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Old December 8 2009, 12:51 AM   #1
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When They Run Out Of Enterprises

This came from a thought from the conversation in the Memory Beta Issue thread:

When they run through all 26 letters in the alphabet for the Enterprise, what will they call it then? Or will it be the end of the Enterprise name?

Say they continue the Enterprise name though, they wouldn't call it NCC 17011 or 17012, since by the time of the D we already had NCC 74656. Will it be 1701-AA, BB, CC or AB AC etcetera?

Or would JJ have the last laugh when we start sticking zero's into the registry numbers. Ah HA!
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Old December 8 2009, 01:20 AM   #2
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Re: When They Run Out Of Enterprises

I think they'll simply choose a new number and finally retire NCC-1701.

Personally, I think that'll happen before they reach the Enterprise-Z. Some future Enterprises may be in service for many decades--one may even be around for an entire century, if she's lucky--and that leaves plenty of time for policies and traditions in Starfleet to change in the meantime, IMO.

Starship Enterprise NSC-07 perhaps one day?
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Old December 8 2009, 01:22 AM   #3
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I think they'll simply choose a new number and finally retire NCC-1701.

Personally, I think that'll happen before they reach the Enterprise-Z. Some future Enterprises may be in service for many decades--one may even be around for an entire century, if she's lucky--and that leaves plenty of time for policies and traditions in Starfleet to change in the meantime, IMO.

Starship Enterprise NSC-07 perhaps one day?
I like that thought....
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Old December 8 2009, 01:26 AM   #4
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Or would JJ have the last laugh when we start sticking zero's into the registry numbers. Ah HA!
That would be evil, and a blatant middle finger to the True Fans of Star Trek. Besides, how would that work? NCC-01701? NCC-1701-0A? NCC-01701-0A? 0NCC-01701-0A? I can go all day with these variations.

But in seriousness, I remember asking this very question a shortly after I first registered here. The only response I got was someone ranting about how Starfleet keeping the 1701 registry for as long as they have makes no sense or something.

So in other words, no one really knows what'll happen, and the concept scares them.
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Old December 8 2009, 01:37 AM   #5
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That would be evil, and a blatant middle finger to the True Fans of Star Trek. Besides, how would that work? NCC-01701? NCC-1701-0A? NCC-01701-0A? 0NCC-01701-0A? I can go all day with these variations.
I've pretty much had the impression that they wouldn't care if true fans of star trek got the middle finger or not (one article I read more or less gave me the idea he wanted to do that in the first place, but that's a different story). As for the registry, there'd still be a long way to go, and the even bigger question is, is Starfleet still around to continue using the name/registry? They may, or may not retire the name, or perhaps simply stop uisng the NCC-1701 registry (which would probably make sense, but yeah...).
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Old December 8 2009, 01:56 AM   #6
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I've pretty much had the impression that they wouldn't care if true fans of star trek got the middle finger or not (one article I read more or less gave me the idea he wanted to do that in the first place, but that's a different story).
Dude, I was making a joke.
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Old December 8 2009, 02:05 AM   #7
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Re: When They Run Out Of Enterprises

My Triumphant-Class Enterprise (in my never-ready-for-public-consumption fan fiction) is NCC-170100. But that didn't come after the 1701-Z, it came after the 1701-G. The registry (Naval Construction Contract) numbers were at that point in order of construction, anyway, so they decided to use it for the new Enterprise.
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Old December 8 2009, 02:08 AM   #8
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Re: When They Run Out Of Enterprises

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I've pretty much had the impression that they wouldn't care if true fans of star trek got the middle finger or not (one article I read more or less gave me the idea he wanted to do that in the first place, but that's a different story).
Dude, I was making a joke.
Although you meant it as a joke, the handful of basement-dwelling fanboys claiming their childhood was raped by JJ Abrams has made it hard to tell. They are the same ones who claim they are the Only True Fans of Star Trek... which always makes me think of John Hinkley, Jr.... he was the Only True Fan of Jodie Foster wasn't he?

OP: Everytime someone brings up this topic, I think of Scotty in "Relics" (TNG), "Enterprise... no bloody A, B, C or D."
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Old December 8 2009, 03:10 AM   #9
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Re: When They Run Out Of Enterprises

Perhaps they could take letters from an alien alphabet, maybe Klingon in honor of the first Klingon captain?
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Old December 8 2009, 03:49 AM   #10
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I've pretty much had the impression that they wouldn't care if true fans of star trek got the middle finger or not (one article I read more or less gave me the idea he wanted to do that in the first place, but that's a different story).
Dude, I was making a joke.
Well, ok then, I guess that makes sense...I'm not one of those 'he rapped my childhood' type of people, I just didn't care for the sense of attitude I got from him at times. In anycase, back to the topic, I figure (I already said this, but to make an on topic post... They'd just use new numbers or something.
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Old December 8 2009, 04:59 AM   #11
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Re: When They Run Out Of Enterprises

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I've pretty much had the impression that they wouldn't care if true fans of star trek got the middle finger or not (one article I read more or less gave me the idea he wanted to do that in the first place, but that's a different story).
Dude, I was making a joke.
Speaking of jokes... I love your avatar. And the succeeding caption.
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Old December 8 2009, 02:57 PM   #12
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http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=97274

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Old December 8 2009, 08:07 PM   #13
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By the time they got past Z, they could just use the suffix-less registry number again. Just like we can tell apart the aircraft carrier from the Constitution-class starship in context, the difference between Kirk's ship and the 27th ship after his will be so vast that there will be no confusion.
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Old December 8 2009, 08:35 PM   #14
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Re: When They Run Out Of Enterprises

As a side note, has there ever been another ship with letters at the end? Why is it only the enterprise. Its been bugging me.
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Old December 8 2009, 08:49 PM   #15
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When the 26th Enterprise is finally retired (or destroyed, whatever), they could simply switch to numbers, NCC-1701-27.
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