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Evasive maneuvers (also known as evasive action, defensive pattern) are a sequence of defensive movements employed by starship commanders to evade enemy weapons fire, or capture. These movements were specified by predefined or on the spot course changes. Although each race uses different terminology for their evasive maneuvers, the tactics remain the same.

In 2254 "Number One" asked Captain Christopher Pike if they should make evasive maneuvers when something came closer to the USS Enterprise on a collision course with the speed of light. (TOS: "The Cage")

An example of this is the Starfleet maneuver "pattern delta" which is to simply a maneuver of rocking the ship hard from port to starboard. Evasive "pattern delta 5" is used keep attacking ships off balance. (DS9: "Shattered Mirror", "The Search, Part I")

In contrast to evasive patterns, offensive movements such as attack patterns or tactical patterns are instances where a starship commander intends to engage the enemy in a confrontation, rather than evade. These patterns are known as standard maneuvers.

In 2369 while confronted with a Miradorn Theta-class raider in the Chamra Vortex, Odo ordered evasive maneuvers for his runabout USS Ganges. (DS9: "Vortex")

Evasive maneuver patterns

  • Pattern beta two
VOY: "Persistence of Vision"
  • Pattern beta four
VOY: "Workforce"
  • Pattern beta six
VOY: "Flesh and Blood", "The Void", "Endgame"
  • Pattern beta 140 (dual attack mode)
VOY: "Ex Post Facto"
  • Pattern gamma
TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise"
  • Pattern gamma four
VOY: "The Swarm"
  • Pattern gamma six
DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"
  • Pattern delta
TNG: "Darmok", "Conundrum"; DS9: "Emissary", "Shattered Mirror", "What You Leave Behind"; VOY: "Year of Hell, Part II"
  • Pattern delta four
VOY: "Caretaker", "Maneuvers", "Coda"
  • Pattern delta five
DS9: "The Search, Part I", Star Trek
  • Pattern theta
DS9: "Tears of the Prophets"
  • Pattern theta one
VOY: "Prototype"
  • Pattern theta two
VOY: "Initiations"
  • Pattern omega
VOY: "Caretaker"; DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels"
  • Pattern omega one
VOY: "Initiations"
  • Pattern omega two
VOY: "Maneuvers"
  • Pattern omega three
VOY: "Maneuvers"
  • Pattern omega six
VOY: "Prototype"
  • Pattern Kirk epsilon
Star Trek Nemesis
TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"
  • Pattern Riker beta
TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"

Evasive maneuver sequences

  • Sequence Beta 93
VOY: "Learning Curve"
  • Sequence Delta / Delta sequence
TNG: "The Wounded", "Darmok", "Conundrum"
  • Sequence 010
TNG: "The Mind's Eye"

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