In mid-2269, Starbase 71 was purely a planet-based facility with many areas still under construction. Orbital repair and drydocks were due online along with the establishment of a Watchtower-class space station by August 2270.
In the year 2307, following an altercation with a Revot destroyer, the starship USS Excelsior had its deflectors repaired at Starbase 71. During this time, Demora Sulu briefly visited the ship's commanding officer, her father, Hikaru Sulu, on the station. (TLE novel: One Constant Star)