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Old June 21 2012, 04:03 PM   #99
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Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

C.E. Evans wrote: View Post
A term that could have been coined by others before Kirk.
The key word in what we're debating here is "experiment".

And we actually don't know if Kirk is still Chief of Operations by Star Trek III. In Star Trek II, he was actually acting more like the Commandant of the Academy.
The Wrath of Khan wrote:

McCOY: Admiral? Wouldn't it be easier to just put an experienced crew back on the ship?
KIRK: Galloping about the cosmos is a game for the young, Doctor.
I would bet the intent is that Kirk is still Chief of Operations, he has knowledge and access to Project Genesis and seems to be in the know about the development and timetable for the Excelsior-class. At this point, he is probably serving as a command mentor to Spock.

Which would support it being a ship he's heard about but has never seen in person before.
Which supports it being one of a kind.
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