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(|1. Cruise Mode (AKA Green Alert)|)
This is the normal condition of a ship, ship's primary operational personnel are organized into three distinct working shifts. Each shift is assigned to duty status during one of three eight-hour work periods. Primary operations are defined as those functions that must be performed or enabled at all times. These are generally to insure the spaceworthiness of the vehicle, environmental support, propulsion systems operations, and the ability to perform primary missions.
Other support functions including secondary mission operations are not necessarily required to be maintained on a twenty-four-hour-a-day basis. Many such departments will confine themselves to one or two operational shifts to increase the interactivity among working personnel.
During cruise mode level 4 automated diagnostic series are run on all ship's primary and tactical systems at the beginning of each shift. (Key systems may require more frequent diagnostics per specific operational and safety rules).
Also, at least one major power system has to remain at operational status at all times. At least one additional power system to be maintained at standby. (For example, if the warp engines are currently providing propulsion and power, Cruise Mode operating rules require either the main impulse engines, the Saucer Module impulse engines, or an auxiliary fusion generator to be at standby).
Long-range navigational sensors have to be active if the ship is traveling at warp speed. Lateral and forward sensor arrays to be maintained at ready status, although these instruments can be made available for secondary mission use at the discretion of Operations.
Furthermore, the navigational deflector has to be active as needed for protection of the spacecraft from unanticipated debris or drag from the interstellar medium.
At least 40% of phaser bank elements and one photon torpedo launcher has to be maintained at cold standby status, available for activation at two minutes' notice and one shuttlebay is maintained at launch readiness with at least one shuttle vehicle maintained at launch minus five minutes status.
 
(|2. Blue Alert|)
Aboard Federation starships with the ability of planetfall, blue alert is a state of readiness for landing operations. Blue alert notifies the ship's crew to occupy Code Blue stations, and is ordered prior to the starship's landing on a planet and prior to liftoff. A starship commander should not order the start of descent until all decks report that condition blue has been set. Blue condition is indicated by blue lights and an audible notification. All active crew should report to their duty stations. Level 4 diagnostics should be run on all promary and tactical systems and the power and propulsion systems should be brought to full operating condition. At least one auxiliary power source is to be brought to hot standby.
 
(|3. Yellow Alert|)
Yellow Alert designates a shipwide state of increased preparedness for possible crisis situations, all on-duty crew and attached personnel are informed of the potential crisis via panel display and are directed to prepare for possible emergency action. Second shift crew personnel are also alerted and those in key operational positions are directed to prepare for possible duty on five minutes' notice. Cross-trained second shift personnel are directed to prepare for possible duty in their secondary assignments. Yellow alert is indicated by yellow strobes and lights in all compartments.
Yellow Alert can be invoked by the Commanding Officer, First Officer, Operations Manager, Chief Engineer, Tactical Officer, or by the supervisor of any current primary mission operation. Additionally, the main computer can automatically invoke Yellow Alert status in some cases upon detection of certain types of unknown spacecraft, as well as upon detection of certain types of malfunctions or system failures.
When Yellow Alert is initiated, Level 5 automated diagnostics are performed to verify readiness of autonomous survival and recovery vehicle systems (escape pods), while Level 4 automated diagnostic series run on all ship's primary and tactical systems to determine ship's current readiness status.
If presently off-line, warp power core has to be brought to full operating condition and maintained at 20% power output. Level 4 diagnostics provide a status report on warp capability including maximum available engine output. The main impulse propulsion system should be brought to full operating condition and at least one backup reactor element is brought to hot standby. If the Yellow Alert status is triggered by potential hostile action, Saucer Module impulse propulsion system is brought to partial standby.
All tactical and long-range sensor arrays are brought to full operational status. Secondary mission use of any sensor elements can be overridden if required by bridge.
Deflector systems brought to full standby. Secondary deflector generators brought to partial standby. All operational backup generators are energized to partial readiness.
Phaser banks are energized to partial standby. Power conduits are enabled, and targeting scanners are activated. Level 4 automated diagnostics verify operational status.
Photon torpedo launchers are brought to partial standby. One torpedo device is energized to partial launch readiness and primed with a standard antimatter charge, unless specifically overridden by Ops or Tactical. Level 4 automated diagnostics confirm operational status.
The Battle Bridge is brought to partial standby status and backup bridge crews are notified for possible duty in the event of possible Saucer separation maneuvers.
Two of the three shuttlebays are brought to launch readiness with the number of shuttlecraft at launch readiness being maintained at one.
Onboard sensors record the location of all personnel and alert Security of any anomalous activity. Location and activity information is recorded for postmission analysis.
 
(|4. Red Alert|)
Red Alert is invoked during actual states of emergency in which the vehicle or crew are endangered, immediately impending emergencies, or combat situations.
During Red Alert situations, crew and attached personnel from all three duty shifts are informed via alarm klaxons and annunciator lights. Key second shift personnel are ordered to report immediately to their primary duty stations, while second shift personnel report to their secondary duty stations. Key third shift personnel (who are presumably on their sleep cycle) are ordered to report to their secondary duty stations (or special assignment stations) in fifteen minutes.
When Red Alert is initiated Level 4 automatic diagnostic series are run on all shipÂ’s primary and tactical systems at five-minute intervals. The Bridge will be given immediate notification of any significant change in shipÂ’s readiness status.
Warp power core has to be brought to full operating condition and maintained at 75% power output. Level 3 diagnostics have to be conducted on warp propulsion systems at initiation of Red Alert status and Level 4 series have to be repeated at five-minute intervals.
The main impulse propulsion system is brought to full operating condition and all operational backup reactor units are brought to hot standby. In actual or potential combat situations, Saucer Module impulse propulsion system is also brought to full operating status.
Onboard sensors record the location of all personnel and alert Security of any anomalous activity. Location and activity information is recorded for postmission analysis.
Level 4 automated diagnostics are performed to verify readiness of autonomous survival and recovery vehicle systems (escape pods), while the readiness of ejection initiator servos is verified through a partial Level 3 semiautomated check. Security officers are assigned to insure that all passageways to escape pod accesses are clear.
Isolation doors and forcefields are automatically closed between sections to contain the effects of possible emergencies, including fire and decompression of habitable volume.
Red Alert situations, by their very nature, frequently involve unforeseeable variables and unpredictable circumstances. For this reason, Red Alert (even more than other operating states) requires the Commanding Officer and all personnel to remain flexible. All Red Alert operating rules, therefore, are subject to adaptation based on specific situations.
Red Alert can be invoked by the Commanding Officer, First Officer, Operations Manager, Chief Engineer, or the Tactical Officer. Additionally, the main computer can automatically invoke Red Alert status in some cases upon detection of certain types of unknown spacecraft, as well as upon detection of certain types of critical malfunctions or system failures. In such cases, the automatic declaration of Red Alert status is subject to review by the Commanding Officer.
All tactical and long-range sensor arrays are brought to full operational status. Secondary mission use of sensor elements is discontinued, except with approval of Ops.
Deflector systems are automatically brought to tactical configuration unless specifically overridden by the Tactical Officer. All available secondary and backup deflector generators are brought to hot standby.
Phaser banks are energized to full standby, the power conduits are enabled and the targeting scanners are activated. Level 3 diagnostics are performed to confirm operational status.
Photon torpedo launchers are brought to full standby and one torpedo device in each launcher is energized to full launch readiness and primed with a standard antimatter charge of 1.5 kg.
The Battle Bridge is brought to full standby status and backup bridge crews are notified for possible duty in the event of possible Saucer sep maneuvers.
All three shuttlebays are brought to launch readiness. Two shuttlecraft are brought to launch minus thirty secondsÂ’ readiness.
 
(|5. External Support Mode|)
When a ship is docked at a starbase or other support facility, it will be be in External Support Mode. It will typically receive umbilical support for at least a portion of operating power and/or life support, thus enabling a partial or total shutdown of onboard power generation. These protocols are intended to permit maintenance of critical systems, which would other­wise be difficult to accomplish during normal service cycles.
In order to switch the ship in External Support Mode, it must be hard docked to support facility with umbilical connects providing electro plasma system power, environmental support, structural integrity field (SIF) power, and thermal and gravitational control. At least one hard gangway must provide direct shirtsleeve access between the spacecraft and the service facility.
A cold shutdown of all primary power plants is permitted as long as sufficient umbilical support is provided for all onboard activity. It is preferred that at least one auxiliary fusion generator remains online, if possible.
A partial shutdown of environmental support systems is permitted, allowing atmospheric and water processing to be handled by support facility through umbilical connects. Life support service must continue to be provided for all inhabited portions of the shipÂ’s interior. Onboard ventilator fans, airconditioning, thermal control, and plumbing must be maintained, although specific areas may be shut down as needed for maintenance work.
Gravitational power generation may be discontinued so long as field energy for synthetic gravity is provided through umbilical connects.
Cold shutdown of all navigational and tactical deflector systems and both structural integrity field and inertial damping field is permitted so long as spacecraft remains hard docked to support facility. It is preferred that at least one SIF generator remain at hot standby.
 
(|6. Separated Flight Mode|)
This mode applies only to ships which have saucer separation or multivector attack capability. Any time the major components of the total starship must undock and perform different flight tasks, Separated Flight Mode is initiated. Benign situations involve a variation on Cruise Mode rules, while emergency situations involve a follow-on subset of Red Alert rules. Separation under benign conditions will most often occur during maintenance layovers and flight dynamics checkouts, when the risk to both spacecraft is negligible.
Normally the Cruise Mode rules apply, but emergency situations requiring separation generally require greatly increased activity and energy production, and personnel movements within each starship component. Thus, once separation is ordered warp power core has to be brought to full operating condition and maintained at 90% power output. Furthermore the Red alert rules apply. Furthermore, saucer Module SIF/IDF systems are set to high output for all velocity regimes, including low warp or sublight velocities.
During benign situations, Separated Flight Mode may be initiated by the Commanding Officer, Operations Manager, Chief Engineer, or the Tactical Officer, depending on the exact nature of the vessel separation. In its emergency version, this mode may be invoked only by the Commanding Officer immediately following a transfer of control to the Battle Bridge. All automatic preparations, as initiated by the main computer, may be made without the actual call for separation, in order to prepare both components for rapid response times.
 
(|7. Reduced Power Mode (Grey Mode)|)
Reduced Power Mode refers to a number of operating states designed for maximum power conservation. These protocols can be invoked in case of a major failure in the starship/base power generation, in case of critical fuel shortage, or in the event that a tactical situation requires severe curtailment of onboard power generation.
When Reduced Power Mode is invoked, a Level 5 systems analysis is performed for the entire starship/base, with the results made available to the Commanding Officer, the Chief Engineer, and the Operations Manager. The purpose of this analysis is to determine an overall energy budget for the starship/base, to help plan power allocations that will minimize operational compromises.
If the spacecraft is not presently traveling at warp velocity, a cold shutdown of the entire warp propulsion system is to be performed. Exceptions to this rule include situations where the warp core is the only remaining power source for the spacecraft, or when failure of other sources are believed imminent, or when the Commanding Officer determines the necessity for warp velocity travel. Main impulse propulsion system should be brought to the minimum required to maintain onboard power usage. Backup fusion reactors are to be kept at standby, but should remain offline unless necessary, at the discretion of the Chief Engineer.
Hourly energy budget and consumption reports should be made by the Operations Manager to the Chief Engineer and the Commanding Officer.
Phaser banks and photon torpedo launchers are brought to cold shutdown unless deemed necessary by the Commanding Officer. Shuttlebay operations are suspended unless specifically authorized by the Commanding Officer. Any use of shuttle vehicles is to be conducted from either secondary shuttlebay. Ingress and egress is to be minimized, with use of forcefield doors minimized.
A crew status survey is to be conducted by the Security department with preparations made for contingency evacuation of part of the shipÂ’s habitable volume for environmental support conservation.
The environmental systems are to operate at no more than 50% of normal levels and base/shipÂ’s compartments not in use are to be sealed off for conservation of environmental resources.
Transporter usage also is not allowed unless specifically ordered by the Commanding Officer or department head and turbolift system usage is discouraged for all personnel. Activation of turbolift requires voice ID and the computer may request explanation of need.
Energy-intensive recreational activities such as Holodeck usage are also not permitted, just like food replicator usage is not allowed. Preserved food stores are made available to all personnel. In a lesser crisis, minimum replicator power can be made available for synthesis of TKL rations or similar.
Spacecraft flight operations are to be conducted in a conservative manner. If warp travel is deemed necessary, speeds greater than integral warp factors are not allowed due to lesser efficiencies at fractional warp factors (i.e., it is permitted to travel at Warp 2.0 or Warp 3.0, but not Warp 2.5 or 3.4).
The inertial damping system and structural integrity field should be operating at minimum levels and only one of each generators should be operational, unless system failure is believed imminent or unless tactical situations dictate otherwise. Accordingly, changes in velocity are to be kept to a minimum.
All use of tactical and lateral sensor arrays for secondary missions are to be discontinued, except where deemed essential by the Operations Manager. The deflector systems should be brought to minimum power and secondary deflector generators and backups brought to cold shutdown unless deemed necessary by the Commanding Officer, Flight Control Officer (Conn), or Tactical Officer. The navigational deflector should be operated at minimum power.
 
(|8. Silent Running|)
Silent Running is a mode invoked for stealth missions. It is a mode designed to reduce a ship's power signature and thereby minimize a ship's profile for enemy sensors. All active sensor sweeps and communications outside the ship are forbidden, unless authorized by the Commanding Officer. All non-essential systems, such as lighting, replicators and holodecks, run at half power or are completely shutdown and may only be used with the appropriate permission. Furthermore, all shipboard activity that might alert the enemy of the ship's presence is minimized.
 
(|9. Auto-Destruct|)
The autodestruct sequence will trigger a warpcore overload, thereby destroying the whole ship. To initiate the self destruction sequence, the Commanding Officer and First Officer of the ship must both authorize initiation of the sequence by computer verification. If the Commanding Officer is confirmed by the computer to be unavailable, four of the remaining senior staff must authorize the sequence in addition to the First Officer. If the First Officer is confirmed to be unavailable, two of the senior staff must authorize the sequence in addition to the Commanding Officer.
 

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