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Task Force 86

From Bravo Fleet Infobase

Task Force 86 was a Federation task force attached to the Fourth Fleet until 2387. It operated along a majority of the Federation’s border with the Klingon Empire, as well as its border with the Gorn Hegemony, Orion Syndicate, and Tholian Assembly. Much of this area of space has been dubbed “The Borderlands.”

Its last Task Force Commanding Officer was Rear Admiral Erszebet Virkov, operating forces and maintaining a vigilant eye on the border from the task force’s headquarters, Providence Fleet Yards.


Overview

The Triangle Map

Since the signing of the Khitomer Accords in 2293, the Klingon border has been largely de-militarized, and Task Force 86’s primary function was to monitor the lawless area of space between the Federation, Klingon, and Romulan territories known as “The Triangle.

In early 2387, the Task Force’s operational area was expanded to include a greater length of the Klingon Border, and stretching to meet the border of Gorn, Orion and Tholian space, an area referred to as “The Borderlands.” The primary purposes of Task Force 86 have included securing the Federation’s border region by means of tactical interdiction of hostile vessels, conduct of scientific research as directed by Starfleet Command, and to render aid to those in distress.

With the explosion of the Star Hobus in 2387, Task Force 86 saw an increase in Klingon activity along the border. With the Romulan Star Empire weakened by the destruction of its central government, the Klingons began incursions across their shared border. The Federation quickly responded, coming to the defense of the Romulan Empire. This caused the relationship between the Klingon Empire and the Federation to be significantly strained, and the Task Force was mobilized to redeploy its assets along the entirety of the Federation/Klingon border in response.


Discovery

In 2152, the Federation had its first run-in with the Tholian Assembly. They had uncharacteristically travelled well outside of their own territory, in order to possess a 31st century time travel pod. The Vulcan High Command was able to give a modicum of insight about these strange, xenophobic beings, including the borders of their territory.

The Borderland was originally discovered by Starfleet in 2154, also by Captain Jonathan Archer of the USS Enterprise. At the time it was a lawless region of space between the Klingon Empire and the Orion Syndicate. Due to the Orion influence in the area, slave trading was (and sometimes still is) a common occurrence. Ships would frequently go missing, presumably attacked by Orion raiders and their crew sold into slavery or simply outright killed.


Federation Presence

The Federation maintains several important outposts in Task Force 86. Starbase 99, a Regulus class station, serves as one of the major hubs for vessels in need of resupply and repair. Xavier Fleet Yards, a Spacedock Class in orbit of Bellatrix, serves as the major outpost of the area.

The task force headquarters are on Providence Fleet Yards, a venerable K class station in the Beta Geminorum system. There are also several vessels assigned to Task Force 86, to help ward off any possible incursions.

Task Force Commanding Officer History

Disclaimer: The information listed here is based on verbal accounts of past TF86 TFCOs and may not be entirely accurate.