So ehr, I had a certain associate in enkcwiki help me solve this issue, who also had an associate that worked at the NHHC. Basically, we were provided this article and the Kaiboukan were labeled as Escorts. While PF, Kaiboukan and DE are Escorts, it does not mean that the Kaiboukan are either DE or PF. This debate was actually discussed pretty well among the NHHC and if that is the conclusion they come up with, I am willing to agree on this matter. It's basically a case closed that both are wrong, ironically even though I kept switching back and forth. I sure as hell don't plan on opposing the NHHC's decision.
The provided suggestion from them is as you might have guessed, just an E. But we all know full well how we cant use that, so have decided to come up with 2 alternatives:
- EV (Escort Vessel)
- ES (Escort Ship)
From the interview Tanaka provided, we will be getting more of these ships in the future and since each and every one of them can be classified as Escorts, I think this is the safest option. In case any of you are interested, the poll is here.