||EF76 Nebulon-B Medical Frigate (#8214)
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The Medicae-class is a modified version of the standard Nebulon-B Frigate and serves many fleets as a hospital ship. The standard Nebulon-B Frigate is equipped with powerful sensors and deep-space multi-frequency antennas. These sensor and communication suites enable the ship to be used for scouting, command and control and search and rescue. The impressive versatility demonstrated by the frigate, along with a growing need for mobile hospitals within the fleets, lead to the eventual re-engineering of a Nebulon-B Frigate into the Medicae-class variation.
As a variant of the Nebulon-B Frigate, the Medicae-class has the same hardware, such as turbolasers, heavy lasers, and sensor suite. The Medicae-class differs, however, with the inclusion of state-of-the-art medical facilities and more crew quarters to house the addition of a medical staff. Subsequently, the docking bay was removed and some weaponry and interior storage capacity reduced to make room for these changes. The first Medicae-class ships were made by refitting a standard Nebulon-B Frigate, but the popularity and usefulness of the Medicae-class quickly became apparent and they are now produced in this variation directly from the shipyard.
Later modifications to the design of the ship have seen the return of the docking bay, though at the expense of the loss of a number of weapon emplacements. This modification to the design has dramatically increased the efficiency of the Medicae,