While the final acronym is almost certainly for the sake of the aforementioned lame joke, the inspiration is again a LOT more mundane and obvious. The ARMD-class was originally conceived as a combination of a space station airbase for Valkyrie squadrons in orbit and an Auxiliary Floating Dock for servicing smaller UN Spacy warships (e.g. the Oberth-class).  Its design was inspired by real world Auxiliary Floating Docks (being one turned upside-down), and its hull classification symbol of "A