Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?
Only one problem with that. There was only one Excelsior class ship at the time of Star Trek 4. And even it would be refitted somewhat between it's going from NX-2000 to NCC-2000. Starfleet doesn't have to worry about PR in my opinion. Because if they were going to really do that then it would be more of an honor of having a brand new ship named Enterprise than simply, as you called it, slapping the most famous name in the fleet on a hand me down.
"I excel at following the important ones." Admiral Kathryn Janeway answering Counselor Cambridge's questioning her whether she excels at following orders. Star Trek Voyager: Protectors by New York Times Bestselling authorKirsten "Mother F**ng" Beyer