Arcturus Squadron

From Bravo Fleet

Arcturus Wayfinding Squadron, or, informally, Arcturus Squadron, is a squadron of Starfleet's Fourth Fleet centered around the USS Arcturus, an Odyssey-class heavy explorer. Based out of Olympia Station on the Federation’s rimward Alpha Quadrant frontier, this squadron’s primary mission is to discover new routes for exploration into the wider galaxy. Arcturus Squadron has been at the forefront of each campaign and major operation undertaken by the Fourth Fleet since 2399 and reports directly to the fleet’s Deputy Commander rather than one of its task groups or task forces.


Operating from Olympia Station, Arcturus Squadron's main objective is to preserve the Federation's access past Shelliak and Tholian space.

Arcturus Wayfinding Squadron, as the designation might suggest, is a specialized explorer squadron intended to find new paths forward for exploration, in both a literal, navigational sense and in a diplomatic sense. This squadron's primary mission is to create safe routes for Starfleet's exploratory, diplomatic, humanitarian, and defensive operations, both in the Alpha Quadrant and around the galaxy. Its mission priorities include:

  1. Perform initial exploratory and scientific surveys in areas of strategic importance, in order to secure safe navigational routes for more detailed follow-ups by other vessels at a later date.
  2. Engage in first and second contact missions with species on the edge of Federation space to improve Starfleet's long-term ability to send vessels on long-range missions.
  3. Cooperate with friendly powers and attempt to improve relations with hostile and neutral powers where possible in the interests of enhancing Starfleet's deployment capabilities.

In the Olympia Sector, Arcturus Squadron is focused on ensuring that powers in neighboring regions do not cut off the Federation's trailing access to the deep Alpha Quadrant, by finding friendly worlds, potential colony sites, and engaging in relations with the Tamarians, Tholians, and the Shelliak. The squadron is also a rapid-response unit that will divert to core Fourth Fleet objectives, such as campaigns, when called.


Task Forces 38 & 9 (2399)

Arcturus Squadron was first constituted on the commissioning of the USS Arcturus, under the command of then-Commodore Elizabeth Hayden in 2399. Initially assigned to Task Force 38, the squadron performed initial surveys of the Nacene Reach. When returning to the Alpha Quadrant for debriefing later that year, the squadron participated in the Battle of Barzan II, during which the Breen killed Vice Admiral Jonathan Knox and sparked renewed border tensions between the two powers.

Commodore Hayden was promoted to Rear Admiral and ordered to lead a newly reformed Task Force 9 in interdiction and frontier security efforts, with Arcturus Squadron continuing to serve as her vanguard.

Fourth Fleet Operations (2399 to Present)

Starting in mid-2399, Arcturus Squadron was assigned directly to Fourth Fleet Command and participated in both the Archanis and Tkon-Omega Campaigns. For the first half of 2400, Admiral Hayden was teaching at Starfleet Academy, and the squadron was temporarily led by the flagship's captain, Captain Michael Lancaster, during its participation in the Century Storm Campaign, though she returned by the time of the Blood Dilithium Campaign at the end of that year.

Overall command of the squadron and the station were transferred to Commodore Brett Logan, effective Stardate 2401.1, as Vice Admiral Hayden took her post as commandant of the Fourth Fleet's Academy. Arcturus Squadron was assigned to commence detailed surveys of the Talvath Expanse coreward of the Romulan Free State, with the addition of the Antares and Achilles to accompany Arcturus and Apollo, with their operations coordinated through Deep Space 17. Commodore Logan was relieved on Stardate 2401.2, with a permanent replacement not named before Arcturus Squadron was committed to the Lost Fleet campaign. Following a battle with Breen, Dominion, and Ferengi forces on Stardate 2401.3, Captain Lancaster was promoted to fleet captain by Admiral Liam Dahlgren and given formal command of the squadron.

On Stardate 2401.4, Arcturus Squadron was directed to Olympia Station in the rimward, trailing edge of Federation space in the Alpha Quadrant. On Stardate 2401.9, Arcturus Squadron was expanded from five starships to eleven starships and formally given the designation Arcturus Wayfinding Squadron to reflect its mission.



As of 2401, Arcturus Squadron is currently composed of eleven starships, predominantly explorer and cruiser-type vessels. The composition of the squadron is optimized for general exploratory duties, with specific emphasis on long-range reconnaissance to help the Federation find new allies and identify potential threats beyond its borders.
Arcturus Wayfinding Squadron Vessels
Starship Class & Type Commanding Officer Role
USS Arcturus Odyssey-class heavy explorer Fleet Captain Michael Lancaster Squadron Flagship
USS Pallas Vesta-class explorer Captain Sitar Deep Space Exploration
USS Antares Intrepid-class light explorer Captain Noah Armstrong Reconaissance
USS Renown Akira-class heavy cruiser Captain Takemura Masaru Defense
USS Apollo Duderstadt-class fast cruiser Captain Sean Gaudain Reconaissance
USS Achilles Echelon-class light cruiser Captain Akintoye Okusanya Engineering Support
USS Saturn Sutherland-class research cruiser Captain Alexandra Langley Long-Term Research
USS Theseus Gagarin-class heavy escort Captain Marcus Bancroft Defense
USS Hokule'a Aquarius-class escort Captain Larus Alesser Flagship Embarked Escort
USS Arondight Reliant-class frigate Captain Iro Rakan Patrol
USS Buran Rhode Island-class scout Captain Blake Bennett Reconaissance


Arcturus Squadron is headquartered at Olympia Station, on the furthest rimward edge of the Federation's territory in the Alpha Quadrant. This Spacedock-class starbase has been tasked with studying the surrounding Olympia sector for future Federation colonization and provides engineering and exploratory support to Arcturus Squadron and other Fourth Fleet vessels.

Former Elements

Before March 2401, Overwatch Station and the ex-USS Apollo were both components of Arcturus Squadron. The Rhode Island-class scout Apollo was replaced by a new Duderstadt-class fast cruiser bearing the same name, and the squadron's mission shifted to another region of the Federation. The USS Nellie Bly was also briefly assigned to support Olympia Station.