if you are a sci, it is awesome, yes. much better than the fed counterpart to it
I'm not sure about this. The DSSV is almost identical, except it can't use a Repair Platform console, has stronger shields, and fewer crew. Crew don't matter, and while I like the Repair Platform, the fact that the hull repair drones constantly bug out makes me a little annoyed at having to pay money and shield strength for a red-side science ship.
I've got the Varanus with the Phalanx's barrier console in addition to the repair drones, this thing is one BEAST of a support ship. I can fight a Kar'fi and its support craft to a stand-still one on one with this bad boy.