Created in the 23rd century, the 16th Fleet is a mobile fleet within Starfleet focused on preserving the Federation and its ideals in the face of adversity. The 16th Fleet’s duties are primarily exploratory in nature; however, the members of this fleet are also assigned to rapidly respond to diplomacy and emergency support missions on the Federation’s Outer Rim, including the borders with the Cardassian Union, Klingon Empire, and Romulan Star Empire. With recent advancements in technology allowing Starfleet the ability to travel to the far reaches of the Delta Quadrant and the Dominion lessening restrictions on admission to the Gamma Quadrant, the vessels of the 16th Fleet have been selected to serve in these regions as well. These personnel are tasked with achieving peace through a mix of diplomacy, military force, and intelligence gathering.
In the event of a violation of the Federation Charter by a member state or a disagreement between Federation members the ships of the 16th Fleet will be called in to respond. For this reason the Captains and crews of vessels assigned to the 16th Fleet are intensely loyal to the Federation and, traditionally, those who are selected to serve as its leaders will renounce citizenship on their home world. Despite the intense nature of their missions, selection for the 16th Fleet is considered one of the highest honors that can be bestowed by Starfleet.
Noteworthy Fleet Actions
- Four Years War
- Battle of Wolf 359 (2367)
- Battle of Sector 001 (2373)
- The Dominion War (2374 – 2375)
- Defense of Coppelius (2399)