When I drag the Fleet Elite Shields or Armor into the Upgrade slot, it shows Mk XIV Ultra Rare as the current level on the left. It also shows Mk XIV Epic as the next level on the right.
But when I hover over the stats for Mk XIV Ultra Rare and compare them to the hover over stats of the Mk XIV Epic stats, they are identical! Usually some stats have increased or been added on the leveled up version.
Is there no benefit from leveling up Fleet Elite ground gear from Ultra Rare to Epic?