Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?
King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
STVI makes it pretty clear the crew have been broken up for at least 3 years (McCoy didn't even know Sulu was a Captain - and the film opens with him returning from a 3-year mission!) and are reuniting for the peace mission.
I think you're reading too much into McCoy's statement. He probably said that because it would seem only natural that if every other Enterprise
crew member were summoned to a meeting that Sulu should be there, too. It's possible that Sulu may have collaborated with Kirk and the Enterprise
on assignments after taking command of Excelsior
. These assignments wouldn't necessarily interfere with his mission in the Beta Quadrant. Perhaps McCoy assumed his crew would be coming along for the ride because it happened before.
"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