So with all these new ships I have yet to see any of the va ships are that a true +1 over the ra ships.
They have a different BO config and a small power but no +1 over the RA ships (exception being the MVAM). For example I am a science and fly a luna since I like to DPS and that to me is the best for DPS due to the extra tac console and tac officer in a science ship. I have never used ablative armor and been like WOW that saved my skin. lol
With all this argument over the VA ships not being free, does it really make a differences as these ships are not really that better than an RA one.
Its not really a big deal which you fly pve wise, because you can pretty much face roll and win at the game. I do believe there might be specific ships that have a flat out advantage in pvp situations, but when it comes down to it, its really a matter of preference. Maybe you really really want that extra science slot and are willing to sacrifice that 2nd eng or tac officer station, maybe not.