I mean the Vesta Class is good but I think a science ship would be more suited to have cannons would be the Nova class fleet ship. I am testing it out with normal cannons you can put on any ship, So far the results are great in my opinion. I am able to do more damage to shields and fight against e.g. the borg more easily than with full on phasers. So please if you can think of it may you please make Novas carry heavy cannons and such.
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Why would you want Cannons on any science ship. Science ships, while not as bad as cruisers, still have horrible turn rates.
The turn rate of the Nova is pretty good, actually.
Still, I have to veto the cannons on it.
I am a science captain, and can wholeheartedly say that it isn't needed. What I would like to see is for the retrofit to get the same Boff layout as the fleet retro. As it stands, the non fleet nova is just a luna with less hull and shields.