Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?
I think much like the Sovereign class version, it was built under a different name then changed based on events.
I never understood why Starfleet would have other Excelsior class ships under construction when they still hadn't proven that the prototype was workable?
"If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are." - Jean-Luc Picard, "Encounter at Farpoint"