Battle of Wolf 359
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.
- The Battle of Wolf 359 takes place in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", and the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode "Emissary"
- Until Season 9, the mission “State of Q” sent the player back in time to the Battle of Wolf 359 aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga, where they had to prevent a group of Borg drones from killing Benjamin Sisko and changing history.
- Three Federation starships - two Galaxy- and one Cheyenne-class - can be glimpsed fighting the Cube through the Saratoga's windows. Upon close examination both Galaxy-class ships are labeled "U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D" and the Cheyenne "U.S.S. Porksauce NCC-07480". The presence of the Enterprise-D is rather anachronistic, as she didn't reach Wolf 359 until after the rest of the fleet (including the Saratoga) had been destroyed and the Borg had moved on to Earth.
The memorial in the Wolf 359 System.