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# 30
08-10-2012, 11:56 AM
Originally Posted by misterde3 View Post
I think it means there was somehting in service that used the Constitution secondary hull as a part, just like the Miranda uses slightly shortened Constitution nacelles as parts of its own design.

Battlecruiser is not "above" the heavy cruiser design.
In fact the designation battlecruiser predates the heavy cruiser designation by over a decade.
The two are totally different design approaches since a battlecruiser is a ship roughly the mass of a dreadnought-type capital ship (later redesignated "battleship" in the Washington naval treaty of 1922) but with substantially reduced armor in favour of more engine power for speed.
They have little to do with each other unless your only knowledge about naval combat comes from reading the Starfleet Command 1 manual.
Can you name a ship class that shares the same drive section as the Constitution? You can't because there is none on record. The Enterprise was not the only Constitution class flying around and was decommissioned because the Federation was coming out with an Excelsior version. The Enterprise was the flagship of the Federation so it needed to be the most advanced ship in the fleet. That doesn't mean that all the other ships were being decommisioned. They just were downgraded to a lesser role.