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USS Enterprise and USS Excelsior in Spacedock

Earth Spacedock docking bay

Jemhadar hud view

Starbase 375 docking bay

Galaxy class docked at DS9

External Deep Space 9 docking pylon

A docking bay was an area where starships could offload or receive personnel or cargo.

Docking bays came in various sizes depending where they were located but all had a few commonalities. All docking bays were located at the outer edge of a space station or starbase where doors protected them from space. The docking bay could be entered via an airlock.

A docking bay could contain anything from a shuttlecraft to multiple Galaxy- or Template:ShipClass starships. An example of a docking bay was that of the Federation starbase Earth Spacedock. Spacedock, along with Starbase 74, had one of the largest docking bays in the Federation. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; TNG: "11001001")

Not all docking bays were located within a structure. Deep Space 9 had a total of twelve docking bays of which six were external, called docking pylons. They were used to facilitate large ships which did not fit into the internal docking bays. (DS9: "Visionary")

In 2369 the Klingon scout ship docked at docking bay eleven prior to its departure from Deep Space 9. (DS9: "Q-Less")

Later that year Commander Benjamin Sisko changed his plan and directed the freighter Norkova to docking bay twelve instead of docking bay eight. (DS9: "The Passenger")

The Wadi starship was docking at docking bay four when it arrived at Deep Space 9 to make First Contact with Starfleet. (DS9: "Move Along Home")

The Ferengi transport Sepulo docked at docking bay five the same year to attend a Ferengi trade conference hosted by Grand Nagus Zek. (DS9: "The Nagus")

The Paqu delegation arrived at docking bay six shortly before Benjamin Sisko served as mediator between the Paqu and the Navot. (DS9: "The Storyteller")

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