Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?
Judging from Into Darkness, they can repair far worse.
How are the events of a different timeline applicable to anything in the primary universe?
"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