An Inheritance of Stars
Similar in size to a corvette ship, the polite term for the Cobra is “Escort Frigate,” a more adept term would be gunship. The Cobra mounts heavy broadsides, powerful torpedo launchers, and is capped by a powerful double turbo laser. These ships are unique in that the gunship has a separate gunner for each weapon system. This lack of computer fire control requires a larger crew compliment, however an experienced crew of individually manned guns provides a deadly barrage of fire, and its point defence systems can be deadly to fighters. The Cobra is also capable of mounting boarding operations or maintaining a fighter patrol of its own and has convertible fighter bays which can support 2-16 smaller vessels.
This specific ship has been heavily modified for use as a medical research ship. Its entire broadside weapons compliment has been removed in order to establish multiple secure patient quarters. Also its torpedo magazines have been removed for the establishment of large medical research labs. Its torpedo launchers still function, but are restricted to manual operation and can only store what torpedoes can be held in each room (maximum 4 including the 1 in the tube). Its main guns are also functional as they are directly powered by the main reactor, and built into the structure of the ship.