Battle of Wolf 359

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The Battle of Wolf 359 as seen from aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga.

The Battle of Wolf 359 took place in early 2367 in the Wolf 359 System, roughly eight light years from Earth, between the forces of the United Federation of Planets and the Borg Collective. It is recorded as one of the most destructive battles in Federation history prior to the Dominion War.


In late 2366, a Borg Cube entered Federation space and destroyed the New Providence colony on Jouret IV. The U.S.S. Enterprise-D investigated the attack and was intercepted by the Cube, whose crew demanded that Captain Jean-Luc Picard surrender himself to them. Despite an attempt to hide from the Cube in the Paulson Nebula, the Borg boarded the Enterprise and transported Picard to their vessel, which promptly set a course to the Sol System. Starfleet Admiral J.P. Hanson ordered a fleet of forty Starfleet vessels to assemble in the Wolf 359 System to intercept the Cube before it reached its target. Meanwhile the Borg assimilated Picard, turning him into a drone designated "Locutus of Borg."

By the time the Cube reached Wolf 359 in early 2367, the Borg had assimilated all of Picard's knowledge, giving them a great advantage against the Starfleet armada. All but one Starfleet ships were ultimately destroyed, with a death toll of over 11,000. Among the vessels destroyed were the U.S.S. Ahwahnee, U.S.S. Melbourne, U.S.S. Yamaguchi, and the U.S.S. Saratoga.

The Cube itself was finally destroyed by the Enterprise after it caught up to the Borg in Earth orbit and rescued Picard.



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