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Old June 12 2013, 11:01 PM   #89
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Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?

Flux Capacitor wrote: View Post
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"
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