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A Galaxy class bridge.

The bridge was the starship equivalent of an operations center or command center. On Star Fleet ships, it was generally located near the top and front of a vessel. From here, the commanding officers supervised all ship's operations, ranging from vessel course control to tactical systems.

Star Fleet Bridge Design

On Star Fleet vessels, the bridge was usually located on Deck 1, on top of the vessel's primary hull. The bridge was the nerve-center of every starship, and it was manned by the top officers of each department except for Engineering and Medical. There was typically an engineering station that the Chief Engineer could use when on the bridge, as well as science stations that the Chief Medical Officer could use.

The commanding officer could supervises the all the ship's operations while seated in the command chair, typically located in the center of the room, while having visual access to all major personnel stations and viewscreens, facilitating the decision-making process.

The forward bulkhead of the bridge was typically dominated by the main viewscreen. Directly in front of this was usually the helm console, from where navigation and vessel course control were carried out.

Each bridge typically featured several supportive consoles for engineering, gravity control, damage control, environmental engineering, sciences and library computer, most of which did not necessarily need to be manned under normal circumstances. Internal security along with weapons control could be found at the Security station

Most bridges on Star Fleet vessels were replaceable modules, so that adaptation for special missions or upgrading was expedited.