The USAF Velocity was a United States Air Force, Deep Space Command courier vessel.
In early August 2116, the Velocity encountered an alien device while en route from Earth to the Moon. The device transported the vessel from the Sol system to an unknown star system deep in Culture space where it crashed, having arrived too deep in a planetary gravity well. Captain Henry Kissinger, US Army, was the only known survivor and subsequently made first contact with the Culture.
CO: Lt. Eric Kennedy, USAF
SSgt Monica Blanchett, USAF
A1C Richard Fletcher, USAF