Beauty is subjective. Every ship in Trek has its lovers and haters. Such is the way of the world.
Haha ur right. But I'd try and give this some attention
Im a little bored of the Defiant, and I dont like the fleet escort and MVAM that much. I guess I'll just fly it with limited slots and stuff on my VA. At least nobody can call me OP or cheater.
I think they made it escort because it was a torpedo boat
To be honest, in STO, "Escort" = "Warship".
The Akira IS a warship. That's what its designer called it, that was what it was built for, that was the role it had on screen. The Federation may call it a "cruiser", but that's because the Federation never calls anything a "warship".
The Sovereign is also a warship, but then by virtue of being at Tier 5, the Sovereign gets to be both a Cruiser and a warship.
Don't think it make much sense as a cruiser nor an escort it is a bit of a middle child
That is true. In fact, I think it's more of a Cruiser/Escort hybrid than the Hermes, which although it supposedly has fleet support abilities, is much smaller. The thing is, though, a "cruiser" is just that, it is a ship which is designed to "cruise". It has a very long range. The Akira is more like a very long range battleship than a naval cruiser.
I think in general Escorts are meant to be the counterpart to destroyers, but the Akira and Prometheus (as a single ship which "breaks up" into destroyers) get up in size to be larger than that. Also keep in mind the Qin Raptor is 400 meters long, making it the same length (in game) as the Akira. That's another thing, the ingame Akira knocks off about 40 meters from the canon length.
The ting the Akira was above all, was easy to build able to preform all the duties a mid sized ship should be able to do which meant a lot of them where build, the design worked, but it never really had a dedicated purpose within the fleet, in fact if you think on the whole carrier thing would have been quickly scrapped and the space taken up for other things just because it would be more efficient.
So really Akira has solid enough range, can do all that is needed, was easy to build and could pack a punch with all those torpedoes making it a perfect second ship of the line just behind the big boys providing a deadly array of fire power while avoiding the main incoming fire. Seeing that this is just the position escorts are in they made her an escort and in fan fiction the Akira is often used to support stations or larger vessels.
Anyway I like the akira because it is so versatile I remember a pen and paper RPG I was on had the carrier version, but we didn't bring any fighters, but a few dozen runabouts our main duty was space mapping, so the runabouts would fly out into a grid for a few days allowing us to cover a insanely large amount of space. Just shows what one can do with this ship.