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# 1 Cruisers v. Escorts
11-07-2011, 03:57 PM
Ok, so, here is what I don't really understand, cruisers are, for all intents and purposes, capital ships, I get that. As such they are big and slow. That obviously give an advantage, at least in crew compliment, but from what I can tell they are more "comfortable" than most other types (the Galaxy class was designed, at least in theory, to split in "half" and use the saucer section to get the civilians "out of Dodge" while the Stardrive section did battle). Escorts on the other hand are supposed to be built for getting into the fight, kicking butt, and getting out. The Defiant was built to take on the Borg and was repurposed to basically take on the threat posed by the Dominion pretty much singlehandedly and the Prometheus took on (if I remember right) 2 D'deridex-class Romulan warbirds (supposedly a match for a Galaxy class) AND, if only briefly, and Akira and 2 Defiants. Based on what we see of the Defiant and to a lesser extent the Prometheus, they are rather "Spartan" and basically are designed for nothing more than combat. As such, I would assume they should have more weapons slots than a cruiser, why do they not?
 

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