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Join Date: Dec 2007
01-26-2012, 12:59 PM
That's true in the US Navy, but the definitions have gotten muddled for most modern navies.
When I see "escort" I always think "Destroyer." Which fits. The other thing that the PTB may have been calling back to was the TNG Technical Manual. According to that Enterprise-E was classified as an Explorer, not Heavy Cruiser like the Enterprise-A. So according to that scheme a starship is labeled according to it's primary roll. Thus an escort is a ship designed for combat that escorts, and protects other ships. Given that the best defense is a good offense the ships are designed for speed and firepower.