Sh'wada-pattern supercarrier

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Sh'wada-pattern supercarrier
Production information




  • Command and control[1]
  • Occupation support[1]
Technical specifications


28,960 meters (95,013 ft 1 in)[1][2][3]


11,447 meters (37,555 ft 9 in)[1][2]


152 billion tonnes[3]

Slipspace drive:

Borer (presumed)



Chronological and affiliation


Human-Covenant War[2]


Fourth Age of Conversion[3]



The Sh'wada-pattern supercarrier,[3] (UNSC three-letter classification: CSO-class supercarrier), is a powerful supermassive capital ship and one of the largest vessel classes formerly used by the Covenant,[Note 1] 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.[4]



The supercarrier is an extremely large and well-equipped ornate capital ship, easily dwarfing most other Covenant starship classes. The vessel looks nearly identical to the Kerel-pattern CAS-class assault carrier, sharing the smaller ship's design of several bulbous sections and a hook-like prow, albeit painted darker.[2][5]


The "S", or Salvation, in the supercarrier's three-letter classification code, "CSO" indicates that the carrier is a dedicated warship. The "O", or Ordained, indicates that the CSO-class supercarrier is not a mission type and has been improved upon with Forerunner technology.[6]

Along with the CAS, the CSO was designated a Class-Five flagship carrier by the UNSC due to their use as a flagship of Covenant fleets.[4]

Operational history[edit]

Human-Covenant War[edit]

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.[7]

During Operation: UPPER CUT and LEFT JAB, 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.[5]

Ships of the line[edit]


Concept art and artwork[edit]



List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Although Halo: The Essential Visual Guide referred the CSO-class supercarrier as the largest type of Covenant vessel, an unspecified model of the Covenant supercarrier has a larger length of 32,490 metres (106,594 ft 6 in), as stated in Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition). Whatever if this larger model is a variant of the CSO-class supercarrier or a separate supercarrier-class vessel is unknown.


  1. ^ a b c d Halo: The Essential Visual Guide - Carrier, page 28
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Halo: The Essential Visual Guide - Long Night of Solace, page 111
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 263
  4. ^ a b Data Drop Four
  5. ^ a b c Halo: Reach, campaign level Long Night of Solace
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder 2/20/2015: Issue 12 Have S'Moa (Retrieved on Nov 8, 2020) [archive]
  7. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level Tip of the Spear