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Old February 16 2013, 04:47 PM   #4
Nerys Myk
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Re: History of the Enterprise Flagship revealed?

Timo wrote: View Post
the Enterprise is typically deemed the Flagship of the Federation.
Only in fandom, though. On screen, the E-D was the only ship of that name to carry the moniker.

I figured it was important by virtue of it being first.
But if NX-01 made the name Enterprise important, why did Starfleet not build any starships of that name for the next hundred years?

It seems that the name for Kirk's ship was picked more or less by random, perhaps mostly in honor of the WWII aircraft carrier (in the real world, the most "heroic" of the lot), at a time when Archer's voyages had already been forgotten - and it was Kirk's ship rather than Archer's that made the name Enterprise a prominent one in Starfleet.

Timo Saloniemi
The UFP was in its infancy, so they wanted to downplay Earth to promote "unity". The name Enterprise was put on hold till things firmed up.*

*I'll take fan rationalizations for 1000, Alex.
The boring one, the one with Khan, the one where Spock returns, the one with whales, the dumb one, the last one, the one with Kirk, the one with the Borg, the stupid one, the bad one, the new one, the other one with Khan.
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