Re: "She can still outrun us, and outgun us."
When was it established that the Saratoga was a science vessel? It only had about 10 minutes of screen time.
I think it's believed because the Saratoga had no torpedo launchers and the two devices were said (behind the scenes) to be sensor telescopes. Plus their age and most Mirandas in TNG being used for science purposes.
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