Re: Imagine the TOS Starfleet
The JJ films have tended to reinforce the idea that there wasn't anything really special about the Enterprise...
I definitely missed this part in the Abramsverse films. The crew aren't as attached to the Enterprise yet, but the ship is only a year old.
Plus, she was called the newest flagship at the beginning of the first film. I'd call that special.
"If I hadn't tried, the cost would have been my soul." - Admiral James T. Kirk, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock