The Firestorm was never meant to be a warship, it was meant to be an explorer, a Foreign relations vessel, a scientific Research ship. It was meant to be anything but a warship, yet none the less it was given weapons for protection, but as the years wore on and after the Taiidan Arrival more and more of her systems were converted for war. Her wide windows were to be used to give unbelievable galleries of the stars. Her engines were equipped to be fast enough to flee rather than fight, and she was equipped to hold out rather than fight.
Designed to be the flagship of an era of peace, what quickly escalated into an era of strife. Transition following the Taiidan arrival was difficult and bloody, Especially with extra-galacta-phobic species. The Borg became an increasing problem, as did several other Delta and Beta Quadrant civilizations.
But perhaps the single most disappointing feature of the Firestorm was the Its massive 60 meter high observation window which doubled as a theater and a situation room was had to be replaced with a bulkhead removing the awe inspiring observation gallery.
Currently Docked at Starbase 9 the Firestorm awaits to be deployed with its UGI counterpart The Judgement, and its crew for its first mission following its refit, to propose a Diplomatic and cultural Exchange with the Fluidics in the Delta Quadrant while the UGIS Judgement had its own affairs with the Borg to take care of.