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Encyclopedia > Commodore (Star Trek)
Starfleet ranks and insignia
Commodore
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Commodore is the lowest commissioned flag rank of Starfleet[1] in the Star Trek fictional universe. This rank is analogous to the actual military rank of Commodore – below Admiral (usually Rear Admiral) and above Fleet Captain or the line officer of Captain – in some navies. The insignia of Starfleet in the late 23rd century The insignia of Starfleet in the 24th century Starfleet ranks and insignia are hierarchical titles and badges of office which appear in the science fiction universe of Star Trek. ... The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_Enterprise_OF6. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_Tos_OF6. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_TMP_OF6. ... The first season DVD box set of the original Star Trek television series from 1966. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_Film_OF6. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_TNG_S1_OF6b. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... A flank rank is one of naval officer ranks that permit its holder to fly a flag to represent where he exercises his command. ... The insignia of Starfleet in the late 23rd century The insignia of Starfleet in the 24th century Starfleet ranks and insignia are hierarchical titles and badges of office which appear in the science fiction universe of Star Trek. ... The first season DVD box set of the original Star Trek television series from 1966. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... Look up Rank in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Generally, rank is a system of hierarchy used to classify like things. ... Military rank, or simply rank, is a system of grading seniority and command within military organizations. ... Commodore is a military rank used in some navies for officers whose position exceeds that of a Captain, but is less than that of a flag officer. ... Admiral is the rank, or part of the name of the ranks, of the highest naval officers. ... The term Rear Admiral originated from the days of Naval Sailing Squadrons, and can trace its origins to the British Royal Navy. ... Fleet Captain is a rare military title that may be bestowed upon senior naval captains for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is to temporarly take command of more than one vessel. ... A line officer (or otherwise termed officer of the line) is a military officer who is trained to command a warship, ground combat unit or combat aviation unit. ... Captain is both a nautical term and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of WW1 A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ...

Commodore Mendez was the first flag officer of Star Trek
Commodore Mendez was the first flag officer of Star Trek

Commodore was often mentioned in Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) and messages with this rank can be heard in the background at the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture; however, the rank fell into disuse in subsequent feature films and series. During TOS, a total of six characters appeared on camera as Starfleet Commodores: Commodore Mendez (Star Trek) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Commodore Mendez (Star Trek) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... The first season DVD box set of the original Star Trek television series from 1966. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ... Starfleet Command In the Star Trek fictional universe, Starfleet is the paramilitary defense, research, diplomacy, and exploration force of the United Federation of Planets (UFP) with – as of the late 24th century – hundreds of starships and starbases at its disposal. ...

The third season of the TOS portrayed no Commodores and a Starfleet Commodore is not seen again until only briefly in the Federation Council Chambers of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Later Star Trek television series have never had a Commodore appear on camera. The Menagerie is the first and only two-part episode of the Star Trek: The Original Series. ... Court Martial is an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... The Alternative Factor is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... The Doomsday Machine is an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... The Deadly Years is an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast December 8, 1967 and repeated on August 16, 1968. ... The Ultimate Computer is a season two episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast on March 8, 1968 and repeated June 28, 1968. ... Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount Pictures, 1986; see also 1986 in film) is the fourth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...


A first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), entitled "Coming of Age", gave indication that Commodore might no longer be a Starfleet rank in the late 24th century. This is taken from a line of dialogue where Captain Jean-Luc Picard is told that he is to be promoted directly to the rank of Admiral and assume duties as Commandant of Starfleet Academy. Since promotion to Commodore is not mentioned, it may be assumed that the rank was no longer in use. However, in real life, many officers in the British Royal Navy were also promoted directly from Captain to Rear-Admiral (since Commodore was only an appointment of Captain and not a true rank), so this is not necessarily the case. Coming of Age is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast March 14, 1988. ... Captain is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... Jean-Luc Picard is a character in Star Trek, the commanding officer (having the rank of Captain) of the USS Enterprise-D and the USS Enterprise-E. He was played by English actor Patrick Stewart in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and resulting films. ... Admiral is the second highest commissioned Starfleet rank in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... The official logo of Starfleet Academy, circa 2370. ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the British armed services being the oldest of its three branches. ...


The FASA role-playing game manual Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual (which is not considered canon) indicates that Commodore may still have existed during the timeframe of TNG, with the insignia conjectured to appear as five pips worn on a uniform collar[2]. The Star Trek Encyclopedia would later indicate that the rank of Commodore may have been denoted as a single rank pip insignia, enclosed within an Admiral 'rank box' worn on both collars of a uniform[3]. This article is about the role-playing game company. ... A role-playing game (RPG) is a type of game in which players assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create narratives. ... The Star Trek canon consists of the television series Star Trek (the original series), Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, and the ten motion pictures based upon the series. ... The Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide to the Future is an encyclopedia of all things related to Star Trek. ...


This, however, is contradicted in The Star Trek Encyclopedia where the one pip insignia is indicated as an Admiral (possibly a Rear Admiral (lower half)). It can therefore be assumed that, after the first season of TNG, the rank of Commodore was renamed Rear Admiral (lower half) as it was in the United States Navy after which the rank system in Starfleet is largely based. Rear Admiral is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations. ...


In the third season episode of TNG "The Enemy", Lt. Cmdr Geordi La Forge – while investigating a Romulan incursion on the planet Galorndon Core in Federation territory – whimsically refers to a Romulan with whom he is trapped as "Commodore"; the Romulan later identifies himself as Centurion Bochra. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Lieutenant Commander is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... Geordi La Forge is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, the United Federation of Planets (UFP) – widely referred to and known as merely the Federation – is an interstellar federal state of more than 150 member planets and thousands of colonies. ... The Romulans, a fictional race in the Star Trek universe, are descended from Vulcans and are characterized as being passionate, cunning, and opportunistic. ... Centurion can mean: A centurion was a professional officer of the Roman army. ...


In the most recent Star Trek series, Star Trek: Enterprise, the only appearance of a Commodore was in a flashback sequence during the episode "First Flight". In the episode, Vice Admiral Forrest is seen as a Commodore, establishing that the rank existed in Starfleet as early as the mid 2150s. The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... First Flight is the title of a Star Trek: Enterprise television episode from season two. ... Admiral Maxwell Forrest was a fictional character in the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, played by Vaughn Armstrong. ...



Junior rank:
Fleet Captain
Starfleet ranks and insignia Senior rank:
Rear Admiral

Addendum: Star Trek creator Gene Wesley Roddenberry saw action in WWII, during which the term Commodore was widely used, influencing Roddenberry. Starfleet (TOS) used both Fleet Captain (Whom Gods Destroy) and Commodore to describe Senior Captains, typically in command of a supply base or as captain of a ship (Dekker). Official publications from the 1968/1971 era indicate Starfleet was a young organization with only 14 "star" ships, and express a wild west frontier mentality. In such a situation, flag officers would remain with the home fleet, and senior captains would command expeditionary forces. See the Franz Joseph book. Fleet Captain is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... The insignia of Starfleet in the late 23rd century The insignia of Starfleet in the 24th century Starfleet ranks and insignia are hierarchical titles and badges of office which appear in the science fiction universe of Star Trek. ... Rear Admiral is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ...


Footnotes

  1.  The Star Trek Encyclopedia (2nd ed.), p. 210
  2.  Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual, p. 8
  3.  Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Journal, p. 38

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See also

Commodore has several meanings: Commodore International is a computer company Commodore 64 and Amiga were home computers Commodore (rank) is a naval rank Commodore (yacht club) is the senior officer of a yacht club The Holden Commodore is a type of car The Opel Commodore is a type of car... 19th century Commodore stripes 20th century Commodore insignia Commodore is a rank of the United States Navy with a somewhat complicated history. ... Military rank, or simply rank, is a system of grading seniority and command within military organizations. ... Navies have military rank systems that often are quite different from those of armies or air forces. ... Ranks and insignia of NATO are combined military insignia used by the member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. ...

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