The Federation Escort is a Lieutenant Commander (Tier 2) level Escort. It is the first set in the Escort category of starships that players in Star Trek Online are available to purchase if playing on the Federation faction. These ships are available from the Lieutenant Commander rank. Escorts are focused around forward firepower and are one of the several Federation ship types that can equip Dual Cannons, along with Destroyer, Battle Cruiser, and Multi-Mission Explorer. Escort vessels suffer from weaker shields and hulls compared to Science and Cruiser vessels of the same tier.
Saber classSaber class Escort is a late 24th century model, brought into service to combat the Borg. The design saw extensive action in the Dominion War, where Starfleet officers enjoyed its heavy armament and compact target profile.
Rapier classDominion War.
Ushaan classUshaan, a historical Andorian duel to the death. The name is fitting, given the design's similarity to the ushaan-tor mining pick the duel is named for.
The Federation Escort is the first of many escort vessels on the way to endgame. This is the first taste of Escort gameplay where quick flying and high-powered weapons can help to keep the player alive. Escort vessels have the fastest turn rate and the ability to use dual cannons at the expense of low crew compliments and reduced hull strength. Shield strength also becomes a concern, but quick maneuvering will allow the ship to distribute the damage across stronger shield quadrants. Equipping cannons along with the Cannon: Rapid Fire skill also allows Escorts to dish out the damage before enemies can retaliate.
Comparison with Refit variant
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Federation starships come with standard equipment and weapons of the lowest mark available at the ship's minimum rank. The items provided are appropriate to the type of vessel and its related playing style.