Ranson is shown as extremely capable (IMO), it's stated he is an accomplised diplomat and on screen he almost beats Janeway in a ship thats far inferior to his opponent, this shows tactical ability aswell as diplomatic ability. If I remember rightly it was also stated that he eluded a ship in a Nebula for days till the pursuer eventually gave up - more evidence of strategic thinking. So my question is why did Starfleet put such a man in command of what's essentially an Oberth upgrade? Putting him in the same grade as Esteban (mr I need to contact Starfleet before I scratch my own arse). Surely he'd be better place on one of the higher class ships - or atleast use him tactically and give him a Defiant/Akira etc. Thoughts?