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Old July 4 2012, 10:02 AM   #177
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Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

I always liked to think that maybe the Constitution class Yorktown was retired in the late 2270s because of some structural or technological problem that couldn't be solved at the time, and the historic name was transferred to another vessel, perhaps one of the new Constellation-class vessels. However, by the mid 2280s, Starfleet engineering solved the problem that plagued the Constitution-class vessel, but because the name Yorktown had already been given to a different vessel a few years earlier, and because of Kirk's actions to save Earth, the decision was made to re-name the original Yorktown as the "Enterprise-A". That could explain the name change ...
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