The First Colonial Expeditionary Group (1st C.E.G.) was a task force of Colonial military and civilian ships designated to establish a viable colony on a habital planet, designated M-71, descovered by the Battlestar Prometheus and her group not far beyond the Red Line. The 1st C.E.G. consisted of two Battlestars (Eternal & Andromeda), two Gunstars (Sabre & Spirit), and eight civilian transports under the overall command of Brigadier General John Connors. Once the Copernicus Colony was founded, the Battlestars and Gunstars provided military protection for the fledgling colony.