Jul 19 2012

The Commisioning USS Frank W Ault.

The following text is the exact wording for the instructions I received as commanding officer regarding the decommissioning of the U.S.S. Top Gun, the transfer of the crew to a new Wells Class Vessel, and the "commissioning" of the U.S.S. Frank W. Ault. In real worlds terms this means the "U.S.S. Frank W. Ault" chapter is actually the former chapter previously known as "U.S.S. Top Gun". We simply renamed the chapter after receiving Starfleet’s approval of the name change. In Star Trek Fandom, we decommisioned one ship and commisioned a new one.

By order of Starfleet Command, Department of Technical Services, CH 75029 Top Gun is directed to return to spacedock at Starbase 7. At that time, the crew shall transfer to the following starship:


Name: U.S.S. Frank W. Ault
Vessel Class/Type: Wells-Class Timeship
Registry: NCC-4744397


Upon completion of transfer, you will confirm new assignment orders and proceed to deploy CA 4744397 Frank W. Ault.


In the interim, please take the time to familiarize yourself with all design specifications and operating parameters for U.S.S. Frank W. Ault, in order to assure a smooth deployment when the time comes.


All best to you and your crew…


In Service…


ADM Alex Rosenzweig
Director, Department of Technical Services
Director, Office of Technical Information

Jul 19 2012

Who was Frank W. Ault?

Capt. Frank W. Ault, also referred to as Capt. Frank “Whip” Ault, graduated from the Naval Academy the Class of 1943 in the year 1942. Graduation from the Academy had been accelerated to June 1942. Ault spent his first two commissioned years in the surface Navy, assigned to the USS Astoria (CA-34). he participated in the first major naval engagement of the Guadalcanal Campaign called Battle of Savo Island (August 8–9, 1942) and survived the sinking of Astoria. Ault then joined the USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) and participated in the November 8, 1942, Operation Torch part of the North_Africa_Campaign (June 10, 1940 to May 13, 1943). Ault served in the Gunnery Department on both ships.


Capt. Ault entered flight training in 1944 and was designated a Naval Aviator on October 17, 1945. Ault was then assigned to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project in 1947 and became a nuclear weapons specialist. He was a plank owner and Bomb Commander VC-5, the Navy’s first atomic bomb delivery squadron. Capt. Ault held important assignments in OPNAV (Naval Operations) and BUORD (Bureau of Ordnance) dealing with Nuclear weapons and weapons research. While in BUORD, Frank was assigned as Director of Space Research and authored the first Navy Space Program Plan in 1957. He then moved on to be OPNAV as Director of Navy Space Systems (OP-76) and DDR&E (Director of Defense Research and Engineering) as Assistant for Navy Space Systems.


Capt. Ault never strayed far away from the cockpit. He served in five VA squadrons, was CO of VA-216. During his reign with the VA-216 he established the attack squadron at Naval Air Station Moffett Field beginning in March 30, 1955. The squadron was assigned the Douglas AD-4 Skyraider. In May of 1955 the squadron was assigned the Douglas AD-5 Skyraider. Between March 19, and September 13 of 1956, the VA-216 flying the Douglas AD-4 Skyraider was deployed with ATG-4 aboard United States Ship Yorktown CVA 10 to cruise the western Pacific seas. Ault was also CO of the Commander Air Group 10 on board USS Shangri La (CV-38).


Capt. Ault commanded the USS Renville (APA-227) and the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) during the Vietnam War. His assignment as Chief of Staff to ComCarDivOne (Commander, Carrier Division One), deployed to Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, and his prior experience as a carrier CO and weapons specialist made him a perfect candidate to conduct an Air Weapons Study for OPNAV/NAVAIR. His study produced the "Air-to-Air Missile System Capability Review" or what is now known as the famous “Ault Report” of 1968. The “Ault Report”, came to the conclusion that inadequate air-crew training in air combat maneuvering (ACM) skills was the problem. The conclusions of the “Ault Report” were not news to the F-8 Crusader community, who had been lobbying for an ACM training program ever since the commencement of Rolling Thunder in 1965. This report diagnosed fighter systems performance in Vietnam and is credited with raising the air combat kill ratio in Vietnam from 2.5 to 1 to over 12.5 to 1. As a result of the report, the Navy realized the need for a Fighter Weapons School.


On March 3, 1969 the Navy established the “Navy Fighter Weapons School” at the former Naval Air Station Miramar in California. The NFWS is more commonly known as the "Topgun" School. The Navy’s SFTI (Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor) program carries out the same specialized fighter training as the NFWS (Navy Fighter Weapons School) had from 1969 until 1996, when it was merged into the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada. Capt. Ault was a pioneer in Nuclear Weapons and Naval Space fields, and his skills, experience, and knowledge as a pilot, coupled with his intelligence made him not only a skilled naval aviator, but also a leader as well as someone vital to modern fighter tactics.


Later after his military career Frank W. Ault published “Divorce and the Military” in March 1994, about Marsha L. Thole and United States Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act. Capt. Frank W. Ault died on August 20, 2006.


  1. The USS Astoria was laid down on September 1, 1930 the first ship in the New Orleans class to be laid down. However, construction on this ship took longer than on the USS New Orleans and the ship was launched on December 16, 1933. And received it’s commission on April 28, 1934. This ship was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island August 9, 1942, due to the tragic loss of this ship, the New Orleans class was renamed the Astoria Class.
  2. VA-216 Attack Squadron 216 U.S. Navy also called the “Black Diamonds” activated in March 30, 1955 – deactivated in August 1, 1970. Was commanded by Cmdr. Ault March 30, 1955 until September 1956, when Cmdr. Ault was replaced by Cmdr. Hope Strong, Jr. VA-216 flew various versions of the Douglas SkyRaider during this time.
    The following aircraft were used in 1955:

    • April 1955 – Douglas AD-4 Skyraider.
    • April 1955 – Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider.
    • May 1955 – Douglas AD-5 Skyraider.
    • July 1955 – Douglas AD-4B Skyraider.
  3. USS Renville (APA-227) was a U.S. Navy Haskell-class attack transport that saw service in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The Renville was laid down August 19, 1944 as MCV hull 673 by Kaiser Shipbuilding of Vancouver, Washington, and was launched October 25, 1944, and commissioned November 15, 1944. Renville received one battle star for World War II service, two for the Korean War, and four for the Vietnam War. The Renville was reclassified, LPA-227 in January 1, 1969 and decommissioned in April 23, 1968. The Renville was later disposed of on February 19, 1982, all though her fate is unknown, unconfirmed reports say the ship was sold to a broker for scrap, and was scraped to highest bidder some where in either Taiwan or South Korea.

Jul 15 2012

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