CRS-class light cruiser

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CRS-class light cruiser
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Production information

Class:

Cruiser

Role:

Fleet support, interference and attack; investigation, security[1]

Technical specifications

Length:

300 meters (984.25 feet)[2]

Width:

145 meters (476 feet)[3]

Engine(s):

Repulsor engines

Slipspace drive:

Equipped

Navigation system(s):

Navigation computer

Hull:

Nanolaminate hull plating

Armament:

Plasma turrets
Two Erex-pattern plasma beam emitters[1]
Four Pok-pattern pulse laser turrets[1]
Six Sintra-pattern plasma torpedo silos[1]
Energy projector[4]

Complement:

Type-26 Banshees
Type-44 Phantoms

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Human-Covenant War
Post-Covenant War conflicts

Affiliation:

Covenant
Jul 'Mdama's Covenant
Vata 'Gajat's mercenary group

 

The CRS-class light cruiser is a Covenant capital warship classification.[3]

Overview[edit]

While classified as "light cruisers" by the UNSC, the Covenant intended them to fill a role more analogous to police cutters to patrol inhabited star systems, conducting routine inspections and enforcing travel laws.[1] After the war, CRSs became the backbones of fleets owned by Covenant remnant factions, serving in combat roles against humanity and the Swords of Sanghelios.[1] Crews of CRS cruisers generally regarded serving aboard one as a stepping stone to more glorious service aboard the Covenant's Examiner ships, such as ORS-class heavy cruisers, and would take risks during combat to prove their worth in hopes of reassignment.[5] They regarded escorting Executor-type ships and their disgraced crews such as the CPV-class heavy destroyer as a more distasteful assignment, and could never be relied on to do more than their basic duties.[6] When the Prophets took their Procurator-type ships and fled Covenant space in the wake of the Great Schism, they took many light cruisers whose crews remained loyal with them.[7] As with other small attack ships employed by Covenant fleets, CRS cruisers didn't have permanent crew quarters, instead rotating fresh crew members on between missions.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Resembling a luminous manta ray,[8] the CRS is essentially a smaller, weaker version of the CCS-class battlecruiser.[3] CRS-class ships use a fabrication pattern similar to much larger Ket and Elefen-pattern battlecruisers, including some with atavistic mutations, such as the Zanar pattern, that make them appear friendly to Forerunner sensors.[1] One notable difference is that the CRS class (at least those used by Jul 'Mdama's Covenant) bears green lights, as opposed to the white-blue lighting on the CCS class. The control coils of CRS-class light cruisers require careful fine-tuning to prevent disorientation and hallucination when operating at full power.[1]

The four Pok-pattern pulse laser turrets coordinate fire using two dedicated auger arrays to coordinate fire and rapidly target dozens of targets in quick succession, a useful feature during suppression operations on Covenant worlds.[1] Their Sintra-pattern plasma torpedoes were extremely fast, but their high velocity made them more difficult to guide to the target than other types of plasma torpedo, making them better employed as airborne artillery.[1]

The "R", for Reverence, in the cruiser's three-letter classification code indicates that the cruiser is capable of conducting reconnaissance missions and is capable of excavating Forerunner artifacts. The "S", for Salvation, denotes that the CRS-class light cruiser is a dedicated warship equipped with a ventral energy projector.[9]

Operational history[edit]

While some CRS-class light cruisers engaged human forces during the Covenant War, the majority of them were assigned in rear echelon assignments to ensure Covenant supply lines were well protected. This made them a prime target for opportunistic warlords during and after the Great Schism to expand their fleets, using them in more combat focussed roles than they were intended for.[1]

Ships of the class participated in the Battle of Psi Serpentis in 2543.[10] Several CRS-class cruisers were used over Reach during the Covenant's invasion of the planet in 2552.[11] In the wake of the Human-Covenant War, the CRS class forms the backbone of Jul 'Mdama's Covenant's fleet, which deployed numerous CRS-class cruisers to Requiem prior to and during the First Battle of Requiem.[12] After finding the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn, one approached the ship with its shields down, not expecting a threat, intending to open fire on the Dawn. However, Spartan John-117 destroyed the cruiser with one of the Forward Unto Dawn's Hyperion nuclear missiles. Several were destroyed moments later when the gravity well of Requiem pulled them in.[4] More CRS-class cruisers were used to deploy troops within Requiem's core.[13] Numerous light cruisers were later sent to attack the UNSC Infinity after it crashed into Requiem, but at least two were destroyed by Infinity's 70mm autocannons and surface-to-air-missile launchers.[14]

Several CRS-class cruiser were present during the Requiem campaign in February 2558. Many provided escort for an RCS-class armored cruiser that was destroyed immediately after Infinity's emergence from slipspace. They immediately engaged Infinity's Strident-class heavy frigates, though they were quickly destroyed or routed.[15] Later, a CRS was deployed to Two Giants in a desperate attempt to keep the UNSC from activating the Forerunner portal technology there. Despite deploying numerous Phantoms and Banshees, it was destroyed by a large anti-ship HE missile launched by Infinity's Sub-vessel 3 and the UNSC's operation was a success.[16] Another light cruiser attacked the UNSC base at "The Refuge", but was destroyed when Fireteam Shadow boarded and overloaded its power core. [17] Later, several light cruisers participated in the Covenant-Promethean attack on Infinity. At least one was destroyed when Fireteam Crimson brought the Infinity's weapons back online. [18] Several CRS-class cruisers fled Requiem after Jul 'Mdama set the planet on a collision course with its parent star.

Ships of the line[edit]

Gallery[edit]

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List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Halo: Warfleet pp 72-73
  2. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, page 265
  3. ^ a b c Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 41
  4. ^ a b Halo 4, campaign level, Dawn
  5. ^ Halo: Warfleet pp 64-65
  6. ^ Halo: Warfleet pp 60-61
  7. ^ Halo: Warfleet pp 68-69
  8. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 205
  9. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder: Have S'moa
  10. ^ Halo: Evolutions Volume I, "The Impossible Life and the Possible Death of Preston J. Cole", page 329
  11. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 167 -- "Two exceptions to this patrol pattern were a pair of light cruisers hovering over Menachite Mountain"
  12. ^ Halo 4
  13. ^ Halo 4, campaign level, Forerunner
  14. ^ Halo 4, campaign level, Infinity
  15. ^ Spartan Ops, S1E1 - Departure
  16. ^ Spartan Ops, S1E3 - Catherine
  17. ^ Spartan Ops, S1E5 - Memento_Mori
  18. ^ S1E7 - Invasion