Re: Starfleet is the U.S. Coast Guard
It's a sloppily written scene. Even though he says Federation it sure sounds like he's describing Starfleet. Besides, why would Pike need to tell Kirk what the Federation is? That's his nation, he should damn well be aware of it.
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