The USS Ajax operates independently for up to six months at a time, but is based out of Starbase 611 for ship refit and crew rotation purposes. While underway, the Ajax is capable of conducting much the same missions as the larger ships of the Task Force. Standard patrols, merchant vessel inspections, sensor station repairs, even observation of other civilizations prior to another ship conducting first contact could be part of their duties. The Ajax has a planetary landing capability, which allows the crew to take the ship to the surface for extended missions instead of returning to orbit. R&R on the Starbase is always an option as well.