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Battle stations was a general alert status used in the during the ongoing activities of a vessel when a starship was going into battle. On Federation starships, a battle stations alarm was usually made in addition to a red alert or an earlier tactical alert.

On the Deep Space 9 space station and the USS Defiant, personnel carried Type-2 phasers while a battle stations alarm was in effect. (DS9 episodes: "The Way of the Warrior", "Call to Arms")

This practice was also adopted on the USS Enterprise-E. Captain Jean-Luc Picard called for this 2373 he ordered the Enterprise-E to the Battle of Sector 001 and again in 2379. (TNG movies: First Contact, Star Trek Nemesis)

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