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A standby alert was a type of alert signal used to prepare a starship against possible threats. It was similar to an intruder alert. The alert could be called by departments, as was the case in 2267 when Captain James T. Kirk put all departments except for weapons on Standby alert when the USS Enterprise was alongside the SS Botany Bay. (TOS: "Space Seed")

Captain Kirk also ordered Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu to place the Enterprise in standby alert when he suspected his starship being invaded by unknown forces. (TOS: "Wink of an Eye")

After Enabran Tain announced a plan to be carried out by rogue Cardassian and Romulan elements of the Obsidian Order and Tal Shiar to destroy the Founders by eliminating their homeworld, Vice Admiral Toddman ordered the USS Defiant placed on standby alert. After the communication was ended, Sisko chose to disobey the order, putting together a "volunteer mission" to rescue Odo, but warning that those who volunteered might end up facing a general court martial. (DS9: "The Die is Cast")

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