((OOC: Sierra Defense Fleet is rebuilding. We once had a very active roster, but due to some RL problems for some members, and other members losing interest in STO, etc our roster has dwindled severely. So, we're recruiting for the following positions:
Cadet - The initial position all members in SDF hold. If you want a certain position, then roleplay your way into it! This is a roleplay fleet, and RP is rewarded!
Ensign - The next rank for Cadets that prove themselves competent. After a period of Two Weeks as a Cadet, being active in fleet RP etc, and submitting your IC back story to the Fleet Database, you will be automatically promoted to Ensign.
Lieutenant - Ensigns who don't wish to take up a particular position will be promoted to Lt. after they've been with the fleet for a few weeks and been active on the Fleet Forums, Fleet RP events, and Fleet Channel in-game. Lt. comes with the ability to utilize our fleet bank. Access is, of course, rather restrictive even at this level due to the relative shortness of the time with the SDF
Lieutenant Commander - Lt.Cmdr is the next rank for active members and has slightly less restrictions on fleet bank usage.
Commander - This is the highest rank officer that can be reached without a specific position.
Recruitment Officer - Commander in charge of recruiting new officers to the Sierra Defense Fleet.
Chief Engineering Officer - Commander in charge of organizing fleet crafting officers and managing the Fleet Bank.
Tactical Maneuvers Team - Commanders that work together in creating and organizing Foundry Missions to be run in teams as Fleet Roleplay Events.
Diplomatic Attache - Diplomatic Officer that acts as an ambassador to other fleets. This officer is in charge of arranging inter-fleet RP events and STFs.
Database Administrator - Commander in charge of the Fleet Database. This is the Fleet Website. This officer needs only to read the documentation for the E107 Content Management System to handle minor tasks like altering user accounts on the website in regard to their in-game rank to allow access to certain pages and forums for their rank.
Fleet Captain - Fleet Captains share the responsibilities of managing fleet members, arranging fleet events, managing the fleet bank (arranging items in their proper tabs, etc)
If you wish to apply to join the SDF, please go to http://wretched.ws/SDF and head to the Fleet Application Forum and post your application. After it is posted, you will be contacted in-game by a Fleet Captain or Recruitment Officer for the in-game IC portion of the application process.
The Sierra Defense Fleet was founded when Starfleet completed the construction of the asteroid detection outposts along the Romulan Neutral zone in 2266. The SDF was intended as the first response fleet should the Romulans ever cross the neutral zone and war be declared. Over the years the SDF has taken part in many noteworthy actions in the region, including forming the armada led by Jean Luc Picard to stop Romulan intervention during the Klingon civil war in 2368 and forming Battle Group Omega which was deployed to support the Enterprise E in 2379 when Praetor Shinzon’s plot was uncovered.
In the late 24th century the dynamic of the Sierra sector began to change a great deal as the Romulan Empire recovered from the actions of Reman Praetor Shinzon. As a result, the Sierra Defense Fleet was engaged less as a battle formation and more as a diplomatic and humanitarian armada. During this time the fleet maintained its title and tradition purely through the efforts of its members who lobbied command to keep the formation intact. Even though Starfleet temporarily granted this request, in 2385 the Sierra Defense Fleet was officially listed as decommissioned. Several Admirals working quietly behind the scenes and outside of traditional Starfleet regulations endeavored to keep the fleet intact and operating under it's traditional moniker. Though not a rogue operation, the SDF was no longer directly under the control of Starfleet, and was granted certain latitudes in order to guarantee the security of the galaxy at large. Instead of being assigned ships by Starfleet command, the SDF now recruited their members from the best and brightest officers available, accepting only those who both understood the nature of the assignment and could handle operating outside of Starfleets direct influence.
When the Hobus star went supernova in 2387 the region was once again thrown into turmoil. With the Romulan government in disarray their military commanders began acting on their own authority and the security of the region was once again jeopardized. As a result, Starfleet command sought a means to bring stability to the sector once more. It was at this time they became aware the SDF was still in operation, without sanction. Unable to either deploy an entirely new fleet to the area or exert control over the SDF in any official manner, Starfleet contacted the Fleet Command to broker an agreement. The SDF would once again enjoy the support of Starfleet, provided they were willing to accept mission assignments from Starfleet Command. This agreement was accepted on the terms that the SDF would not be subject to direct oversight from Starfleet Command, nor the council.
The Sierra Defense Fleet continues to operate with this mandate while working with Starfleet command and other military and civilian organizations in an attempt to bring stability to the area once again. Although primarily a military formation, the Sierra Defense Fleet has adopted the traditional Starfleet goal of exploration and scientific discovery while not engaged in security activities throughout the galaxy.