Qur'Dra Hoqbeq (Cordra Expeditionary Force)
U.S.S. ARCHER: "Armed by Andorians"
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"In just another minute or two and you should be able to see her, Admiral."
K'wazii of the Huutaan opened his good eye a fraction of an inch.
Through the narrow slit, he could see the antennae of the Andorian piloting the shuttlepod moving slightly in the air above his head.
The caitian opted to for a moment more of relaxation and so allowed the good eye to close once more and the laziness of his catnap to wash across him.
It tempted him to the edges of sleep but not enough to lose awareness.
Afterall, he had no desire to miss those first moments all captains cherished, so he was ready when ...
"There she is, sir," the Andorian said. "Over in that drydock yonder."
K'wazii actually purred as the shuttlepod banked slightly and brought the contents of the drydock structure into better view.
The U.S.S. Archer ... a beautiful sight indeed!
"Looks a tad bit better than the first time I laid eyes on her," the feline purred.
The Andorian engineer laughed. "That's a bit of an understatement."
Similar in design to Starfleet's old Defiant-class, the San Paulo-class tactical escort had been in bad enjoy shape when first K'wazii saw it that it had been easy to understand why the Starfleet Corps of Engineers had decommissioned it and tossed it on the scrap heap.
The ship was one of the many casualties of the current conflict with the Borg and had lost many of her crew in her final battle ... yet ... the majority of her old crew had survived thanks to the toughness of this small ship.
But where Starfleet engineers had saw the hulk of a dead ship, design engineers with the Andorian Imperial Guard's own Corps of Engineers had seen a ship worth saving.
They recommended the she be delivered to their shipyards over New Andor where they promised to refit her for continued service within the Alliance Central Command.
That's how she had ended up as an option for K'wazii's own flagship.
The eye opposite the the eye patch soaked in every detail of the ship and the work still taking place. He made note of even the slightest of things.
The good eye narrowed a bit.
"Just what kind of phaser cannons are they installing on her?"
"Andorian dual heavy phaser cannons," the engineer said with pride.
"We made sure to strip off all the Starfleet weapons as they were nothing but junk," he added with a laugh. "She now has many of the same weapons as those you'd find on one of our own Charal-class escorts."
"I hope that includes a set of those Andorian wing cannons."
Again the engineer laughed as he moved the craft in for closer inspection of the Archer's outer hull.
"I bet you do, and don't think we didn't think about it," he said, "but we just couldn't make them fit the San Paulo-class hull."
--- VAdm. K'wazii
CO, U.S.S. Archer
Cordra Expeditionary Force
Alliance Central Command ( boq botlhra'ghom )