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Starbase 375 with ships

Starbase 375 supporting Federation starships during the Dominion War (2376)

Starbase 11, TOS remastered

Planetside facilities of Starbase 11 (2267)

Deep space 9

Deep Space 9, formerly a Cardassian station placed under Starfleet administration (2376)

A starbase was a permanent support facility operated by Starfleet, consisting of space stations, drydocks, and/or ground installations. Starbases were hubs of activity and could serve multiple military and civilian functions. (e.g., TOS: "Court Martial"; TNG: "11001001"; DS9: "Behind the Lines")

In late 2154, Earth Starfleet vessel Enterprise was assigned to scout Berengaria VII as a potential site for the first of a series of proposed starbases. (ENT: "Bound") The United Federation of Planets inherited and expanded the starbase network. (Star Trek: The Original Series. et al.)

Most Federation starbases were commanded by Starfleet officers, often a flag officer (e.g., TOS: "Court Martial", "The Deadly Years"; TNG: "The Measure Of A Man", "Redemption II", "Starship Mine"; DS9: "Whispers"). Some, such as Deep Space Station K-7, were under civilian authority. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles")

Federation starbases offered multiple services and amenities, including:

In the final draft script of TOS: "Mudd's Women" (dated 26 May 1966), this type of facility was called a "starship base".
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, (3rd ed., p. 464), there were over five hundred starbases located throughout Federation space and beyond.

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