True, I could do that. However, the defense % is lower in a cruiser, yes?
Yes. But Cruisers have a lot more Hull and stronger shields then Escorts do. I think Escorts shield mod if 0.75 and Cruisers are 1.0. Although I maybe slight off on the Escort value. And Cruisers can carry a lot more Shield and Null buff and heal abilities then an Escort can. Cruisers are designed to stay close and slug it out with the enemy.