Due to the unique hull form of the Akira class, the Main Bridge is located on deck three of the main hull, with two ‘higher’ decks located in the flanking catamaran structures – not to mention three further decks located higher still in the Battle Module. These are rated as Decks A, B, and C, and are accessed via inter-ship transporter.
A further departure from standard Starfleet bridge design is an expanded deck design to include more engineering and operations stations. Since the Akira is designed as a carrier as much as a cruiser, dedicated stations for shuttle and other operations are a necessity. Otherwise, the basics of the Akira’s bridge is not unlike that of other Starfleet vessels.
1, 2, 3: Science Stations
Un-staffed for general operations, these stations are used as-needed to provide real-time scientific data to command personnel. Can be used to co-ordinate probe activities, laboratory coordination and control, and for secondary mission-specialist related duties.
4, 5, and 6: Engineering Stations
Allows duplicated access to all major stations from the ship’s engineering spaces, and monitoring of essential life support tasks. Normally unattended except for when the Chief Engineer or senior engineering staff are required on the bridge.
8, 9, and 10: Flight Operations
From these stations, bridge personal can liaise directly with Shuttle Flight Control on deck 7, while also monitoring the larger tactical and strategic environment. These stations can also utilise a dedicated Situation Board (14).
11, 12, 13: Communications
A number of secondary stations for mission specific communications needs. Since the Akira is designed for multi-role operations in hostile environments, the Ops Manager can offload communications coordination of Flight Groups, Away Teams, and other parties, to dedicated staff as needed. These stations are also utilised for signals analysis and encryption duties.
Also encompassing Security duties, the Tactical station aboard Akira class vessels is similar in operation to larger Galaxy class ships. This station controls external threat response and defense duties, and can control internal security responses as necessary. Normally staffed by the senior Tactical Officer, adjunct Tactical and Security staff can be called on to assist as necessary.
17: Executive Officer
The second in command’s station features miniaturised repeater displays of the Tactical and Flight Control stations, as well as overrides for same.
18: Commanding Officer
The CO’s station features repeater displays and override controls for the Ops and Conn stations.
The repeater display at this station can be manually set to match those of its command station counterparts – Tactical, Flight Control, Ops, and Conn.
20: Operations Manager
Also referred to simply as Ops, this station controls incoming communications, shipboard resources and information, and Away Team operations. It is a demanding position, balancing limited resources for optimum ship and crew performance.
Though most flight operations are conducted via the Ships’ Computer, a human element is considered necessary for all flight operations. The Conn station can double-check navigational data, track course and time to destination, as well as taking manual control of same.