Fleet 31 Starfighter Corps


“Pugnamus Pro Pacem” – “We Fight for Peace”

Purpose
Pilots of the Fleet 31 Starfighter Corps are tasked with one of the most dangerous jobs in the fleet. Starfighter pilots fly small aerospace craft as a defensive force. This job includes escort missions for dignitaries, and occasionally amounts to dogfights with other small craft or coordinated attacks on larger ships posing an imminent threat, but usually comprises missions requiring more control than a starship and more power than a shuttle.
 
Organization
Each ship that has starfighters has exactly one squadron. Each squadron is given its own unique name, and usually contains two to four fighter wings, depending on the size of the ship. Each wing contains two to six elements, or single fighters, depending on the mission. Therefore, a single squadron will generally contain between four and twenty-four fighters.
 
Chain of Command
  • Commander Starfighter Corps (CSC) – The officer responsible for overseeing the collected squadrons of Fleet 31 for the purposes of maintenance and training.
  • Commander Air Group (CAG) – A full-time pilot in immediate command of all fighter wings attached to the ship. The CAG reports to the Chief Tactical Officer.
  • Wing Commander – Most senior pilot of the wing, in direct command of all pilots in their wing.
  • Pilot – Each individual in control of a fighter craft. They may have everyday duties in other divisions, such as engineering or sciences, but report to the CAG upon Red Alert for possible deployment. All pilots must hold officer rank.
  • Flight Deck Chief – The most senior deck hand, an engineer responsible for seeing to the maintenance and repairs of the fighter craft and commanding the flight deck crew. The Flight Deck Chief takes orders from each pilot regarding his or her craft. This position is usually held by a senior enlisted crewmember, although this position can be held by an officer.
  • Flight Deck Crew – The lowest rung on the ladder. The deck hands are responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the fighter craft as ordered by the Flight Deck Chief. Deck hands are almost always enlisted but can be officers.
 
Duties
The CAG, along with other pilots as needed, is expected to help handle setup for events. This primarily includes arriving early for the sake of working with event staff to ensure success of the event. For conventions, this may include setting up the fleet’s table. For dinners, this may mean ensuring the reservation is kept, and that adequate space has been given to the attending group.
 
Restrictions
Any officer may be a fighter pilot, with exception to the Commanding Officer, First Officer, and department heads, because in the event of an emergency, they will be needed at their duty stations.
 
Recognition
Starfighter pilots may be identified by the Fleet 31 Starfighter Corps pin worn on the uniform. On uniforms with a shoulder strap (such as the Monster Grays, it is worn on that strap. On uniforms displaying rank on one side of the neck, the pin is worn on the opposite side. Pin placement has not yet been established for other types of uniforms. Because the pin denotes a starfighter pilot qualification, it is generally unavailable to deck hands.

In radio calls, an individual craft is identified by a three-piece naming sequence, consisting of the squadron’s name, the wing, and the craft within that wing. Therefore, the lead craft of the second wing in Specter squadron would identify as “Specter 2-1.”

Pilots who become ineligible for flight status due to promotion retain the right to wear the flight qualification pin.

 
The Birds
Each ship has the choice of any fighter or modified small craft from Alpha or Beta canon.

As a bonus, most fighter craft have limited Warp capability, but this means that constructing new craft while the ship is on a mission is a difficult task at best.

 
F31-SFC established January 2014.