While some might be tempted to call these ships dated by the standards of more modern starships, their classic hull configurations and resilient internal specifications allow them to remain strong front-line contenders in any deep space exploration assignment or armed conflict.
Fine.. O'Brien and Geordi's revolutionary modular ship construction system has made the need to completely phase out old hulls more or less obsolete. Tier 5-up away.
Just...just don't go too overboard. Be not blinded by nostalgia nerds, keep the torch burning for spiffy new 25th-century designs.
It's been pretty balanced for the last year, at least in terms of actual Fed ships. We've had the Ambassador (old), Vesta (new), Armitage (Old), Chimera (new), and Ody (new).
True enough, and I'm glad for it. If they ever do a T5 miranda or T5 connie I hope they add new-age skins for them (disappointing that they didn't do so for like the Steamrunner/Excelsior/Ambassador etc.) Especially the Steamrunner since they already had a "similar" skin in the Norway Heavy Escort (an Akira variant skin that's compatible with the HEC.