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The Wildfire was decommissioned and placed in reserves some time prior to 2375. Three weeks prior to Stardate 52096.8, Wildfire was reactivated for service and received a through modernization. She was assigned to the 10th squadron of the Fifth Fleet and placed under the temporary command of newly promoted squadron captain Patrick Ingrum. Captain Ingrum's regular command, the USS Baldwin, was in spacedock for a two week refit.
Wildfire, along with the rest of the 10th Squadron, participated in a battle to retake Betazed. Commander Amanda Stacey served as executive officer for this mission, having transferred from the USS Ellsworth to supervise the refit, and was the only certified duty officer. Patrick's sister Anna served as flight controller. When Patrick left Wildfire to return to Baldwin, he left Amanda in command. (USS Baldwin: "Determined Warrior")
At the end of the Dominion War, Wildfire ran supplies to Cardassian worlds as part of the Federation's effort to rebuild the Cardassian infrastructure. The supply run was interrupted when Admiral Ross ordered Wildfire to the Neutral Zone to pick up a passenger, Ambassador Spock and take him to Earth. (USS Baldwin: "Good Will")
- Commanding Officer
- Executive Officer
- Flight controller
- Chief medical officer
The Wildfire first appears in the USS Baldwin story "Determined Warrior." The title of the story is in homage to the USS Cole. "Determined Warrior" is one of the Cole's mottos. The registry number is a reference to the Cole's hull number, DDG-67.
Wildfire was named for the titular horse in Michael Martin Murphey's song "Wildfire," from his 1976 album Blue Sky, Night Thunder, and also the 1986 cartoon series, which featured DS9 veteran Rene Auberjonois. Although "Determined Warrior" was written prior to the 2005 TV series, that series was co-created by Michael Piller and featured Nana Visitor.