It was a good episode. V'Lar seems mostly free of Evil Vulcan Syndrome. She should've been Ambassador to Earth instead of Soval really. It's... logical... to respect the local customs about politeness isn't it?
As for the Vulcan ship? Good catch though. I'm sure Shran would tell you they named the ship after him because he's so awesome.
As for the Vulcan Salute? That was used right away when they landed on Earth and met Cochrane so... no "first" there.