|Name:||USS Tai Shan|
Tai Shan was commissioned in August, 2282.
After a reconditioning, it was recommissioned in February, 2288, and deployed as part of the 7th Fleet from Starbase 32 under Captain Ronald Blackman's command, with Commander Glen Hoffmann serving initially as both executive officer and chief engineer. (Star Trek: Avenger: "As Others See Us")
Following USS Avenger's attacks on merchant vessels in the Sigma Belladonna system in July of that year, Tai Shan rendezvoused with the convoy and finished escorting them to their destination. (Star Trek: Avenger: "As Free As Mountain Winds") Following this success, the ship began a patrol of a region of the infamous Triangle Sector of space, where the Klingon, Romulan, and Federation borders meet. The mission details remain classified, but reportedly involved the monitoring and suppression of various smuggling operations.
At some point in the mission, Tai Shan was heavily damaged, resulting in the ship's returning to Starbase 32 for repairs/refit and the eventual reassignment of several senior officers, including the CO and XO. Then Chief of Operations on Tai Shan, Commander Matthew Ross, was promoted to Captain, with Chief Engineer Lt. Commander Jonathan Pajion receiving a promotion to Commander (as well as having additional responsibilities as the new XO).
After this brief period of refit in late 2289, Tai Shan was originally scheduled for assignment to the Romulan Neutral Zone to work alone and in concert with Tikopai subclass exploration cruisers. (Dockyard Review) Ultimately, it was decided that while the expansion of science capabilities was beneficial, the ship would best serve the fleet as a front-line military vessel, thus she returned to military operations in and around the Triangle Sector once again, presumably to continue anti-piracy and smuggling interdiction missions.
Tai Shan spent most of its time in front-line service as a part of Task Force 31. In 2291, the task force consisted of Tai Shan, USS Challenger, USS Intrepid II and USS Thagard. (Star Trek: Challenger Chronicles, Star Trek: Shadowstar Station) On more than several occasions, she was also assigned to special operations, TacFleet, Starfleet Intelligence, and diplomatic/escort missions alone and with the USS Justice, in addition to the 7th Fleet flagship, USS Avenger, and the USS Konkordium.
Tai Shan's other commanding officers included Fleet Captain C. O'Hara (Starship Design) (one of Blackman's predecessors,) Commander Kenneth Newman, who served as acting Captain for her refit/shakedown, and Captain Gordon Goldberg, who assumed command for the ship's final, albeit brief, tour. The ship was taken out of active duty after her last tour, due to the stress experienced on the frame and hull after numerous combat missions and the ensuing damage. She was initially designated to be mothballed in a state of ready-reserve, but was ultimately assigned to the Starfleet Corps of Engineers to assess the numerous "field modifications" that were made to the ship as well as further the study of warp dynamics in tri-nacelle ships.(Citation needed)
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