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|Task Force Paladin|
| USS Paladin,|
flagship of Task Force Paladin
| Starbase 185,|
headquarters of Task Force Paladin
Task Force Paladin is one of seven major divisions of the Vanguard Fleet. It is commanded by former USS Titan Captain and now Rear Admiral William Riker. It has as its flagship the Dauntless-class Command Battleship USS Paladin. It is the mobile arm of Iota Leonis Command, which also has Admiral Riker as its Sector Commander. This command is a major field division of Vanguard Command.
Task Force Paladin is deployed to Iota Leonis Sector and has Buckingham-class station Starbase 185, located around the orbit of Iota Leonis V, as its home port. Geographically, it is the closest Starfleet facility to the Delta Quadrant.
Riker had reluctantly taken command of the task force in 2385 despite not wanting to leave the Luna-class Starship USS Titan yet. Fleet Admiral Maximus Hunter had made it clear to him that there were only three persons in Starfleet with the battle savvy to utilize the capabilities of a command battleship-led task force to its fullest potential without diminishing the core principles of the Federation. He was one, and Rear Admirals Benjamin Sisko and Razal Gibran were the others. But Sisko and Gibran had already been earmarked to command Task Force Belligerent and Task Force Dauntless, respectively. He was eventually convinced to accept the position by Admiral Hunter after being told that he was going to be on the same fleet as his old captain, Jean-Luc Picard, who was by then also a Rear Admiral and that exploration was still part of the primary mission of Vanguard Command.
Task force complement
Task Force Paladin has a full complement of fifty-four (54) starships, composed of:
- One (1) Dauntless-class Command Battleship, the USS Paladin
- One (1) Sovereign-class Battle Cruiser, the USS Bat'leth
- One (1) Rhode Island-class Battle Cruiser
- One (1) Luna-class Heavy Cruiser
- Two (2) Nebula-class Heavy Cruisers
- Two (2) Akira-class Heavy Cruisers
- Two (2) Prometheus-class Assault Cruisers
- Three (3) Steamrunner-class Medium Cruisers
- Three (3) Intrepid-class Light Cruisers
- Six (6) Katana-class Destroyers
- Fifteen (15) Merian-class Fast Frigates
- Fifteen (15) Defiant-class Tactical Frigates
- Two (2) Valiant-class Tactical Corvettes
The starships of Fask Force Paladin are regularly deployed out of Starbase 185 for three-month missions to any point beyond the "Frontier" borders. After each three-month mission, they return 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.
Before deployment, Admiral Riker had drilled the officers and crew of the entire task force on tactical movements that were specifically designed by Admiral Hunter for high alert scenarios.
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 one 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 one escort ship augments the research and exploration abilities of the lead ship, the other escort ship 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 12 starships. Each mission group operate separately but in close coordination with one another.
- Mission Group Alpha is led by the USS Paladin
- Mission Group Bravo is led by the Sovereign-class Battle Cruiser USS Bat'leth
- Mission Group Charlie is led by the Luna-class Heavy Cruiser of the task force
- Mission Group Delta is led by the first Akira-class Heavy Cruiser of the task force
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 Riker deploys the Rhode Island-class Battle Cruiser and the six Steamrunner-class Medium Cruisers 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 Starbase 185.
Strike Group One is composed of 26 starships, led by the USS Paladin. Strike Group Two is composed of 27 starships, led by the Sovereign-class Battle Cruiser USS Bat'leth. When Riker is not with the flagship, Commodore Quetzalxochitl Vejar, Executive officer of the Paladin and the task force, is in command Strike Group One. Captain Worf, Commanding officer of the Bat'leth, commands Strike Group Two as Fleet Captain.
The Rhode Island-class Battle Cruiser of the task force 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 Paladin is the only starship in the task force with a Quantum Slipstream Drive, because of the size of the slipstream tunnel produced by the flagship, the rest of the task force can travel with it at slipstream speed in tight formation.