And we neither can have 70% of the in game players being Admirals.
The adding new ships is fine but continue to expand the ships tiers create the problem of making the lowest ranks irrelevant, new ships should be added to Captain and Rear Admiral instead of pushing for more VA ships that I do think should be a mix of C-Shop ships and a few non-pay ships.
The thing about that though, is you outgrow Captain and RA quite quickly with all the many skill boost options and such out there.
As I said though, with FA, perhaps VA ships would be useful to some degree. If they added fleet starbases, we could even upgrade VA ships to near-FA level, thus keeping them relevant.
I gotta agree with you though, I would be bummed if my excelsior one day was completely obsolete as a plain galaxy is compared to a retro-galaxy/galaxy dreadnought.
On the other hand, if they came out with new C-store ships that were FA ranked, loaaaaded up with BOFF and Console slots and such, I would gladly buy it in place of my current C-store ships.