Task Force 56

Task Force 56

2391 - Present

Part Of:

11th Fleet


USS Cardinal

Command Staff

Lieutenant Commander Canaan Serine


Task Force 56 is an organizational structure within the 11th Fleet, with its headquarters at Deep Space 5.

Task Force History

In the year 2392, the 11th Fleet decided that more task forces were needed with the increased threats around Federation space. Task Force 56 was created, under the initial command of Captain Lauren Applewood, targeting the Northern Expanse, with the Romulans, Breen, Ferengi, and other entities their main focus. Little would Starfleet know is that there would be other forces at work, like various pirate activity.

The story for Task Forcer 56 has just begun, and the adventure awaits!

The Story

"Space is cold, and many of those who dwell in it are just as cold."
    —Old Saying

The Northern Expanse is no different and represents a microcosm of the galaxy at large. The Romulans, the Breen, the Ferengi, the Cardassians, and anyone in between all threaten peace and free passage and trade in the area of space to the galactic north in Federation space.

The year is 2392 and it has been several years since the Hobus incident, which did a lot of damage to the Romulan Star Empire, although did not wipe them out entirely. The Kingons and Breen and Ferengi and others would have enjoyed that all too much. But as the years roll on and the Federation try to assist the Romulans, others continue to try to take advantage of that.

Years before Hobus, resistant groups set out to oppose what the empire was becoming. Pirate attacks increasingly became a problem in the Northern Expanse and thus Task Force 56 was formed to try to figure out what was going on and bring peace and stability to that area of the galaxy. The Romulan Empire, the Breen Confederacy, or individual pirate groups from all types of species' dissidents - who was behind all these attacks was largely unknown, but they increased in Federation space when TF56 arrived and began seeking out the Resistance as well as these pirate bases and colonies.

The Federation and Starfleet want to continue to support the Romulan Empire. They want to continue to stave off the brazen behavior of the Breen. They want to put an end to this mercenary threat. They want their cake and to eat it too.


The challenge of Task Force 56 in the Northern Expanse is to balance all these wants and yet prevent their own task force from being ripped apart by the very things they wish to contain and help. The Tal'Shiar would undermine any relationship with the Romulans. The Gorn, Cardassians, and Klingons might just take advantage of any gap or weakness, even way up in that area of space. And the relentless toil in the midst of all of this will challenge any ship and officer operating therein.

Space is cold, but there are those who bring a warm torch to the Northern Expanse, putting light and warmth on those who will accept it. Task Force 56 brings that torch.

Area of Operations

As indicated by the map below, TF56 operates mostly in the areas of Starfleet Control in the galactic north, touching Romulan, Breen, Ferengi, and even Cardassian space. Other groups abound, and new ones will show up on their radar. But the Task Force stands ready for these challenges.

Stellar Cartography

Current TF56 Northern Expanse Area of Operations
Current AoO with Ship Status

Major Powers

Task Force Commanding Officer History

T-o4.png Lieutenant Commander Canaan Serine 2393-Present
R-o5.png Commander Eranfel 2393-2393
R-o6.png Captain Abigail Laurens 2393
R-o6.png Captain Ovik 2393
R-o6.png Captain (Aaron) 2392 - 2393
R-o6.png Captain Ovik 2392
R-o6.png Captain Lauren Applewood 2391 - 2392

Task Force 56
Vessels of TF56 USS CardinalUSS ComfortUSS VestaUSS Ranger
Bases of TF56 Starbase 243 • Cestus III Academy
Major Species/Locations Romulan EmpireCardassianBreen