So many Mirandas/So few Constitution-refits?

Discussion in 'Trek Tech' started by SicOne, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. CharlieZardoz

    CharlieZardoz Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I don't really buy into the Khittomer accords reduction of Connie's either mainly because while I love Star Trek VI, the plot doesn't really make much sense. Obviously the Klingons figured out how to fix their atmosphere and are doing just fine by the 24th century so the whole reduction of arms thing isn't likely. Besides the Federation are explorers not warriors with warships right? ;)

    The most logical conclusion was that the connie was just an old design and eventual testbed for new designs such as the Miranda, Constellation, etc. and by the 24th century production of the class had ceased. Regarding the connie at wolf 359, who knows. Maybe there was one lurking about (other than the Republic) taken out of mothball and yes it did seem like those 40 ships were scrapped together rather hastily from the few ships in the immediate vicinity. I mean why send a Challenger and Freedom class against the borg?? Haha ;) Also when they finally hit Earth you saw no ships at all!!

    I think in Season 3 TNG the writers simply wrote with the idea that either Federation ships were far out in space or just not that many (maybe a few 1000) The real world explanation for that was simply not having many studio models. The models that were made for Wolf 359 had been created by the model makers for a script that explicitly called for "smaller ships than the Galaxy." However, by DS9 and First Contact cgi made bigger fleets possible and thus the Federation fleet sized and strength got retconned.
     
  2. R. Star

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    I just always assumed the Constitutions were phased out as the Excelsior and Constellation classes were coming in line. With the new classes being built, there was no point in repairing a heavily damaged Constitution when those resources could be better used building a new ship. With the Miranda classes, they were smaller vessels, simple to build and easily modifiable, so they continued to be manufactured and upgraded.

    Personally I liked their use in the TNG/DS9 era. It showed that the Federation was getting so big, that they had to keep the once front line ships in service as cargo ships, and routine patrol ships instead of the exploration vessels they were. During the Dominion War their presence showed how desperate the Federation was to put every hull they could on the front lines, even if those poor Mirandas didn't stand a chance against the Jem'Hadar.
     
  3. E-DUB

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    My theory on registry numbers is that when a new class of ship is authorized a block of numbers is reserved for it. But if new ships of that class are needed, for whatever reason, once that block of numbers is exhausted, the ship is simply assigned an available number.

    This explains both sequential numbers and the occasional "wild card".
     
  4. Roboturner913

    Roboturner913 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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  5. 137th Gebirg

    137th Gebirg Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    ^^^ I think he's referring to Spock's statement from TWOK when he said "they can outrun us, and outgun us", which was perhaps due to Enterprise's heavily disabled state after their first engagement with Reliant (unless there was some other reference I missed). This may not always be the case with two such vessels running at 100%.

    As far as speed is concerned, they both seem relatively identical, although the Miranda may have less mass overall, making it slightly more maneuverable. As far as weaponry is concerned, the Miranda does seem to have a distinct advantage over a Connie with their mega phaser emplacements on the roll bar, plus two rear facing torpedo tubes, neither of which the Connie seems to have. It could be argued that a Miranda is more heavily armed.
     
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  6. Unicron

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    I tend to favor the batch system myself, and I personally choose to ignore Matt Jefferies' intention for a system representing class build and then individual build. It's not inherently a bad system, by any means, and it would work better if there was a more consistent registry system. But since there isn't and it can be tricky to try and make the existing numbers work, I prefer to assume each class has its own batch number that can be modified as necessary. Occasionally you might have numbers overlap, not necessarily a problem if the ships are distinct generations apart, and normally a ship's registry would change in accordance with it being modified or refitted into a more modern class than when it was commissioned.
     
  7. blssdwlf

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    That doesn't sound right. In "The Wrath of Khan", it was established the lightly-damaged Reliant was able "to out-run and out-gun" the heavily-damaged Enterprise.

    We do not know how the two ships compare to each other in their undamaged states.

    We do have some hints though.
    1. The Enterprise holds the speed records that the Excelsior aims to break. She likely has more power and thus more power for phasers.
    2. The Miranda-variant-with-rollbar, Reliant, has the same number of phaser emitters as the Enterprise and possibly 2 extra aft-torpedo launchers.
    3. The Mirandas that we see in TNG are mostly the ones without the rollbar which reduces the ship's phaser emitter count by at least 4 and torpedo launcher count by 3 (moving the launcher to the saucer underside.)
    4. The Dominion War saw the Miranda-variant-with-rollbar return in number.

    A key point in "The Undiscovered Country" was the mothballing and retirement of the military program of Starfleet. The Enterprise and her type could've been part of that group. The Mirandas by design could be made into a non-threatening explorer by removal of the rollbar. So it would make sense for Starfleet to stay flexible with keeping the Mirandas around but retire the more dedicated warships like the Enterprise, IMHO.
     
  8. Unicron

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    IIRC, the Lantree was the only ship that lacked the rollbar, and that was only because of issues relating to the rollbar's wiring. The crew couldn't get the lighting elements to work properly in time for shooting (the last use of the model had been the depowered Saratoga in TVH), so they ultimately decided to simply remove the element for "Unnatural Selection."
     
  9. Crazy Eddie

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    No we did not. We saw relatively new builds (or relatively recent refits) of seemingly old designs. In fact, only Miranda we know for sure was at Wolf-359 was the Saratoga, a ship with a fully modernized LCARS computer, modern escape pods and weapons, and a full crew including civilian scientists. This is not a ship that got pulled out of a museum two days ago just for the battle; this is a ship that got pulled off its regular assignment without enough warning for the Wife and Kids to get off at the next starbase.

    Incidentally, the precedent for "old ship still in full-time service" is the USS Stargazer. Picard describes it as overworked and under powered and threatening to fly apart at the seems; Stargazer in particular does not appear to have been as extensively upgraded as the Saratoga, and was probably overdue for an upgrade (and indeed, might have BEEN upgraded after Enterprise recovered it from Maxia).

    But again, would not be consistent with the Saratoga's situation, nor the Stargazer precedent.
     
  10. Mage

    Mage Commodore Commodore

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    I seem to recall reading somewhere that the model of the Constitution was a b*tch to work with in terms of shooting, and that models like the Miranda and Excelsior a lot easier. Hence they were used more in TNG since there wasn't any CGI yet. Could be wrong though, could be the TOS Connie I read that about, not the Movie Connie.
     
  11. blssdwlf

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    There was also the Bozeman that lacked a rollbar prior to the Soyuz-class retirement not too long after "The Undiscovered Country".

    And in early DS9 we saw Sisko's Saratoga that participated in the Battle of Wolf-359 which also lacked the rollbar. It wasn't until the Dominion War kicked off in earnest that we saw a resurgence of Mirandas with the rollbars, IIRC.
     
  12. Saturn0660

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    More heavily armed? Most likely. However, I'd say the connie's are likely more heavily armored then Miranda's.
     
  13. 137th Gebirg

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    I would agree with that, especially since the longer connecting dorsals and pylons to key components on a Connie offer that design higher vulnerability than the Miranda, both from attack and general torque and stress to the space frame over time from extended service (probably a major deciding factor in decommissioning the whole lot of them). SF engineers would likely have to compensate for those vulnerabilities with a stronger internal support structure and stronger hull plating/armor, which would increase gross mass tonnage and ergo decrease maneuverability.
     
  14. Dukhat

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    No, you're correct. ILM always felt that the TMP Enterprise was always too large and cumbersome to film. That was the whole point of building the Excelsior: the original intent was that it would eventually be Kirk's new ship for future films.

    But ILM only worked on "Encounter at Farpoint." By "The Battle," the TNG producers were quite ready to have their VFX department film the TMP Enterprise as the Stargazer.
     
  15. The Badger

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    From Star Trek TUC:

    SPOCK:...Due to their enormous military budget, the Klingon economy does not have the resources to combat this catastrophe. Last month, at the behest of the Vulcan Ambassador I opened a dialogue with Gorkon, Chancellor of the Klingon High Council. He proposes to commence negotiations at once.
    CARTWRIGHT: Negotiations for what?
    SPOCK: The dismantling of our space stations and starbases along the Neutral Zone, an end to almost seventy years of unremitting hostility with the Klingons, which the Klingons can no longer afford.
    MILITARY AIDE: Bill, are we talking about mothballing the Starfleet?
    C in C: I'm sure that our exploration and scientific programs would be unaffected, Captain, but...


    From this it is clear that the diplomatic talks that follow have as their primary focus, not just an agreement of peace, but also a reduction in military assets. Now only 'space stations and starbases' are specifically mentioned in dialogue, but the Military Aide's comment about 'mothballing the Starfleet' suggests that ships might also be under consideration.


    As the film makes clear, the Klingons do not have resources to survive. It is only through downsizing their massive military that they can free up the resources they need. The Klingons survive to the 24th century precisely because they reduced their armed forces.
     
  16. C.E. Evans

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    I disagree with that. In fact, the only thing we can really gather from this exchange is the proposed elimination of outposts along the Neutral Zone, which indeed wouldn't be needed anymore if they were there solely as part of a military build up against the Klingons to begin with.

    As far as "mothballing the Starfleet," that never appeared to be a serious question, with the C-in-C's response being that d├ętente with the Klingons wouldn't effect Starfleet's other programs. At best, we can surmise the end of ships deployed to patrol the Neutral Zone, but otherwise there's nothing to suggest a reduction in Starfleet's overall forces.

    If anything, Starfleet seemed to get bigger after Star Trek VI...
     
  17. The Badger

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    The C in C specifically mentions 'exploration and scientific programs'. If there was no possibility of the fleet being reduced, why be so precise? A blanket 'no' would have sufficed if the current levels would be unchanged.

    And yes, by the time of TNG, Star Fleet was considerably larger. By that time the situation on the Klingon homeworld seems to have been resolved. The circumstances requiring a reduction of armed forces no longer apply.
     
  18. Timo

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    Umm, what? It's not a question subject to debate - it's a definition. If a ship is distant, then it's not present.

    Plenty of Trek hinges on ships not being able to reach locations in time, certainly not hundreds of them. Earth isn't a location more likely to enjoy starship presence than others - it's a location perhaps even less likely to enjoy it, judging by basically all the Earth-centric episodes.

    Actually, most of the ship types seen at Wolf 359 were never seen again, except languishing at Qualor II. This included lots of "TOS movie era" designs in the form of Excelsior prototypes, plus of course the Miranda which is certainly antiquated in comparison with what is seen in TNG era Trek.

    Why? I have no interest in that. What I'm saying is that out of the 8,000 ships that Starfleet could spare, none bar forty could reach Wolf 359, right next door to Earth - and those forty weren't exactly the cream of the cream, as we know Earth's vicinity is generally devoid of top starships (because they have better things to do).

    Defending Earth does not involve being at Earth in the general case. You meet the enemy in enemy territory, or as close to it as possible. This is impossible only when the enemy is extremely fast, as was the case with the Borg - and even then, Starfleet chose to make its stand between the enemy and Earth, not at Earth.

    Because they were mothballed in places like Qualor II, far away from Earth.

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  19. C.E. Evans

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    Just a reminder that Starfleet didn't exist solely to fight Klingons.
    Actually, the statement given sufficed. If anything, the Khitomer Accords would allow Starfleet to reallocate resources originally ear-marked for fighting Klingons elsewhere, really.
    A case can also be made that the Khitomer Accords never required Starfleet to reduce its forces at all.
     
  20. Dukhat

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    My mistake. When you said "distant ships" I thought you were referring to the rest of Starfleet instead of the 40 ships sent to Wolf 359.

    Why not? Wolf 359 is only 8 light years from Earth. You mean to tell me that there weren't any more than 40 ships within rock-throwing distance to the core of Federation space, galactically speaking?

    But those Excelsior prototypes weren't at Wolf 359. And the one Miranda we know of that was, was not all that old.

    Which is inherently preposterous.

    We only saw a fourth of the ships that actually participated in the battle. And the ones we did see were with only a few exceptions TNG-era designs.

    We don't know that at all.

    So you think Qualor II was Starfleet's only surplus depot? And how do you know that Qualor II is far from Earth?