Since I've been leveling like crazy, I did put the brakes on for my 30s. I just love my Defiant class ship and don't look forward to a "Defiant gap" in my 40s.
Since there is no retrofit (which I've been getting regularly since FTP started) should I just power through my 40s to get to my next Defiant ship? I am really NO where near having enough dilithium for a RA ship.
Between making DOff missions two to three times a day and doing episodes I think it will just fly by. Should I just make the dash or is there a huge benefit to having one of the current RA escorts?
I'm facing a similar choice when my Nausicaan is done with Captain, drive a Klingon ship between the Scourge Destroyer and Garumba Siege Destroyer, or just keep flying the Scourge?
Well, I haven't ground enough dilithium-for-c-points yet to get the Scourge yet, and the Vandal's fine for PVE at Captain level, so I'm going to do the same with the scourge. I'd perhaps get tier 5 escort for PVP, but for PVE a captain level ship ought to do fine.
I think you'll get a token, but save the token in case you want to try something later. If you're leveling quickly at all you won't know a difference. I leveled my tac from 40-50 in a day using the sao paulo, after which I unlocked the defiant. I now have a free t5 ship I can redeem any time I want to. The fleet escort is a very nice ship indeed, but for the use you'll get out of it, it wouldn't be worth buying.