(covers information from several alternate timelines)
- For space-based Federation communications facilities such as Epsilon IX station, see subspace relay station.
The communications station is a console on the bridge of some Starfleet and other starships dedicated to managing all external transmissions. In the 22nd and 23rd centuries, the communications officer was a senior staff position.
Newer Constitution-class ships refit with touch-panel displays had much larger communications stations with new okudagram graphics. The station was in the same port position, but the port turbolift had now moved ahead of the station. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
In the alternate reality, a communications relay room supported the USS Enterprise's bridge communications station. Nyota Uhura worked in this room before being assigned to the bridge to relieve Hawkins. (Star Trek)
The original bridge design of the Galaxy-class did not include a communications station, as the tactical officer now handled all communications. The operations officer was also able to operate communications. By 2371, some Galaxy-class ships received a refit which installed three communications stations along the port side wall of the bridge, between the door to the captain's ready room and the aft turbolift. (Star Trek Generations)
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