The USS Panther was launched on 12 March 2015 as the USS Panther NX-74922 and the USS Helen Pawlowski NCC-8494 was her Support Ship.
The name “Panther” comes from the presumed extinct cat called the Carolina Panther. The cat was known to roam the North Carolina area. Some believe even to this day that the Carolina Panther still exists but it avoids human contact.
The initial crew were prior crewmembers of the USS Helen Pawlowski and USS George Washington who decided it was time to expand into the Wilmington, NC area and that there was a need for a correspondence chapter. Currently the crew is scattered across the United States such as Missouri, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Rhode Island. Commander Douglas Kirk was elected to lead the chapter as the Commanding Officer and Major General Michael Timko III as the First Officer. The first few months had been devoted to organization of the chapter and setting up a good foundation for the chapter to grow.
The first challenge that the chapter had to face was the resignation of the First Officer who for personal reasons left both the chapter and STARFLEET at the end of July 2015. Commander Kirk quickly appointed Captain Margie Coots as the new First Officer.
The USS Panther during her shakedown cruise was heavily involved in STARFLEET Academy, the STARFLEET Marine Corps and the STARFLEET Special Operations. Her community service activities included the Toys for Tots, Angel Tree Project, Food donations, Recycling and Clothing donations.
On 31 December 2015 the chapter completed her shakedown cruise and was officially commissioned as the USS Panther NCC-74922 and she now in her second month as a commissioned chapter of STARFLEET, where she continues to her community service activities and above all else, to have fun!
On January 1, 2017 the chapter SFMC unit was deactivated because the chapter had two types of ground forces on it and it was decided that only one such unit would have been assigned to the ship. It was decided that to keep the “Trek” theme, that the chapter would retain the MACO unit.
Previous Commanding Officer’s of the USS Panther