|USS George Hammond|
Earth targeting systems
Computer navigational systems
- "My next position is to take command of our new Daedalus-class ship. ...We're renaming it the [George] Hammond."
- —Samantha Carter
The George Hammond, formerly known as the Phoenix, sometimes referred to as the Hammond, is the sixth 304 produced by the United States of America, and the fourth operated by the United States Air Force, assigned to the Second Tactical Wing. The ship is named in honor of Lt. General George S. Hammond, and is placed under the command of Colonel Samantha Carter.
- Major Tyrone Franklin (2009-present)
- Major Kevin Marks - Pilot and Weapons Officer
- Captain Pat Meyers - Ship navigator (in alternate timeline on the Phoenix)
- Captain Dave Kleinman - Ship navigator
The Battle of Icarus Base
- "Our shields are holding but we're not the target."
- —Samantha Carter
- Main article: Battle of Icarus Base
In 2009, Lt. General Jack O'Neill and Dr. Nicholas Rush contacted Eli Wallace and beamed him aboard the George Hammond, which was orbiting Earth at the time, with the intention of revealing to him the existence of the Stargate program after he solved an Ancient mathematical proof. The proof Eli solved was believed to allow for the activation of the Stargate's ninth chevron - the efforts of those stationed at Icarus Base on the planet P4X-351 had been devoted to accomplishing such a task for months. Therefore, Eli was to be taken to Icarus Base to see the fruits of his labor and to further persuade him to join the Stargate program. However, as the planet on which Icarus Base resided contained a radioactive Naquadria core, which could possibly become unstable after the dialing of an incoming wormhole, the George Hammond was used to transport Rush, Eli, Senator Alan Armstrong and Chloe Armstrong in lieu of a Stargate.
When Icarus Base soon after came under attack by three Lucian Alliance Ha'taks, the George Hammond, which was still in orbit at the time—intercepted the weapons fire from the enemy fleet and used Railguns to repel the attacking force. However, numerous smaller craft, including Death Gliders and a Troop transport, were able to escape the battle and descend onto the planet's surface. To deal with these craft, F-302s were launched from the Hammond, which accompanied the F-302s stationed at Icarus Base. While the Hammond's shields were able to protect the ship against the onslaught, the Hammond still incurred moderate damage. Moments before the planet's Naquadria core went critical (leading to the destruction of the P4X-351), the Hammond recalled all fighters and retreated into hyperspace, leaving all enemy ships to be destroyed by the explosion. During the attack and evacuation of Icarus Base, bunker-shielding technology inhibited the Hammond's ability to beam personnel off of the planet. Soon after the engagement's conclusion, Colonel Samantha Carter informed O'Neill about the battle and the unknown status about Icarus Base's personnel, who had dialed the ninth chevron address instead of Earth's during the base's evacuation. (SGU: "Air, Part 1", "Incursion, Part 1")
Lucian Alliance invasion of Destiny
- "Unfortunately the complex inside [the pyramid] is shielded against beaming technology. We'll have to go in with ground forces from the outside."
- —Samantha Carter
- Main article: Lucian Alliance invasion of Destiny
Later in 2009, the Hammond was in orbit of Earth when Dr. Nicholas Rush went undercover as Colonel David Telford in an attempt to infiltrate the Lucian Alliance using the Ancient Long-range communication stones. However, when his cover was blown and he was captured by Alliance commander Kiva, the Hammond was unable to beam Rush out of the area due to a jamming device. Sometime later, the Hammond was sent to the Lucian Alliance outpost (having gained the location from Telford) to stop the Alliance forces from dialing Destiny, a task which they forced Rush to help them accomplish. After dropping out of hyperspace, the George Hammond scanned the planet and discovered that it had a Naquadria core similar to that of the planet P4X-351, on which Icarus Base resided, thus providing sufficient power for the Stargate's ninth chevron to be dialed.
After discovering that jamming devices were once again being utilized by the Lucian Alliance in their outpost on the planet's surface, a wave of F-302s were launched as to allow for an assault by ground forces to capture the Alliance forces and save Rush. However, in response to the F-302 attack, Kiva ordered the Stargate's ninth chevron be dialed and ordered her troops to proceed through the Stargate and invade Destiny. After several minutes, as the planet's core became unstable, the entire planet exploded. Barely managing to escape the blast, the Hammond was forced to retreat into hyperspace, but not before recalling all fighters back from the surface. However, the crew of the Hammond was forced to leave two F-302s behind lest the Hammond itself be destroyed in the explosion as well. (SGU: "Subversion", "Incursion, Part 1")
- "Barely off the assembly line. Half the Asgard systems weren't finished, the other half weren't working."
- —Rodney McKay's hologram construct
- Main article: Battle of the Phoenix
In an alternate timeline, the Phoenix was the sixth Daedalus-class warship given to Colonel Samantha Carter to support the Atlantis expedition. According to Dr. Rodney McKay, the ship was rushed into service and many of the Asgard systems weren't fully operational. Many of the Expedition members worked day and night to get the ship in working order. The ship featured an Asgard terminal on the bridge where the star map should have been, and a room similar to the Asgard computer core room on board the Odyssey.
Once the new ship was ready, Carter took command and flew the ship unsupported in an attempt to destroy Michael Kenmore's fleet and save human populations on planets throughout the Pegasus galaxy. Using guerrilla warfare tactics, Carter succeeded in destroying many of Michael's Hive ships by emerging from hyperspace unleashing a volley of Asgard plasma beam weapon attacks and fleeing back into hyperspace. Unfortunately, after Michael's fleet had sustained substantial losses, he distributed disinformation among his ranks and ambushed the Phoenix. When it was badly damaged and the engines were going critical, the crew was beamed down to the surface of a planet by Carter while she rammed the badly damaged Phoenix into one of the Wraith ships. The resulting explosion destroyed the Phoenix and three of Michael's Hives. (ATL: "The Last Man")
- Battle over the Outer Rim Planet
- Battle of Icarus Base
- prelude to Lucian Alliance invasion of Destiny
- Battle of the Phoenix (alternate timeline)
Behind the scenes
- The origin of the name "Phoenix" comes from the legendary bird of the same name. The Phoenix was said to live a long life then after its death, would burst into flames and be reborn again.
- The ship was originally going to be named the Phoenix in the current timeline. However, after the death of Don S. Davis (and consequently the death of his character, Lt. General George S. Hammond), the ship has been renamed in his honor.
- The orange-lit panel unit on the bridge of the George Hammond—which resides behind the captain's chair—protrudes forward far less than does the corresponding panel on all other 304s. The panel on the Hammond is more reminiscent of the panel on Prometheus, however turned sideways.
- George Hammond on Wikipedia, retrieved 2009
- George Hammond's Bridge on Gateworld, retrieved July 9, 2009
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