Here’s a project at which I’ve been chipping away for the past couple of weeks. My premise is, due to the age and growing obsolescence of the Excelsior and Miranda classes, and later, the heavy losses inflicted upon their numbers at the onset of the Dominion War, Starfleet began work on a true replacement for the Excelsior line, which was intended to achieve the same sort of versatility and longevity where the Ambassador project had fallen short (In my head canon, this was partly due to the capture of the Enterprise C… I also wonder whether its “broken hull is on display in the Romulan capital”, as Tomalak would promise Picard 22 years later).
U.S.S. Exeter (NCC-1672-B) would have been commissioned in the interim between All Good Things and First Contact. For now, I will place the year at 2372. Many of the new technologies ultimately incorporated into the Sovereign class were tested on the Exeter spaceframe. Initially, the Exeter and her sister ship, the Essex were constructed; as of the events of Nemesis, three additional spaceframes were ordered: the Lexington, the Excelsior, and the Excalibur. Much more to come!
For historical purposes, here are the Facebook posts I’ve been making to the TREKYARDS group on my ongoing progress: