Chakotay served as a Starfleet officer before he joined the group known as the Maquis. During a flight through the area of space known as the Badlands. Chakotay’s vessel was taken to the distant Delta Quadrant by an entity known as the Caretaker. After a similar fate befell the U.S.S.Voyager, the 2 crews joined together to seek a way home. Chakotay was assigned to the duty of First Officer on the starship Voyager.