On Star Trek Commodores

Commodore is, in naval history, a title rather than a rank, held by a captain who commands a fleet, essentially like an admiral, but without the promotion, and for a limited period of time.

What we’ve seen in Star Trek is that Commodore is a rank. Bob Wesley, in “The Ulimate Computer,” was acting in the traditional role of a Commodore–a captain in command of a larger fleet. Yet we see Matt Decker as the captain of a single ship in “The Doomsday Machine,” with nary a fleet in sight. Perhaps that once a captain is given command a fleet action, he can use the title “Commodore” rather than “Captain” to denote the greater responsibilities once held.

We’ve also seen Commodores in command of starbases. This makes sense, when looked at from the vantage point of commanding a fleet of ships; the commodore would be responsible for the goings-on of the ships in his sector.

The term does crop up in Peter David’s novels from time to time. Data was a Commodore in Imzadi, in command of a single ship, the Enterprise-F.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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