A UNSC Marathon
The cruiser is a type of heavily-armed and armored capital warship designed with an emphasis on weaponry and armor over fighter complements.
Even though both UNSC and Covenant fleets possess warships of such classifications, the tactical philosophies of the two species are different. The Covenant, while possessing many different cruiser classifications, use assault carriers as the powerhouses of their fleets. The UNSC, on the other hand, use cruisers as their heaviest warships. However, it should be noted that Covenant cruisers dwarfed their UNSC counterparts and are much more powerful. For example, even the smallest Covenant cruisers contain powerful shields that are capable of withstanding several MAC rounds.
 Known cruiser classes
A Covenant CCS-class battlecruiser.
- Main article: Covenant cruiser
 List of appearances
- ^ Halo: First Strike, page ??
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