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In the Star Trek fictional universe, Starfleet is the military and exploration corps of the United Federation of Planets. Starfleet Headquarters is located in San Francisco, California, Earth, Sol System, Sector 001, in the Alpha Quadrant.

Many of the Headquarters' buildings are concentrated just east of the Golden Gate Bridge in what is now the Presidio of San Francisco, a park on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula.

Starfleet consists of many branches which make up the organization, namely:

Though Starfleet ranks are comprised of many races, it is mostly populated by humans and Vulcans, two of the founders of the Federation.

Starfleet has been shown to handle diplomatic, scientific, and military missions, although their main mandate seems to be one of peaceful exploration. The flagship of Starfleet (and also of the "1st fleet", see Dominion War) is the Starship Enterprise.

Most members of Starfleet who handle day-to-day operations are enlisted persons. There is an officer corps that serve on ships and installations. Officers typically serve as department heads and as command officers. The rank structure of Starfleet is similar to that in use with the United States Navy.

Other uses

In other science fiction universes, "starfleet" is used as an alternative name for starfaring space navies. The Imperial Navy in Star Wars, for example, is often called the "Imperial Starfleet." This does not apply to all storylines; the military in Wing Commander, for example, is known simply as the Terran Confederation Navy, while the main military force in Macross is known as the UN Spacy.

See also

External link

  • Starfleet at Memory Alpha, a Star Trek WikiWiki

Last updated: 10-24-2004 05:10:45