Precautionary measure in the event that the unknown ship turns out to be hostile.
A better one would be "RUN!"
Borne out in the fact that Pike made the exact same mistake.
Anyway, I totally get the point of the Kelvin scenes, and the point of the other scenes in that movie. It'd be hard *not* to get the points in the paint-by-numbers, brainless writing style NuTrek was done in.
I'm saying there are plenty of ways to achieve the same goal which would have been better, more consistent, more intelligent.
You think I'm wrong. That's cool. So I guess we're done.