So, I'm reading Leonard by William Shatner which is a biography of sorts of Leonard Nimoy, but more of a story of their 50 year friendship. I've just gotten to the time in the past when they had finished Star Trek II.
And I began thinking of Star Trek III in terms of the military. A crew of 6 steal a ship for personal reasons. One of them sabotages the flagship of a new kind of ship. And then they end up destroying the ship they stole.
Think about that. They destroy the ship.
Okay, so there's no money in the Star Trek world, but think of the exotic materials and time it required to build that ship.
And then by the end of Star Trek IV, the Enterprise A is ready to go. And it lasts for two more movies before being mothballed, because the Enterprise B is introduced in Generations.
Enterprises don't have the best record.
Original: heavily damaged often
Mark II: Dealt with V'Ger, beat up pretty badly by Kahn, self-destructed by Kirk
A: [REDACTED], and fought Klingons and Saboteurs. Presumably mothballed
B: Bridge ripped apart by nirvana fragment
C: Sacrificed itself to save Klingon settlement against Romulan attack
D: heavily damaged often, destroyed several times in time loop, battle bridge destroyed and saucer section crashed after fighting a Klingon Bird of Prey
E: severely damaged after fighting Romulans, but retrofitted
Replicators must be awesome.