Crazy Eddie wrote:
Voyager was stranded in the Delta Quadrant while attempting to recover an under-cover agent who had infiltrated the Maquis.
Which would, IMO, be a rather unseemly mission for a science vessel in any organization but Starfleet.
Yes but the British Navy - military were always picking up James Bond from his undercover missions.
So a perfectly acceptable job for the military if you believe in Ian Fleming or the movie adaptions
And yet, when was the last time 007 was recovered from one of his missions by an oceanographic research vessel? Even one belonging to the Royal Navy?
More importantly: if you were the President of a pan-galactic alliance of like-minded races with the goal to recruit more and more alien species to your cause and a strong desire not to alienate new candidates by coming off as imperialistic or threatening, wouldn't you want to try and disguise your armed forces as something totally innocuous?