Re: Question about uniform changes
Though ya gotta wonder why he would beam out from a docked ship...
I think that was a symbolic gesture given that he was leaving the ship for the last time. So much of his work aboard the Enterprise
involved maintaining the transporters, so it was only fitting that he officially left the ship that way. It was also nice of Picard to see him off the way he did.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again