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Summary: Nero recognises the hull designation instantly.
Nero recognises the hull designation instantly. Some part of him feels the rightness of it: he knew it would be the Enterprise, warping into the fray to save Vulcan.
Like all children of the 24th century, Nero has heard the stories: wild adventures, impossible rescues, the greatest explorer of the previous century, the notorious battle captain with almost uncanny insight and supernatural luck. Not like the milksop captains of his time, all patient diplomacy and political correctness.
Later, when he sees the well-known face, impossibly young, he is no longer surprised.
If Spock is here, of course Kirk is too.