Star Trek Expanded Universe

The Defiant-class escort

An escort is a small, limited-role starship built to serve as escorts for transports, cargo convoys and other larger vessels. Escorts usual are relatively well armed and fast so to act as a deterrent against threats. (LUG RPG: Spacedock: The Advanced Starship and Construction Manual)

The Cardassians tended to lump escorts and scouts together as they were very similar in capabilities. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 2: Starships of the Cardassian Union)

Klingons preferred the heavier armed heavy escort and destroyer escort over standard escorts as they felt they were not equipped with enough weapons. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 3: Ships of the Klingon Empire)

The Romulan Bird-of-Prey and Swift Bird-of-Prey were their escort equivalents. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 5: Starships of the Romulan Star Empire)

Despite its euphemistic name, the Defiant class was the result of Starfleet's first attempt to create a true warship-type vessel. In canon, Starfleet escorts were originally developed to counter the Borg. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")

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