In starship classification, an escort vessel was a starship whose primary purpose is to accompany other vessels as a means of protection. Escorts typically protected lesser armed vessels, or vessels carrying an important cargo.
In 2154, Degra's ship was protected by two Xindi-Reptilian warships, which served as escort ships, during the proving ground Xindi superweapon prototype test mission in the Calindra system. (ENT: "Proving Ground")
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- In the game Star Trek Online, escort ships are one of the three primary ship types available to Federation players. They are characterized by having relatively weak shields but having exceptionally powerful weapons systems, high maneuverability and being geared towards a more direct combat role.