GrahamKennedy wrote:I'd guess the post war fleet would mainly consist of Sovereign, Galaxy, Nebula, Steamrunner and Akira classes.
Mikey wrote:Considering the massive losses incurred - I don't know McAvoy's rationale behind 40-45%, but it's pretty safe to assume that "a lot" is an accurate number - I don't think that any spaceworthy examples of Excelsiors, etc. still extant would be shitcanned, but would rather remain in service as couriers, system security, tenders, etc. As far as new production, I tend to think it would focus mainly on ships of the newest design school: Sovs, Novas, Intrepids, and Prometheus'. Defiants are still eminently useful for patrolling sensitive areas, especially attached to starbases or other installations; production might ramp down, but I'd wager on still seeing a few new ones here and there. Galaxies are a design from the prior design philosophy, but could easily still be a production priority as there is really no true deep-space explorer in the Sov-type design generation.
I do not think that ANY ships would be retired or mothballed for quite some time. The only exception would be to take some of the more beat down individual ships and use them for parts for other ships in the class. Until Starfleet is able to build enough new ships to serve as a fleet they will need every spaceworthly craft that they have.
Miranda and Excelsior classes will be needed for patrolling and simply to keep a Starfleet presence in all areas. All other races and groups will have their own fleet number problems, but you do not want to leave systems open for invasion. Cannibalizing the more damaged existing ships will allow full resources to go towards new ship production.
Deepcrush wrote:Where the hell are you getting the "sov is outdated"? Pound for pound that ship held extremely well against a battleship which was able to rip apart the latest in romulan ships built to size of the sov.
Mikey wrote:I have to agree with Deep. The Sov was not only the most capable SF ship of the time and SOTA for many facets of UFP shipbuilding, it also heralded a new generation of design philosophy. I don't think it would be the backbone of Starfleet's rebuilding, but simply because it is too weighted toward military applications for the UFP's annoying tendency to have non-specialized ships and to attempt to paint a non-threatening posture.
Jim wrote:It is stronger than anything else that the Romulans have and stronger than anything that the Klingons have. It is true that potentially having say 5 Intrepid class as opposed to one Sovereign would be better in the long run for overall utility. However, the Sovereign is a display of power, a deterant. That is also needed in the short run.
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