Numbered Fleet

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A group of several squadrons organized into an administrative and strategic unit.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Numbered fleets are usually grouped into Named fleets.

Regular fleets[edit]

The Imperial Navy has about 320 numbered regular fleets (approximately one for each subsector within the Imperium plus a few extra). A numbered fleet, depending on its mission, may have between two and ten squadrons amounting to between 50 and 200 ships counting combat vessels and major auxiliaries, but excluding scouts, couriers, and minor escorts. Numbered fleets are commanded by fleet admirals. A numbered fleet may have a descriptor (which does not count as a name) in its designation: for example, the 19th Battle Fleet and the 99th Penetration Fleet.

Doctrine allows for the creation of temporary fleets similar in size to numbered fleets, such as the 1st Provisional Fleet created during the tense period leading up to the Fifth Frontier War. Although they don't get numbers, they are nevertheless sometimes referred to as numbered fleets.

Numbers run from 1 to 320. A few numbers have been permanently removed from the roster due to treasonous or similarly disgraceful behavior on the part of the last fleet to carry them. In peacetime some fleets may be deactivated, which is an entirely different thing than being permanently removed. The fleet's records and memorabilia are put in storage, ready for the day it will once again be activated. A recent example is the reactivation of the 100th Fleet in connection with the Fifth Frontier War. A few other numbers are duplicated or, in one case, triplicated.

Reserve fleets[edit]

The IN also has about 320 numbered reserve fleets (also approximately one per subsector plus a few extra). They are usually numbered in a sequence beginning with 1001 (for example, the 1077th Reserve Fleet).

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The numbered fleets are distributed throughout the Imperium as follows:

--- 212 --- --- 194 --- 151 61 30 56 60 133 245 246 247 251 15 28 35 57 --- 270 280 290 --- --- --- ---
--- --- 18 23 195 257 125 88 32 --- 152 --- 29 71 13 216 155 152 140 99 14 84 156 227 --- --- --- ---
--- --- 43 73 196 258 154 183 --- --- --- --- 34 87 182 241 178 229 248 249 36 104 157 226 53 86 161 ---
208 --- 100 207 193 260 55 184 --- --- --- --- 54 181 212 244 253 256 252 250 72 141 225 228 158 306 307 ---
--- --- 201 202 19 74 --- --- --- 272 211 142 5 186 205 187 26 51 69 76 --- 27 148 149 17 52 --- ---
--- --- 203 204 --- --- --- --- --- 271 231 126 50 188 206 185 200 3 1 4 70 98 242 243 124 129 191 ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 232 38 89 127 75 190 209 219 217 160 2 274 121 122 123 254 238 261 262 ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- 130 37 39 90 101 83 159 218 230 210 150 132 273 263 264 265 237 192 267 266 ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- 42 44 7 40 91 166 --- 102 239 163 282 162 147 199 12 25 67 --- --- --- 268 ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- 46 143 167 179 168 177 236 9 240 164 281 63 64 220 8 223 --- --- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- 275 233 276 180 179 139 278 62 277 259 6 65 138 117 119 --- --- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 300 301 302 304 --- 175 279 165 107 106 66 146 118 81 137 145 85 --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 171 172 45 289 298 135 198 93 24 112 144 222 224 314 224 ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 174 47 77 92 10 234 94 95 297 170 197 82 113 269 --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 173 78 48 110 176 283 11 21 22 169 287 288 235 305 --- --- 224 ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 284 285 111 286 49 136 299 103 108 108 308 --- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 20 295 68 79 293 80 313 --- --- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 109 292 296 294 291 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 96 221 115 116 114 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
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