In that year, Askwith was seriously injured in an explosion at the embassy, the result of a bomb placed by conspirators attempting to frame the Syrranite dissident movement. Askwith subsequently fell into a coma as a result of his injuries, and was put under the care of Doctor Phlox, chief medical officer of the Enterprise NX-01.
During the subsequent investigation by the Enterprise crew, it was realized that Askwith was on duty at the time the conspirator gained access to the embassy, and had recognized the individual in question. Since Askwith's condition precluded an interrogation, Commander Tucker was forced to rely on information gained from Askwith's memory via a mind meld performed by Vulcan ambassador Soval. The mind meld revealed that the bomber was, in fact, Chief Investigator Stel of the Vulcan Security Directorate. (ENT: "The Forge")