why does starfleet have a mothball fleet? -1 reply

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carl4286

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#1 13 years ago

Whats the point? Why build hundreds of surplus ships and have them sit in mothballs for years until they are absolutely needed? Why not just use them all the time? There is plenty of space out there yet to be explored, and the space the federation occupies currently is spread quite thin. Youve seen the episodes where the enterprise calls for backup and is told that the nearest ship is more than 6 days away at maximum warp... so why dont they use more ships?! They cant use the cost of maintaining them as an excuse, because there is no currency in the federation in the 24th century, so why?




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#2 13 years ago

I guess they dont have enough people to man those ships all the time. But im sure thats not the only reason.


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#3 13 years ago
carl4286Youve seen the episodes where the enterprise calls for backup and is told that the nearest ship is more than 6 days away at maximum warp... so why dont they use more ships?!

perhaps because the enterprise is on an exploratory mission where it actually is six days away from other starfleet vessels...




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#4 13 years ago

But it happenes all over the place. In 'Generations' when the Enterprise-B was on its test run, it was about 2 minutes away from earth and it was the only ship in range.




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#5 13 years ago

it's called a 'plot device'.




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#6 13 years ago

Have you ever noticed that the Enterprise is almost always "the only ship in the sector" or such? My guess is that Starfleet's mothball fleet consists of ships that are outdated, but still have use left in them. For example, I'm guessing that there are a bunch of Excelsiors (pre-Dominion War) and Miranda's sitting in some ship yard somewhere. They still have use left in them, and in times of emergency (rescue, war, etc.) they can be called upon to help. And, after all, we did see a Connie in the Endgame fleet near Earth.




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#7 13 years ago

You've got to consider the way starfleet tends to operate their ships, all alone in the depths of space. Say one of the mothballed ships ran across a modern vessel. I don't think that a Constitution class could go toe to toe with a Vorcha cruiser or a Romulan warbird. In fleet situations where individual strength is of less importance they can still be of some use, but starfleet doesn't move around in battle groups, (and lets face it if twenty ships turned up above your world you'd be mighty put out so they don't work that way for good reason, it might provoke a war.) So you mothball them when you don't need them, it saves on resources.




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#8 13 years ago
blurb23Have you ever noticed that the Enterprise is almost always "the only ship in the sector" or such?

the enterprise is the pride of starfleet. it's on an exploratory mission and it doesn't go looking with a bodyguard; going (alone) where no man has gone before.




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#9 13 years ago

yeah but its sometimes fun to see indeed more ships! like in nemesis,the fleet of the federation that is waiting, why that didnt happened is ashame. But also they want to see that the federation isnt based on war but on diplomacy and friendship.But say what you want but in the first episode when ds9 was captured by the dominion we see the taskforce of the feds and the klingons, GOSH i was amased by the fleet!!




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#10 13 years ago
'Dreadnought[DK']the enterprise is the pride of starfleet. it's on an exploratory mission and it doesn't go looking with a bodyguard; going (alone) where no man has gone before.

Yeah, I know ;) It's just a cliche, that whenever there's a problem, the Enterprise (whatever incarnation of it) is always the closest to the problem.