Re: I am taking command of the fleet.
Though one could argue the case the Enterprise was responding to a distress call, during the audio of the battle, you hear a call for more ships. So the fleet or a ship within the fleet was sayiung we need help. Yes I know it's a stretch. Though as it turns out HQ was right about Picard becomming emotionally involved.
On the continent of wild endeavour in the mountains of solace and solitude there stood the citadel of the time lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe looking down on the galaxies below sworn never to interfere only to watch.