Personally, I think we should be able to bring our Bridge Officers with us to Defera. It seems kind of daft that every time I go there, the following exchange takes place on my bridge;
"Captain, we have arrived in orbit of Defera. Several Borg ships have landed, and the planet is under sustained attack. Borg drones are spreading across the planet, and the Deferi are struggling to hold them at bay."
"Understood, Number 1. Transporter Room, prepare to beam me down to the surface."
"Err... did you hear what I just said Captain?"
"I certainly did, Number 1. Just me to beam down today."
"Well, I never really liked him anyway."
Vice Admiral Laurence Corrin - USS Trafalgar
Captain Takaram ch'Rihan - USS Khellian
Captain Korax joH'a' vo'poH - USS Hartnell
General Hothkar, Son of Ta'lon - IKS oDwI'