Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?
Why? You could argue that if the Federation PR machine made something out of the Enterprise's 5 year mission under Captain Kirk. Rather than retiring it to put into a muesum. They refitted it so they could say the Enterprise is contining in her mission. When Kirk became Captain again after the V'ger incident it was just icing on the cake.
If Kirk hadn't borrowed the Enterprise in TFSF it was likely it would have been put in the Fleet Museum
On the continent of wild endeavour in the mountains of solace and solitude there stood the citadel of the time lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe looking down on the galaxies below sworn never to interfere only to watch.