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Old September 30 2012, 11:32 PM   #157
A beaker full of death
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Re: Did Kirk captain any ship before Enterprise?

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captain of the flagship of the fleet.
The what now?
There were no flag officers on Enterprise.
Although I agree there is no reason to believe the original Enterprise 1701 was Starfleet's flagship, the term flagship does not just apply to ships carrying flag officers, even if that's where it originated.

In fact this site has a quote from someone from the US Navy describing the actual USS Enterprise as the flagship of the Navy.

Said another, "Every Navy needs a flagship, and the U.S.S. Enterprise should be ours! There must and will always be a ship named Enterprise."
Actually, that quote is not from the navy. In naval parlance, there is no such thing as a flagship of the navy. A flagship of a particular fleet or group is whatever ship the flag officer uses as his HQ.
One might justifiably argue that such terminology will change in the future. On the other hand, navies and their men tend to be extremely traditional.
Let's face it, the usage in modern Trek stems from the ignorance of the writers.
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