General Order 2: The primary duty of Starfleet is to support and protect the Federation and its citizens.
This is expressed by Commodore Decker, and it does seem to be central to the organization’s mission and part of every mission profile. Subsumed within this order undoubtedly would be the response protocols to distress signals, something not to be ignored. Kind of a "goes without saying" understanding, but probably it is said somewhere and clearly, and not buried deep. Maybe this isn’t the Prime Directive, but it seems to be way ahead of whatever is Starfleet Directive #3.
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