Intrepid class/Command station

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Bridge Stations • Command Modules • Operations Modules • Science & Medical Modules

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The Intrepid class bridge command station provides seating and information displays for the ship's commanding officer (captain) and first officer. The command stations are centrally located, designed to maximize interaction with all key bridge personnel, while permitting an unobstructed view of the main screen.

The chairs are identical, but the commanding officer traditionally sits in the starboard-side chair, while the first officer sits in the port-side chair. Bench seats on either side of the command chairs can act as temporary, if not entirely comfortable, seating for guest or mission specific personnel.

Nestled between the captain's chair and the first officer's chair is a hideaway console. Most often, this panel is used to access sensor information, but can also be used to view sensitive information or take a private message without leaving the bridge. The panel has access to LCARS, and therefore the entire database of the ship. In emergency situations it can also be used in conjunction with command code access to control simple conn or operations functions.

Regular ship operating procedures require a shift commanding officer to be on duty at all times, although the presence of other command personnel is optional, depending on specific mission requirements. Yellow and red alert operating rules generally require the presence of at least two command personnel, in addition to conn, ops, and tactical officers.

Black-and-white ship illustrations by Tim Davies. Used with permission. All other images are copyright to their respective owners.
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