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Old January 5 2014, 04:12 PM   #9
RunawayStarShip
Lieutenant Junior Grade
 
Re: Nebula vs. Galaxy

Tribble puncher wrote: View Post
maybe the galaxy class ship was built as a "fly the flag, rally the people" type ship?
I'm not sure that's a valid design goal since appearances are in the eye of the beholder.

Starfleet seems to like building lighter versions of their ships of the line (Galaxy and Nebula, Constitution and Miranda, Excelsior and Centaur-type), so there is some in-universe reason for the paired designs.

In "Tin Man", the Enterprise-D (and her Galaxy-class sister ships, presumably) is referred to as the fastest ship in the fleet. The original Enterprise held numerous speed records, according to Captain Stiles in TSFS. It's possible that the geometries of Starfleet's heavy cruisers are better suited for high warp speeds. The modular pod of a Nebula might make it more suitable for urgent, extremely mission-specific roles.

Otherwise, just about every starship built by Starfleet is multi-purpose.
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