Enterprise returning to Spacedock
After the incident with Khan in 2285 and the Enterprise's return to Spacedock, do you think Kirk was going to be able to take her out again? Kirk had asks Scotty, "How long 'till we can take her out again?" Remember, he already had one five year mission, and then an additional one after the V'Ger incident. The Khan incident wasn't meant to happen and Kirk was originally an observer for the cadets for two weeks. After the two weeks, Kirk would just be continuing his career as an instructor at the Academy. So, upon Entering Earth again, why would he assume Starfleet would let him take the ship out again?
*The word "dabo" means "I will give" in Latin, and "Gold" in Aramaic.
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