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Join Date: Dec 2007
01-26-2012, 03:17 PM
Bringram pretty much nailed it. Escort in Starfleet terms was their way to skirt around the Klingons and Romulans throwing a hissy-fit that Starflet was building a dedicated warship--something the Defiant very, very much was..
A more accurate role for the Escorts in STO are that of the Panzerschiffes, or the German "pocket battleships". They've got the firepower to take out almost anything and the speed/mobility to run away from anything they can't engage directly--which isn't much...