The Pioneer Expedition was the search for the Robotech Masters's homeworld, The Third moon of Fantoma: Tirol. Originally slated to leave in early 2014, the destruction of the SDF-2 during the Malcontent Uprisings stalled the mission until late 2022. The mission was led by Emil Lang, Lisa Hayes, and Rick Hunter on board the SDF-3. (Robotech II: The Sentinels)
Upon arriving at the Valivarre system, the Robotech Expeditionary Force became embroiled for years in a war with the Invid Regent while the Masters had already departed for Earth, launching the Second Robotech War. (Robotech: The Masters).
The Admirals Hunter stayed in the region aboard the SDF-3 while the worked with the Sentinels to defeat the Invid. After the Regent's death and the REF Civil War, they launched their fleet to recover the Earth. (Robotech: Prelude to the Shadow Chronicles, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles))
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