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".

History[edit | edit source]

The term may come from the navies of Earth, where a "flag captain" or "fleet captain" or "captain of fleet" would be the head of staff of an admiral commanding a fleet.

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.

In the early-to-mid 23rd century, fleet captains like Garth of Izar were important in co-ordinating fleets in battle. (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy")

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 "Cocktails")

Pavel Chekov was promoted to fleet captain and made commanding officer of the newly-formed Sixth Fleet at the end of 2295. (Orion Press: "New Orders")

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.)

Leeroy Jenkins was among the few people in Starfleet referred to as a fleet captain. (RIS Bouteina: "Distress Call")

In the late 2380s, fleet captain and commodore were used interchangeably among both the Federation Starfleet and the Lyran Starfleet. (RIS Bouteina: "Rator III Awaits")

The equivalent ranks in the Federation Marine Corps and Federation Starfighter Corps were brigadier colonel and force colonel, respectively. (Star Trek: Remington)

Starfleet insignia[edit | edit source]

22nd century 2230s
2250s 2260s-2270s Early 2270s
(Shoulders/Sleeves)
Late 2270s-2350s
(Shoulders/Sleeves)
2350s-2360s 2360s-2370s
service uniform
2360s-2370s
duty uniform
2370s-2380s
Early 2380s Mid 2380s 2390s

Alternate realities[edit | edit source]

2250s 2380s-2400s 2390s 29th century

Other insignia[edit | edit source]

Lyran
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Lyran ranks CR
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