I am starting to come to the tune of you are correct. The science ships are slow to turn and once the shields are down, it's goodnight Irene. The ship folds FAST. I tend to agree that using a cruiser with the science eq on it is a good idea. It can take a lickin and keep on ticking.
Science ships are only slow to turn compared to escorts. Only cruisers can carry on when the shields are down and that's a given. I find my RSV and LRSVr can eat up the damage far better than my MVAE