R. Star wrote:
That's too much of a coincidence. I think someone in the naming department is a closet Trek fan.
Absolutely! The HMS Defiant
in the 1962 film Damn the Defiant!
was an invention of the film producers, there are no records (I've seen some of them) that there was ever a ship in her majesty's navy with that name.
Most likely the TOS Defiant
was inspired by the aforementioned film, maybe just because of the mutiny allusions associated with the name.
For in-universe applications this US Navy tug boat is a first step, but I hope the TOS Starship Defiant
will have other predecessors with that name and not just a tug boat.