Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?
Flux Capacitor wrote:
Sure, he was really talking about the TNG crew and "this ship" was symbolic of the Enterprise's legacy rather than the physical vessel itself...but in-universe the line confirms that the ship would remain in service. It's just that nobody gave a damn about it since it wasn't Kirk's.
Maybe the Enterprise-A's
name was changed after her crew stepped down. The vessel stayed in service, but was given another name and number, sort of like changing license plates when a car changes ownership.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"