1701st Fleet FAQ


What is the U.S.S. Navras?
What is the 1701st Fleet?
How does 1701st Fleet differ from other Star Trek groups?
What does your organization do?
Can a member of another organization be a member of your group too?
Are there Costuming Standards/Requirements?
Are we mandated to dress as Starfleet officers?
Do members of the 1701st Fleet charge for appearances?
Is 1701st Fleet a part of CBS/Paramount?
Is this affiliated with STARFLEET?
Do you have Marines?
How can I join the 1701st Fleet?
Where do you get those costumes?
What if I don’t want to be a member, but would like to show up at events with you in uniform too?
What if I don’t want to purchase a uniform?
Is it hot in those costumes?
How do I contact 1701st Fleet to attend my event?

What is the U.S.S. Navras?
The U.S.S. Navras is the “flagship” of an independent and international Star Trek fan organization, comprised of fans who enjoy getting together to promote our interest in science fiction, and attending events in authentic-looking costumes. We want to show our appreciation for a series that has touched each one of us at some point in our lives, and if we can do that by making appearances at fan-based events, or by collecting for charity, then we will make every effort to. We have members worldwide who enjoy costuming, gaming, writing, roleplay, or just chatting about Trek/Wars/Firefly/Doctor Who/Battlestar Galactica/etc.

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What is the 1701st Fleet?
1701st Fleet is the olive branch that we have extended that allows people to join us who don’t necessarily want to belong to the U.S.S. Navras itself. Maybe you and your friends want to put together your own ship. Or maybe you already have a ship that is part of another organization, which you would like to establish within our fan group. If you take all of those “ships” and put them together, then 1701st Fleet is the banner that they all represent.

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How does 1701st Fleet differ from other Star Trek groups?
That’s a really good question. There are a lot of Star Trek clubs out there that have been around a LOT longer than we have, but we pride ourselves on not only breaking the stereotype that has stigmatized “Trekkies” for years, but also on showing what modern Star Trek fans are like. If you remember the 1990′s, then you remember that being a Star Trek fan, or being the kid that had a comic collection was often something that would get you ridiculed. But now we live in a day and age where fandom is celebrated openly. And that is what we strive to do, by establishing a Star Trek equivalent to the 501st Legion Costuming Club.

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What does your organization do?
Well, we have a strong emphasis on costuming– but that’s not all that we do. We have a fleet in Star Trek Online, we get together and go to movies, restaurants, we do charity work, we do fundraisers, we do board games, we do laser tag– the sky’s the limit! Sometimes it’s just awesome to have something to belong to with a group of people who care about something the same way that you do. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

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Can a member of another organization be a member of your group too?
Absolutely! We don’t care if you’re a member of any other fan group or fan organization– you’re more than welcome to be a member of ours as well, so long as there are no conflicts of interest. If you think that your membership in another group DOES constitute a conflict of interest, then please contact us and ask. We’ll let you know.

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Are there Costuming Standards/Requirements?
Yes, there are. Not to limit who can be a member, but more to make sure that anyone who chooses to show up in a Star Trek costume or uniform maintains a kind of quality that we want to be represented by. I think that we’ve all seen people in Star Trek uniforms that were badly-sized, poorly worn, or coffee-stained/wrinkled. I think that we’ve all seen people who have made a poor attempt at a costume, by putting together a t-shirt with Wal-Mart and drawing a Star Trek logo on it with a permanent marker. That’s not how we want to be seen. So if you don’t have a costume, or don’t want to wear one– that’s alright. But if you do have one, or you want to wear one, then we have a Costume Approval Committee that you can present your costume to, who can give you one of four Approval Certifications!

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Are we mandated to dress as Starfleet officers?
Not at all. Starfleet, Bajoran, Klingon, Romulan, Borg, Cardassian, Jem’Hadar, Ferengi– you name it. We like creativity!

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Do members of the 1701st Fleet charge for appearances?
Absolutely not. While we appreciate the offer to pay us for our appearances, we don’t do this for money. We would much rather see that money go to people and charities who need it much more than we do.

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Is 1701st Fleet a part of CBS/Paramount?
We are not affiliated with CBS or Paramount, the Roddenberry family, or any of their subsidiary groups. We are a volunteer fan group only.

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Is this affiliated with STARFLEET?
The U.S.S. Navras is a former chapter of STARFLEET that has broken off to become its own independent international Star Trek fan group. We are no longer associated or affiliated with STARFLEET, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc., in any way.

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Do you have Marines?
No. But we do have M.A.C.O.’s. ;)

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How can I join the 1701st Fleet?
Becoming a member of the U.S.S. Navras or another ship in the fleet is simple– If you would like to join, simply follow the instructions listed right here.

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Where do you get those costumes?
Some of our members are amazingly talented, and can sew them! If that’s too costly, we have established an amazingly wonderful relationship with the people at Cosplaysky. The problem with finding Star Trek uniforms is that you’ll either find costumes that are painfully low in quality, or you’ll find high-quality costumes that run as much as $500-$600, easy. Cosplaysky’s uniforms are of amazing quality and, perhaps more importantly, they have movie-level detail that is difficult to find anywhere else.

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What if I don’t want to be a member, but would like to show up at events with you in uniform too?
We can’t stop anyone from purchasing and wearing their own uniform or prosthetic makeup. In fact, if you’re going to buy a uniform, we strongly suggest you give Cosplaysky the sales. Just keep in mind that you won’t be included in everything that the 1701st Fleet does.

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What if I don’t want to purchase a uniform?
You’re not required to. :) You can still join and partake in the full Navras experience without owning a costume, and nobody will think less of you for it. Costuming is expensive, and not everyone can budget for such a thing.

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Is it hot in those costumes?
You have NO idea. That’s why we encourage our members to stay hydrated regularly. Try to imagine walking the deserts of Vulcan in the middle of summer, while covered in lard and wrapped in bacon.

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How do I contact the 1701st Fleet to attend my event?
You may do so by using our super-nifty and state-of-the-art Appearance Request Form.

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