it occurs to me that the Q loving firengi will be back next year, so even though i cashed in for the ship im still gonna race for a head start on next year. i very nearly didn't get the breen ship when this occurred to me, it sorta doesn't fit my style.
I tank tac cubes and donatra with this ship on elite all the time with my eng. Havent died in it yet in STF. Much easier for me to hold aggro with this ship, and it still is survivable enough for an eng to tank with.
Try this out if its dying to easy. 3 Neutronium consoles because plasma resist consoles wont save you from kinetic, and monotanium wont save against plasma energy, 3 Field generators, 2x TT1 2x EPTS 1, Aux2SIF 1, PH1, HE2, TSS3, rest of boff slots can be whatever. All of your eng and sci consoles need to go to defense with this ship, and all eng and sci boffs need to be used for heals for it to survive. Dont waste time with that energy disipator thing. Pop an aux battery before using heals, they will be huge, especially that TSS3. If you can't find a boff with TSS3 get someone to train HE3 instead and use TSS2.
i concluded early on this would be the perfect ship to pve in, it has escort weapons and firepower, cruiser hitpoints, plenty of turn rate to keep npcs in your sight, and a generous number of slots to equip all the heals you could need.
but, its not going to be overly impressive in pvp. its the worst turning escort, but more durable. but an escort isn't really meant to tank damage, but out maneuver and avoid damage. it also can slot EWP, a person al favorite of mine that pared with a tractor beam can negate any turn rate disadvantage your ship may have. it also cant slot AtB with tech doffs very well, a great help at turning otherwise inferior ships into dangerous tactical forces to be reckoned with. it all results in a fairly unoptimal combination.
i see a couple of unique options with it though, a fast moving polaron beam array tet glider and energy draining boat, a good tranny and TBR boat, and maybe even a strong TB + torp, beam and cannon alpha strike boat. but general all cannon, or cannon+beam/torp escort? good luck with that.
With the tachy converter console and max speed/manuverability spec my tac was turning this thing enough to keep up with escorts, also this ship gets the innate defense bonus an escort gets so mine is at 80%.
Very versatile, it can be set up as an escort that has an extra turret, or a pve tank that deals decent support dps.