The SSV Hastings was a frigate of the Systems Alliance, under command of Captain Belliard. In 2165, Lieutenant David Anderson served aboard the ship as the executive officer. She was one of many human vessels patrolling the Skyllian Verge, protecting human colonies and research outposts there. Like all human frigates, she was named after important battles in human history, in this case the Battle of Hastings of 1066, a pivotal battle in the formation of modern England.
By chance, the Hastings was closest to the Sidon research base at the time of the attack, so she responded to the distress signal. Lieutenant Anderson took charge of the ground crew of five:
- Gunnery Chief Jill Dah
- Corporal Ahmed O'Reilly (tech specialist)
- Private First Class Dan Shay
- Private Second Class Indigo Lee
All survived the destruction of the station, although Gunnery Chief Dah was wounded. The vessel returned to the Citadel after the operation.