The UPF Spacefleet was formed after the First Sathar War, to defend the Four Races of the Frontier from all external foes. The fleet has been equipped with a series of fast and modern ships, the mightiest of which are the three battleships: UPFS Admiral Clinton, UPFS Admiral Morgaine and UPFS Admiral Harsevoort.
Each of the three battleships is the flagship of a fleet task force. Task Force Cassidine (flagship: UPFS Admiral Harsevoort) is centered at Triad; Task Force Prenglar (flagship: UPFS Admiral Morgaine) is based at the UPF base orbiting Morgaine’s World; and Strike Force NOVA (flagship: UPFS Admiral Clinton) has a home base at Gran Quivera, but spends much time patrolling the travel lanes of the Frontier. In addition, there are a number of non-attached ships in Spacefleet.
Many smaller strike forces and patrol groups are active throughout the Frontier. The composition of these task forces does not remain constant, as ships are often reassigned from one group to the other. The patrol groups usually consist of one or two Assault Scouts and a Frigate. Small strike forces often contain several Frigates, a Destroyer and a Light Cruiser.
- Fleet Admiral (FAdm.)
This flag officer is the supreme commander of the UPF Spacefleet: the highest rank in the military organization, only one individual holds this position at any given time.
As a staff officer, the Fleet Admiral does not command from a ship, but from the fleet headquarters on Prenglar. The role of the Fleet Admiral is to plan long-term strategies with the other Admirals of Starfleet. For the most part, this is a political position.
- Admiral (Adm.)
An Admiral is a flag officer who commands an entire task force or orbiting fortress. When assigned to a Task Force, Admirals command from a flagship – typically a Battleship, otherwise, they command from the CIC in their assigned Fortress.
- Rear Admiral (RAdm.)
Rear Admirals are commonly seen as the executive officers (XO) of a task force, usually operating from the second biggest ship within their fleet; usually an Assault Carrier or Heavy Cruiser), or as staff officers in command major departments within Spacefleet Administration.
- Commodore Admiral (Cdre.)
Commodores are the lowest grade of Flag Officer in Spacefleet. Commodores with field commands lead small strike forces from a Light or Heavy Cruiser, while staff officers would command departments or sub-divisions within Spacefleet Administration.
- Space Commander (SCom.)
The equivalent of a Navy Captain (and informally addressed as such) command ships larger than destroyers; Cruisers, Carriers and Battleships. Note that while Flag officers command fleets and task forces, even their flagships are commanded by Space Commanders.
Space Commanders may also lead Destroyer Squadrons or flotillas of lesser ships.
Staff officers of this rank often lead minor departments within Spacefleet Administration and serve as aides to flag officers.
- Commander (Com.)
Commanders often serve as commanding officers (CO) of Destroyers or Patrol Groups. Aboard larger ships, they often serve as XO’s or department heads.
Staff officers of this rank often serve as departmental aides and as liaisons with planetary governments and militias.
- Fleet Lieutenant (FLt.)
Fleet Lieutenants are typically assigned to command Frigates, XO’s in Destroyers or department heads in line warships. They are also commonly seen as Fighter Squadron commanders.
- Lieutenant (Lt.)
Lieutenants command Scout-class vessels and small craft. They are also commonly seen as XO’s aboard Frigates (and sometimes Destroyers). Most fighter pilots hold this rank.
- Junior Lieutenant (Jr. Lt.)
Graduates of Gollwin Academy serve their first tour of duty as Junior Lieutenants. “Jellies” can be seen serving in almost every function in Spacefleet as they continue their training in their chosen field of expertise.
Though often seen as fighter pilots, Junior Lieutenants are rarely given responsibility over any other form of craft.
- Chief Warrant Officer (CWO)
Experienced Warrant Officers with more experience and authority. Commonly career personnel with many years of experience.
- Warrant Officer (WO)
They are enlisted personnel with skills needed to run a spaceship, but without the same level of authority or responsibility given to officers.
Most dedicated shuttle pilots hold this rank.
Several sub-grades of WO exist (WO1-WO4)
- Chief Petty Officer (CPO)
Chief Petty Officers are the most senior enlisted personnel of Spacefleet; they are highly skilled in their field, and highly respected. They are usually in charge of a ship’s or station’s security or technical department, under the command of a more senior officer – acting as an intermediate between the officer and enlisted personnel.
- Petty Officer (PO)
Petty Officers are the non-commissioned officers (NCO’s) of enlisted personnel. They are skilled in their field, but they do not have the sort of skills needed to run a ship.
Petty Officers are often placed under the command of a Junior Lieutenant.
- Crewman (CM)
Crewmen are the basic enlisted personnel of Spacefleet. They make up the technicians, security, staffers and marines within a ship or base.
- Crewman Apprentice (CA)
Crewmen Apprentices are the inexperienced enlisted trainees of Spacefleet. They are at a stage of learning and hands-on training to become full-fledged Crewmen, so they are given no responsibility, and require supervision.