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# 30
01-11-2013, 08:04 PM
Originally Posted by eldarion79 View Post
Correction, Oberth was first seen in The Search for Spock.
Well that puts it as even longer in active service and helps to prove my point then

Simply put, Starfleet doesn't retire a design that still works just because of age, it's highly likely that these small ships are easier to reproduce in high numbers than say, an Odyssey Class ship meaning that it's more beneficial for Starfleet to have high numbers of older and smaller ships with lower numbers of the more powerful current models.