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Join Date: Nov 2012
02-04-2013, 01:29 PM
My only problem with the Steamrunner is the ensign science slot - hazard emitters are pretty much a requirement. You don't really have access to half of the shield regen abilities if you want to be able to cleanse the more dangerous hazard on it.
Getting back on topic.. Honestly, the Patrol Escort(and its fleet variant) is an excellent ship that has all the firepower you'd expect from a tactical ship, but can also take a respectable amount of punishment. (The Mirror Patrol Escort is the same, statwise, if you prefer the look of the advanced/MVAE.)
If you're really wanting a C-store ship, it would probably be difficult to do much better than the Armitage. It's a solid ship with the teeth of an escort while also having some extra flexibility. As an added bonus, you can get a lot of ship part customization for it - There are five different variants of the Akira Chasis(Akira, Oslo, Zephyr, Thunderchild, Armitage).