The Shackleton Expedition was launched in the Spring of 2420 to explore the as-yet unexplored Shackleton Expanse beyond the farthest borders of the Klingon Empire. Based at Narendra Station, the Expedition is conducted hand-in-hand with the Klingon Defence Force. Although the partnership between the Federation and the Klingon Empire is welcomed, it has caused some friction; the Klingons refuse to allow what they consider to be "modern warships" to operate in the area - Star Fleet therefore remains strictly limited in the vessels they can deploy, often older vessels or more modern craft with limited firepower unlikely to survive a dedicated Klingon expansion into the area.
Despite the scientific and diplomatic potential of the region, following the Attack on the Borg Megasphere, resources directed towards the Shackleton Expedition were instead diverted to Home Defence or the Pathfinder Project, leaving Shackleton an under-funded, over-worked, and yet vital component of Star Fleet's long-term exploratory plan.
|USS Sally Ride, LE-20002||Merian Class||T'Lan|
|USS Philadelphia, FSV-66053||Rhode Island Class||Jennifer Braggins|
|USS Nikola Tesla, LE-20004||Merian Class|
|IKV Dreamslayer||D-7C Class||Qolar|
|Star Fleet Expeditions|
|Shackleton Expedition (Beta Quadrant):||Narendra Station • USS Sally Ride, LE-20001 • USS Philadelphia, FSV-66053 • USS Nikola Tesla, LE-20004 • USS Nightingale, HOS-60805 • IKV Dreamslayer (Klingon Defence Force)|
|Pathfinder Project (Delta Quadrant):||USS Nike, EX-11002 • USS Freyja, EX-11003 • USS Jupiter, FT-96100 • USS Scott, CRS-98600 • USS Phlox, HOS-60806|
|Star Fleet Units|
|Star Fleet Divisions||Star Fleet Command • Star Fleet Corps of Engineers • Star Fleet Intelligence • Star Fleet Medical • Star Fleet Science Institute • Star Fleet Security • Star Fleet Special Operations Command • Star Fleet Tactical • Star Fleet Logistics & Support Command • Star Fleet Marine Corps (Defunct)|
|Numbered Fleets:||1st Fleet • 2nd Fleet • 3rd Fleet • 4th Fleet • 5th Fleet • 6th Fleet • 7th Fleet • Federation Reserve Fleet|
|Special Task Forces|
|Other units:||Star Fleet Attack Squadrons: 466th Fighter Squadron • 666th Fighter Squadron |
Star Fleet Cadet Training Squads: • Cadet Training Squadron 47 (Red Squad) • Cadet Training Squad Nova
Other units: Star Fleet Rapid Response Teams • Star Fleet Combat Search and Rescue