16th Fleet (SLDF)
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|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
|Parent Formation||SLDF Naval Command|
The deployment of the Sixteenth Fleet to the border region between the Capellan Confederation and Federated Suns despite the Sixteenth's role as an independent Fleet was a reflection of how the escalating tensions between the various Star League member states shaped the deployment of the SLDF during the twenty-eighth century. In the case of the Sixteenth, the deployment to the Capellan/Suns border region was a direct response to the clashes between forces from both sides between 2760 and 2762; General Aleksandr Kerensky chose the Sixteenth, a heavyweight Fleet, deliberately to ensure that the border conflict didn't flare up again. The Sixteenth would continue to operate in the region even after the Periphery Uprising began, and wouldn't be redeployed until the second year of the Uprising, when the Sixteenth joined combat operations within the Taurian Concordat.
The Sixteenth Fleet was one of the heaviest and largest fleets available to the SLDF. With their deployment to the Chesterton region, they were homeported at the Tikonov docks. Despite Chancellor Barbara Liao's preparations of accommodations on the world, Admiral Meeks ordered his sailors to SLDF provided barracks on one of Tikonov's moons to maintain their impartiality in the Davion/Liao conflict.
The Sixteenth Fleet was comprised of five active squadrons immediately prior to the Amaris Civil War, however the Reconnaissance Squadron was broken up into smaller flotillas and attached to each of the Line and Escort Squadrons:
- 161st Line Squadron (Heart of Oak Squadron)
- 162nd Line Squadron (Devouring Coleoids)
- CO: Vice Admiral Otto Depulpo
- 163rd Escort Squadron (Dauntless Drakes)
- CO: Vice Admiral Raphaela St. Ortiz
- 164th Escort Squadron (Fingers of Caelus)
- CO: Vice Admiral Launa Lafitte
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 48, "Sixteenth Fleet"
- Field Manual: SLDF, p. 198