It only made sense for the USS Robert Hooke, an Oberth class science vessel, to meet with the Cooperative at the battlefield near the Jenolan Sphere. It was a symbolic location -- the site of the destruction of so many of the Collective. It was also a practical location -- the remaining wreckage provided excellent cover for the Cooperative vessels against Octanti scanners.
The Valkyrja and The Paladin, newly outfitted with upgrades, emerged from warp, making careful scans of the system and the Robert Hooke herself. Once they were satisfied the system was secure, Captains Lahn and Quint beamed over to a Cooperative cube to meet the Hooke's science teams. Despite visiting a Cooperative ship, Lahn insisted on a heavy security detail, quietly carrying a large array of anti-borg weaponry.