galaxy, even after the war with Queen Death is won. During one such trip, the Hammond is at Starbase Atlantis when the Pride of the Genii goes missing. Colonel John Sheppard suggests sending the Hammond to search along the Pride's course, similar to how the Apollo had searched for Atlantis. However, while Lt. General Samantha Carter admits that it's a good idea, the Hammond's warp drive is undergoing a maintenance check and it will be twelve hours before the ship could be ready to go, longer than they should wait to begin the search.
Later, after it's discovered that the Genii's artificial ATA genes on the ship has been sabotaged, Carter decides to recall Sheppard and take the Hammond, which is almost ready, to search for the Pride. However, Sheppard's team finally locates the ship before this action can be undertaken.
On another trip, the Hammond is ordered to ferry the clone of Jack O'Neill back to Earth where the IOA wants him for their own purposes. Carter, working with the original O'Neill, offers to have the clone "escape" from the Hammond on the way home, but he doubts that the IOA would buy that. Instead, Jack starts a new life on Sateda while O'Neill and Carter report that he'd been fed on by a Wraith and his body discarded.
While returning from a journey to Atlantis, the Hammond encounters the same ship that had chased the Prometheus into a gas cloud five years earlier. Despite being far more powerful than the Prometheus, the Hammond is easily defeated by the alien ship and all of the crew except for Carter beamed away. Alone on her ship, Carter eventually deduces that both encounters are tests by the aliens which began communicating with Carter using the images of Sheppard and General George S. Hammond himself. While Carter had passed the first test, the second was prompted by the Federation and their ships like the Hammond having even more advanced technologies at their disposal such as that taken from the extinct Asgard.
After the test is over, the aliens return the crew and depart and apparently comply with Carter's request that they repair the damage that they did to her ship. Carter orders the crew to resume course for Earth once the alien ship is completely gone.
- Lieutenant General Samantha Carter - Commanding officer
- Major Tyrone Franklin - First officer
- Colonel/Major Kevin Marks - Pilot and tactical officer
- Captain Dave Kleinman - Ship navigator
- Major Julia Martin - Chief conn officer
- Lieutenant junior grade Sasha Franklin - Chief medical officer
- Lieutenant Commander Marie Sutherland - Chief engineer
- Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Hocken - 302 pilot (transferred from Daedalus temporarily)
- Captain Pat Meyers - Ship navigator (in an alternate timeline on the Phoenix)
- Captain Laura Cadman
- Captain Dwaine Grant - 302 pilot
- Captain Chandler - Helmsman
- Master Sergeant Luciano - Chief structural engineer
- Colonel Cameron Mitchell (temporary 302 pilot)
In an alternate timeline, the Phoenix was the sixth Daedalus-class warship produced by the Federation, given to General Carter to support the Atlantis Expedition during and after the war with the Klingon Empire in the 25th century. The ship was rushed into service and many of the systems weren't fully operational. Many of the expedition members worked day and night to get the ship in working order. Once the new ship was ready, General Carter took command and flew the ship supported in an attempt to destroy the Klingon fleet and save human populations on planets throughout the Alpha Quadrant. Using guerrilla warfare tactics, Carter succeeded in destroying many Klingon ships by emerging from warp unleashing a volley of beam weapon attacks and fleeing back into warp. Fortunately, the Klingon fleet had sustained substantial losses.
The George Hammond was an upgraded version of 304-class with the most recent generation of features the 304s possessed. Though built along the same lines as the other ships of the class, the George Hammond was described as having a more heavily armored superstructure around the bridge as well as larger and wider 302 bays. The ship possessed improved reverse thrusters, making it much easier for the George Hammond to land in smaller spaces than the Daedalus, Odyssey, or Apollo. She also possessed a new series of phasers as part of her armaments. When talking about the ship with Colonel John Sheppard, Samantha Carter stated that the George Hammond made the Prometheus look like a Wright glider. The Wraith also considered the George Hammond to be deadlier than any of the other Federation ships that came to the Pegasus Galaxy before without ever having engaged the ship in battle and having simply learned of it from a spy amongst the Genii.
As the Phoenix was the first BC-304 to be produced after the Federation was gifted the entire knowledge of the Asgard , it received several upgrades not present on other 304s.
As such, the Phoenix featured an Asgard terminal on the bridge in place of a star map, as well as a room similar to the Asgard computer core room on board the Odyssey. These features, however, are not present on the Hammond in the current timeline. As such, the Phoenix featured an Asgard terminal on the bridge in place of a star map, as well as a room similar to the Asgard computer core room on board the Odyssey. These features, however, are not present on the Hammond in the current timeline.