USS Thunderchild Bridge

The bridge under red alert

The bridge under red alert

The USS Thunderchild NCC-63549 was an Akira-Class starship which we saw in the feature film 'Star Trek: First Contact' as a background vessel, and it remains the only named Akira-Class ship in Trek canon. This is my conjectural take on how its bridge looked like during the events of the movie, in 2373.

The designer of the Akira-Class, Alex Jaeger, envisioned it first and foremost as a warship. Going by this information, we can assume it was designed to fight the Borg after Wolf 359, just like the Defiant-Class was. Thus, I imagined its bridge as a larger take on the USS Defiant bridge, while also experimenting somewhat on the traditional Trek bridge layout, going for an inverted take where the central area of the bridge is raised instead of lowered as in most other designs.

Each wall facing station has a single row of LCARS displays at the top, with horizontal metallic stripes going along the middle section instead of another row of displays. This is based on the original USS Defiant bridge, as seen only on the DS9 episode 'The Search', before it was modified. The bridge features two small corridors at the back. The port one gives access to the conference room, while the starboard one to the ready room. Both feature turbolifts at their very end.

While many fans subscribe to the notion of the Akira as some sort of carrier ship (which was originally intended by Jaeger), this was dropped during the design phase and the finished ship featured no such capabilities, with only two regularly sized shuttlebay doors at the back of the ship. Thus this bridge features no specific "shuttlecraft ops" console or anything like that.

Just like on the Defiant and some other bridges of the era, the First Officer doesn't have a dedication position. On this bridge they usually sit at the Operations console located directly behind the Captain's chair, that way they are always within earshot and close by when needed.

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