Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?
The Old Mixer wrote:
^Indeed...if, as speculated by some, the name and number had been changed to suit Kirk's crew, perhaps the ship's old name and number were restored after that crew stepped down, to make way for the new Enterprise.
Yes. I don't see why the ship would have to be scrapped. It was damaged in the battle with Chang's ship but should still have been flyable after minor repairs. Even in the twenty third century, it's probably not easy to build new vessels, so scrapping them just because their crews are moving on doesn't make a lot of sense.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"