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Old April 19 2009, 04:19 AM   #167
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Re: Excelsior Technical Manual - Revived!

Praetor wrote: View Post
Maybe. I just find it hard to believe that there aren't more, given the number that we saw on DS9 and the likelihood that we didn't see the entire fleet at any one time...

I find a war-time fleet smaller than 10,000 ships hard to believe.
If the life expectancy of a top-of-the-line vessel is 100 years, and Starfleet's ship yards at full capacity can pump out 39 ships per year (see Shelby's comment in BOBW part II about having the fleet back up in a year), then that caps the fleet at 3,900 ships (but it's probably less due to many ships being declared lost or not reaching their life expectancy). If the TNG tech manual is taken as canon, Starfleet had a difficult enough time procuring warp coils for just six Galaxy-class ships, and that's during peacetime...

Praetor wrote: View Post
When you take into account the fact that there are at least 45 [classes] that could have been in service at the time, and if there were at least 100 ships per design, that's at least 4500 ships right there.
One design criteria for the Galaxy class was to "replace aging Ambassador and Oberth class starships as primary instruments of Starfleet's exploration programs" (TNG TM p.1), yet only six were constructed (and the spaceframes of six more were constructed, then "broken down into manageable segments and dispersed by cargo carriers to remote sites within the Federation as a security measure" (TNG TM p.14).

Could twelve Galaxy-class ships really replace most of the ships used in Starfleet's exploration programs? If so, then the fleet must be small...
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