Re: What is the strongest ship in the Federation fleet in the Dominion
Sisko choosing a defiant was out of self-preservation.
Except that there's no evidence whatsoever
that he actually chose the vessel. He got what was available. We have no way of knowing whether he actually selected Sao Paulo
from a list of ready-made ships.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again