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Old August 7 2012, 10:24 PM   #244
C.E. Evans
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Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

T'Girl wrote: View Post
My guess is that Kirk handed the Enterprise over to Decker, he commanded the ship on various missions for a year, then brought it back to Earth to begin the refit.

Makes more sense than the the ship just sitting in orbit for a year, cooling it's heels.
It's possible that early work on Enterprise's redesign took place during that year. If it had just been a standard refit, Enterprise might have been out of drydock in a couple of months instead of a couple of years.

Shane Johnson's Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise had an interesting idea that Enterprise's refit was originally meant to be a much simpler thing, but then snowballed into a total redesign of the existing vessel both inside and out. Similar things have happened in real life, so it's a plausible theory.
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