Somebody over at Trekmovie.com
has put forward a theory that surprisingly might work...
In Star Trek (2009) Kirk watches what we all assume is the Enterprise being built on the ground. What if, instead, it was actually Robert April's being dismantled and broken up?
That allows a starship to remain constructed in space at a dry or space dock facility. But establishes they are brought down to a planet surface to scrap down for their component parts.
No, that very clearly was the Enterprise being built. The registry number was NCC-1701, the nacelles were the same size, everything's a match.
Besides, why bring a ship down to a planet's surface to scrap it? That just isn't practical in any way. Far easier to tear it apart in space where the components can be transported to wherever you want them from there.
The commissioning of April's Enterprise wouldn't be long after the destruction of USS Kelvin NCC-0514. However that class of ship could always have been a few decades old in 2233.
Huh? As of 2338 April was already commanding the Enterprise for ten years, according to the comic. And besides, since it was decommissioned in 2256, the ship itself was probably launched around 2206 or so, to give it 50 years of service which is common for navy ships of today, like Enterprise CVN-65.