CSO-class supercarrier

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CSO-class supercarrier
Reach - Supercarrier 02.png
Production information

Role:

Command and control
Planetary occupation

Technical specifications

Length:

28.960 kilometers (95,013 ft 1 in)[1]

Width:

11.447 kilometers (37,555 ft 9 in)

Height:

3.563 kilometers (11,689 ft 8 in)

Engine(s):

Repulsor engine

Slipspace drive:

Yes

Navigation system(s):

Navigation computer

Hull:

Nanolaminate hull plating (30+ meters)[2]

Armament:

Energy projectors
Plasma turrets
Pulse laser turrets

Complement:

Drop pods
Type-25 Spirits
Type-26 Banshees
Type-28 boarding craft
Type-29 Shadows
Type-31 Seraphs
Type-47 Scarabs
Type-52 Phantoms

Crew:

Several thousand

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

The Great War era
Post-war era

Affiliation:

Covenant

 

The CSO-class supercarrier is a powerful Covenant capital warship, primarily designed for command and control duties for fleets, as well as support for occupation forces. Such vessels are typically deployed only during invasions of worlds with high strategic value.[3] It is the largest known Covenant ship seen in the Human-Covenant War.[4][5]

Design[edit]

The supercarrier is an extremely large and well-equipped capital ship, easily dwarfing most other Covenant starship classes. The vessel looks nearly identical to the CAS-class assault carrier, sharing the smaller ship's design of several bulbous sections and a hook-like prow. Along with the CAS, the CSO is designated a Class-Five flagship carrier by the UNSC due to its common use at the center of fleets.[3] Despite the ship's enormous size, the CSO is fully capable of concealing both itself and a small escort fleet with active camouflage,[1] a feat which most smaller, more easily concealed Covenant ships are ironically incapable of performing.

Service history[edit]

Multiple supercarriers of the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity defended the Covenant's mobile holy city, High Charity,[6] and one such vessel served as the flagship of the Combined Fleet of Righteous Purpose.[7] During the Fall of Reach the supercarrier Long Night of Solace spearheaded the Covenant invasion of Reach as the flagship of the Fleet of Valiant Prudence, deploying numerous ground assets to the surface of Reach via teleportation spires and destroying the UNSC Grafton.

During Operation: UPPER CUT, Spartan Jorge-052 transported an improvised slipspace bomb toward Long Night of Solace aboard the corvette Ardent Prayer while SPARTAN-B312 locked course with the supercarrier. After SPARTAN-B312 was jettisoned from the hangar, Jorge manually detonated the bomb, destroying both the corvette and the supercarrier at the cost of his own life.[8][9]

Ships of the line[edit]

Gallery[edit]

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List of appearances[edit]

Note[edit]

  1. ^ a b In Halo: First Strike, (both the original and 2010 printings), Ascendant Justice is consistently stated to be three kilometers long. This indicates that Ascendant Justice, despite being considered a supercarrier, is not part of the CSO class. However, the ship's identification as a supercarrier is probably a typographical error; given her length, she is likely a heavily modified assault carrier or part of another, unidentified carrier class.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 111
  2. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 266
  3. ^ a b Data Drop Four
  4. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 28
  5. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 236
  6. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 338
  7. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, pages 236 - 239
  8. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level Tip of the Spear
  9. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level Long Night of Solace