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Old June 21 2012, 04:07 PM   #101
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Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

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A term that could have been coined by others before Kirk.
The key word in what we're debating here is "experiment".
Not really. The Excelsior is still a new design, so the term would still apply with or without transwarp.
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.
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.
I think the Chief of Operations has better things to do than to hang around the Academy, oversee a cadet taking the Kobayashi Maru test, and then going aboard a cadet cruise. But it would be befitting the Academy commandant.

And wouldn't most admirals of Kirk's rank have access to classified material upon request?

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.
Not really, just the first one of its kind he's ever seen.
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