Fleet captain is a post that may be held by senior captains in Federation Starfleet. A fleet captain retains the rank of captain, but has responsibilities that cover more than one ship. The term was used in the 23rd century but was rare by the end of the century and no longer used in the 24th. (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II", "Whom Gods Destroy")
A fleet captain is usually addressed by as "captain" but may be addressed as "fleet captain".
In the 22nd century starships were rare, so without fleets there was little call for fleet captains.
- In Michael A. Martin's two pro-novels set during the Earth-Romulan War -- Beneath the Raptor's Wing and To Brave the Storm -- when Jonathan Archer had temporarily been the commander of a fleet, he was addressed as commodore.
Christopher Pike was promoted to fleet captain (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part 1", "The Menagerie, Part 1") and was travelling in that capacity in a small fleet including the USS Mumbai, USS Darwin, and USS Nagoya. (TOSS #16 )
By the 24th century the post seemed to fall from favor. Jean-Luc Picard commanded a fleet during the Klingon Civil War and Benjamin Sisko fleets of dozens of ships during the Dominion War without the term "fleet captain" being mentioned. (TNG: "Redemption II"; DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels", et al.)
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