|The Freighter, SS Gold Coast, is an independent civilian vessel. However, she is affiliated with the Federation Merchant Marine Service. As a Merchant Marine ship, the Gold Coast can be activated for duty on orders from the Merchant Marine command. This is normally only done in emergency circumstances, or in time of war. Starfleet flag-officers may also call upon the Gold Coast in an emergency situation. When functioning in an official capacity as a Merchant Marine vessel, the crew of the Gold Coast carry ranks within the Service equal to Starfleet officers, and enlisted personnel. The rank-indicators displayed here serve to represent each crew member's rank as an active-duty Merchant Marine. The crew of the Gold Coast are, at no time, required to wear Starfleet uniforms.