Re: Crazily shaped assignment patches
The Defiant had the arrowhead of the Enterprise in the episode The Tholian Web
, What they did in In a Mirror, Darkly
was a retcon.
It's unclear how the patches actually related to various ships. Some Starbase personnel actually wore the Enterprise arrowhead as well.
"If I hadn't tried, the cost would have been my soul." - Admiral James T. Kirk, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock