The Federation Heavy Escort Refit is a Commander (Tier 3) level Escort Vessel. The Heavy Escort Refit is a tribute to the U.S.S. Thunderchild (NCC-63549) which engaged the Borg as sector 001. This ship comes equipped with a [Console - Universal - Point Defense System]. This console activates an automated Phaser Turret Point Defense System designed to defend the vessel from small craft, mines and targetable torpedoes, but that will also target larger vessels as well. This ship is available from the C-Store for 1,000 .
 Akira class
The Akira class Heavy Escort closely resembles the Enterprise from the TV series Star Trek: Enterprise. The reason is the Akira was used as partially for inspiration when the NX-01 was being designed. It is the most popular of the three Heavy Escort classes. Ships of the class include the U.S.S. Kelvin and U.S.S. Thunderchild (NCC-63549).
 Oslo classNorway class ship. It shares the same nacelle design as the Nova Class Science Vessel.
 Zephyr classSteamrunner class ship.
 Thunderchild class[Console - Universal - Point Defense System]. This console activates an automated Phaser Turret Point Defense System designed to defend the vessel from small craft, mines and targetable torpedoes, but that will also target larger vessels as well. This class is unlocked from the C-Store for 1000 .
The Heavy Escort is the second tier of Tactical Escorts in the game. This type of escort loses a point in maneuverability but gains hull strength to make up for it. The ship also gains an aft weapon slot allowing for rear torpedo attacks. As a result, the ship is very deadly to enemies during that phase of the game when equipped appropriately.
Compared to the Heavy Escort, the Refit has an additional Engineering Console slot, and a Lieutenant Tactical station in place of an Ensign Tactical station.
 Comparison with Regular Variant
|Regular Variant||Refit Variant|
|Bridge Officers||Ensign Tactical||Lieutenant Tactical|
|Universal Console||Point Defense System|
 Standard Configuration
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.