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Old October 5 2012, 07:47 AM   #60
Re: does a starfleet ship always have a CO with the rank of captain?

Considering that the arrowhead is the most commonly encountered shape, followed by the flower, I think we should argue that Kirk indeed was part of a greater whole. But perhaps his ship was the forward scouting element of the particular Action Group, akin to the lone prowling SSN in a carrier group. And perhaps Decker was an atypical Group Commodore in that he preferred to ride the forward scout of his Group rather than the big battleship that typically stays farther back? Wesley in turn would have temporarily embarked on the scout of his Group specifically because he was interested in seeing how this intriguing scout vs. scout wargame would play out.

Timo Saloniemi
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