Task Force 93
Task Force 93, also known as “S.E.A.R.C.H.” (Starfleet’s Exploratory and Advanced Research Command Headquarters), is a Fourth Fleet task force operating along the Federation’s beta quadrant borders.
Task Force 93 has served as a peacekeeping force along the Romulan border for the last half decade. Following the Hobus hypernova of April 2387, it temporarily operated within Romulan space to provide support. In September 2387, the Treaty of Nelvana resealed the Romulan borders introduced the new Raeyan Transit Corridor, a sliver of Federation space between the Romulan and Klingon Empires. Task Force 93 became responsible for maintaining this new corridor, as well as for conducting operations in the Raeyan Sector beyond. In early 2388, Task Force 93 went on to absorb Task Force 47 as part of a Fleet reorganization, expanding above the Romulan border to include the Gavarian Corridor, and, after the Gorn invasion of the Canterra sector in mid-2388, its area of operations was again expanded, this time to include all Federation territory along the Klingon and Gorn borders.
Currently, Task Force 93 has a five-point mandate:
- Manage incident response to the Gorn invasion of the Canterra sector, including defending the new borders against additional incursions, rebuilding facilities damaged during the invasion, seeking a diplomatic solution to recovering Federation colonists and territory, and collecting intelligence in case a tactical effort is required to retake the occupied territories.
- Monitor the activities of the Romulan Star Empire, which was destabilized after the the destruction of Romulus and Remus and has now developed a questionable attitude towards Starfleet following the Algorab Summit and the Treaty of Nelvana.
- Safeguard the Raeyan Transit Corridor, the only safe method of passage between core Federation territory and the Raeyan sector, and a crucial buffer between the Romulan and Klingon empires. Liaise with Romulan vessels involved with relocation efforts per the Treaty of Nelvana, and establish a permanent Federation presence in the Raeyan Transit Corridor, including infrastructure, colonization and exploration.
- Rebuild Starfleet’s presence in the Raeyan Sector, one that has fallen into disrepair after Task Force 58 withdrew from the region in 2386 and only a skeleton contingent was left to administer remaining regional assets.
- Seek peace in the Gavarian Corridor, where the Romulan Star Empire and the Cardassian Union are locked in a territorial dispute that is most often reminiscent of a cold war but occasionally escalates into a shooting conflict.