|Birth Name||Peter Laird|
|Marital Status||Widower (probable)|
|Role||Deck Chief, battlestar Pegasus|
|Rank||Chief Petty Officer (conscripted)|
|Portrayed by||Vincent Gale|
|Peter Laird is a Cylon|
|Peter Laird is a Final Five Cylon|
|Peter Laird is a Human/Cylon Hybrid|
|Peter Laird is an Original Series Cylon|
|Peter Laird in the separate continuity|
|Peter Laird in the primary continuity|
Deck Chief Peter Laird is a civilian aeronautical engineer pressed into service by order of Admiral Helena Cain after the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies. He is aboard the civilian transport Scylla when it, along with several other vessels, is found by the battlestar Pegasus about a week after the attack. Admiral Cain places military priorities above all else and orders that the ships be scavenged for anything that would be of use to Pegasus: supplies, weapons, parts and skilled civilian personnel. Laird, because his aeronautics background, becomes a selectee for consciption into Pegasus's crew along with 14 other people on board.
Colonel Fisk and Lieutenant Shaw take a team of Marines to the Scylla to carry out the order. Laird speaks as the passengers' representative and refuses to cooperate. When Fisk's show of intimidation fails to persuade the civilians, Cain orders that the selectees' families be shot to demonstrate the alternative. Fisk continues his threat to shoot them, but Shaw takes the initiative and shoots one woman in the head, triggering the Marines to kill nine more. Word spreads throughout the civilian vessels and breaks all resistance, and Laird and the others are transfered to Pegasus. Laird's wife and family are likely among the dead, if not left behind (Razor).
He is assigned deck chief despite not being part of the Colonial military. When he comes aboard Galactica, he meets his counterpart, Chief Tyrol. Upon looking on the Blackbird, Tyrol's new stealth fighter, he is both appalled and impressed, especially because he designed the old DDG-62 engines used in the Blackbird (Pegasus).
Laird is transferred to Galactica during Admiral Cain's fleet integration, and in the extended "Pegasus" cut replaces Chief Tyrol as deck chief prior to Tyrol's arrest for Lt. Thorne's death. Also shown in the extended episode, he makes a suggestion to Galactica's deck crew that increases fuel efficiency by two percent.
Laird has difficulty managing the hangar deck as Tyrol's substitute and lacks military bearing, but assures Commander Adama that all ships will be ready for "the attack thing" (Resurrection Ship, Part I).
After Admiral Cain's death her crew transfers are reversed and Tyrol is re-instated as Galactica's deck chief. Laird presumably returns to his previous assignment as the Pegasus deck chief (Resurrection Ship, Part II).
- Laird's reaction to the dead civilians in "Razor" heavily implies that the woman killed by Shaw is his wife. Especially the shot at the end when he looks at the bodies and the camera pans from him to the woman.
- Ron D. Moore said in his podcast that he was tempted to give Laird a Scottish accent as a tribute to James Doohan (Star Trek's Montgomery Scott) at his recent death at the time of the episode's filming, but reluctantly decided against it.