38TH FLEET f. TASK FORCE ARGO, f. SECTOR COMMAND
Starfleet, United Federation of Planets
38th Fleet ARGO's mission is to support Starfleet with forward deployed forces that are ready to support scientific and exploration missions as well as act to maintain the security of Federation space.
* We are Starfleet's primary security assurance in this sector. We will provide ready forces to secure our region as well as deploy forces throughout Federation space and areas of interest to support Starfleet missions.
* We are on the scientific and exploration frontier for the Federation. It is the desire of this command to make science and exploration the pinnacle of all of our operations, with the understanding that security may sometimes override this desire.
* We are ambassadors of the Federation. Our efforts in this area will be foremost considered in all decisions made with both new encounters and previously established relationships.
* We will be an organization exemplified by decisive action, innovative thinking, and a culture of professionalism and integrity.
CURRENT COMMAND STAFF
In the wake of disintegrating relations between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, Starfleet Command was beset by an overwhelming need to protect Federation assets and interests near the Neutral Zone. Numerous operating units were deployed to the border and one in particular, known internally as 'Sector Command', was led by Admiral Rhena Nexian and frequently saw marked success in their defense against Klingon incursions.
Impressed by the combat unit's effectiveness, Starfleet Command reflagged the battlegroup as 'Task Force Argo' and permitted Admiral Nexian to expand its ranks. As the Task Force's numbers grew, so did their responsibilities, though their general area of operations never strayed far from the Neutral Zone.
To further reinforce and solidify the Federation's presence in the sector, Starfleet authorized the construction of a new Federation starbase in the vicinity of Deep Space K-7, to act as a primary hub of operations for both the older space station and for the Task Force in general. It was shortly after the newly designated Outpost Argo was established that Admiral Nexian chose to accept a liaison position with Starfleet Command and formally passed on her role as Task Force commander to Captain R'zo-vek, assigned as the task force Commodore.
Task Force Argo's primary mission of keeping the Klingon threat at bay underwent the greatest strain during this period, as a Klingon Empire battlegroup known as Strike Force Kargas began to rise in both notoriety and aggressiveness. In the aftermath of some exceptionally difficult losses dealt by the ruthless Kargas fighters, Commodore R'zo-vek's disillusionment with Starfleet Command's rigid methods grew beyond his ability to contain, resulting in the sudden desertion of his post.
Suffering from a string of defeats, both external and internal now, Commodore Randall Ashworth was appointed commander of the Task Force and worked steadily with its officers to get back on track and Argo began to regain their reputation with more operational successes. In time, reaching a formal ceasefire with the Empire allowing Argo to massively broaden their scope of enterprises to include exploration, disaster relief, diplomacy, colony support, and many others.
With the threat of Iconian War on the horizon, Starfleet Command recognized Task Force Argo's many accomplishments and chose to transition the Task Force, already sizable in terms of numbers, to a full-fledged Fleet. Vice Admiral Rilem Celes was appointed to assume command, relieving the newly-minted Rear Admiral Ashworth. Under Rilem's leadership, the new 38th Fleet weathered the Iconian conflict and achieved numerous other milestones, such as expanding the formal diplomatic ties with the Romulan Republic and establishing a Starfleet Academy Annex aboard Deep Space 13.
After the Iconian ceasefire, the fleet transitioned to a period of exploration. Command was transferred to Vice Admiral Ashkeph in late 2415 as the fleet began concentrated expeditions into the newly defined Kelterre and Doza sectors, while never forgetting their broadly defined purpose mission of support and defense in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants.
Officers within the organization continue to use, with great affection, the moniker 'Argo'.
DEEP SPACE STATION 13 38TH FLEET OPERATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
Aldebaran Sector, Beta Quadrant
Deep Space 13 is a Federation deep space station currently in service, constructed by Starfleet and situated within Federation space near the border of the Klingon Empire, in the Aldebaran Sector of the Beta Quadrant.
Originally designated Outpost Argo, the facility was established to provide Starfleet with a not-insignificant foothold in Beta Quadrant deep space, an appellation that was previously held by Deep Space Station K-7. The older space station was deemed ineligible for the planned facilities' extensive construction requirements, so plans were drawn to situate the new installation roughly ten light years away, permitting the new base to easily support the other.
The primary responsibility of the new starbase's defense and operational management falls to the 38th Fleet. Formerly Task Force Argo, the group was originally selected for their extensive experience in operating near the neutral zone, especially in opposition to Klingon advances. The fleet has since expanded their ranks and numbers and now oversees a variety of operations in numerous sectors beyond their local space.
The station received the more formal designation of Deep Space Thirteen in 2413, after the completion of a series of major structural upgrades.
While Deep Space 13 is open to the public in a limited fashion, due to its primary function as a high-profile, operating Starfleet station, visitors must be authorized and should recognize the necessity of obeying station authorities at all times.
((Though members of Argo are often interested in meeting new characters and players, DS13 is not an open starbase. Please see 381's information page if you are interested in gaining access to an open starbase for RP.
If you are specifically interested in RPing with Argo, please make contact with one of the administration to possibly discuss arrangement of an event. If you have a friend in Argo, they are more than welcome to have you aboard at any time, but please keep in mind that your friend will be held OOCly responsible for your character's behavior. For more information on Argo's guest policy, please see this thread.))
PLEASE BE ADVISED that all visiting personnel must pass through security checkpoints, at which you will be asked to check any weapons or firearms. These items will be returned to you upon your departure. Any visitors discovered carrying unauthorized weapons or other potentially hazardous items will have the items confiscated and be subject to the authority of starbase security.
For more detailed information on the station, please visit this thread.
CURRENT COMMAND STAFF
Additional DS13 Facilities in Foundry
Please remember that foundries are limited to five people, but even so, they can be a great alternative as a setting when you are unable to find something in-game to suit. The following maps should be considered the official depictions for facilities on DS13 itself.
Starbase Crew Deck
Contains crew quarters (in three sizes), a mess hall/officer's lounge, a cargo bay, and a shuttle bay with pilot's briefing room.
K-7 Sector Space
Starbase Recreation Deck
Contains a large swimming pool, hot tub, gym/weight room, running track, sports field, tennis court, fencing strip, rock wall, and a locker room.
K-7 Sector Space
RP Map - Detention Facility
Contains four cells, two that are "long term". All cells have forcefields that can be toggled on and off more than once so that prisoners can be stuffed comfortably inside every session