Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?
Or it was a way to give him a ship without giving him something too igh profile like a top-of-the-line vessel, after the stunt he pulled in III.
This works, too.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again