I much prefer 'starship' as TYPE rather than class. I always just viewed a ship's class as the name of the first ship of that design to be built. Thus I couldn't shake the feeling that "Starship class" would require a USS Starship
This may be revisionism, but it's one I can live with. Constitution
CLASS; Starship TYPE. No biggie.
And why is it a problem to show registry numbers for ships like the Intrepid
? Those were never given numbers onscreen in the original broadcasts. So giving them some now is hardly earth shattering. Just filling in details we didn't previously know.