Originally Posted by Commodore
Actually, no it didn't.
If you look at TOS, there simply weren't many stories that involved other Starfleet vessels. It had nothing to do with the budget, but because the stories didn't require
them. The main focus of the series was on the Enterprise
being the only Starfleet ship out there where it was, a premise that was duplicated in TNG and ENT, and with the Voyager
in VOY. As a result, we never really saw a big
representation of Starfleet's might until DS9.
I see your point, and I realize that I had misread your original commont to include
any other vessel, which of course is untrue. Sorry!