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An '''away team''' is a team of specialized [[starship]] or [[starbase]] [[crew]]members assembled to perform missions on [[planet]] surfaces and other starships.
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An '''away team''' is comprised of a group of [[starship]] or [[starbase]] [[crew]]members, disembarking their assignment to undertake excursions either on a [[planet]], another starship or another starbase. An away team undertakes what is called an [[away mission]].
   
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Away teams can perform a variety of duties on their away mission. This could include:
These missions, deemed [[away mission]]s, may include exploration, [[first contact|first contact]], [[diplomacy and law|diplomacy]], [[science|scientific]] research, or even combat. These missions are typically launched using a ship's [[transporter]] to send the crew to their destination, or by [[shuttlecraft]], such as when use of the transporter is impossible.
 
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* Exploring an area;
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* Making [[first Contact|first contact]];
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* Undertaking a [[diplomacy and law|diplomatic]] mission;
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* Performing [[science|scientific]] research;
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* Fighting or defending.
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They can transport to their destination by either [[transporter]] or [[shuttlecraft]].
   
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Prior to the [[United Federation of Planets|Federation]] [[Starfleet]] forming, [[Earth]] [[Starfleet]] utilized the term "away team" during the [[22nd century]]. ({{ENT|Broken Bow}}, et al)
==22nd century usage==
 
The [[Earth]] [[Starfleet (Earth)|Starfleet]] of the [[22nd century]] used the term "away team", most notably the crew of the [[Enterprise NX-01|''Enterprise'' (NX-01)]].
 
   
 
This term fell out of use during the [[23rd century]]; Federation Starfleet personnel preferred the term "[[landing party]]". ({{TOS|The Cage}}, et al)
==23rd and 24th century usage==
 
The name fell out of favour in the [[23rd century]] with [[Federation]] [[Starfleet]] personnel. Such a team was referred to as a [[landing party]].
 
   
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By the [[24th century]], the term was utilised again. In this timeframe, [[Starfleet General Orders and Regulations|Starfleet regulations]] dictated the [[first officer]] assemble and lead the away team, and the [[second officer]] be one of the team's members. ({{TNG|Encounter at Farpoint|Time's Arrow}}) Under [[Starfleet General Orders and Regulations#Starfleet Away Team Guidelines|Starfleet Code Section 12, Paragraph 4]] of these same regulations, the [[commanding officer]] was prohibited in most cases from joining the away team, with his or her place being on the [[bridge]]. ({{TNG|Gambit, Part I}}; {{film|10}})
The term was brought back in the [[24th century]]. In this era, the [[first officer]] usually forms and leads the away team (''Star Trek: The Next Generation''). It is standard procedure for the [[second officer]] to be part of such a team. (TNG: "Time's Arrow")
 
 
[[Starfleet regulations]], specifically [[Starfleet regulations#Starfleet Away Team Guidelines|Starfleet Code Section 12, Paragraph 4]], prohibit the captain from joining away missions. (''Star Trek: Nemesis'') [[Data]] once reminded [[Commander]] [[William T. Riker|Riker]] of the captain's place on the [[bridge]]. (TNG: "Gambit, Part I")
 
   
 
==Other teams==
 
==Other teams==
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*[[Survey team]]
 
*[[Survey team]]
   
==Background==
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==External link==
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This term entered common use at the beginning of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'', and continued its usage throughout the subsequent [[television]] series, up to and including the prequel ''Star Trek: Enterprise''.
 
 
A recurring plot device throughout ''Star Trek: The Original Series'' was that a [[Redshirt|red shirt]]ed member of the landing party would be dead in the following ten minutes of the episode.
 
 
==External links==
 
{{Memoryalpha}}
 
 
 
[[Category:Groups]]
 
[[Category:Groups]]

Latest revision as of 15:34, 28 June 2011

An away team is comprised of a group of starship or starbase crewmembers, disembarking their assignment to undertake excursions either on a planet, another starship or another starbase. An away team undertakes what is called an away mission.

Away teams can perform a variety of duties on their away mission. This could include:

They can transport to their destination by either transporter or shuttlecraft.

Prior to the Federation Starfleet forming, Earth Starfleet utilized the term "away team" during the 22nd century. (ENT: "Broken Bow", et al)

This term fell out of use during the 23rd century; Federation Starfleet personnel preferred the term "landing party". (TOS: "The Cage", et al)

By the 24th century, the term was utilised again. In this timeframe, Starfleet regulations dictated the first officer assemble and lead the away team, and the second officer be one of the team's members. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Time's Arrow") Under Starfleet Code Section 12, Paragraph 4 of these same regulations, the commanding officer was prohibited in most cases from joining the away team, with his or her place being on the bridge. (TNG: "Gambit, Part I"; Star Trek Nemesis)

Other teams[edit | edit source]

External link[edit | edit source]

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