How about:XX00 = Prototype/Testbed for XXth series of Starship (Often placed into service after testing is complete); XX01 = First production model.
It's possible. Then again we do have NCC-2000 USS Excelsior. The lead ship of the Excelsior Class, IIRC.
Robert Comsol wrote:
Maybe I should have merely asked one question "Why is the Enterprise not a member of the Enterprise Class?"
Because she's not the lead ship? She doesn't get her own class till TWOK (or probably TMP since it appears the first time that design was put into service.)
But, under the "Starship Class" as a themed naming convention, then she could be the 1st ship and not have the class name. OTOH, the existence of NCC-1700 suggests that ship came before the Enterprise making her the 2nd ship...