I would make a pun and say this ship sucks, but it's not that bad. Just overshadowed by a few other options
I don't think Assault Frigates are nearly as bad as people think, mostly a bit of speed and polish.
The retribution has a lot of weaknesses but there is a glimmer of light (Multifrequency S) at 12km
Faction and Deadspace reps vs Small Ancillary
The wolf isn't head of the pack, but it's still solid.
The Ishkur doesn't perform as well as his sister the Enyo. But the god of storms is still formidable.
The Jaguar is interesting, and really fun to fly, shame the DPS is lacking.
Great balance tweaks coming to the alpha ship lineup in the Lifeblood Winter Expansion
The Kestrel goes SSJ3
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The Enyo is much better than I expected it to be, give 300m/s and it'll be top tier roaming ship
The Harpy is pretty good