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Nova Squadron

The four surviving members of Nova Squadron in 2368

Nova Squadron was an elite flight team at Starfleet Academy. Each cadet flew a single-pilot spacecraft performing various formations and maneuvers as a demonstration of flight prowess and ability.

In 2368, Nova Squadron consisted of Cadet First Class Nicholas Locarno, Cadet Second Class Jean Hajar, Cadet Second Class Sito Jaxa, Cadet Third Class Wesley Crusher, and Cadet Joshua Albert. It was this team which won the Rigel Cup.

Shortly before commencement that year (on stardate 45703), the Nova Squadron flight team suffered an accidental collision on the Academy Flight Range, near the moons of Saturn; they had been practicing maneuvers for their upcoming graduation ceremony. Cadet Albert was killed in the crash; while the other four team members successfully activated their emergency transporters to escape their doomed ships.

Upon investigation, it was determined that Nova Squadron -- despite claiming to have done a Yeager loop -- was in fact attempting an unauthorized Kolvoord Starburst...a maneuver long prohibited by the Academy, due to a similar accident in which all five cadets lost their lives. When said discovery was made, the Board of inquiry came close to expelling all four surviving cadets...until Locarno pleaded to assume full responsibility for the mishap and cover-up. Sure enough, he alone was expelled. The three remaining cadets were issued a formal reprimand: their flight privileges were revoked, their service records were permanently tainted, their academic credits for that year were declared null and void. (TNG: "The First Duty")

Two years after the incidents of 2370, Sito was killed on a suicide mission into Cardassian Space. (TNG: "Lower Decks")

Another elite cadet unit, Red Squad, was created in the 2370s. (DS9: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost")

The TOS movie era novel Elusive Salvation indicates that Nova Squadron existed prior to 2283.
According to her biography in Star Trek: Starship Creator, Sarita Carson was a member of Nova Squadron prior to her graduation in 2371.

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