Please make a Sovereign Refit to the battleship its suppose to be!
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Join Date: Dec 2007
10-23-2010, 05:29 AM
The reasons for the Sovereign not being used extensively in the Dominion War are simple. It was a new class of ship, few were around, and the few that were around were too valuable to put on the front line in mass engagements. That isn't to say that none were used; I'm sure some were, because they are powerful ships. From a production standpoint it was most likely for the simple fact that the older models were easier to incorporate into scenes and less "necessary", so blowing a few up wasn't a bad thing.
Another reason is not as obvious. The Breen were able to penetrate deep into Federation space. Dominion forces as well, the Borg still presented a threat, etc. The defense of Earth seen in First Contact showed predominately new vessels, top of the line and heavily armed. Do you think that is a coincidence? You want your weaker, smaller ships with less punch together, and a lone vessel needed to be tough and have enough punch to at least put up a respectable fight. The Sovereign fulfilled both of these requirements. The Enterprise in particular was captained by Picard, one of the more valuable line officers around for more than simply his command and combat experience but his diplomatic prowess.
That's why the Enterprise was assigned to diplomatic duty during the war. It was a combination of factors. The cost of the vessel in resources (during a time of intense conflict), the capabilities of said vessel, and the expertise and training of the crew.