Brings back fond memories. How I hated fighting the Republic when I first played ST: 25th anniversary. I could have sworn they didn't set their phasers as low as the Enterprise did. But then it was quite sad when she was found dead in space with loss of all hands.
And it's also the ship that he had Ben Finney reprimanded for leaving a circuit to the atomic-matter piles open when it should have been closed. If it was left unattended ffor a few more minutes it could have proved catastrophic as it would have destroyed the Republic.