My Advanced Escort is better than all of these Fleet Variants (Sans the Fleet Patrol Retrofit which is not worth the 4x FSMs) I intend to buy it anyways because it has a great Console / Doff Setup.
Fleet Patrol Refit is OK and is the best of the Advanced Escort and the Fleet Escort.
Fleet Escort Retrofit is inferior to Fleet Patrol Retrofit in every way possible but costs the same (But has a higher Shipyard Req)
Fleet Tactical Escort Retro has 3K More hull and the extra Tac Console (5 Tac Consoles = 30% more Damage) otherwise isn't worth the FSMs either and still has the (kinda bad) 3x Tac Boff layout
Fleet Aquarius is the worst of them all, has worse shields than all of them, worse Hull and inferior Turn. It does get 3 Universal Boffs which doesn't mean anything as you get every other possible Combination of Boffs already (Except 2/3 Sci, which I don't see having any real merits on an Escort.)
The Aquarius is pretty much what the BOP is to the Klingons. Not so great is it ? lol
The BOP, it's flexible & has battle cloak, but it only has 6 weapons, 3 tac consoles & very low hull & shield mod. It's "fun" to fly, but just about anything else is going to last longer & do a good deal more damage. Still, ships like these are more then able to do just about anything STO can throw at you, just not as well. I guess the real question with the the Aquarius (and some of the other fleet refits) is if you are willing to take a small stat hit to fly the ship you want.
yes the only two that i currently think i might buy would be the fleet patrol retrofit and the fleet version of the armitage the fleet patrol because before i was flying my armitage i was fling a fleet escort with malestrom costume and it would shred enemies so fleet patrol looks to be a slightly better version of that same with the hec but i remember they had one ship in the tier 5 ship yard that they hadnt released any info for yet so maybe that will be a new super ship we got several months to wait to find out mean while buy next week i should be switching back and forth between my armitage and my new fleet patrol escort dont want to drop zen for four ship modules do the surveys and stuff for free zen the one month ffree subsciption to net flicks is worth over 1000 zen that would put you half way there.
I'm still annoyed that my MVAE got left out of the Fleet prefix party.
I also don't see a Lt.Com Sci slot on any of the new Escorts.
I do have to give props to the Fleet Patrol Escort becoming incredibly useful with a Universal Ensign allowing for a lot of configurations.
I was once DKnight1000, apparently I had taken my own name so now I'm DKnight0001. If I ask you a question it is not an insult but a genuine attempt to understand why. When I insult you I won't be discreet about it, I will be precise and to the point stupid.