On the other hand, the Intrepid
was already a jinxed name in Starfleet service. Perhaps jinxes don't count for much in that organization?
One wonders which "old" Intrepid
the "Force of Nature" ship might have been if it weren't the class leader for the VOY hero ship type. The ages-old Excelsior
class vessel that rescued Worf in 2346 and wasn't heard of since? A successor from, say, the Ambassador
class? A sister ship to E-D? Even Memory Beta offers no such in-between vessels, despite there being no fanfic or novel continuation for the adventures of the old Excelsior
beyond 2346 and thus no contradiction for the introduction of in-betweeners in fanfic or novels.