In DS9 s6e11 "Waltz", Worf is back on duty as a Starfleet officer. Last I remember, he was serving as first officer of the IKS Rotarran. I guess I wasn't paying attention.

When and why did Worf return to Starfleet duty?

  • He never left Starfleet - he was on secondment
    – HorusKol
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 7:49
  • @HorusKol, I know. That answers "how". What were the circumstances? Did I miss something about the Rotarran or Martok? Or was it just triggered by the retaking of DS9? Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 8:07

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Worf's service aboard the IKS Rotarran is discussed in DS9: Soldiers of the Empire. In short, he's on a temporary assignment.

SISKO: As of this moment you will be relieved of all Starfleet obligations and will be placed on detached service to the Imperial Klingon Defense Forces.

This is a real-world military term that means "serving away from one's assigned unit or company without being formally transferred"

As to why/when he returned, both Martok and Sisko make it abundantly clear that he's being released for the duration of the mission only, not as a semi-permanent assignment. Presumably once the mission was over, he came back to DS9 (along with Dax) by the most expeditious route:

Martok: Worf, son of Mogh... I ask you to join me on this mission as my friend... and as my first officer.


MARTOK: Your tone does not sit well with me, helmsman. Our mission is to find the B'Moth, not satisfy your warrior's pride.


SISKO: I told the General I'm inclined to grant his request for your services, commander. I can certainly understand why he'd want you along -- you're a fine officer. But I'm not sure why you want to go on this mission.

  • I'm asking about the circumstances of the end of that assignment. Was there any dialog, or he just suddenly aspirated back in Starfleet uniform? Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 15:07
  • @ThePopMachine - He just turned up two episodes later. I'm guessing that in the intervening episode, he and Dax were making their way back to DS9.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 15:22
  • Aspirated->appeared swypo Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 17:36
  • Okay, good answer. Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 17:36

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