Mission Communications Protocol

During a mission, it is essential that all officers communicate clearly and effectively to one another. A standard for communications during missions has been set and must be followed.
These include combat orders, which are designed to relay tactics in combat quickly and effectively.

Communication Discipline

It is essential that officers relay the information that they are responsible for quickly and clearly. Relaying information that is the responsibility of other officers can potentially cause confusion, and should only be done in extreme circumstances e.g if the officer is incapacitated. Additional comments and questions can also cause potential issues in communication as key information might not be picked up.

General Protocol for all Officers

Confirm you have received and understood an order or instruction, and are carrying it out by answering with a brief statement.

“Aye, sir.”
“Understood Captain”

Each digit with a heading must be stated separately. All headings must be stated as a three-digit number.

“Heading two-zero-eight”
“Heading zero-zero-five”

Protocol for Helm

When ordered to set heading and speed, or given a combat order, repeat the instruction back for clarity.

“Aye, sir. Heading two-zero-eight, full impulse.”
“Aye, sir. Manoeuvre Echo 1”
“Evasive Pattern Gamma 2”

Communicate actions when carrying them out, including docking and undocking, manoeuvring to target a specific enemy, engaging warp or impulse.
In combat there should be a continual commentary on what you are doing.

“Docking with DS2”
“Targeting F25”
“Warp 1 engaged”
“Disengaging Warp”
“Warp 1, disengaged”
“Commencing firing run”

Protocol for Weapons

Communicate actions when carrying them out, including switching targets in combat, loading torpedo tubes, setting beam frequency, targeting enemy ship systems among other actions.

“Switching target to F25”
“Firing ECM”
“Frequency Alpha set”
“Loading 1 ECM”

Communicate when an action has finished, such as the impact of a torpedo strike or loading of torpedo tubes.

“ECM impact”
“Tube one loaded”
“ECM loaded”
“S44 destroyed”

Communicate shield state during combat at 50%, 25% and 10% indicating which shield are they are speaking about.

“Rear shields at 50%”

Protocol for Engineering

Report on energy levels at appropriate moments to allow the captain to adjust their tactics.

“Captain, energy at 50%”
“Energy at 10%”

Confirm an order to change energy levels, or when fulfilling a request from another officer, by addressing the captain and repeating the order or request.

“Primary Beam at 150%, Captain”
“Manoeuvre at 200%, Captain”
“Power set for maximum recharge”

Report damage to systems in combat. The report should be brief, stating a particular systems has been damaged only.

“Damage to Primary Beams!”

Protocol for Communications

When receiving a non-urgent incoming message, report a message received to the captain only. When receiving an urgent incoming message, report that an urgent message has been received, pause and then give the captain the message.

“Captain, message from DS2”
“Captain, urgent message from DS3…… DS3 is under attack from a heavy enemy fleet, shields are at 50%”

When relaying an incoming message, summarise the message.

“Sir, DS2 will provide additional coolant if we rendezvous with De34”

Protocol for Science

When navigating long distance to a target point, give continual updates on distance to target. Below 8,000m, provide an update every 1,000m.

“Distance 20,000”
“Distance 8,000….. 7,000…. 6,000”

Call out shield frequencies of currently targeted enemies and, where possible, damage to the enemy.

“Lowest frequency – Alpha”
“F25 – Weapon systems offline”
“S30 – forward shields offline”

When communicating headings and speed for long distance navigation, state heading then speed.

“Heading two-two-five, warp 1”

Protocol for Commanding Officers

When giving an order to a specific officer, state which officer is being given the order.

“Helm, heading two-zero-eight, warp 1”

Combat orders are general orders for all bridge officers, and needn’t to be directed at a specific officer.

“Manoeuvre Delta 2”

When an officer provides information, confirm that you have heard the information with a simple statement.

“Understood, Lieutenant”