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|Task Force Dauntless|
| USS Dauntless,|
flagship of Task Force Dauntless
| Station DSG1,|
headquarters of Task Force Dauntless
Six months prior to 2385, Starfleet Vanguard Command had identified the Abraxis System as the most viable construction site of the new set of Federation Starfleet facilities in the Gamma Quadrant. This system was rich in dilithium crystals, deuterium and the natural resources to build duranium and tetraburnium alloys for starship hull construction. The Abraxis System was located 8 light years behind the event horizon of the wormhole’s Gamma Quadrant terminus. Two of the seven planets and one moon of the Abraxis System were lush class-M planets. However, it lay within the borders of the Khronnian race, a technologically advanced and warrior-like but comparatively peaceful race of relatively large humanoids that was later discovered to share a genetic similarity to the Klingons. the Khronnians are regarded in the Gamma Quadrant as interstellar military power governed by the Khronnian Suzerainty.
With the construction of the USS Dauntless complete, the shakedown cruise ongoing, and the wormhole reopened, Admiral Gibran took temporary command of the Defiant-class Tactical Frigate USS Raging Bull and crossed the wormhole enroute to Khronnian territory to learn more about their race. He established first contact with the Khronnians, was escorted to Khronnia Prime, capital of the Suzerainty, and was introduced to the suzerain who was feudal ruler of the Khronnian race. After weeks following first contact procedures, Gibran was able to get the consent of the suzerain to use the uninhabited Abraxis System as base of operations of what was later designated as the Abraxis Command.
Within a week, a fleet of Cargo Carriers, transport ships, and 4 Aerie-class support ships, protected by two Defiant-class Tactical Frigates and five Valiant-class Tactical Corvettes crossed the wormhole under the command of Commodore Leelah Kol, the Trill second-in-command of Admiral Gibran, and delivered all the needed components to build the Alexandria II class orbital station Deep Space Gamma Zero-One and the planet side installation Abraxis Base as quickly as possible and the personnel to operate them.
The cargo carriers and transport ships continued to ferry components and raw material back and forth across the wormhole before the completion of both orbital station and planet-side base, which were constructed in a record time of six months. The Starfleet and Federation crews of the station and the base automatically took up their posts after helping to construct the two facilities.
Leaving Commodore Kol in the Gamma Quadrant to supervise the simultaneous construction of Station DSG1 and Abraxis Base, Admiral Gibran quickly returned to the Alpha Quadrant, completed the rest of the shakedown cruise of the USS Dauntless and the ships of Task Force Dauntless, and crossed the wormhole beginning 2385.
After gaining the consent of the Khronnians to build a Federation space station in their territory in the Gamma Quadrant, the USS Bravery, a temporarily refitted Prometheus-class Assault Cruiser, traveled at transwarp speeds using transwarp coils collected from defeated Borg cubes and spheres and laid out a series of subspace relay stations in a nearly straight line between the two openings of the Bajoran wormhole in order for Starfleet Vanguard Command and Deep Space 9 to be able to communicate directly with Abraxis Command and Task Force Dauntless.
Task force complement
Task Force Dauntless has a full complement of fifty-four (54) starships, composed of:
- One Dauntless-class Command Battleship, the USS Dauntless
- One Sovereign-class Battle Cruiser, the USS Steadfast
- One Rhode Island-class Battle Cruiser, the USS Heracles
- One Luna-class Heavy Cruiser, the USS Concorde
- Two Nebula A-class Heavy Cruisers
- Two Akira-class Heavy Cruisers
- Two Prometheus-class Assault Cruisers
- Three Steamrunner-class Medium Cruisers
- Three Intrepid-class Light Cruisers
- Six Katana-class Destroyers
- Fifteen Merian-class Fast Frigates
- Fifteen Defiant-class Tactical Frigates
- Two Valiant-class Tactical Corvettes
The starships of Task Force Dauntless are regularly deployed out of Station DSG1 for three-month missions to any reachable point in the Gamma Quadrant.
Before deployment, Admiral Gibran had drilled the officers and crew of the entire task force on tactical movements that were specifically designed by Admiral Hunter for the Gamma and Delta Quadrants, or in anticipation of wars.
In each formation type, the starships were trained to follow a series of defensive patterns when engaged in combat that would allow the ships of each formation to augment each other’s firepower while at the same time strengthening each other’s shields.
At Condition Green, the task force is divided into permanent squadrons of three starships composed of one lead ship and two escort ships. The task force has 15 squadrons in all, excluding the Rhode Island-class Battle Cruiser and the six Katana-class Destroyers. Each squadron were to undertake missions of exploration and diplomacy for a duration of 3 months, taking a circuitous route across one or more sectors, starting from and ending at the task force's home port. After each three-month mission, it returns to base for at least two weeks to allow its crews time for shore leave and for needed repairs, resupplies, refits and upgrades to the starships.
While the Merian-class Fast Frigate augments the research and exploration abilities of the lead ship, the Defiant-class Tactical Frigate augments the combat abilities of the lead ship if they are engaged in battle.
At Condition Yellow, the task force is reformed into four mission groups, which still primarily undertake missions of exploration and diplomacy when Vanguard Command is on high alert, or when a particular mission group is traveling across more hostile sectors. To easily form these mission groups, squadrons under each mission group operate in sectors that are near each other. Each mission group is composed of between 11 to 12 starships. Each mission group operate separately but in close coordination with one another.
- Mission Group Alpha is led by the USS Dauntless and is supported by one Akira-class Heavy Cruiser, one Nebula A-class Heavy Cruiser, three Merian-class Fast Frigates, three Defiant-class Tactical Frigates and two Valiant-class Tactical Corvettes.
- Mission Group Bravo is led by the Sovereign-class Battle Cruiser USS Steadfast and is supported by one Steamrunner-class Medium Cruiser, two Prometheus-class Assault Cruisers, four Merian-class Fast Frigates, and four Defiant-class Tactical Frigates.
- Mission Group Charlie is led by the Luna-class Heavy Cruiser and is supported by three Intrepid-class Light Cruisers, four Merian-class Fast Frigates, and four Defiant-class Tactical Frigates.
- Mission Group Delta is led by one of the Nebula A-class Heavy Cruisers and is supported by one Akira-class Heavy Cruiser, two Steamrunner-class Medium Cruisers, four Merian-class Fast Frigates, and four Defiant-class Tactical Frigates.
In situations where there is a need to deploy a group of starships larger than a squadron but the security situation in the area does not merit a declaration of Condition Yellow, Admiral Gibran deploys the Rhode Island-class Battle Cruiser and the six Katana-class Destroyers as a battle group to the situation. Together, they are called “The Wolf Pack.” The Wolf Pack is only formed for short a duration. Once their mission has been concluded, the seven ships return to their solo missions patrolling Alliance territory.
At Condition Red-1, the task force is reformed into only two strike groups and operate specifically to undertake tactical missions in defense of Station DSG1 and Abraxis Base.
Strike Group One is composed of 26 starships, led by the USS Dauntless, and is supported by one Nebula A-class Heavy Cruiser, one Akira-class Heavy Cruiser, one Prometheus-class Assault Cruiser, two Steamrunner-class Medium Cruisers, one Intrepid-class Light Cruiser, three Katana-class Destroyers, seven Merian-class Fast Frigates, seven Defiant-class Tactical Frigates, and two Valiant-class Tactical Corvettes.
Strike Group Two is composed of 27 starships, led by the Sovereign-class Battle Cruiser USS Steadfast, and is escorted by one Luna-class Heavy Cruiser, one Nebula A-class Heavy Cruiser, one Akira-class Heavy Cruiser, one Prometheus-class Assault Cruiser, one Steamrunner-class Medium Cruiser, two Intrepid-class Light Cruisers, three Katana-class Destroyers, eight Merian-class Fast Frigates, and eight Defiant-class Tactical Frigates.
The Rhode Island-class Battle Cruiser remains detached and does not appear until its part in the battle plan takes place.
During Condition Red-2 the whole 54-ship task force operates as one unit with the sole purpose of engaging an enemy fleet in battle.
Although only the USS Dauntless is the only starship in the task force with a Quantum Slipstream Drive, the rest of the task force can travel with it at slipstream speed in tight formation because of the size of the slipstream tunnel produced by the flagship.