Resolute was hired by Penelope Lien on Kris Longknife's behalf so Kris would have a reliable vessel for use in and around the Chance system. She was considered to be a commercial vessel when hired, but proved to be a warship.
In Resolute, Resolute was subjected to an attempted boarding by pirates aboard Wild Goose. Kris led the defense of Resolute and captured Wild Goose, renaming it as USS Wasp. Kris used Resolute to jump through the newly-discovered Jump Points to the systems where she and her crew discovered Alien 1 and Alien 2.