Hi i quit a while back and recently have stated playing again. Now i usually fly the carriers but i also have this orion ship. how well does this ship perform? i already bought it so i am stuck with it lol, but just wondering how useful it is.
It's excellent for tanking/healing, but it's too slow to use anything but beams really, and isn't geared towards DPS as such. It's not that much tougher than a Negh'var, but because it has a science ensign slot instead of engineering, you're less likely to have conflicting cooldowns on your Bof powers. I used the Negh'var because it could mount cannons, cloak, and was tough as nails, but that was with my tac officer. For a healer/tank I think the Orion cruiser edges it slightly in terms of ability.
To my knowledge it functions very similarly to the Federation star cruiser, while having the ability to call in a small squadron of Orion interceptors after its hull health reaches a certain point.
I have the ship, and I can call the fighters whenever I want. Unfortunately they leave as soon as your enemy is destroyed. With a cooldown of 3 minutes, it´s rather inconvenient.
I´d love to see the Orion Patrol cruiser transformed into a real carrier. One bay that allows you to call either fighters or an Orion corvette. We have a science carrier and a tactical carrier, time for a cruiser carrier.