I agree. Seems to me the Devs have found a happy medium. Get the ship in the game, but make it basically a vanity item because it is 200 years out of date.
I personally wish it had been a T1 starter ship. I think the game needs more starter options. After 10 alts I'm quite tired of my Miranda triad or TOS Constitution; and there's no way I could use the T0 in some of those early missions. It'd never withstand the beating from the Undyine dreadnoughts in P'jemm and Lackey.