Nightingale-Class (Medical) Cruiser

Posted Jan. 22, 2021, 9:15 a.m. by Fleet Captain Russell Watt (Assistant Engineering Director) (Russell Watt)


DESIGNER(S): Lindsay Bayes, Cale Reilly
SECONDARY DESIGNER: Nicholas Villarreal
Mark I

“I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.”
Hippocratic Oath

The McCoy-class variant of the well-used Starfleet Mode II space frame, when it was first introduced, was a great success. At the time of its creation, it was the sole mobile medical design, and it was the best mobile medical design possible. As the years progressed, while the McCoy-class proved its worth, the need for a more robust vessel became clear. As such, Starfleet began to look to the future and decided to design a new vessel with increased capabilities. Eventually, Starfleet created the Nightingale-class, a vessel with the same goal as the McCoy-class. When deployed, the Nightingale-class would meet emergency medical needs that would go beyond the capabilities and resources of any one regular starship’s sickbay facilities.

The Nightingale’s design included applied uses of developing technologies, with the capability to upgrade to the newest medical techniques and devices as needed. As the Federation’s continually expanding presence in the galaxy also had certain needs that normal starships could not meet, the Nightingale is capable of providing long-range medical support, long-range rescues, and medical support for frontier vessels, outposts, and colony establishments. It is also capable of civilian mercy operations.

Considered by many to be a versatile application of the medical starship role, the Nightingale-class vessels include specialised laboratory facilities staffed by specialists in a variety of fields, including pathology, xenobiology, microbiology and immunology (to name a few). Medical treatment areas aboard ship include quarantine facilities, intensive care units, specialist surgical and convalescence areas and variable gravity environments for surgery and recovery. Ship’s stores include sufficient pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies for almost any emergency up to a medium-sized colony.

The Nightingale-class Medical Cruiser, like its predecessor, was designed by a team of Starfleet and civilian engineers working at the Arbuckle Ship Yards at Zeta Maxtor. The command team consisted of:

  • Project Leader- Captain Thani zh'Rothi
  • Engineering Specialist- Commander Daria Henley
  • Computer Systems Engineer- Lieutenant Commander Jeneva Foxwell
  • Medical Facility Overseer- Captain Alexxander Jay Ryley M.D.
  • Scientific Consultant - Sakar of Vulcan - Vulcan Science Academy
  • Manual and Documentation by Rodolfo Márquez, The Medical Institute of Betazed, R&D

The primary goal of the Nightingale was to provide a detailed mobile medical facility for onsite treatment and for transport. As such, it includes three methods of loading patients onto the ship. First is the trusty standby; the transporter. Second is a pair of medically equipped Longevity-class runabouts. These support craft serve to ferry patients between the field and the vessel and to extend the potential treatment range. The third is the ability of the Nightingale to land the ship, thus bringing the hospital directly to ground-based patients. Combined, these three methods should allow the Nightingale, like the McCoy before it, to successfully reach almost any potentially wounded personnel in any situation.

”It’s very simple. You either do it my way or you can excuse yourselves and I’ll go it alone”
Dr John Thackery - The Knick

The original form that the design team wanted to use was a pair of human lungs. It served as the primary design for the vessel until multiple 3D renders in various configurations (including having one “lobe” forward of the other, one “lobe” y-positive of the other, and both on the same z-plane) showed the inspiration to be inelegant. Additionally, when each configuration was placed under stress simulations, the nacelles detached from the vessel upon reaching Warp 1. With these difficulties, the team abandoned this original plan and decided to approach the concept in a more traditional fashion. However, the crew could not fully abandon the concept, and so some parts of the ship still have an imprint of the main organs of the pulmonary system.

The vessel’s structure follows traditional Starfleet design principles, with an upper primary hull and a lower engineering hull. The primary hull, ten decks in height, is spoon-shaped, with a rounded top that rises to its apex one-third of the length from the aft of the primary hull. The bottom, where it does not connect to the engineering hull, is completely flat. The engineering hull, eight decks in height, is shaped, in profile, like an elongated lung lobe, albeit with a cutout at the lower aft and a fully flattened bottom. The bottom three decks of the primary hull connect to the top three decks of the engineering hull.

The shape of the Nightingale-class features an overlapping hull design where twenty per cent of the primary hull’s length overlaps with twenty-five per cent of the engineering hull’s length. Where the decks of the primary hull overlap with the secondary, those decks on the secondary hull side are given a B designation (ie. Deck 8B, 9B and 10B). Thus, the decks on the primary hull are numbered 1 through 10, and the secondary hull encompasses Deck 8B through 15. Deck 15 is fully hollow and is two meters taller than the other decks, as it is designed to contain exchangeable mission modules.

Deck-tall pylons extend directly aft from the far starboard and far port of Deck 3. They connect to pylons which extend from the top of Deck 11. A bent tubular beam in the shape of a U-bend with a 12 meter offset between the endpoints and the midpoint extends between both joint points. This overall structure forms the support frame for the Starbase-installed mission module. The warp nacelle pylons extend outward from the horizontal Deck 3 pylons at a 60-degree angle aft. When the vessel is stationary or at sublight speeds, the nacelle pylons are at a 45-degree downward angle. They are capable of variable geometry and can move upward from this idle position to any position in a 90-degree arc. The nacelles themselves are the same length as the engineering hull but are positioned so that twenty per cent of their length extends farther aft of the vessel than the engineering hull’s aft-most point. The nacelles can swivel on the end of the pylon in order to remain parallel with the vertical axis of the vessel at all times.

The vessel’s superstructure consists of duranium framing and titanium interiors. The exterior of the vessel consists of multiple layers of insulation and radiation-resistant materials. The viewports throughout the exterior of the vessel are quadruple-layered transparent aluminum. The vessel also has an armour layer, which consists of a 2.5 cm layer of duranium and ceramic sheeting. This armour provides protection against incidental debris in the event of shield failure but is only minimally resistant to actual weapons fire.

The Nightingale is capable of planetary landing and takeoff in the event that it needs to deploy a large mission module planetside, dispatch a large number of crew members to an area, receive a large number of patients, or load or offload a large number of supplies from or to a planet-based facility. In most cases, the Nightingale’s atmospheric entry and landing sequence take four minutes, and takeoff and atmospheric exit take five minutes. As part of the landing sequence, four stabilizing pylons extend from the sides of Deck 4 at angles which the computer systems pre-determine based upon the chosen landing area.

Mission Modules
Internally Stored
Extra medical modules are carried on Deck 15 of the Nightingale, including science modules designed to provide on-site laboratory testing in quarantined areas and self-sustaining field hospital kits. These prefab modular hospitals can be erected in minutes on planetary surfaces. Each comes with a self-contained emergency fusion generator and emergency replicator. Battery packs included with the generator enable the field hospitals to run for up to one week under normal conditions. They can be deployed either via orbital launch or after the Nightingale performs atmospheric entry and landing procedures. These field hospitals can service between 150 and 300 patients depending on the situational needs.

Starbase Installed
The Nightingale’s external mission modules are all one deck tall, and require a Starbase to both install and remove. The module is mounted at the aft of Deck 3 and is accessible from corridors extending through the pylons at the aft of Deck 3.

Cargo Module
This module adds an additional cargo bay to the Nightingale. It is the full width of the module between the pylons. It is equipped with a cargo transporter and a small onboard power generation unit. This module is installed as the standard module unless the Nightingale’s specific mission requires otherwise.

Shuttle Bay Expansion
This module allows the Nightingale to carry four additional small auxiliary craft - any given combination of shuttles, shuttle pods and work bees - along with its regular shuttle complement. This module is unique from the others in that it is two decks tall in order for shuttles to land and take off safely, and expands upwards into the convertible triage deck when installed. These are equipped in the event that the Nightingale needs to move crew and equipment quickly without the use of a transporter, or if the Nightingale will be engaging in patrols intentionally involved in starship search and rescue. The shuttle bay doors are half the width of the module.

Combat Module
This module adds an additional Type-8 phaser array with 60 emitters on the dorsal surface of the module. This array has a maximum energy output of 2.6 MW and a maximum effective range of 150,000 km. This module also upgrades the Nightingale’s shield systems. The module adds three additional shield emitters and five connected power generators so that the Nightingale-class can effectively generate a Type-9 shield. This raises the shields to a maximum graviton load of 1881 MW and a maximum energy dissipation rate of 5.11 * 10^5 kW. This extends the abilities of the metaphasic function of the Nightingale-class so that it can withstand the heat of a stellar corona for 60 seconds before failure. The Nightingale-class is also capable of using this increased capability to reinforce the shielding of another vessel that is within 200 m of the module but at the expense of the shield power upgrade. This module is installed solely in the event that the Nightingale is deployed to provide medical assistance in active combat zones.

Sensor Upgrade
This module changes the Nightingale-class sensor systems to a Type-VI sensor suite. This extends the Nightingale’s sensor capabilities to a high-resolution range of 2.6 ly and a low-resolution range of 8.4 ly. The module includes additional power generators and fuel storage in order to allow the Nightingale to deal with the increased power demands. This module is installed when the Nightingale engages in long-range missions.

“What usually happens when you poke something with a stick? It pokes back.”
Dr House -House MD
Sensor Systems
The Nightingale-class is equipped with Type-V sensors. The sensor system has a high-resolution range of 2.14 light-years and a low-resolution range of 7.0 light-years.
Computer Systems
Computer facilities onboard the Nightingale Class are provided by 3 isolinear computer cores. A series of 300 bio-neural gel packs augment the computer systems.

The interface system for the Nightingale is a customised specific AI System, GALEN, which is designed to monitor the status of all medical systems and patients onboard. It also provides faster branch prediction and analysis for medical and scientific operations. The system is designed specifically with a medical ship in mind and contains vast databases of medical knowledge for hundreds of species.

GALEN also serves as a variant of the standard Starfleet MAJEL visual and auditory feedback interface present on most starships. GALEN is a learning AI to allow for automatic user experience customisation, including automated scheduling updates, workflow design, crew collaboration planning, patient care coordination, specified alert scheduling and automation, and personal environmental setups (including temperature, gravity level, and ambient sound).

All medical and mental health areas have the ability to use patient tracking wristbands that are linked to GALEN. This allows medical and mental health staff to locate patients who are not crewmembers (and therefore not necessarily in the ship’s record), as well as their vitals so that a quick response can be ensured in the event of an emergency.

GALEN also contains a command overview system interface on the bridge. This interface allows any officer to get an abstract view of ship systems and any problems that may arise. And its connection to GALEN would allow some basic system repairs in areas of the ship via the bridge without further intervention. These repairs are limited to basic computer repairs, Level 1 diagnostic repairs and anything that would fall under remote repair criteria as established on other Federation vessels.

Holographic Systems
The Nightingale Class carries three medical holographic programs and two reception holographic programs, for a total of 5 programs.

The primary function is to allow for the use of MH programs. Three Duty Medical Holographic crew programs are available: two of the longer term Mark II (LMH) programmed to serve in the primary medical suite and one short term Mark III (EMH) programmed to serve in the secondary medical suite. Each programme has two serving interfaces. The holo medical crew is programmed with all current medical knowledge and the ability to adapt to situations as required. Additionally, they can take on any medical role as required by the ship/facility.

Both the Dental Suite and Psychiatry Suite have programmed Reception Holo (RH) crew (ALBERT for Dental and HARLEEN for Psychiatry) they are programmed with emergency first aid in their respective areas and triage abilities. These programs only work within the confines of the suite in question.

The Nightingale class has holo-emitters in every area of the ship, allowing the medical programs to venture outside of the medical areas to treat the wounded more efficiently.

The medical research labs are also equipped with a holographic display column to allow for scalable visualization for research and exploratory surgery. The display can be tied directly into any medical sensors in the Medical Center, including the biobeds and ICU ward.

“You think I want to go to the stars? I don’t even like to fly! I take trains!”
Dr Zefram Cochrane - Star Trek

The Nightingale-class is equipped with a Class-8 warp core, with a Cochrane rating of 1909+. It is capable of a cruising speed of Warp 6.0, a maximum sustainable speed of Warp 9.2, a maximum velocity of Warp 9.6 for 12 hours, and a maximum emergency speed of Warp 9.8 for 3 hours. The ship’s warp nacelles are capable of variable geometry and move in a 90-degree arc between 45 degrees y-negative from horizontal to 45 y-positive from relative horizontal. The nacelles themselves can rotate during motion so that they are always parallel with the vertical axis of the vessel. By default, the nacelles are at 45 degrees y-negative from horizontal when the vessel is not at warp speeds.

”Please wait for the Danger Room to come to a complete stop. And use caution while checking the overhead compartments, as luggage may have shifted during travel.”
Dr Hank McCoy - XMen

The Nightingale-class has two fusion engines to provide sublight propulsion. Each is mounted at the rear face of one of the horizontal pylons. Combined, they are capable of a maximum impulse speed of 0.27c. The vessel can reach this velocity in 5.8 seconds and can come to full stop from this velocity in 7.3 seconds.

“You know, I know a few techniques that could help you manage that anger effectively.”
Dr Bruce Banner - The Incredible Hulk

Defensive Shields
The Nightingale-class designers focused heavily upon the medical nature of the vessel in designing the ship’s tactical suite. As such, they gave the Nightingale a robust shielding system. The Nightingale has Type-8 shields, with a maximum graviton load of 1612 MW and a maximum energy dissipation rate of 4.38 * 10^5 kW per second. Due to the potentially hazardous nature of the Nightingale’s mission, the shields are designed to filter out all known radiation types. Similarly, the Nightingale-class shields are equipped with a metaphasic function, which allows the Nightingale to withstand the heat and force of a star’s corona for up to 30 minutes before the shield functions begin to fail. The Nightingale-class’s main deflector array is at the fore of the engineering hull, going from Deck 11 to Deck 13, centred on Deck 12, and spanning seventy per cent of the width of the vessel in an oval shape.

Phaser Systems
The Nightingale-class, in keeping with its medical mission, is only equipped with enough offensive equipment to be able to defend itself during a retreat from a hostile encounter. As such, the Nightingale is only equipped for defensive capabilities. The Nightingale is equipped with three Type-8 phaser arrays, with 75 emitters each. Two arrays are on the dorsal side of Deck 6 and are offset by 10 meters port and starboard from the centerline. The third Type-8 phaser array is located on the aft of the External Mission Module Support Cross Beam. The Type-8 phaser arrays have a maximum energy output of 2.6 MW and a maximum effective range of 150,000 km. Along with the Type-8 phaser arrays, the Nightingale has six Type-7 phaser arrays with 60 emitters each. Two arrays are located on the port and starboard of Deck 5, two arrays are located on the port and starboard underside of Deck 10, and two arrays are located on the port and starboard of Deck 12. The Type-7 phaser arrays have a maximum energy output of 1.3 MW and a maximum effective range of 75,000 km.

Torpedo Systems
The Nightingale has two forward-facing Type-1 torpedo launchers, each capable of launching 1 torpedo per launch with a reload time of 8 seconds. The Nightingale-class carries 100 torpedo casings. Typically, the Nightingale-class has 30 photon torpedoes. The other 70 casings are reserved for scientific use and can be configured for Class 1 to Class 9 probes. The torpedo launchers have separate storage rooms with 50 casings each. The launchers and their rooms are on Deck 13 to port and starboard of the main deflector.

“The future is the home of our deepest fears and our wildest hopes.”
Dr Owen Hunt - Grey’s Anatomy
The Command Center
The Command Centre (Main Bridge) is located near the centre of Deck 1. It is a spacious bridge to allow for ease of movement between stations.

The central command area on the Bridge is located in a submerged dip accessed via two steps with the captain’s chair starboard side and the executive officer’s chair port side.

Behind the Captain’s chair is the Tactical station. Primarily this station monitors internal security, the use of tractor beams and sensor arrays. However it also serves as part of the defence for the ship should any combat situations arise.

Behind the command area, is a large array of multi-use consoles and GALEN’s command overview system interface.

On either side of the command interface system are science consoles. From the science consoles, the officers have priority access to all sensor input coming into the ship.

At the rear, the portside console nearest the entrance is the engineering bridge console which provides access to all data coming from the ship’s internal monitoring systems as well as access (where necessary) to repair and adjust various systems throughout the ship.

Directly opposite on the starboard side is the medical interface which houses the controls for the ship’s biological systems. This includes life support and environmental controls, but also allows for the monitoring of the medical centre and triage areas where required and monitoring samples and patients brought aboard if necessary.

Directly ahead of the command area, and down into a further sunken area, is the conn and navigation consoles.

Entryways to the bridge are located at the port and starboard sides on the upper level. The port door leads to the main turbo lift while the starboard door leads to an access corridor for the rest of the deck containing the Conference Room, XO’s Office and access to the Captain’s Ready Room.

Ship Security
Unlike its earlier counterparts, the Nightingale holds a multi-room security department located in a restricted area on Deck 10. This includes the Security Office itself, the Brig and the ship’s Armory.

Security Office Contains a work area, a personal viewscreen, a computer display, and a replicator.

Brig: Located via the main security office, the Brig is a restricted access area whose only entrance is from within the Security department. It houses one double-occupancy cell and two single occupancy cells secured with a level-10 force field emitter built into each doorway.

Weapon Storage: Throughout the ship, especially in key areas, there are emergency supply lockers that also contain weapons for the crew. These are limited to Type-2 phasers and compression rifles.

Other security systems
Internal Force Fields: Controlled from the Command Centre or from the Security office, force fields can be activated throughout the ship, effectively sealing off sections.
Internal Sensors: Used to monitor the internal security of the ship. They can identify the location of the crew via comm badges as standard or patients via patient ID wrist bands. Using both of these the general location of any person on board the ship can be ascertained quickly and efficiently.

Main Engineering
“I know engineers. They love to change things!”
Leonard McCoy - Star Trek

Engineering is located across Decks 10B and 11 of the Engineering hull on the Nightingale class, with main engineering taking the majority of Deck 11.

The room was constructed around a Class-9 warp drive. The warp core is horizontal instead of vertical. The reaction chamber can be seen via a hole in the deck before the main console. The reaction chamber is equipped with a compositor, which allows for dilithium recrystallization. There is a tube and double hatch directly aft of the core in the event that the core needs to be ejected. When the crew engages core ejection protocols, a mechanical ram-rod connects to the fore of the core and the hatch at the fore of the ejection tube opens. Thermal charges on the core mounts activate to disconnect the core from the vessel, and the ram-rod forcefully pushes the core into the ejection hatch. The fore hatch closes immediately after the core clears the opening, the aft hatch opens, and the momentum from the ram rod ideally sends the core aft of the vessel at 100 m/sec.

In front of the warp core is a large monitoring area which features the master situation table, main warp core monitoring system and power transfer conduits. Engineering labs with industrial replicators, the bio-neural gel pack nursery, and the bio-neural systems maintenance section are located in Upper Engineering on Deck 10B. Engineering also houses the Chief Engineer’s Office, an open work area for special projects or situational analysis, system monitoring stations, warp core and cooling assemblies, assorted power and systems trunking, the holographic mainframe cores and holographic system maintenance and an inter-level lift.

Science Laboratories
Besides the med labs in the medical centre, the Nightingale hosts seven science labs. Dedicated Biology, Chemistry and Physics labs are located on Deck 8 and easily modified depending on the mission parameters, along with 4 General Purpose labs. The Chief Science Officer’s office is also on this deck.

All laboratories are capable of supporting a variety of environments, temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to 100 degrees Celsius, and providing over a dozen different possible atmospheres.

Cargo Bays
The Nightingale-class is equipped with cargo facilities on Deck 9 of the primary hull and Deck 10B of the engineering hull. With Deck 9’s cargo bay being generally devoted to medical and scientific research supplies due to its proximity to the primary medical suite. This cargo bay requires security clearance to access and access is logged via GALEN. Deck 10B cargo bay contains normal starship cargo as required. Access does not require security clearance but is still logged. Each cargo bay is equipped with two cargo transporters.

Tractor Beams
The Nightingale is fitted with fore and aft tractor emitters located on the exterior of Deck 8. This position allows for access to both the shuttlebays in the engineering hull and the cargo bay.

It is capable of hauling cargo and towing disabled vessels. At a nominal delta-v of 5 m/sec, the main tractor beam emitters are capable of handling a mass of 7,500,000 metric tonnes at less than 1,000 meters. For a mass of one metric ton at the same delta-v, the effective range is 20,000 kilometres. The main tractor emitters use a pair of 16 Megawatt graviton polarity sources, for a total of 32 Megawatt graviton displacement power.

Four transporter rooms allow the Nightingale to transport injured personnel directly to either the Medical Center or the Triage Deck. Transporter Rooms One and Two are located on Deck 3. Transporter Rooms Three and Four are located on Deck 13 of the engineering hull. Each pair shares a pattern buffer for space efficiency. All transporter rooms contain eight transporter pads and have a nominal range of 40,000 km.

Medical Center
“Well Bones, do the new medical facilities meet with your approval?” ~ Kirk
“They do not. It’s like working in a damn computer centre” ~ McCoy (Star Trek: TMP)

The Nightingale sports two main Medical Suites rather than the standard ship sickbay facilities. It also has the ability to create more emergency clinic space should the need arise and dependant on the mission.

The walls of all medical dedicated areas are decorated with an atypical palette outside of the Starfleet issue blue and grey combination

As in all medical class ships all health-care facilities use independent environmental systems to eliminate the risk of ship-wide contamination.

The Primary Medical Suite is situated on Decks 5 and 6.

It features two access points (port and stern) with aseptic entry lobbies, central controlled section isolation doors and is equipped with holo-emitters for the usage of the Medical Hologram System.

The Primary Medical Suite is equipped with biohazard support, a radiation treatment ward, surgical and regular ICU wards, critical care, null-gravity treatment, isolation suites and dedicated surgical suites. It also hosts both a General Care and Obstetrics area.

The total bed capacity for the suite is 200.

In addition to typical ICU beds, the regular ICU also includes completely quarantined units, capable of supporting class M or K environments, temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to 100 degrees Celsius, and providing over a dozen different possible atmospheres.

The Convalescent/Recovery Ward is also located here.

The Primary Suite includes the Chief of Staff’s Office, and a medical staff ready room alongside their small personal laboratory, the Head Nurses Office and nursing station alongside a Reception Centre/Waiting Area.

Deck 6 hosts a Dental Suite to round out the Primary Medical Centre. Also adjacent are extensive medical research, biochemical and analysis labs.

The Morgue and Cryogenic Stasis labs also are located in this area.

A dedicated Psychiatry and Counselling Suite is located on Deck 7 to create a more comprehensive medical treatment environment.

The Secondary Medical Suite is on Deck 12.

It houses the Assistant Medical Officer’s Office and provides a smaller General Care area, additional dedicated emergency surgical suites, an adjacent surgical care ICU, along with a general ICU area.
The total patient capacity for this Suite is 100 beds.

Finally, the Secondary Suite has a physical therapy section complete with gym and therapeutic baths.
Medical areas further detailed (Both, Primary [P] and Secondary [S])

Convalescence/ Recovery Ward [P]
This area is for patients who have received treatment, or require overnight treatment and/or monitoring. This is also where non-critical patients are placed after surgery. Each space includes overhead monitors, sanitized pillows and sheets for each bed, one replicator, and a supply storage cabinet close by.

General Care Unit [Both]
This area is for general treatment including basic injuries, physicals, common diseases, and anything else that doesn’t look to be particularly life-threatening or contagious.

Intensive Care Unit / Surgical Intensive Care Unit [Both]
Each biobed is rigged for continuous 3-dimensional scanning and monitoring of the patient. It includes a computer link-up to an alarm system programmed to react and respond to the patient’s life-signs with adjustable acceptable parameters. An unstable reading or life sign will result in a “Code Blue” alarm and engage code blue protocols. At this time the computer will auto engage digital resuscitation and life support until a medical officer is present. If one does not respond within an acceptable time frame, normally 2/3 minutes the EMH programme will respond. It also includes one replicator, additional life support hardware for each bed and back-up battery power.

Primary Suite ICU containers the above and also, as stated, houses completely quarantined units, capable of supporting class M or K environments, temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to 98 degrees Celsius, and providing over a dozen different possible atmospheres.

Medlabs [Both]
Includes one replicator, material diagnostics stations, a centrifuge, gene analysis terminal, stasis field drawers for storage of biological samples.

Surgical Suites [Both]
Along with the usual surgical tools, the room includes a surgical frame biobed complete with mobile life support equipment, atmospheric isolation systems, and scanning/monitoring readout station. The room also has access to a small replicator designed for pharmaceuticals, equipment or other materials such as replacement organs or blood.

Morgue [P]
Contains stasis field storage slots for several bodies, a table for post-mortem examinations rigged for continuous 3-dimensional scanning and monitoring of the corpse and aseptic entries.

Dental Suite [P]
Designed in greys and blacks it is a more muted copy of the Psychiatric Suite. Four closed offices with dental chairs and individual replicators encircle a computer-operated reception centre/waiting area. (Staffed by ALBERT)

Triage Deck [S]
Deck 14 is configured as a large, open area, with limited storage facilities for removable bulkheads. This “Triage Deck” can be reconfigured using removable and folding bulkheads into an extra triage centre, guest quarters, surgical centre, or additional medical facilities, depending on the requirements of the mission. A functional reconfiguration can be performed in approximately ten minutes. The aft section of the deck has Transporter Rooms Three and Four so that wounded can be beamed directly into what can be used as a triage area. Two gangplanks extend through the rear of Deck 12 to load wounded directly onto the Triage Deck in case of a landing.

Depending on configuration, this space can hold up to 200 beds.

Psychiatric and Counselling Suite
The Nightingale hosts a dedicated Psychiatry and Counselling Suite on Deck 7. Total capacity for this suite is 60 patients.

It features one access point with similar aseptic entry lobbies and central controlled section isolation doors as the primary medical suite. The entire deck is equipped with holo-emitters for the usage of the Medical Hologram System and Reception Hologram system.

From the access point a computer-operated reception centre and waiting area (staffed by HARLEEN) gives access on the right to the counselling portion which hosts the Chief of Psychiatry’s office, two on-duty psychiatrist/counselling offices, a group therapy area and individual therapy rooms.

Two holosuites, for therapeutic and patient use only are also located on this side of the suite. Three other dedicated ’comfort’ rooms also exist for meditation and reflection.

On the left of the reception is the psychiatric care portion of the deck. This section requires secure entry. It hosts another two on-duty offices, a larger group therapy room and two wards divided into two separate areas: lower risk and moderate/high risk.

The lower risk contains three more individual therapy rooms, some individual patient quarters, a small ward area with psychiatric care enabled biobeds and a central communal space for therapy, eating, and recreation. It hosts a third holosuite for therapy use.

The moderate/high risk is similar to the lower risk area without the holosuite access and with only individual patient rooms. This area is designed for temporary care before individuals are transferred to a medical facility. It can only be accessed with medical, security or command clearance.

Visual sensors and audio recordings for the entire suite can be done but only with the voice code of psychiatric staff, the Chief of Staff, or crew with command-level access.

The Psychiatric Suites operate with a “Code Violet” protocol which means that should someone, crew, visitor or patient become aggressive, abusive, violent or display threatening behaviour towards the psychiatric staff, or HARLEEN can activate this protocol and request emergency response from the EMH programme who can assist staff to resolve the situation and remove the person to a patient room

Common Codes
Throughout the physical and mental health areas of the ship, common codes will be used to alert the health professionals to certain situations that require immediate attention. A Code is not a general alert status and is not applicable to the entire ship. This Code list is not comprehensive and can be added to as a crew sees fit.

  • Code Blue: Cardiac arrest/Medical emergency
  • Code White: Pediatric medical emergency
  • Code Violet: Violent/Combative patient
  • Code Orange: Hazardous material spills
  • Code Green: Missing patient

There are two standard holodeck facilities on the Nightingale class for general crew use located on Deck 4. Two holosuites for general crew use are located on Deck 12.

Crew Quarters: Standard living quarters are provided for Starfleet non-commissioned officers, junior officers, and attached civilian personnel. Each quarter is furnished basically with seating areas, a workstation and a standard replicator. Single rooms have a single bedroom while double rooms have two, one on each side. Bedrooms in a single have room for a small double-sized or single bed and personal belongings as the resident sees fit. A shower room is located on the opposite side from the bedroom’s entrance and has a sonic shower, washbasin, mirror and several drawers. A variation of the crew quarters is available for families.

Department Head/Section Chief Quarters: Similarly designed to the crew quarters the officers’ quarters have a bigger workstation with a department/command centre computer liaison interface to perform off-duty work. In addition, officer quarters also contain a small dining area. Furnishing is at the officers’ discretion and slightly more luxurious than the basic.

Command Quarters: Executive quarters are similar to that of the officer’s quarters, however, a slightly larger living and dining area and a full bathroom by default. Slightly more luxurious furniture is also provided since the Captain and First Officer often use this room as an informal meeting area for both private conferencing and reception of guests.

VIP/Diplomatic Guest Quarters: Located on Deck 2 are the same as executive quarters but feature private communications terminals for secure conferencing and an additional living area(s) for diplomatic aides. These quarters can be converted to alternative environments given notice.

Recreational Environments
Gymnasium: Being a hospital ship, much importance is placed on physical health and well-being and as such crew are encouraged to make use of the gym facilities. Located on Deck 4, the Gym consists of standard gym equipment, a matted area for wrestling, martial arts, etc and a weight area.
Swim Spas: Located immediately next to the gymnasium, there are two swim spas. While most personnel choose to use the holodeck for their swimming needs, the pool exists mainly for physical fitness and rehabilitation.

Located immediately next to the gymnasium, there are two swim spas.

The spas are self contained resistance swimming apparatuses that allow the swimmer to stay in one place. At five meters in length, they also contain a secondary area set-up as a hot tub for rest time and therapeutic soaking, allowing two people to use a single spa at any given time. The swimming apparatus has various strength settings to simulate a more gentle or stronger river setting, depending on the swimmer’s preference and rehabilitation requirements. Both the number and strength of the jets, as well as the water temperature can be adjusted as needed.

Arboretum: This communal space is on Deck 9. The arboretum offers pathways and sitting areas, along with beds for growing food as the crew desires.

Lounge: This large lounge is located on Deck 4, and serves as a place of social gathering for all members of the crew and their guests. Serving as the social centre of the ship, it has a number of tables that line the windows. A bar lines the length of the aft-facing wall of the room and is serviced by an on-duty bartender. Two replicators provide the crew with beverages and food, while a limited stock of alcoholic beverages is available beneath the counter. The Lounge has a pool table plus a battery of recreational games and assorted activities which are available on request (card games, chess etc.)

Mess Hall: The Mess is located on Deck 4 and is primarily used for food consumption only. It is equipped with a bank of four replicators and a variety of seating configurations to accommodate up to 100 people.

“Jerry, call security. Somebody’s in my parking space”
Dr. Doug Ross, ER

There are two shuttlebays spanning Decks 8B and 9B, with the main control areas for each located on Deck 8B.

The Nightingale supports two refitted Longevity-Class runabouts (The Chiron and The Eir). These two auxiliary craft are designed with dedicated medical modules in order to function as an “ambulance in space” to ferry wounded between the ship and the target site, or the ship and a larger medical facility, or they can also function as small field hospitals when needed. (A portion of the general-purpose area has been outfitted as a breakout medical area able to hold 3 additional biobeds giving the runabout 5 in total.) Medical supplies carried on board include standard medical fare to equipment for major surgeries. An additional computer core added to monitor patients; contains an up-to-date medical library and ties into the GALEN ship system for use in the shuttles.

The ship also hosts three shuttlecraft and two shuttle pods.

Dimensions & Structure:

  • Length: 455 meters

  • Beam (Width): 221.67 meters

  • Height: 73 meters

  • Decks: 15 (10 decks in primary hull, 8 decks in the secondary hull with 3 that overlap, listed separately)

Crew Complement:

  • Officers and Crew: 450

  • + Command: 15
    + Engineering: 100
    + Medical: 185
    + Mental Health: 30
    + Science: 70
    + Security: 50
  • Visiting Personnel: 200

  • Maximum Evacuation Limit: 6000

Computer Systems:
Core: Isolinear data core with bioneural processing x3

  • Operating System: Starfleet Library Computer Access and Retrieval System (LCARS)

  • User Interface: GALEN (variant of MAJEL OS)

Warp Systems:

  • Power Plant: One 1909+ Cochrane MARA core feeding two variable geometry nacelles

  • Cruising Velocity: Warp 6.0

  • Max. Sustainable Velocity: Warp 9.2

  • Max. Velocity: Warp 9.6 (12 hours)

  • Emergency Speed: Warp 9.8 (3 hours)

Impulse Systems:

  • Full Impulse: 0.27c

  • Zero-0.27c: 5.8 seconds

  • 0.27c-Zero: 7.3 seconds

Defensive Systems:

  • Shield Maximum Graviton Load (Continuous): 1881 MegaWatts

  • Shield Maximum Energy Dissipation Rate: 5.11x10^5 kiloWatts/s

Offensive Systems:
Torpedo tubes (x2)

  • Standard payload: 100 photon torpedoes

Phaser systems
  • 3 Type-8 phaser arrays with 75 emitter each and 6 Type-7 phaser arrays with 60 emitters each


Deck 1:

  • Conference Room

  • Command Center (aka Main Bridge)

  • Ready Room/COs Office

  • XO’s Office

Deck 2:

  • Observation Lounge

  • CO Quarters

  • XO Quarters

  • VIP Quarters

Deck 3:

  • DH Quarters

  • Transporter Rooms 1 & 2

Deck 4:

  • Crew Lounge

  • Holodecks

  • Gym/Pool/Swim Spas

  • Mess Hall

Deck 5:

  • Primary Medical Suite

  • ICU/Surgical ICU

  • Chief of Staff’s Office

  • Medical Staff Ready Room

  • Head Nurse’s Office

Deck 6:

  • Medical Labs

  • Convalescence/Recovery Ward

  • Dental Suite

  • Morgue

Deck 7:

  • Crew Psychiatry and Counselling Suite

  • Chief Psychiatry Officer’s Office

  • Psychiatry Ward

Deck 8A:

  • CSO’s Office

  • General Purpose Science Labs

  • Biology Lab

  • Chemistry Lab

  • Physics Lab

  • Crew Quarters

Deck 9A:

  • Cargo Bays

  • Crew Quarters

  • Guest Quarters

  • Arboretum

Deck 10A:

  • Security Office

  • Brig

  • Ship’s Armory

  • COS’ Office

  • Crew Quarters

Deck 8B:

  • Shuttle Bay 1 (Upper Level)

  • Shuttle Bay 2 (Upper Level)

Deck 9B:

  • Shuttle Bay 1 (Lower Level)

  • * Shuttle Bay 2 (Lower Level)

Deck 10B:

  • Cargo Bays

  • Upper Engineering

Deck 11:

  • Main Engineering

  • Main Deflector A

  • Warp Core

  • Core Ejection Systems

Deck 12:

  • Secondary Medical Suite

  • Holosuites

  • Main Deflector B

Deck 13:

  • Transporter Rooms 3 & 4

  • Main Deflector C

Deck 14:

  • Triage Deck

Deck 15:

  • Medical Module Storage

“In the blackest darkness, even a dim light is better than no light at all.”
Dr John Thackery - The Knick

Included in the initial construction contract were:

  • USS Nightingale, NCC-99200

  • USS Blackwell, NCC-99201

  • USS Lister, NCC-99202

  • USS Fleming, NCC-99203

  • USS Derham, NCC-99204

  • USS Ptah, NCC-99205

NPC Ships

  • USS Pulaski, NCC-99206

  • USS Quinn, NCC-99207

  • USS Thackery, NCC-99208

  • USS Drakken, NCC-99209

  • USS Hunt, NCC-99210

The Nightingale-class is a state-of-the-art mobile hospital that is not only adaptable but can provide other essential services as a front-line Starfleet vessel. Its ability to be flexible allows it to provide vital emergency response across the Federation (and beyond) and serves as a responsive training environment.

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