Plans for The Expedition continue to evolve as we muster resources and skills. Meanwhile Potshot, the brains behind the operation, has been working on plans B, C, and possibly D to suit any changes in circumstances.
So while we have been stockpiling supplies and working on getting high enough standing to make jump clones (all the better to save wear and tear on the implant budget should podding happen), we have also been beefing up our skills.
Fortunately I did not have to wait almost 50 days to get covert ops ready. It turned out that way back in October of 2006 I thought covert ops sounded like an interesting career choice. I gave up on it within a month, but I managed to train enough prerequisites that when I went to EVEMon to check out how long it would take me to go full bore with a Buzzard, it turned out to be just under 10 days.
In fact, to fly just to Buzzard just two hours of training distant, so I was able to hop into the Caldari covert ops ship almost right away to do my probing.
And in little over a week I added the skills to make it a serious exploration ship, with the key item being the Covert Ops Cloaking device. It is nice to be able to warp when cloaked.
The Buzzard is currently fitted as follows:
Now I just have to get a little more adept at the actual pobing mechanism and find something on which I can actually try out the Analyzer and Codebreaker. And, of course, work on just a few more skills. Always more skills.