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.
Gladius ClassEscort Refit from the C-Store for 750 .
Though a ship that retains many of the fundamentals of Escort gameplay (Commander and Lt.Commander Tactical Boff slots, high Turn Rate, etc), the Escort Retrofit is somewhat disappointing at this Tier. Compared to the Fleet Patrol Escort Refit, it lacks that ship's 3 high-level boffs (including a Lt.Commander Engineering), crew count and higher hull and shield strength - all compared to a Tier 1 ship. With 3 Engineering consoles the ship can be surprisingly durable, but its low hull strength compared to ships like the Blockade Runner Escort Retrofit makes it unsuitable for a "tanking Escort" role. Ultimately the Escort Retrofit is best served for those who want no-frills Escort gameplay.
Comparison with Fleet Variant
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.