- For the canonical depiction of this subject, see: The Fleet (TOS).
After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies in a devastating genocidal attack on the Colonial worlds, Commander Adama orders all survivors to find what operational ships that remain on their shattered worlds and fly them towards battlestar Galactica, the sole surviving battlestar after her sister warships are also destroyed in the two-prong Cylon attack. With nowhere else to call home, Adama decrees that the remnants of humanity will search for the Thirteenth Tribe on a planet called Earth.
Under the guardianship of Galactica, the Fleet comprises of 220 civilian ships. With the exception of Galactica, the ships are not capable of lightspeed flight. The Fleet's overall speed is limited to that of the slowest ship within the group. As all ships in the Fleet were filled to (or over) capacity, removing the slower ships from the caravan is not an option.
Dynamite Entertainment comics
- Main article: The Fleet (TOS-DE alternate)
The depictions of the rag-tag, fugitive fleet span during the events of the series (Battlestar Galactica Annual 2014, Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 1, Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse) in the yahren 7348, and onward (Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2, Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3). The last appearance of the Fleet is into 7358 (Battlestar Galactica Annual 2014).
A different variation of the Fleet is depicted in Galactica 1980, where the survivors under Commander Troykus Adama make their disastrous and fraught encounter with Earth. Due to inherent disparitie in this seriess, this depiction is distinctly separate from the depiction in other Dynamite installments.