, fully agree with much of what you said, particularly this:
Ah but I'm not talking about old vs new. I'm talking about numbers of ships. (And to your argument, "A modern DDG could wipe the floor with a squadron of older ships" but a squadron of modern DDGs will wipe the floor with a squadron of older ships.)
On the latter, this is how I've always thought about the effectiveness of the Miranda
class, particularly in her 23rd century heyday. She's got a lot of weapons emplacements, but odds are being smaller she's probably not quite as powerful as the Constitution
. Still, even in the 24th century, a swarm of them could surely take down a bigger ship.