J. Harper

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J. Harper
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Fleet Admiral

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Fleet Admiral J. Harper (service number 07959-90021-JH)[1] was a Fleet Admiral of the UNSC Navy in 2552.


During the Battle of Earth, he commanded the Fifth Fleet, consisting of UNSC cruisers and frigates, to protect Earth.[2] He commanded at least 75 ships, a significant portion of the UNSC Home Fleet.


Battle of Earth[edit]

Main article: Battle of Earth

Harper's fleet was most likely part of the orbital defense grid over Africa, in charge of protecting the MAC orbital platform clusters in that region, which included Cairo Station. Fleet Admiral Harper was not seen on screen, however he was heard in two separate transmissions regarding the attack on Earth, by the Prophet of Regret's battle group (consisting of 15 Covenant capital ships: 13 CCS-class battlecruisers and 2 assault carriers). Harper's transmissions were as follows:

Fleet Admiral Harper: "This is Fleet Admiral Harper, we are engaging the enemy!"
Fleet Admiral Hood: "Negative, Admiral. Form a defensive perimeter around the cluster."


Fleet Admiral Harper: "First echelon, you're with me - blanket those cruisers, take 'em out one by one. Second echelon, keep those carriers busy."
Fleet Admiral Harper: "The carriers are breaking through, sir, they're heading straight for the Cairo!"
Fleet Admiral Hood: "Cortana, concentrate your fire on the first carrier. Admiral, do what you can against the second."

The readout from Cairo Station showed that Harper's fleet, the Fifth Fleet, consisted of 8 cruisers (including his flagship, the UNSC Canberra) and 67 frigates, as well as a large number of fighter units, as at one point he ordered his Longswords to blanket the Covenant cruisers and take them out, one by one.


Though he has the same rank as Fleet Admiral Hood, he is subordinate to Hood. This is due to the fact that as the Chief of Naval Operations, Hood is the highest ranking officer in the UNSC Navy.

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Halo 2: Anniversary, campaign level Cairo Station
  2. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Cairo Station