As an Eng captain I've spent the bulk of my leveling in cruisers. When I hit 50 I decided I wanted to try something different and bought the Vesta, a ship I thouroughly enjoyed. Figured I've tried Cruisers and Science ships, giving an escort a shot may be fun. I picked up a fleet defiant and have very much enjoyed it, tho the boff setup is a bit of a hair pull. recently I've been admiring the fleet heavy escort carrier and the armitage.
My question really is how to compare the two? Clearly the armitage has a hangar bay, otherwise the layout looks mostly the same, with the exception of a slightly larger hull cap and a slightly lower turn rate.