The USS Voyager shortly before her seven years long journey in the Delta Quadrant.
"This ship has been our home, it's kept us together, it's been part of our family."
– Captain Kathryn Janeway
Shortly before Voyager's launch, Captain Janeway's Chief of Security and Second Officer, Lieutenant Tuvok, had successfully infiltrated the Maquis ship Zola, commanded by the disgruntled former Starfleet officer Chakotay. The Maquis ship, including Tuvok, went missing in the Badlands and Voyager was subsequently assigned to locate and capture the missing vessel.
After leaving Space Station Deep Space 9 and entering the Badlands, Voyager was swept 70,000 light years into the Delta Quadrant where it also discovered Chakotay's missing Maquis vessel which had experienced a similar fate.