C.E. Evans wrote:
Actually, that's what's implied in Johnson's book and I see it as definitely something that would have to be done.
I guess it helps that the Federation doesn't have to deal with budget problems.
But even if just a little of the ship remained here and there within its decks and interior spaceframe, it still could be considered the original Enterprise.
If they dismantled the whole thing, and put it back together with entirely new materials with nothing reused, it would be a completely new ship named Enterprise