The following is a list of escorts in the game.
However, I was wondering, what's the best Escort ship out there?
Special: Bonus to damage, speed and maneuverability; can load cannons; bonus to weapon power; extra forward weapon slot.
If you absolutely have to dive into other weapon types for some reason, Dual Beam Banks are not a terrible fallback when you don't have access to Dual Cannons or better.
Mainly, you need to make sure to have some torpedo batteries on your ship to quickly kill an opponent once you've demolished their shields.