Providence Fleet Yards

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Providence Fleet Yards
Location
Star System:

Beta Geminorium

Quadrant:

Beta Quadrant

Technical Details
Affiliation:

Federation

Personnel
Template:Station

Providence Fleet Yards is a Starfleet Shipyard located in the Beta Geminorum System. Under the command of Captain Victoria Brandt, Providence serves as Task Force 93's headquarters and a forward operating base of Starfleet's Diplomatic Corps and Starfleet Intelligence. Originally a decommissioning yard for older starships, it is now a thriving Fleet Yard constructing, refitting, and resupplying the Fourth Fleet's assets in the Beta Quadrant.

In 2389, PFY became the nerve center of TF93 as part of Rear Admiral Banda’s operationalizing initiative, establishing the TF93 Operational Staff and their corresponding Directorates at Providence Fleet Yards.


Bold Beginnings

In 2267, the crew of the USS Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk encountered a being known as Apollo on Pollux IV. This being claimed to be the last of the Olympian Deities worshiped by the ancient Greek culture. At the end of what would be known as “The Apollo Incident,” Apollo disappeared, leaving Pollux IV a beautifully pristine uninhabited world.

Several months after the Incident, construction began on Starbase K3. Originally designed as a civilian trading post, K3 was built with many areas specifically designed for the comfort of its various residents. It was considered one of the finest starbases of its class during its heyday, despite being in a relatively volatile area of space. Only a few minor skirmishes were ever fought within the Pollux system, which gave Pollux IV the reputation of being a “paradise planet.” K3, similarly, earned the reputation of being a thrilling, but luxurious place to visit on the Klingon Frontier.

Decline

With the signing of the Khitomer Accords in 2293, K3 eventually fell into disuse, to the point that it was all but abandoned by 2310. Only a few of the shadier traders were left living on or doing any type of business on K3. Starfleet decided to step in, and acquire the base before it could become a thriving black market community in the Federation’s own backyard. In 2313, Starfleet moved in and evicted the remaining squatters and traders.

Starfleet Command intended to use the base as a repair and refit facility. They quickly learned that too much of the base had been abandoned for too long to have any functional use in that regard. Instead, engineers quickly sealed off the parts of the base that was too dilapidated to repair in quick order, and Providence was classed as a “Naval Reserve Storage Facility.” Effectively, it would be a place to store older ships in mothballs (should the situation arise that they were needed to be reactivated,) to make room for their newer, more advanced counterparts. A small caretaker group was assigned to Providence, consisting only of one officer and 9 enlisted crew, mostly engineers.

Providence, which was once a thriving center of trade, had been reduced to a backwater outpost, along with the fringes of the Federation’s unimportant border with the Klingons. Only a few decks of the central station core were habitable, and one pod was left functional for housing and the occasional visiting crew.

A Renewed Purpose

Conditions stayed this way until 2387, with news of the Hobus Incident leaving the galaxy in awe and shock. The mighty Romulan Star Empire had lost the majority of its centralized government, as well as both of its home worlds, in one fell swoop.

The Federation began to send as many ships into Romulan space as possible to provide aid and assistance to all affected by the Hobus Incident. The Klingons began to use the Romulans’ weakened state to make incursions across their shared border, attacking several border worlds. The Federation, shocked and appalled by the behavior of the Klingon Empire, sided with the Romulan Star Empire and began talks with the Klingon Empire to attempt to stop the border attacks.

Much as they did during the Dominion War when they attacked the war-ravaged Cardassian Union, the Klingons’ relations with the Federation became severely strained by the perceived castigation of their actions. Uncertain of the Klingons’ intentions, Starfleet began looking into its assets along the shared border with the Klingon Empire. In lieu of this, for a short period of time in 2387, Providence served as the headquarters of Task Force 86.

While Providence no longer serves as mothball yards, the Federation was loathed to simply dismiss their assets within the mothball fleet stationed there. In 2387, as more and more ships were needed to patrol the Klingon/Federation border, Providence served as more of a "re-commissioning" yard than the opposite. Many of the ships that were formally deemed "unfit for service" were reactivated and deployed directly from the reserve fleet stationed at Providence as a stop gap measure to keep an eye on the Klingon, Gorn, Tholian, and Orion governments.

Relay Point

By the time the majority of the ships formerly mothballed were redeployed into the fleet, Providence's role switched from de/re-commissioning older ships to creating new ones. A Regulus III class starbase and shipyard were built. The Regulus III design is still one that is being developed by Starfleet, however, it has proven to be useful in the past. The Regulus III has seven dry docks that can construct, repair, and refit ships as big as a Galaxy Class.

Providence was also seen as a strategic point for Task Force 93. Being in the center of Task Force 93's Area of Operations, they would be able to relay traffic from the Canterra Sector, to the Gavarian Sector, to the Raeyan Sector.