A battle group is an organization of ships that is generally smaller than a fleet. Battle groups are usually created on a temporary basis, with a specific mission or to accomplish a specific task. The term applies to both UNSC and Covenant naval groups.
Battle groups are usually commanded by an admiral, though there have been instances of smaller battle groups being led by captains. Each battle group is assigned a number or a code name. A UNSC battle group whose flagship is a carrier is referred to as a carrier group. By 2552, all UNSC battle groups had a prowler assigned to their ranks, to provide electronic intelligence and to gain an advantage over the enemy by laying minefields.
 Known UNSC battle groups
In the Covenant Navy, the term "battle group" applies to smaller, individual groups larger fleets routinely splinter into during fleet engagements; for example, the Fleet of Particular Justice divided into several "CCS-class battle groups", each consisting of three CCS-class battlecruisers, during the Battle of Installation 04.
Although the Covenant organize smaller fleet units on a temporary basis similar to UNSC battle groups, the divide between a fleet and a battle group appears to be more elusive; for example, the Fleet of Sacred Consecration was still identified as a fleet despite only consisting of 15 ships.
- The funding of the SPARTAN-II Program, including their MJOLNIR armor and training, cost about as much as a battle group.
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
- ^ a b Halo Wars: Genesis
- ^ Halo: Evolutions, "The Impossible Life and Possible Death of Preston J. Cole"
- ^ Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Library: CCS-class battlecruiser
- ^ Halo Graphic Novel, page 86
- ^ Bungie.net: Military Power: Reach (excerpt from CAA FACTBOOK l.update 1.5.2550)
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 329
- ^ Halo: Combat Evolved campaign level, The Pillar of Autumn ("I've isolated approach signatures from multiple CCS-class battle groups, make it three capital ships per group.")
- ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 180
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 45