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After the devastation of Earth, the UNSC was left with barely a handful of warships, almost all of which were smaller tonnage ships, such as frigates and destroyers. As the UNSC rebuilt their fleet, most of these were retained and modernised with technologies derived from the Human-Sangheili Alliance, but there were problems. Installation of these systems was often hampered by the fact that these ships were not designed to support these systems - energy shield generators, directed eenrgy weapons, reactors and improvements to hull plating were all grafted on after-the-fact, often poorly - the results were usually mixed. As a response, FLEETCOM commissioned a new class of frigate, incorporating the improvements into the actual design. Named after Commander Miranda Keyes, the hero of the Great War, the Miranda-Class Light Frigate increased the efficiency of the shields, weapons and reactor systems - designed as escorts for the next generation of heavier capital ships, as well as orbital fire support.
"I wonder if she'd be honoured if she knew they named a ship class after her? I always thought she would have preferred her father for the honour - there's certainly no doubt they were both great figures."
"I toured on one during the Unmoving Virtue campaign. They're pretty nimble, but don't pack much of a punch. But they're not meant to, I suppose, are they?"
"They're pretty stubby for a frigate. The old Gettysburg-class had the side-mounted hangars, but the Miranda-class stores them in the centre. The THOR underneath is also pretty unnoticable as well - a stealthy surprise for the enemy."