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"The safety and security of whatever's left of the Federation must take priority over everything else."
– Charles Vance, 3189 ("Die Trying")

Fleet Admiral Charles Vance was a 32nd century Human Starfleet officer. During the 3180s, he served as commander in chief of Starfleet.


Early life

During his younger years, Vance never listened to advice despite being green and inexperienced and would make a lot of bad calls. (DIS: "Terra Firma, Part 1")

Eventually, Vance would marry a woman and the two would have a daughter. Vance's wife and daughter would live at Federation Headquarters for a time before Vance realized that it was too dangerous for them to live there. Vance stayed on the station, while his wife and daughter left for parts unknown. (DIS: "That Hope Is You, Part 2")

Starfleet career

Vance met with the crew of the USS Discovery soon after they emerged in the year 3189. (DIS: "Die Trying")

Shortly thereafter, he met with Captains Bandra, L'Teis Kardashev, Rahma and Saru and handled out assignments. He tasked Bandra and the USS Le Guin with the two month supply run to Na'Seth, Kardashev with supplying shields to Reilling VII as they were dealing with solar flares, and Rahma with resupplying Kaijur XII with Replicator replacement technology as they were experiencing a food shortage.

After the USS Cuyahoga returned to Federation Headquarters, He ordered his chief of security Lieutenant Audrey Willa to commence a baryon sweep after the crew had cleared the ship.

Upon Michael Burnham's return from her rogue mission to rescue Cleveland Booker, he left it to Captain Saru to decide what disciplinary actions she would face. (DIS: "Scavengers")

When presented with Burnham and Sylvia Tilly's new findings about the Burn, he informed Burnham and Saru that the data they required to verify their findings could only be obtained from Ni'Var, the planet formerly known as Vulcan. He also informed them that Ni'Var was now home to both the Vulcans and Romulans, but had seceded from the United Federation of Planets as they believed the Federation had pushed them into developing dilithium replacement technology which had ultimately been the cause of the Burn itself. (DIS: "Unification III")

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Memorable quotes

"The safety and security of whatever's left of the Federation must take priority over everything else."

- Charles Vance to Saru and Michael Burnham (DIS: "Die Trying")

"I never listened to advice when I was green, but take it from an old salt who's made a lot of bad calls in his day. A crew member is drowning. If we let her, then your crew will never look at you, or the Federation the same way again. And you will never look at yourself the same way either."

- Vance, to Saru (DIS: "Terra Firma, Part 1")

"The past is the only light with which we can see the future."

- Charles Vance to Osyraa (DIS: "There Is A Tide...")



Background information

Charles Vance was played by Oded Fehr.

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