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Old July 22 2012, 06:50 PM   #9
Boris Skrbic
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Re: USS Copernicus, NCC-640 or 623?

Registry numbers aren't perfectly chronological, of course, but I'd be vary of suggesting that five-digit numbers are from the same era as four-digit numbers. That's probably not what Okuda had in mind. We just have to accept that Starfleet classes do have long lifespans, especially since we know they're constantly being upgraded internally (TNG-style warp drives, TNG-style control panels, etc., all because it's easier to reuse TNG sets than to recreate movie sets). A hull shape is a hull shape, and if it remains optimal for a specific purpose, no need to change it.
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