Before becoming a lawyer specializing in interstellar law in 2256, Captain Desai started her career in 2242 as a security officer and then a detective with the JAG Corp's Criminal Investigation Division.
As of the year 2265, she had achieved the rank of captain and was assigned as head of the JAG office on Starbase 47, where she was often called upon to balance Federation law and the realities of frontier life. Rana was romantically involved with station commander Diego Reyes, and her position as JAG officer frequently put the two at odds. Rana was enraged when Reyes told her the truth about the meta-genome, the real reason for Starfleet's presence in the Taurus Reach, believing the colonization efforts in the region to be a lie, a part of a cover-up of Starfleet's true purpose. (VAN novels: Harbinger, Summon the Thunder)
After completing an away mission to the New Anglesey colony on the planet Kadru in January 2268 which included the recovery and death investigation for Commander Aole Miller as well as discovering why the New Anglese colonists revoked their Federation protectorate status as well as their refusal to leave the planet despite the Federation's colonial recall order, Captain Desai put in for a transfer to Earth, which Rear Admiral Heihachiro Nogura happily expedited. (VAN - Declassified novella: The Ruins of Noble Men)
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|Starbase 47-Vanguard personnel|
|Ballard • Beyer • Braun • Briv • Cannella • Charles • Collig • Cooper • Desai • Dunbar • Farber • Finneran • Fisher • jav Gek • Gianetti • Goldrosen • Greenfield • Heffron • Hetzlein • Hofstadter • Holmgren • Humberg • Jackson • Kiraar • Knight • Koothrappali • Langlois • Lenger • Liverakos • Malhotra • Marcus • M'Benga • Medeira • Meeker • Miller • Moyer • Mugavero • ch'Nayla • Nogura • Pimental • Reyes • Robles • Seklir • Shepherd • th'Shoras • Sohl • Sozlok • Strout • Tamishiro • Tarcoh • Tescar • Thelex • T'Prynn • Vumelko • Wallingford • Wolowitz • Xiong • unnamed Vanguard personnel|