Bele from sto.gamona.de, on Apr 13 2008, 12:21 PM, said:
Yeah, I know what you mean... absolutly no idea how this jump from ENT-B to M?!
Okay, easiest solution would be: it's a mirror universe, things develop differntly there and thats all we need to know.
A somehow poor explenation, bot the only I could think of. But for I do not know the writers' intention: pure speculation from my side.
It is a replica - a museum, really - constructed to honor all the pioneers of Starfleet, and dedicated to Kirk (who, at this time, was thought dead on the Enterprise-B 12 years previously). It's purpose is to educate the worlds of the Federation about its history...
And the M is to designate Museum - not a jump in the registry letters or to suggest there have been 10 more Enterprises in the past few years...
writer's intention spokesperson