FEW UNDERTAKINGS in the history of humanity can compare to the great technological achievement known as Project Apollo. It is estimated that five hundred million persons sat transfixed in front of television sets as Neil Armstrong ventured onto the lunar surface in July 1969. Apollo 11 achieved President John F. Kennedy’s May 1961 pledge of landing men on the Moon by the close of the decade. Among those who witnessed Armstrong’s flickering television image were thousands of people who had directly contributed to this historic moment. Now, almost 200 years later we find ourselves at a new confluence as man, having seeded and begun the colonization of his neighbouring planets, takes the next giant leap for mankind.
— Secretary General, Sir William Cecil Marlowe
The United Planetary Space Fleet, or Fleet for short, is the military body formed out of the remnant of the UN Peacekeeping Force of the late 20c. It is a military force the reports directly to the United Nations on Earth and JHQ (Joint Headquarters), which is located aboard the Daedalus Space Station.
FLEET is the military space arm of the United Nations (UN) alliance of member countries committed to fulfilling the goals of the Walsingham Treaty, signed on March 12th, 2157. In accordance with the Treaty, the fundamental role of UPSF is to safeguard the freedom and security of its member countries, their co-dependents and commercial interests, by political and military means, in space.
Exercise Trident Spear is to take place between Earth, the Moon, and as far out as Venus. And will involve 29 ships of the line, including the Dreadnoughts Revenge and Resilient, in what will be Fleets largest exercise in space in over a decade. It aims to demonstrate the collective capabilities of the Fleet in a high-visibility exercise built around a collective defence scenario. It will test UPSF’s ability to plan and conduct a major operation from the ability to deploy and receive reinforcements, to training at the tactical level, through to command over large forces.
During the exercise, Fleet Command Operations will also work with Corporate partners on over 20 experiments. One of these aims to build Fleet’s ability to analyse unfolding events, as they occur, in the information environment.
Through Trident Spear, Fleet will reassure the world that it is operationally prepared, ready and able to defend against any attack. The exercise is a measurable demonstration—bolstered by strategic messaging about deterrence and defence—of Fleet’s unity. The exercise scenario is not real. But the lessons Fleet will learn are very real. So are the benefits for Fleet and its resilience to be prepared in any and all eventualities.
IN TIMES OF PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR!
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