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connections, into the zero-gravity sections in the fore end of the ship-the fighter bay and the fore laser cannons-and then into the rotating gravity section near the center of the ship-the crew quarters, ship's stores, life support, mess, security, brig, command deck, engineering, and finished in the weapons bay.

As General Lochschmanan completed his tour of each section, finding everything satisfactory, John nodded tightly, thinking of the weapons bay still to come. The weapons bay was actually a misnomer. In an advanced Omega Class ship like the Agamemnon, the weapons bay was a fairly small room, about twenty by twenty feet, under normal watch conditions manned by one weapons officer and four gunners. Their main duties under those conditions were maintenance of the weapons bay systems, the central laser tube, and the four laser cannons; periodic checks; drills; and naval gazing.

During battle or battle alert conditions, or during an inspection, of course, the full complement of weapons officers and gunners was present. The weapons bay did not contain the four laser cannons themselves; they were mounted two and two at the fore and aft ends of the ship. Instead the weapons bay contained the hardware for the targeting system, which could be accessed here or on the command deck; the weapons diagnostic system, which gave detailed information about the condition and functioning of each component of the system; the weapons control system, through which the cannons and the tube were kept at the proper level of readiness and fine adjustments to their functioning were made; and the apparatus for the manual targeting system.

John doubted the manual targeting system aboard the Agamemnon had ever been used outside of drills or battle simulations. The four hemispheric man-sized
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