Task Force 38
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Task Force 38 is a task force within Starfleet's Fourth Fleet and assigned to the Delta Quadrant as the Delta Exploration Initiative. Its primary mission is exploration, first contact and diplomatic support in The Round Table region of space in the Delta Quadrant. The current Task Force Commanding Officer is Rear Admiral Alexander J. Kendrick.
- 1 Theater of Operations
- 2 Stellar Cartography
- 3 Species
- 4 Task Force History
- 5 Task Force Commanding Officer History
Theater of Operations
OverviewSolaria Gateway, an Iconian Gateway positioned in the Delta Quadrant. However, for the purposes of cartography and record-keeping, the Round Table consists of all space within ten thousand light-years (10,000 ly) of the Solaria Gateway. The Round Table is thus sufficiently large that no current Federation vessel, starting from the Gate, could reach any edge of the theatre within one year, even traveling at uninterrupted maximum warp. (The total volume of the Round Table exceeds 4.1 trillion cubic light-years, promising a vast new frontier of exploration for decades to come.)
The region of the galaxy containing the Round Table (TRT, for short) is almost completely unknown. It is fifteen thousand light-years beyond the furthest known edges of Hirogen, Vaadwaur, and, most recently, Borg expansion. Except for the limited exploration Starfleet has performed in the area, no data is available except a few long-range quasar charts and the results of major galactic stellar surveys. There has never been contact with any species from this region of the galaxy.
Task Force 38 has established a limited presence in the Round Table, with a number of small research stations and a few large exploratory missions to date.
- See Also: Battle of Union
During the Battle of Union, a Borg attack on the original Starbase 900 led to the destruction both of the Starbase and F'hoca Gateway. Union Gateway, which was had been linked to F'hoca Gateway for as long as anyone had known about it, suddenly had its connection severed. For a short time, it appeared to have shut down. However, a few minutes later, Union Gateway dramatically reopened. Not understanding what had happened, the U.S.S. Excelsior was ordered through to find out what was on the other side.
The Excelsior traveled through and discovered that Union Gateway had formed a new connection with Solaria Gateway, nearly forty thousand light-years (twenty-three years' travel at Warp 9.6) from the position of the lost F'hoca Gate. After documenting the existence of Planet Camelot and the Solaria Nebula, the Excelsior returned to Union for a much-needed overhaul.
The very next day, aboard his new U.S.S. Tornado-A (a Prometheus-class vessel that had been reassigned and renamed mere hours before its commissioning to respond to the emergency circumstances in Task Force 38), Vice Admiral Walter Picardo Tenson began an initial survey of the Solaria Nebula, only to find that its powerful plasma disruptions and dimagnetic disturbances made it nearly impossible to navigate. After nearly four months in the Nebula, during which time his crew charted a number of star systems, the Tornado finally discovered a "safe passage" out of the Nebula into open space. This passage, which, depending on plasma storm activity, can take anywhere from a few hours to more than a week to navigate, remains the main way in and out of the Nebula. With the discovery of the Safe Passage, exploration of the Round Table in full truly began.
Only a few months into the exploration of the Round Table, the Federation has established a tangible but extremely limited presence in the Solaria Nebula and surrounding regions. A temporary base of operations has been constructed at Planet Camelot, serving as the sole Federation resupply base in the region. However, due to the limited capacity of the base, Federation pressure to colonize the planet, and the value of this particular piece of real estate, the construction of a new Starbase, the latest iteration of Starbase 900, has been approved.
Within days of the discovery of the Safe Passage out of the Solaria Nebula, Starfleet oversaw the establishment a number of small manned and unmanned research stations to study the stellar phenomena in and around the Solaria Nebula. A few weeks later, the U.S.S. Excelsior was assigned a six month exploratory mission, which was considered largely successful after ending in more than a dozen more-or-less peaceful first contacts. Following in the Excelsiors footsteps have been a half-dozen other ships, initially including the Patriot, the Essex and the USS Searcher with new missions continuing today under the banner of the newly-branded "Delta Exploration Initiative".
The Federation has raced to establish a long-term presence in the system by not only assigning additional resources such as the Aquarius, the Galaxy, the Iapetus, the Perseus, the Daedalus, the Berkeley, the Xelisa, the Odin and the Victory, but also by means of expanding Camelot Station to function as a major planetary base, constructing Starbase 900 in orbit over Camelot and, most recently by approving the construction of Starbase Delta, a Vanguard-class base several warp-months distant from Starbase 900.
As Starfleet's presence in the Round Table has grown, local races have begun to take note of the new power setting up on their doorstep. Some welcome the opportunities introduced by the arrival of this "empire from the far side of space." Others hate the instability the Federation has brought to the local balance of power (and, indeed, those worlds which have had the most contact with the Federation have already seen foreign policy slide to center stage in their respective political arenas). Some love the ideals of the Federation, others hate it. Some have met Federation envoys in person; most know of Starfleet only by rumour. But few within three hundred light years of the Gateway have not by now at least heard the name "United Federation of Planets"--and wondered what effect those four words will have on the future of this part of space.
Prior to the 15th century, the Vaadwaur discovered and mapped the Underspace, a vast network of subspace corridors that allowed them access to star systems throughout the Delta Quadrant. They used the Underspace for exploration, commerce, and conquest, earning them the envy and enmity of hundreds of species. The population of the Vaadwaur around that time was six billion. The Vaadwaur encountered the Borg during their travels, who at the time had assimilated only a handful of star systems. Another of the races they encountered were the Talax-ilzay, the ancestors of modern Talaxians, whose folklore included stories of a "phantom army" that appeared out of thin air and destroyed entire colonies before disappearing. In the old Talaxian language, "vaadwaur" is a word that means "foolish", an admonishment to those who trusted the Vaadwaur. Numerous other, similar references also testify to the aggression of the Vaadwaur.
Eventually, a coalition comprising the Turei and other species was formed to end the Vaadwaur threat once and for all. Their campaign culminated in the orbital bombardment of the Vaadwaur homeworld in 1484, which was believed to have resulted in the extinction of the Vaadwaur. The Turei subsequently claimed the Underspace for themselves. A Vaadwaur battalion, numbering six hundred, managed to survive the attack underground in stasis units. Believing that the Turei coalition would quickly disintegrate after their defeat, they intended to reawaken in five years and reclaim one of their former colonies. However, a technical malfunction left them in stasis until they were discovered by the crew of the USS Voyager, 892 years later in 2376. The Voyager crew found the Vaadwaur a new planet on which to rebuild.
Frustrated by their antiquated technology and the encroachment of successors such as the Borg and the Devore Imperium on their former holdings, the Vaadwaur resolved to take control of Voyager instead. They were driven back with help from the Turei and Gedrin, one of their own who disagreed with their imperialistic ambitions. Fifty-three Vaadwaur vessels managed to flee into the Underspace, disappearing to parts unknown.
It has been over a decade since the Vaadwaur have been seen, until revealing themselves in 2387, in The Round Table, the area of Operations for Bravo Fleet's Task Force 38 by the Mordred Nebula. The Washington was the first to detect the Vaadwaur coming in and out of underspace near the the Nebula. It was then resolved for the Washington to continue to observe whilst the Galaxy was ordered into the region, not only as a show of force, but to find out exactly what the Vaadwaur are up to. Unknown to the Federation of Planets and Bravo Fleet’s Task Force 38, much has occurred in past twelve years, in the dark depths of the Delta Quadrant. The Fifty-three Vaadwaur vessels upon fleeing into Underspace in 2376, continued to stay true to their original mission: reawaken in five years and reclaim one of their former colonies. While their time frame had been seriously compromised they wished to stay true to their reclaiming of their former colony; a planet of the Devore Imperium, located in a binary star system in Grid 315.
Along the course the Vaadwaur battalion encounter a Kolaati battleship. Many Kolaati engaged in criminal activities, including trafficking in narcotics and were unprepared for a battalion assault. The Vaadwaur now more motivated then ever by the traitor Gerdrin’s actions saw the taking the Kolaati as a needed opportunity. The Kolaati were nasty creatures, but easily manipulated, and made acceptable warriors with a little direction.
The Vaadwaur convinced that their race were a bunch of hopeless pirates, and would never be able to secure a solid future. The Vaadwaur promise them that future; they promise them a strong foothold in the Delta Quadrant among their own ranks; something they could never dream of. They promised to share their knowledge of the Underspace with the Kolaati and the Kolaati-Vaadwaur alliance was formed. Everyday new Kolaati commanders hear the Vaadwaur’s promise and join the battalion afraid to miss out on the spoils. The Kolaati ships ranging greatly in ability quickly become an assemble of power; a fist in the battalion. A full scale invasion of the planet named by many names is bombarded by this new duo, and their true effectiveness comes to light. The Vaadwaur battle strategies and the Kolaati fieriness quickly appear to be an admirable opponent. The Devore Imperium fight back defending their colony, but the Vaadwaur and Kolaati alliance is strong.
If the Vaadwaur had learned anything from their near extinction it was that if you strive to concur alone, you setup the pretense that your enemies can ally and combat against you; a truth that Turei coalition still left a bitter taste in their mouths. A species like the Devore, controlling eleven star systems across three sectors, might be over come in the short term, but the colony would not remain in the Kolaati and Vaadwaur’s hands for long.
The Vaadwaur established communication with the Devore suggesting valuable insights into the Underspace could be traded in return for their colony and ship technologies. The Devore were reluctant at first trusting new species, but after many conferences noted that the Underspace would be a valuable tactical advantage in securing the Delta Quadrant, and tracking the gaharey. The gaharey for which they termed telepathic aliens, which they hold a significant intolerance for. The Devore had also gotten word that the new telepathic tolerant power players were moving into the Delta Quadrant, into an area of space known as the Round Table. A loose and highly temporary alliance was formed, and the colony because a house of many secretive negotiations. Luckily the Devore had never heard of the Talaxian translation for Vaadwaur, meaning foolish. Or perhaps, too preoccupied by the desire to hold the "phantom army" at their command, an army that were known to appear out of thin air and that destroyed entire colonies before disappearing. The Devore could only imagine what this stealth could do for ridding the Quadrant from the gaharey and the pressing of new gaharey supporters from other quadrants; namely those who were now established in the Round Table.
More recently, the Vaadwaur, the Devore Imperium and Kolaati have been turning their attentions to what has been happening the in Round Table; taking on the loose alliance name Solaria Coalition. Several Vaadwaur have used the Underspace to conduct reconannsiance of the region, seeing a strong Starfleet presence. But more interesting, they encountered a species who like themselves has remained hidden for centuries; a species known as the Skareen. The Skareen are a race native to planet Hakera in the Star Desert. Militaristic and widely feared throughout the Star Desert, the Skareen are chiefly known at present as constructors of The Arches. Their once-powerful empire, bent on galactic domination, was stopped on the eve of breakthrough by force or forces now lost to history. Skareen society collapsed inwards on itself. First restricted to the Core Worlds, then appearing to die out entirely, the Skareen have not heard from for over two hundred years. Nonetheless, the fear of the Skareen persists throughout the region and the neighboring Jathlin Arm, as the memory of so many enslaved worlds cannot be blotted out too easily.
The Vaadwaur hold a very similar history with these militaristic Skareen. All under the pretense of the vast luxury of Underspace knowledge, The Skareen soon fell into the ranks of the Solaria Coalition. Four species with different motives, volatile personalities, but deadly drive. One pushed to hold the keys of the quadrant in their hands. Each species brings something unique to the table; a table known to many as the Round Table.
Landmarks of Note
- Starbase 900 is the base of operations for Task Force 38 and the Delta Exploration Initiative. It is located at the exit of the Safe Passage and all vessels exiting the Federation Transwarp Network and into the Delta Quadrant must contact the station for identification.
- The Arch, also known as Skareen Military Research Station Seele, is a structure located in the Star Desert of The Round Table. Located light-years from any planet or star in the desolate Star Desert, the Arch, so named because of its arch-like shape, was first detected by Starfleet Sciences in mid-2384.
- Ruined Station is an ancient space station constructed by the Iconians during their inhabitance of the Solaria Nebula hundreds of millenia ago. Abandoned at the edge of what has become the modern-day Pre-Warp Cradle, the station was discovered and reinhabited by the growing Dendrian Order near the end of the twenty-first century. Now it serves as a hub of commerce, diplomacy, science, and trade.
- Morex is the homeworld of the Morexians. Located in the heart of the Morea System, of the Pelora Formation.
Systems & Planets
- Archadia System - Located in The Round Table region of the Delta Quadrant is home to three planetoids of various class and designation along with Starbase 900 (a Starfleet facility) and the Solaria Gateway, an ancient Iconian Portal.
- Planet Camelot - First planet discovered in The Round Table (indeed, hence the name). Nearest planet to Solaria Gateway. Site of temporary Starfleet base established by Admiral Tenson during his historic expedition of the Solaria Nebula in 2384. Current site of Starbase 900, primary base of operations for Starfleet expeditions in The Round Table.
- Xelis System - Unexplored ten-planet star system in The Round Table. First noted by the U.S.S. Xelisa after obtaining star maps from a Koocha trader, who intimated that the fifth planet in the system held ruins that may be of interest to Starfleet and the Federation.
- Velorum System - Star system in The Round Table. Was last known location of a Trigati Dr. Londo Carlton prior to his rescue by (and subsequent death aboard) the U.S.S. Prometheus in late 2384.
- Drekasta - A system devoid of any planets that contains only asteroids made from exotic metals. The only known habitation is a large Mining/ Trading station on the outside of the System, serving hundreds of species across The Round Table.
- Morex - Morex is the homeworld of the Morexians. Located in the heart of the Morea System, of the Pelora Formation.
Space Phenomena & Natural Wonders
- Pre-Warp Cradle - The Pre-Warp Cradle is a crescent-shaped area situated in a large, relatively open pocket within the Solaria Nebula.
- Mordred Nebula - A daughter nebula of the Solaria Nebula, located, like its parent, in The Round Table region of the Delta Quadrant. It appears to have split off from the Solaria only a few million years ago. Initial sensor scans indicate only superficial corrosive properties and reliable warp travel through some sections.
- Ariel Nebula - Small nebula in The Round Table, located within a few light-years of the Solaria Nebula. Due to its close proximity, the Ariel is considered a "child nebula" of the Solaria, even though it appears to have formed independently. It is the site of Research Station Ariel, one of the first Federation outposts in the Round Table, which was constructed to study the nebula's properties in mid-2384. The nebula is considered safe for travel and long-term habitation.
- Jathlin Arm - Densely populated stellar region of The Round Table. Home to the Ly'bven'tho Field, the Perenalthorias Union of Commonwealths, its constituent planets, and a wide variety of other worlds and minor and major powers.
- Ly'bven'tho Field - Region on the peripherary of the Jathlin Arm in the Round Table that is marked by intense dimagnetic field disruptions, which render it almost un-navigable by large starships. Starfleet study of the region and its unusual field configuration was carried out by shuttlecraft.
- Star Desert - An area of space in The Round Table that contains very few stars.
- Pelora Formation - Stellar region of The Round Table. Charted on long-range sensors during the Excelsior's mission of exploration in 2384, the Pelora Formation was not explored until the Prometheus visited Morex, one of the worlds contained in it.
- Tucker Nebula - Nebula in the Round Table noted for its extremely high ionic particle concentrations. First charted by the U.S.S. Excelsior in October 2384, it was originally believed to be largely unremarkable aside from its unusual composition. However, it was discovered that the Nebula’s high silicon distribution causes it to function as a single enormous computer, controlled—very erratically—by unconscious thoughts.
- SD-1 Impossibility - Unusual spatial phenomenon in star system MW-DQ-T2-V002-LRS21599, also known as Spatial Disturbance One, the Trippy Vortex, and simply The Impossibility. First noticed during an Excelsior flyby in October 2384, the Impossibility emits all manner of unusual particles not normally detected in nature.
- Iconians - An ancient and highly advanced civilization that once existed as a small empire originating in the Beta Quadrant which was destroyed 200,000 years by the orbital bombardment of their homeworld of Iconia.
- Perenalthorias Union of Commonwealths - An organization of nation-states that cooperate for the purposes of establishing trade, rules of war, maintaining the peace, and responding to the concerns of member nations.
- Divitian Republic - Most economically and military powerful member state of the Perenalthorias Union of Commonwealths.
- Judaat - Rhinocerous-like species that, as a founding member of the Perenalthorias Union of Commonwealths, sits on the Upper Echelon of the Perenalthorias Council and holds veto power.
- Skareen - Race native to planet Hakera in the Star Desert. Militaristic and widely feared, the Skareen are chiefly known at present as constructors of The Arches.
- Dendrian Order - Small but influential governmental body that forms a thin band around the territory of the Tynusian Empire in the Pre-Warp Cradle.
- Tynusian Empire - The most powerful race in the Pre-Warp Cradle, the Tynusian Empire consolidated power in the Cradle more than half a millennium ago, and has ruled the region benevolently but firmly ever since.
- Archadian Confederacy - The Archadian Confederacy is the official name for the Archadian race that reside on Archadia III, an N class planetoid in the Archadia System of Sector 2201.
- Five Star Liberation Front Movement - A coalition of five star systems that are ancient descendants of The Glosian Republic. The group is a right wing fashion group that believes that growth comes from being unseen and by research.
- Jathlin Trading Group - Loose organization of governments (situated roughly in the Jathlin Arm of the Round Table) that have subscribed to the Jathlin Accord on Trade and Tariffs (JATT), thereby agreeing to cooperate in economic matters in order to further free trade and economic prosperity among member states.
- Brian's Race - Inhabitants of the Star Desert in The Round Table.
- Morexians - A species native to the Delta Quadrant, Morexians are almost Vulcan like in their calm nature and prefer to communicate through mind waves.
- Ariel Mercenaries - An Unidentifed Mercenary Group operating in the territory recently occupied by the Ariel Nebula creature.
- Four-Dimensional Beings - Non-linear beings who inhabited four-dimensional space, communication with the beings is all but impossible due to their incomprehensible mode of existence.
- Koocha - Race native to The Round Table noted as a "very particular people".
- Nnglnn’!ta! - Race native to planet Z'co!!xx'yzn IX in The Round Table. Noted for their remarkably complex set of lingual sounds.
- Raehcoren (species) - Pre-industrial civilization native to Raehcoren V in the Round Table and have constructed their primitive pre-literate society alongside the ruins of a far more advanced predecessor civilization that has long since abandoned the planet.
- Raehcoren Energy Entity - Sapient non-corporeal energy being encountered in advanced ancient ruins on Raehcoren V in the Round Table.
- Relaiyans - Race native to The Round Table. First contact made in May 2384.
- Sandwich Makers - Round Table race that made friendly first contact with the crew of the Excelsior in late October 2384.
- Tilamari - Species native of Tilamar IV in the Round Table, a pelagic world covered almost entirely in water. The only exception is a single enormous continent-like reef dotted with a few medium-sized cities where air-breathing species can co-mingle with the underwater dwelling Tilamar.
- Vren'tal - Round Table race near the Solaria Nebula governed by a board of “archregents,” which functions similarly to a parlaimentary democracy, but is more autocratic than normal for democratic governments.
- Vego - Primitive race native to the Round Table, physiologically similar to humans. The Vego are currently in the midst of their early space age, but have largely maintained a rural lifestyle and superstitious point of view.
Task Force History
Task Force 38 began life in 2357, following the armistice that ended the last of the major Cardassian Wars. Then known as “Detachment 38,” codenamed Avalon, the five-ship task group was dedicated to first contact and diplomatic support, representing Starfleet’s initiative to resume peaceful operations following the bloody conflict with Cardassia. A shared resource between Starfleet and the Diplomatic Corps, Avalon’s work was only occasionally high-profile, but the results of its missions—which had one of the highest success rates in the fleet—were felt throughout the Federation. D-38 was responsible for the first treaties with Altair VI and Aldea, negotiated the Peace of Donatus, and oversaw the Bolian and the Cairn’s respective applications to join the Federation (both of which were successful). Avalon also instituted and oversaw the Officer Exchange Program between 2359 and 2366, when it turned the program over to the Diplomatic Corps.
For nearly fifteen years, led first by Captain Tryla Scott of the Renegade (until her death in 2364), and subsequently by Commodore Ian Westlake, Avalon operated as the military face of the Starfleet Diplomatic Corps, growing to include several more ships and some inter-governmental representation. Unfortunately, D-38’s final mission as a diplomatic organization was also its most catastrophic. On 3 January 2372, in response to the Klingon withdrawal from the Khitomer Accords, D-38 sent a three-ship task group, led by the U.S.S. Ahwahnee, to negotiate a peace. On 5 January, the Klingon Empire attacked the United Federation of Planets at Starbase Deep Space Nine. The diplomats were sent home--in pieces--a few weeks later. The ships and their crews were not so lucky.
For the next three years, there would be no peace in the Alpha Quadrant. What little was left of D-38 after the loss of its three most powerful ships was further reduced when its Klingon support vessels were declared enemy targets and its Cardassian support ships were recalled to participate in Cardassia’s war with Qo’noS. As a diplomatic unit, Avalon was now too depleted to be of use and too irrelevant to be in demand. Starfleet Command dissolved Avalon Command and reassigned the surviving vessels as an attack wing under Task Force 58, assigned to the Raeyan Sector along the Klingon and Romulan borders.
The commanders of Task Group Avalon, being only three in number by late 2372, began calling themselves “the Delta.” Though this began as an informality between three old, nostalgic friends, it gradually began showing up in official communications until Task Group Avalon was officially renamed Task Group Delta. Delta would see action at the Battle of Sector 001 and the 2373 Battle of Union. Fortunately, the Klingon War ended in a cease-fire in early 2373, followed a few months later by the reinstatement of the Khitomer Accords.
The vast majority of Starfleet would be called to the front lines of the Dominion War, which opened that December, but Task Group Delta would play a different role. Expanded to a dozen starships and placed under Commodore Westlake’s command, “Defense Force Delta” was assigned to patrol the volatile Romulan border. In May 2374, Starfleet assigned two additional vessels to the force and formally separated it from Task Force 58. Commodore Westlake, with fond memories of the Avalon heritage, saw to it that the new force was designated Task Force 38. TF38 would see regular action along the border until September, when the Romulan Star Empire formally entered hostilities against the Dominion. Two weeks later, TF38 was reassigned to the front lines, where it would serve with some distinction for the rest of the war.
In December 2375, now-Commander Huddle, taking advantage of creative routing during a post-war medical relief run from Vulcan to the battered Cardassian territories, returned the Aquinas to Union. The Battle of Union had stuck in her scientific mind as an unexplained anamoly, and she was determined to find out what had happened to the Chor Tek’na.
She did. Working closely with Dr. Ganer Trella, senior Federation official in charge of the Union III Iconian excavation efforts, Commander Huddle bombarded the coordinates of the chroniton disturbance with a high concentration of warp plasma and deuterium. A wormhole popped open.
Only, this time, Dr. Trella, aboard the Manner Science Station at the edge of the system, was ready for it. Every sensor was focused on those coordinates when the wormhole exploded into being, and, within hours, Trella and Huddle Name knew they had stumbled upon the most strategically important location in two thousand light years.
The wormhole proved to be stable, and was linked to a corresponding Gateway construct in the F’hoca Sector of the Delta Quadrant. After months of frantic and painstaking research, it was determined that the wormhole, dubbed Union Gateway, was stable, artificial, and Iconian in design. It was the first of several Very Large Gateways (VLGs) that would be discovered in the following decade. Starbase 74 was quickly decommissioned and entered a period of heavy upgrades. It would reopen in 2381 as Starbase 911, a radically altered base that is currently considered the fastest-constructed Federation starbase in history.
Due to Task Force 38’s close ties to Task Force 58, the Raeyan Sector, and the Union Gateway specifically, as well as its solid combat record during the War, Starfleet tapped Commodore Westlake’s unit to head up the new “Defense Force Delta,” a name that was more than appropriate for TF38 veterans. Unfortunately, Commodore Westlake’s reassignment to the Tholian Sector as part of the post-war command shakeup had already gone through, and Fleet Admiral Patrick Brice was assigned to 38 in his stead. Task Force 38 was attached to the Fourth Fleet, due to the Fourth Fleet’s strong and continuing focus on Borg defense.
Until the formal recommissioning of Starbase 911 as anything more than a glorified weapons platform, Task Force 38 operated out of Starbase 503 in the Badlands. Declassified records of the following seven years indicate that, contrary to Starfleet’s severe concerns about Borg activity in and around the F’hoca Sector, Defense Force Delta’s operations in the Old Theatre were relatively uneventful, and soon devolved onto Starfleet’s mandate for general exploration of “new life and new civilizations.” Although there were several minor skirmishes with Borg probes, F’hoca was wedged between the edge of Borg space and the Galactic Barrier. Apparently, the Borg did not consider a Federation presence in territory otherwise controlled by the Kazon and the Ocampa to be a sufficient threat to merit a concerted response. Task Force 38 continued to expand Federation notoriety and knowledge in the region through the administrations of Admirals Dragon, Robert, Holmes, and Haig.
Then, suddenly, in late 2381, the Borg stance suddenly and inexplicably changed. In a day and a night, Task Force 38 was driven from the Delta Quadrant, its ships and bases destroyed, crews assimilated, and casualties among the escapees heavy. The final battle at Starbase 900, the Regula II-class base that had been constructed immediately outside F'hoca Gateway, lasted less than twenty minutes. Most seriously, Admiral Ward failed to see to the activation of Defense Force Delta’s most critical directive: the Omicron Protocol. F’hoca Gateway was a physical construct that relied on a physical power core, unlike the corresponding Gate at Union. In the event of a Borg attack, F’hoca Gateway was to be destroyed by a trilithium device, thus preventing the Borg from following the retreating forces through to the Alpha Quadrant. Rather than immediately activating the protocol at the start of the attack, however, Admiral Ward ordered that TF38 be given time to retreat. Unfortunately, the retreat became a rout, and, in the end, it became impossible to activate the explosive device, even had it been attempted by a suicide team. The Gateway remained intact, and the Borg took the F'hoca Sector. The Borg, for reasons known only to them, did not follow the Federation into the Alpha Quadrant, even though its fleet of Cubes would no doubt have penetrated even Starbase 911’s heavy fortifications and the assembled TF58 and 38 fleets within minutes.
Because of his failure to destory the F’hoca Gate, thereby putting the entire Federation at risk, Admiral Ward was removed from command. His replacement, Admiral Athos Roark, commander of Starbase 911, was nearing retirement himself and only lasted out the year. Roark's replacement, Admiral Walter Tenson, would be in charge of saving Task Force 38 from being placed entirely in mothballs.
Tenson did just that, and the task was easier than he had expected. Taking his flagship, the Tornado, through the Gateway in mid-2382, he discovered that the Borg were gone. They had reverted to their previous borders, and a number of local species had taken it upon themselves to await the Federation’s return by placing a multi-racial fleet outside F’hoca Gateway. When the Tornado came through, Tenson was greated not by a fleet of Cubes, but by a fleet of old friends. For the next eighteen months, exploration continued as it had for the many years prior.
Twelve months after the re-establishment of the Delta foothold, however, a massive field of Omega Particles was discovered a short distance from the newly-rebuilt Starbase 900. The destruction of a Klingon task group as a result of an accident in the Omega Field precipitated the Omega Crisis of 2383, which ended in a Borg attack, the destruction of Starbase 900 (again), and the successful implementation of the Omicron Protocol (under the new moniker “Manufactured Triumph”). Although it was briefly feared among 38 C.O.’s that the Force would be disbanded and D-38 reopened on a much smaller scale, this proved not to be the case. A few minutes after the retreat from the Old Theatre and the destruction of F’hoca Gateway, Union Gateway suddenly and unexpectedly reactivated, now linked to a different Gateway in the Delta Quadrant.
Said Gateway was, in fact, in the Solaria Nebula, many years' travel from the F'hoca Sector. After several months exploring the Nebula, the Tornado discovered the famous Safe Passage out into open space. This open space is completely new to all Starfleet databases, being more than thirty thousand light years from any point on Voyager’s course through the Delta Quadrant. Codenamed “The Round Table,” this region of space currently serves as a part of Task Force 38’s theatre of operations.
In 2386 the Iconian Gateways were starting to enter into a state of decay. Due to the limited amount of knowledge the Federation had about the up-keep of the gateways, a decision was made to replace them. By 2387 the Federation Transwarp Network was deployed with one of the first linkups going directly to the Delta Quadrant. By order of the 4th Fleet command, all Iconian Gateways were destroyed and replaced by the transwarp network. To stay clear from any subspace interference from the former Iconian Gateway and to give the transwarp gate adequate protection, the Delta Quadrant gate was built in the Mordred Nebula, a significant distance away from Task Force HQ, Starbase 900.
When Vice Admiral Robert Dowd arrived to take command of Starfleet forces in the Delta Quadrant, he was tasked with setting up a force and outpost to protect the gateway from not only enemies, but also from the local population. There have been some outcries from the local quadrant governments about the destruction of the archaic Iconian Gateways, citing the unnecessary destruction of history. Starfleet stands by its decision claiming that the gateways were too easy to hack and possibly be used as a weapon. The Federation Transwarp Network, however, can only be utilized by Starfleet forces and other authorized users.
Reports of Vaadwaur activity have been reported near the new area of control for the Task Force. Starfleet has yet to take any offensive action against them, but forces are monitoring the the situation in an area that was thought to be far from the reaches of undesirably activity.
Task Force Commanding Officer History
- Rear Admiral Alexander J. Kendrick
- Vice Admiral Robert Dowd
- Rear Admiral Lenti Utex
- Rear Admiral Kareel Zhan
- Rear Admiral Lucius Hawke
- Vice Admiral Ricky Wegener
- Rear Admiral S'iraa
- Vice Admiral Teylas Ramar
- Rear Admiral Elizabeth Bassenthwaite
- Rear Admiral Xavier J. Douglas
- Vice Admiral Viran
- Commodore Akbar (Acting TFCO)
- Vice Admiral Walter Picardo Tenson
- Vice Admiral Athos Roark
- Vice Admiral Phalen Ward
- Fleet Admiral Brice