Escort Ships are the equivalent of navy destroyers or airforce fighter/bombers. They are designed primarily as anti-strike ships and their main mission is to protect line ships from harrassment by strikes. Whilst they pack a punch being larger and more heavily armed than strikes, they are slower moving and their weaponry has less accuracy than strike ships. However, they are able to shoot down missiles with their cannons, just not as easily as strike ships are. Escort Ships are rarely able to survive attack by line ships.