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The station is over three miles long by two and a half miles wide and is covered by absorbant panels. It houses several weapons pods and a landing bay that will be capable of launching a full complement of fighter craft. It also serves as the base of operations for the militia's 1st Marine Batallion.
The station was in development since 3004 and will reach its full military capacity in 3007. Its existance was made public in March of 3006 when it was towed from the Lincoln Belt into its new orbit by six tugs. Governor Eldridge Seale announced the purpose of the station in a ceremony that referred to Hancock Station as "A New Horizon of Sustainability".
Base of Operations Edit
As of April 3006, the base is more or less fully operational as a battle station and ready to fulfill it's primary purpose as the base of operations for New Luna Militia's small Fleet. The NLM Franklin and the other main vessels are now based on the station. The marines (called jokingly at first 'Hancock's Heroes') have seen action within their own system against pirates and terrorists, responded to situations on New Luna itself against the so-called People's Army Of New Luna, and been involved in incidents on Vollista.
The small space navy saw their first action on April 26 3006 when the NLM Franklin and the IND Saviour's Haste were involved on a salvage mission. In June 3006, controversial figure Jeff Ryan was appointed CO of the station.
Expanded Role Edit
Citing Hancock's ability to identify and respond to threats across New Luna's uninhabited territories with its space-based sensors and the global reach of its task force, Governor Eldridge Seale announced that Hancock Station's spaceborne fleet would also be responsible for planetary security outside major population centers in November 3006.
Most of the areas under their jurisdiction are thick jungle, large stretches of badlands, and myriad island chains that until then had been on the edges of existing military patrols.
The station is in varying levels of disrepair. The key portions have been repaired, the portions key to military usage, but no real attempt at making the station more liveable have been made. The station is divided into 8 decks in current use.
The command and control center for the entire station. This deck is currently restricted to civilians.
Outfitted by the New Luna Militia, the Residential Deck is the only inhabited level of the station where civilians are permitted. It houses the barracks, the station's single pub -- McGillicutty's -- and other services.
In some distant past, the upper promenade was home to shops and a beautiful courtyard. The shops are now boarded up and the courtyard is used by Marines for target practice. Prior to the installation of a permanent brig, the Upper Promenade was also home to Hancock's holding pen.
Some renovations have begun in the promenade; lighting was restored in summer 2006. Several establishments where Militiamen can relax have also been added, including the Watchers' Cafe and a pool hall.
Similar to what the upper promenade once was, the lower promenade is in complete disrepair.
The heart of Hancock Station. Most critical functions, such as power and life support, are accessed here. This deck is restricted to civilians.
The landing cavern is enormous, easily capable of holding three or four times the number of ships the Militia has and still leaving room for more. A part of it has been partitioned off, allowing for the segregation of military and civilian vessels.
Ship Construction Bay
The ship construction bay is named as such because the large boom in the middle of the chamber and the enormous, rusted-shut bay doors at the far end hint that it was perhaps used as a shipyard in the past. However, this zero-gee bay serves only recreational and training purposes for the Militia at present, as marines and spacers use it for no-gravity training.
Overhead lighting was restored in summer 2006, and the bay's power systems were modernized.
The name says it all. Restricted for civilians.