Vision Class

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Vision-class stations are some of the most numerous small bases in Starfleet's inventory. Based on the Regula-class design, this station shares many components with the larger Anchorage-class stations as well. It is intended to serve as a border outpost or a checkpoint on a high-traffic region of Federation space, and may also provide protection and support for a minor shore facility. Though compact, this design is substantially larger and more capable than its Regula predecessor.


By the first quarter of the 24th century, it was clear that Starfleet's existing small station classes, namely the K-class were insufficient to keep up with the demands of supporting the fleet. The Regula-class design was great as a small research lab, but it was far too small to be able to handle general logistical functions or support a crew of any real size. At the same time, Starfleet's medium-sized stations such as the Watchtower-class station were also falling behind. In 2330, Starfleet ordered the Starfleet Corps of Engineers to develop two new station types that could fill this niche. In the end, the Regula-class design was used as a starting point to create the slightly larger Vision-class and the substantially larger Anchorage-class, giving Starfleet three station designs at three size points that used common components and design language, and so which could be built quickly and supported efficiently.

The first Vision-class station was built to replace the aging K-class station that served as the orbital facility for Starbase 17 for almost 75 years. Since the 2330s, the Vision-class has been in service in large numbers in a number of different applications across the Federation, its longevity ensured because of its ability to attach multiple mission modules and easily swap out core systems when new advancements are made.

Vision-class Stations of the Fourth Fleet

The following Vision-class stations have been assigned to the Fourth Fleet:

Vision-class Stations In-Play

  • This is a small station--not so small that it would have a crew of only a dozen like a Regula-class station, but it's no Deep Space 9, either. With a crew of a hundred or so, this base is ideal for providing the spaceborne component of very minor starbases, which might also have a few drydock frames to service starships. But it is unable to handle the vast traffic of a massive Spacedock, or protect against a significant military threat.
  • The Vision-class serves well as a border outpost despite these tactical limitations; for its size, it offers excellent sensors and armaments, and has a decent support capacity for small ships. While not a border's major fortification or defence, it can provide necessary support in a fringe region for Starfleet and civilians.