Commander Sun Mei Xiang
Sun Mei Xiang is a historian, a martial artist, a former marine, a fighter pilot, and proudly serves as the Commanding Officer of the USS Shanghai-A. Starting her career as a Marine Fighter Pilot, she is not a traditional Starfleet Captain - and had to learn command in a much more round about way than many officers. This gave her a unique, if often less than polished, command style.
Born in Guangzhou, China in the Nanhai area on March 17th, 2355, Sun grew up in a very large family. Studying Martial Arts throughout her childhood, she was an accomplished artist by the time that she left for College. Following in her father’s footsteps, she chose to study history. While at university in Beijing, she discovered her love for flying, but never expected to join Starfleet. During the Breen Attack on Earth, though, her mind was changed. She would join the Marines shortly after completing her degree.
With flight experience and a degree, the Marine Corps fast tracked the young woman to officer school, and she proved herself to be a fighter pilot to be reckoned with. With her scores and without a position available, she ended up serving as a flight instructor for the Marine Corp instead of being posted to ship or station immediately. An attack by Orion Raiders while escorting cadets during one deep space patrol flight drove her to end her instructing career.
She transferred to Starbase 23, where she served as a fighter pilot often on patrol routes. Serving with distinction, it was not long before she was a squad leader and then the Deputy Group Commander for the Station. When a Starfleet officer visiting the base let her know of a Group Commander position aboard a new Akira class vessel, she put in a request for a transfer, despite the fact that the posting was for Fleet officers. She was offered the position, and left the Corps to join the Fleet, and the USS Shanghai as Group Commander.
Here Sun served as CAG for a time, as well as Second Officer. When the Executive Officer transferred, she stepped into the role temporarily. When the time came to select a new XO, though, the Shanghai’s Captain offered her the position. She accepted, though was unsure about the posting. She would stay as the Executive Officer until the ship was destroyed.
When the USS Shanghai was destroyed, she made a decision to apply for a small command while completing her advanced command courses. For a short period, she served as Commanding Officer of the USS Dunedin, a Norway class vessel. However, when the Vesta class Shanghai was nearing completion she put her name back in contention to command the vessel. At the completion of the Shanghai-A’s construction and refit, she was offered the command of the Vesta Class Shanghai, which she accepted without hesitation.
|Marine Corps Flight Instructor||Marine Corps Training Division - Sydney|
|Fighter Pilot||Starbase 23|
|Squadron Leader||Starbase 23|
|Deputy Commander, Aerospace Group||Starbase 23|
|Commander, Aerospace Group and Second Officer||USS Shanghai|
|Executive Officer||USS Shanghai|
|Commanding Officer||USS Dunedin|
|Commanding Officer||USS Shanghai-A|