I disagree. I think it is every bit as capable and even more versitile than an escort. The uni slots give it flexibility. Is it superior? Maybe not but it's an excellent utility player. Can a fleet escort switch out a boff and give a team a sci capability like gravity well?
If the next Star Trek is on Showtime or HBO, Kirk will look like a prude.
We Want Vic Fontaine!!! No to Arc Yes to a Federation Frigate Pet