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Old March 3 2013, 10:05 PM   #180
Marcus Porcius Cato
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Re: The Constellation's registry number

I like to think NCC-1017 was a Pre-Constitution frame which was canceled/delayed during construction.

After a while either as a testbed, or to make up numbers or some other reason, building on the frame resumed and was completed on spec as Constitution-Class.

As for the name, she could have been named Constellation from the beginning or was assigned the name when she was completed.
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