Hey everyone - I am really racking my brain about what kind of ship (and thus, bridge crew) I want to have, and something struck me: it makes sense that cruisers and science ships have exploration missions, but does it really make sense to have escorts out there for those missions? I really do love the escorts, especially the Defiant design and the Promethius, but wouldn't it seem odd for Starfleet to send those types of ships of exploration missions? Is there a precident in the shows or movies?
I'm just curious to see what you all think. Thanks!