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Old June 15 2012, 06:22 AM   #22
Cookies and Cake
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Re: Registry meanings?

My personal fanwanky explanation for out of sequence registry numbers, such as Constellation NCC-1017, that I concocted years ago, is that some ships were refitted and upgraded from earlier classes to Constitution class. A variation on this idea might be that some retired names and registries were reused verbatim before the convention of appending letter suffixes was introduced.
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