I finally reached the rank of 11 and went to admiral quinn. There was nothing fancy or anything he said to go get a ship so I did. I went and paid 20,550 for my new science vessel. Went back to admiral quinn and he got all exceited about my promotion and handed me a plaque to get the same ship for 1 plaque token. I am NOT able to get my new ship AND im assed out of 20k.
Not sure if it was a lag issue or what but Id like my ship and the energy I spent on the ship back.