Captain Ed Mercer of the Planetary Union faces Captain Vorak of the Moclan Fleet.

...we have 3,000 ships to staff, and we need captains.Admiral Halsey[1]

Captain was a position and rank frequently used by organizations of many sentient species in the galaxy. Among space-faring civilizations, captains served as leading crew members of a vessel.

In military service organizations, such as the fleet of the Planetary Union, captain was both a Command section position and a commissioned officer rank. They ranked below admirals and above commanders. However, non-militaries adopted the position for space travel as well, such as the Vega Mining Consortium, whose captains negotiated and conducted mining operations.[2]

Captain was a position and rank used by the Union, Krill,[3] and Moclans.[4] Captain was a position used by Horbalak,[5] Jahavus Dorahl's species,[6] and the Vega Mining Consortium.[2]

The equivalent position among the Kaylon was Primary.[7]


Planetary Union[edit | edit source]

Union Fleet Captain's shoulder bars.

In the Planetary Union, captain was typically the highest-ranking stationed position on board a Union vessel, with the exception of fleet admirals such as Admiral Halsey, who commanded the USS Spruance,[7] and Admiral Ozawa, who commanded the USS Olympia.[3] Apart from that exception, captains boasted final authority of the crew as leaders of the ship.

The Chief Medical Officer had the power to deem a captain mentally or physically unfit for service and to relieve him or her of command.[n 1] Captains have the power to command any crewmember or civilian aboard the vessel.

In the early 25th century, there were probably about 3,000 active-duty Union captains based on the size of the Union Fleet[n 2] and assuming that fleet admirals were relatively uncommon.

A Captain was the final arbiter of justice within the ship, with powers to physically detain persons in the Brig.[n 3] Captains held the power to initiate criminal justice proceedings against their own crewmembers through court martial.[8]

Failure to report or to misreport was a serious offense, and could be punished by a letter of reprimand or stripping one's rank and title outright.[9]

Krill[edit | edit source]

Captains of the Krill were similar in function to the Union, although it is not clear whether they were subordinate to officers or civilian officials of higher rank. A ship captain was advised by a religious leader known as the High Priest.[3]

Notable captains[edit | edit source]



Production[edit | edit source]

Emblem[edit | edit source]

Uniform[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Captains have the power to perform wedding ceremonies on their ship.[16]
  • As a young officer, Kelly Grayson's dream was to be captain of her own ship.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Alara Kitan, as acting captain, requested Chief Medical Officer Claire Finn relieve her of command in Command Performance.
  2. The size of 3,000 ships in the Fleet was given in Old Wounds.
  3. In late 2419, Captain Ed Mercer orders Chief of Security Alara Kitan to forcibly detain Pria Lavesque in the Brig after her failed attempt to commandeer the USS Orville. In March, 2420, Mercer interrogates Doctor Claire Finn for the attempted murder of Kitan. He decides to continue to hold Finn in custody on the Brig.

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