|Occupation:||Starfleet Special Ops operative|
Vanessa Brocato was an operative working for Starfleet Special Operations and first officer of the USS Prospect for a brief time in 2366 and 2367 before she transferred to the same position aboard the USS Arlington in 2367.
Brocato served as a Starfleet Special Ops operative based out of Starbase 294 when she met then-Commander John Sill, first officer of the USS Artemis, on a joint-mission. The two began a brief but passionate relationship, which ended once the Artemis started on a new mission, as neither Brocato nor Sill wanted to leave their assignment for the other. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "The Tzenkethi Incident", "Love Song")
She joined the USS Prospect crew under Sill's command in late 2365 as second officer and operations manager. While Brocato initially had reservations on her assignment, Sill reassured her he picked her for her calm demeanor on the battlefield or during a mission and her cool reaction to crises. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "The Tzenkethi Incident")
Brocato protested Captain Sill's action of leading an away team to the alien ship observing the Battle of Wolf 359, but Sill overrode her objections. Upon his return, she wanted information on what he found. While Sill was quite cryptic, Brocato saw where he was leading with the information he found out, and attempted to tell him she wanted to transfer ships, but was interrupted by a call to the bridge.
Once the recovery effort was well underway, Brocato was promoted to the rank of Commander and the first officer position aboard the Arlington: something she was very pleased with. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "The Burnt Child")
Sometime after her transfer, she and Kari Liljehorn were captured by the Enipians while investigating the threat of weapons being built to attack the Federation on Enip. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "Lady Lazarus")
Vanessa Brocato and John Sill met around 2361 when the Artemis was assigned to Starbase 294 as a home base. They had a brief but intense relationship, only ending due to the Artemis moving on and the unwillingness of either Sill or Brocato to give up their posting for the relationship. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "The Tzenkethi Incident", "Love Song")
With the ability to pick his own crew, Sill chose Brocato as his second officer aboard the Prospect in late 2365 due to her sheer brilliant technical skills and remarkable ability to stay calm and act effectively under severe pressure. In addition, her empathy and humanity in dealing with others made her a stand-out choice for his second officer. When he requested her, she felt their past relationship could get in the way of their working relationship. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "The Tzenkethi Incident")
When Brocato stepped up to the position of acting first officer after Anne Cobry's kidnapping by Yaghim Thau in 2366, the tension between the two rose. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "Stress Fractures") Once Cobry was rescued but decided to leave the Prospect, Sill promoted Brocato to first officer permanently. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "Parting")
Vanessa Brocato was a bit surprised at John Sill's relationship with Salua Harage in light of him starting it so soon after he and Brocato had split up. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "Stress Fractures", "Love Song")
While Brocato stepped in after the death of Harage in an attempt to give Sill a little time to grieve, she also took the time to console him. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back") Ultimately, both he and she realized their serving aboard the same ship would not work, and, taking the advice of Amila Thon on board, Sill took the liberty of granting Brocato's somewhat cryptic request to be transferred. After the Battle of Wolf 359, the USS Arlington needed a new first officer, and John Sill highly recommended Vanessa Brocato for the job, earning her a promotion. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "Children of the Revolution", "The Burnt Child")