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The Asclepius-class Hospital Ship is a UNSC vessel class. It is used to provide medical relief to frontline forces and civilians affected by war, disaster and displacement.
The Asclepius-class Hospital Ship can trace is lineage back to the UNSC Hopeful, the largest battlefield hospital constructed in the history of man. Though Asclepius lacks the size of the Hopeful, the ship was purpose designed as a hospital ship, giving it increased internal capacity and more intelligently designed interiors. The interior space of the Asclepius is made up of hundreds of modular bays, allowing it be tailored to specific uses. Usually, the ship is outfitted with flash cloning facilities, cybernetic facilities, cryonic medical facility, Intensive Care Unit, pharmacy, Surgery rooms, physical therapy, burn ward and a morgue. This allows it to provide short to long term care for wounded servicemen. The Asclepius can also be refitted to preform relief for natural, or diseased based disasters, or as a laboratory ship for medical experiments or procedures. For casualty receiving it has four docking ports and numerous shuttle bays. Though hospital ships are traditionally unarmed, the Asclepius has all round point defence systems for interdicting enemy fighters and missiles, as well as armed Pelicans for medical evacuation and defensive Marine compliment, in the event of boarding or infiltration. Against the Covenant, Kig-Yar Pirates, Insurrectionists or Necros, these threats are all very real.
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