OK I looked at the level chart to see what goodies I'll get in the next few levels and I decided to go through the entire thing and noticed that level Vice Admiral level 51 gives you a new ship. Does that mean my previous ship will be obsolete/weaker. I only ask because I plan on buying the Dreadnought my personal favorite from the show and I'd be sad for it to suddenly be less impressive once I cap myself and also when they raise the level cap and have tier six ships. The level cap is far away though so lets focus on the other part of the question.
Well the free VA1 ships are all refit versions. They have one special skill but most of them are weaker as the normal RA ships.
Cruiser: Galaxy Class retrofit
Special skill: Saucer seperation
Science: Intrepid Clas retrofit
Special Skill: The armor from the Voyager final "Endgame"
Escort: Defiant Class retrofit
Special Skill: cloaking device
As an Engineer I prefer the RA Assault cruiser. This ship has more weapon slots and better BO slots than the Galaxy retrofit. Also the saucer seperation looks nice but is useless in PvP. There you become an easy target.
how do I get vice admiral ships? now that I am a vice admiral when I went to visit Adm. Quinn I did not get to buy a new ship although it says under the ranks permission to buy next rank of ship? The problem is I cannot do that it will not let me. Is this a free get ship purchase or do I have to buy one now with cryptic points? I would appreciate a quick response this is frustrating me.