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Commodore insignia
Starfleet pin and sleeve stripes,
22nd century
Starfleet pin and sleeve stripes,
22nd century
Starfleet pin and sleeve stripes,
22nd century
Starfleet, 2260s
Starfleet, 2260s
Starfleet pin and sleeve stripes,
Late 2270s - 2350s
Starfleet pin and sleeve stripes,
Late 2270s - 2350s
Starfleet pin and sleeve stripes,
Late 2270s - 2350s

Commodore (later presumed to be replaced by rear admiral-lower half) is a naval rank, the equivalent of which is used by the service organizations of many civilizations. As a traditional grade, commodore is the most junior flag officer rank of a naval organization, under an admiral rank (usually under rear admiral) but senior to a captain. Commodores command groups of ships, as opposed to captains commanding single ships or units. In comparison to other ranking systems, this rank is equivalent to the military brigadier or brigadier general.

The rank of commodore was used by Starfleet until at least the year 2364. In 2366, Geordi La Forge insulted Centurion Bochra by calling him commodore, to which Bochra promptly corrected La Forge as to his proper title. (TNG: "Conspiracy", TNG: "The Enemy")

The first mention of the rank of commodore in Star Trek: The Next Generation occurred in the episode "Conspiracy". In that episode, several commodores were issuing commands in mission orders to starship captains. These orders were read by Lieutenant Commander Data in the android's investigation into a suspected conspiracy among the higher members of Starfleet Command.
The La Forge calling Bochra "commodore" was the only time that the rank was ever spoken of in dialogue in the series.

List of Starfleet commodores

This chart shows only general equivalencies based on the ranks used by many governments on Earth, as well as the rest of the galaxy.

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Background information

The rank of commodore is presumed to have been superseded by the 24th century, as no such ranked persons were seen or referenced in TNG, DS9 or VOY. This may be in response to the rank being phased out of the US Navy where the lowest flag officer rank is currently referred to as "rear admiral (lower half)".

In numerous novels, including Before Dishonor, the rank of commodore is revealed to exist into the 24th century. In that novel, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun informs Captain Picard that since he was in command of a group of starships it would be proper for him to be referred to as Commodore Picard rather than Captain Picard. The rank also features prominently in the novel Imzadi, where the rank of commodore is held by a future version of Data.

Several non-canon reference manuals, among them the Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual, describe a five collar pip commodore insignia in use during the 24th century. Such an insignia, however, has never appeared in an actual Star Trek production. This five pip collar insignia is also used in fandom sources as an insignia for fleet captain.

Apart from its Original Series usage, a commodore is spoken of in radio traffic heard at the start of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. A commodore "movie pin" is also seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and the rank was retroactively mentioned in "First Flight". The rank also appeared on background characters in "First Flight", "Shockwave, Part II", "Home", and the "Demons"/"Terra Prime" two-parter. The latter featured the only female commodore yet seen.

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