For the mirror universe counterpart, see Battle of Wolf 359 (mirror).

The Battle of Wolf 359 was the Federation's disastrous first fleet action against the Borg. It was part of the Borg Incursion of 2366-2367.

It was identified by the Time Lord known as The Doctor as a fixed point in time. (TNG - Assimilation² comic: "Issue 7")

Sequence of eventsEdit

In early 2367, (stardate 44002.3), a fleet of forty starships, under the command of Admiral J.P. Hanson, massed at Wolf 359, 7.8 light-years from Earth, in an attempt to halt a Borg cube en route to Earth. Using the knowledge of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who had earlier been assimilated and given the designation "Locutus", the Borg destroyed 39 ships. The one-sided battle cost the Federation over 11,000 lives. (TNG episodes: "The Best of Both Worlds", "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", DS9 episode: "Emissary", VOY short story: "Final Entry", TNG comic: "Second Contact"). Among the ships destroyed at the battle was one of the Federation's few Galaxy-class ships in active service at the time. (TNG novel: Vendetta) states that the battle did not last long enough for expected Klingon aid to arrive; however the Voyager comic Ghosts shows Klingon vessels participating in the battle.

During the fighting the USS Saratoga, trapped in the cube's tractor beam, was covertly boarded by Borg drones intent on killing or assimilating senior officers. However, a starship crew sent from 2409 by Q (Junior) defeated the drones, ensuring that the vessel's first officer Benjamin Sisko escaped the ship. (STO mission: "State of Q")


Debris from the battle remained in the system through 2368. A memorial was set-up and active as of 2409. (TNG comic: "The Worst of Both Worlds", ST video game: Star Trek Online)

Rachel Aprile's tactics that she used against the Borg at the Battle of Wolf 359 convinced Starfleet to assign her to Starfleet Academy to oversee the Kobayashi Maru scenario. (DS9 short story: "Best Tools Available")

Sisko created a holographic program of the Battle of Wolf 359 aboard Deep Space 9 in an attempt to discover if a Starfleet victory was possible. (DS9 comic: "Program 359")

See template below for ships known to have been lost in the Battle of Wolf 359, excepting the USS Endeavour (NCC-71805), which survived.

Parallel universeEdit

In a parallel universe, Jake Sisko died aboard the USS Saratoga during the battle, an event which destroyed his father Benjamin Sisko's Starfleet career, his marriage to Jake's mother Jennifer Sisko and almost Benjamin's will to live. (DS9 novel: Fearful Symmetry)



Ships at the Battle of Wolf 359
Federation, Starfleet USS AhwahneeUSS BellerophonUSS BonestellUSS BuranUSS ChekovUSS EndeavourUSS FirebrandUSS GageUSS HoaglandUSS KadoscaUSS KyushuUSS LiberatorUSS Melbourne (Excelsior-class)USS Melbourne (Nebula-class)USS PrincetonUSS RighteousUSS RooseveltUSS SaratogaUSS Star LeagueUSS TolstoyUSS VictoryUSS YamaguchiUSS Yorktownunnamed Constitution class starshipsunnamed Nova class starships UFP seal Starfleet Command logo
Borg Collective Locutus's cube Borg

References and notesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Trek Adventures - "Wolf 359" p. 48

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