Star Trek Expanded Universe
First Battle of Chin'toka
Part of Dominion War
The USS Galaxy fires on a Cardassian orbital weapon platform.
Date: 2374
Location: Chin'toka system
Result: Federation Alliance victory
Federation Alliance Dominion, Cardassian Union
General Martok, Captain Benjamin Sisko Unknown
Hundreds of starships,
ground troops.
Hundreds of OWPs,
five squadrons of Jem'Hadar attack ships,
planetary defense forces
Dozens of starships total
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The First Battle of Chin'toka was the first offensive launched by the allied forces of the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, and the Romulan Star Empire into Cardassian territory during the Dominion War.

Planning stages[]

The invasion plan.

The inclusion of the Romulan Star Empire into the Federation Alliance stretched the Dominion's forces opening up the possibility for an invasion of Cardassian territory. Captain Benjamin Sisko was given the task by Starfleet Command to select the location of the attack, he chose the Chin'toka system. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

Orbital weapon platforms.

The system was defended by a meager force of five squadrons of Jem'Hadar attack ships due to the Dominion needing extra ships on the Romulan front. The allies started to gather their forces at Deep Space 9 in preparation for the attack. During the preparations the allies learned that a new planetary defense system had been deployed within the system, the Orbital weapon platforms were heavily armed and would make the attack far tougher then expected. The allies agreed to deploy as soon as possible. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

The battle[]

A Vor'cha-class attack cruiser is destroyed by the Jem'Hadar.

The fleet arrived in the system to find the platforms still disabled. The meager Dominion forces engaged the Klingons, despite being heavily outnumbered they caused significant damage to the Klingon fleet through the use of suicide tactics. The losses did not deter the fleet and it continued on and engaged the outer platforms, easily destroying them.

The platforms open fire.

The battle that took a turn with the entire weapons platform system coming online. The fleet was suddenly surrounded by active and very powerful platforms. The platforms immediately took a toll on the fleet, particularly the Romulans as two of their warbirds took heavy damage when the system came online. Despite the losses the allied fleet continued to press on through the platforms.

The platforms' power generator explodes.

The USS Defiant was able to find a weakness with the system. All the platforms shared a single power source. The Defiant was successful in destroying the power source, instantly disabling every single platform. The fleet then quickly dealt with the offline platforms, though several were preserved for study by the allied militaries.

The Alliance fleet moving through the ruined defenses.

With the space within the system secured the allies went about the second phase of the operation, the capture of the planets. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

The Aftermath[]

The Dominion was able to bottle up the alliance in the Chin'toka system, stopping a grand push into Cardassian territory. The system would turn into an vast battleground with Dominion forces constantly trying to wrest back control of the system. (DS9: "Image in the Sand", "The Siege of AR-558")

The allies would eventually be forced from the system almost a year after they first took control during the Second Battle of Chin'toka. (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil")

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