Captain Tracy wrote:
Also I recall what you mean about there being a list in STONE'S office,.. but to have 3 of 12 Starships at one Starbase at the same time is a bit of a stretch
Well, to be fair, it's vague as to what the actual requirements are for a court-martial of a Starship captain. What we know is this:
To court-martial Spock required three officer of "command rank." Of the three present, Commodore Mendez, Fleet Captain Pike, and Captain Kirk were of "command rank."
I always assumed from context that "command rank" meant of grade Captain or above. Spock was at that time stated to be a Lieutenant Commander (though he wore full Commander's braid). Apparently a Lieutenant Commander (or brevet Commander, or whatever the heck he might have been other than a scriptwriter/costuming error) rates a court-martial with three officers grade Captain or above.
What we saw in Kirk's court-martial was four officers: a Commodore, two Starship captains, and a Space Command Representative (no grade given).
Now, given the age of the two captains, it's a fair bet they were also of grade Captain or above. It becomes confusing in Naval parlance because an officer of almost any grade can be captain of his/her ship. Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John F. Kennedy was captain of PT109
But these guys are older. I think it's safe to assume we're seeing a Captain or Fleet Captain -- though Commodore isn't an impossibility as we've seen one commanding a Starship.
But if we call them both Captains in grade as well as title:
We've got Stone, C.O. of the base; Lindstrom, unknown grade, a Space Command Representative; and two Captains.
Now, it's stated they're Starship Captains, and in 1966, a Starship meant a ship exactly like the Enterprise
. So from appearances, we can say there were two other Constitution
-class ships at the base. The Intrepid
is there, too, in the background. Then there's the Enterprise
That's four Constitution
-class ships at the base. Of a fleet of twelve, that's fully one-third of them. Wow.
The only way you can really resolve it is to use the broader definition of "Starship" as it came to be used in the 1970s: virtually any FTL ship ever seen in Star Trek
With that definition, there's no reason that our Captains must be captains of ships like the Enterprise
. For that matter, perhaps one of them is a Fleet Captain jockeying a desk at the base.
With the broad definition of "Starship," we're back to two Constitution
-class ships at the base: the Enterprise
and the Intrepid
. The former was a totally unexpected visit due to the ion storm.