Just for fun, if you got to name a Federation starship, what name would you choose?
And to make it interesting, don't use any name that is already canon. Enterprise, Farragut, Stargazer, Titan, Excelsior, Voyager, Defiant, Valiant, Excalibur, Lexington, Hood, Reliant, etc. all out of the running.
Toss in the ship class if you're so inclined!
My choice: USS Hippogriff, named for the mythical creature that was the offspring of a griffin and a horse. Made famous by the Harry Potter series. I figure virtually any mythological creature with wings should get a starship named after them! And I'll have her be a Saladin-class.
Fun thread. Some great answers.
I'll go for the USS Thestral. Doesn't need a cloaking device because it naturally can't be seen (by anyone, not just those who've seen someone die).