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Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 32
03-01-2012, 11:59 PM
Originally Posted by cptjames3653
This has been addressed in earlier posts the idea of the Enterprise D being the flagship of the Federation comes from ignorance of what the term flagship means. But your right that is what flagship now canonically means in Star Trek still its a facepalm for those who know naval parlance.

Nowadays I'm pretty sure Aircraft Carriers serve the purpose of flagship in the US Navy although they are certainly a prime target, Carrier battle groups are basically designed around protecting them so it makes sense. I remember for a time the US Navy had a special ship class made for Admiral with a lot of dedicated communications tech but I'm pretty sure all of these have been retired. In the 1700s and 1800s the flagships of the European navies were pretty massive ships of the line.
Yes. The primary real life meaning is the ship that's is the carries the Flag Officer of the Fleet. But there are other meaning of flagship in modern usage as well. Flagship meaning the biggest, the best or most important. Those lesset meaning is what the Enterprise represents.

I like to think of the distinction in this way. The Enterprise is the Federation Flagship. Ships carrying/commanded by an Starleet Admiral are the Flagship of a Fleet.