I'm glad the Defiant
class" on its plaque. Far as I'm concerned, TOS-R should have done that to the 1701 bridge as well.
I mean, the term "Starship class" would require a USS Starship
, and that obviously makes no sense. It seems clear that the designers of the 1701 plaque meant "starship TYPE", not class.
So that's one retcon I can live with!