So, in an effort to shake things up I grabbed the (long range science vessel retrofit) Intrepid science ship. Was getting tired of cruisers. I'm still getting used to fewer weapons but the extra abilities make up for it.
I'm not blowing up as often as I thought I would. This is my 1st full on T5 science ship. Grav well 3 is very fun, nothing escapes it! hahaha! The ablative armor is more of a trick then something useful.
Playing a support role is pretty fun and the style of battle takes getting used too, gotta keep moving! All in all, a tough little ship.