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Welcome to Task Force 72

S.E.N.T.I.N.E.L. (Sector Exploration and Necessary Tactical Interdiction Near Enemy Lines).

In September 2384, two starships from the Fourth Fleet, the USS Lakota and the USS Freedom, were sent to investigate reports of a rapidly expanding region of volatile space now known as the Inconnu Expanse. They travelled through a narrow corridor between the Ferengi and the Tzenkethi, but, upon entering the Expanse, they encountered violent spatial anomalies now catalogued as gravitic pulse storms. The well-intentioned scientific mission quickly turned into a struggle for survival, challenged further by an unsophisticated yet aggressive inhabitant of the Expanse known only as the Ravagers. Another mission into the Expanse was not attempted for the better part of a year.

For two years, the Inconnu Expanse lay an open and unanswered question. In 2387, this led the Vice Admiral Rehlan Gar, Chief of Starfleet Science, to deploy the USS Merrimac, a deep space explorer, on a long and circuitous route that wrapped around the Talarians and Tzenkethi in another attempt to enter the Expanse. Gravitic storms were far less severe along this approach, and the USS Merrimac was able to enter the Expanse without any serious problems.

Toward the end of 2387, two revelations by Starfleet Science marked a turning point for the Federation. First, in November of 2387, Starfleet announced plans for an operation to commence by the middle of 2388 to quell the forces of the subspace singularity located in the middle of the Valoris Nebula responsible for fueling its rotation. This meant the phenomenon responsible for much of the Breen Crisis might finally subside, allowing Task Force 72 to focus on operations more exploratory and scientific in nature. The second event was the return of the USS Merrimack from the Inconnu Expanse. The Expanse, a region isolated from surrounding space by violent subspace phenomena catalogued as gravitic storms, had previously been inaccessible to Starfleet. During her half year survey mission, the Merrimack had discovered two safe routes from transiting the storms encircling the Expanse: a long but relatively easy one around Tzenkethi territory near its border with the Talarians, and a shorter but more challenging one through a heavy storm region between the Breen, Ferengi and Tzenkethi. Though there would be challenges with mounting operations into the expanse, the Merrimack brought back reports that the expanse had a dense interior teeming with warp-capable civilizations, and thus Starfleet decided to explore the Expanse in earnest.

At the beginning of 2388, the Fourth Fleet announced that Task Force 72’s mandate would be expanding to include exploratory, science and diplomatic operations within the Inconnu Expanse. It would remain responsible for the borderlands from the edge of Cardassian territory to the edge of Talarian space, but with the Breen Crisis subsiding, it was felt that Task Force 72 would be capable of the undertaking.

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Announcements

Commander Maxwell McNeil
Posted October 15, 2014, 11:41 pm

The Hope would like to welcome Chris to our crew. He will be playing Yeoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Libby Swenson.
Vice Admiral Bradley J. Harrison
Posted October 12, 2014, 3:52 am

Our Task Force Commanding Officer has returned from his holiday away, so please welcome him back! We are also great to announce that in the coming day, we have some changes coming for the USS Proxima
Commander Maxwell McNeil
Posted October 9, 2014, 11:29 pm

The crew of the USS Hope would like to welcome Stu to our crew. He will be playing our new Chief Science Officer, Lieutenant j.g. Tarah th'Shkarn.
Commander Maxwell McNeil
Posted October 3, 2014, 4:42 am

The USS Hope Welcomes Kaylee to our crew. She will play Lieutenant j.g. Allambee Kwek, our Chief Operations Officer.
Vice Admiral Bradley J. Harrison
Posted September 25, 2014, 5:00 pm

Until the 7th October, the Task Force Commanding Officer (and the USS Proxima Commanding Officer) will be absent due to a personal holiday. All inquires should be referred to the Task Force Executive Officer. Any USS Proxima requests should be referred to the USS Proxima Executive Officer