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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, including:

Most Federation starbases were commanded by Starfleet officers, often a flag officer (TOS: "Court Martial"). Some, such as Deep Space Station K-7, were under civilian authority. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles")

The first starbases were constructed in the mid-22nd century by Earth Starfleet. In 2154, the Enterprise was assigned to scout suitable planets on which starbases could be built. Among the potential candidates was the seventh planet of the Berengaria system. (ENT: "Bound") The United Federation of Planets inherited and expanded the starbase network. (Star Trek: The Original Series. et al.)

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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