it's a forced grind and it really really stinks. The part that bothers me is that you are forced to buy ships and spent dilithium on ships that you hate and would rather skip. We should be able to finish that mission without buying a new ship. At the very least, we should be able sell back ships to cut our losses.
You know, it's this last bit that is different from every other single thing in the game that you have to "pay" for, and which if it was conformed to everything else would almost entirely fix the issue of the "ship grind."
Unless . . . they think it's not the ships that need fixing in this respect . . .