Possibly these individual Apollo class and Valyrie class ships aren’t the first in their class in absolute, just the first in their class that we’ve received. So Apollo and Valkyrie are out there somewhere, and these two ships haven’t been named yet, they were just known by their class name and number.
I think we’re better off as them being just a regular ship of their class. We already had the experimental interceptor, we shouldn’t be getting this many symbolically important ships in a single division.
No, it is actually my given name. When I was younger, I went by a different name, so I became very fond of ‘Braddock’ as a name I would graduate to when I got older. Now that I am older, I try to use it whenever I can because it feels like I’ve earned the right to use it.