99% of us love the refit USS Enterprise which made her stunning debut in TMP....... But did it make any sense to rebuild her to that degree? Wouldn't it have been more efficient to simply build a new ship and send the Enterprise out on one last Hurrah 1-2 year mission while the new ship was being built? (So she could in essence, be in two places at once?) Decker Himself said it was "almost" a totally new Enterprise, and he's right...as there is nothing visible of the old ship remaining. I can only imagine some of the space frame is left, but even most of that must be gone as well as the proportions and angles of all the connecting pieces, primary and secondary hulls are different. It's commonly accepted that all of the "original series" ships were modernized to the degree that the Enterprise was. Why? How does it make any sense? surely it would make more sense to just build new ships from scratch, as opposed to investing God only knows how many man hours to disassemble a ship only to replace 90% of it with all new parts. All the while the older ships are out there doing their thing until they get replaced. My theory is the Enterprise was refit as a propaganda tool. We know the news service is run by the government, and that the Enterprise was a legend in her time, what better way to drum up public support for a massive military spending ramp up than to roll out a shiny new, state of the art Enterprise....with headlines like: "The Phoenix Reborn! Legendary USS Enterprise rebuilt to lead our stronger, more advanced fleet to safeguard the Federation!" or something.....what do you guys think? am I totally off?