King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise
Therin of Andor wrote:
IIRC, the TMP novelization says something about the Enterprise being the first of its class to return from a 5YM with the ship and its crew "relatively unscathed"
goes one further, and says Kirk's Enterprise was the only one of the original 13 Constitution-class ships to return at all
. Shane Johnson uses this to justify the Enterprise's extensive refit (she and her crew are famous now) and the Enterprise emblem being adopted fleet-wide.
Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens later went against this in The Ashes of Eden
, where it's mentioned that Androvar Drake managed to bring his Constitution-
class starship back from its 5-year mission only a month after Kirk returned from his; Kirk being the first starship captain in history to do so.
Of course, other sources would later contradict this
account, with Captain Pike having commanded several successful 5-year missions before Kirk, but that's pretty much par for the ST-continuity course.