I thought this was an excelsior class ship? at least it was in DS9... so either this is just a filler until they decide to put the excelsior class ship skins in, but i ran across this NPC ship in a mission. did the Excelsior Lakota get decomissioned and this one become the new one, or is it just filler?
I have to admit, I'm kind of bummed the Oberth class isn't available as a science ship.
Me too. But there's always the possibility of new classes of ship being made available. As I understand the Lakota was a refit class of the Excelsior to bring it up to date with the Next Gen technology. However, by 2409 it's entirely possible that that ship was decomissioned or destroyed somewheres.
Nothing to stop you picking up a Vesper class (VERY close in appearance to the Excelsior IMO) and naming it 'Lakota' though