Starbase 173 was a Federation Regula I-type space station that was in service with Starfleet during the mid-24th century. This starbase was located in Sector 23 of the Beta Quadrant and was close to the Romulan Neutral Zone.
This starbase was newly established in 2365 in order to support the fleet in the area and show a maintained presence close to the Neutral Zone border. It was under the command of Vice Admiral Nakamura. The station also had an office of the Judge Advocate General headed by Captain Phillipa Louvois. The station had an office of the Daystrom Institute to which Commander Bruce Maddox was assigned.
A hearing was conducted by Louvois on the question of whether Lieutenant Commander Data was the property of Starfleet and therefore not permitted to resign. After arguments by Jean-Luc Picard and William T. Riker, she ruled that Data is not property, and had the right to make the same choices other Starfleet officers make. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")
In 2399, the starbase's location was labeled on a star chart that was in Fleet Admiral Kirsten Clancy's office at Starfleet Headquarters. This base was located in or near Federation space. (PIC: "Maps and Legends")