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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 2
02-20-2012, 01:10 PM
If you used a t4 ship, you would have less health, consoles, etc.

Within a ship type (Escort, Cruiser, or Science) there is no captain level (T4) ships with a higher ranked bridge officer than on its successor. The c-store variants of the captain ships have an extra ensign bridge officer slots, but they are still captain level T4 stats with bridge officer layouts that are copied from T5 ships.

Now Rear Admiral ships can be just as useable as Vice Admiral ships, but that is because they are the same tier of ship. Tier 5.

The only real reason to use a ship lower than T5 is to make things more challenging.

Of course none of this applies to shuttle missions, which do require ships classified as shuttle craft.