I know you say East coast, but you don't specify a specific time frame you like to play.
I am a member of The Shadows, and would ask that you look at our website http://www.shadows-sto.com for our Core Values and Principles.
While I think the majority of us are CST, we have been running unofficial semi-nightly 'raids' at about 9 EST and generally limit it to ~2 hours a night. There are usually people logged in before and after that. Not sure if that is the time-of-day you're looking for, or if we're the fleet type you're really looking for, but if you have any questions, just ask.
OK well i have been playing off and on since beta and still find this game very confusing looking for a group of laid back people in the us east coast time zone to fly with and help me better understand the game if you would like to know more just contact me here on in game i should add that i am a commander 10 in a heavy escort class ship
Confusing means that you're not tired or bored - me neither! Also been playing since open beta, and my Fleet has quite a few US EST as well as all over Earth - timezone means less as many have offbeat playing schedules. Some of us have ranked up to cap quickly, some of us have taken our time.
The VKF is very much into learning about the game and sharing our info, plus teaming in-game to do missions (even one's we've already done and are below our current level). What makes this game so good is embodied in how teams work together. We at the VKF like to let each member use their strengths and skills, and depend on other team-mates to do likewise, whilst coordinating their efforts. This is very unlike your average PUG, and so much more fun.
The VKF has structure, maturity, resources, heck even a Fleet uniform, but we don't force our members to be, use, or do any of that unless they want to. We just all want to enjoy STO for what each one of us wants, and the Fleet has the resources to meet varying needs. Our Fleet bank has items to upgrade your equipment and weapons, as well as items you can use to do crafting at Memory Alpha if that's what you like. We have a detailed forum that allows us to share game tips, info and intel, for those who want to deepen their knowledge without having to learn it all by experience only. And we have comeraderie, fun chatting in Vent or on the Fleet chat channel, and the fun of coordinating our attacks on enemies.