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A Covenant assault carrier.

A carrier is a general ship classification, with warships of different sub-classifications within the UNSC and Covenant fleets. Such a vessel is formally defined as "a large warship carrying fighters equipped with flight decks for takeoffs and landings". There are multiple classes of carrier within this general designation. The term "carrier" is not limited to starships, as there are still seaborne carriers in service with humanity.[1]


Typically the size of cruisers or larger, the general combat role of a carrier in combat is analogous to that of a seaborne aircraft carrier; to deploy starfighters, such as Seraphs or Longswords.[2] Aside their fighter complements, carriers also possess weapons themselves, to protect themselves in combat when their fighters are unable to defend them. In planetary occupation missions, carriers are mobile deployers of ground forces to subjugate an enemy planet, launching dropships and top-cover fighters.[3]

The navies of the UNSC and the Covenant have different classifications of carriers. For example, Covenant CAS-class assault carriers are on the scale of five kilometers long while Sh'wada-pattern supercarriers can have a length of around 29 kilometers,[4] giving a scale of the keel length of carrier-type warships. In the Covenant, carriers typically serve as the flagship of a fleet, while in the UNSC, the role is more commonly—though not invariably—filled by cruisers.[5] However, supercarriers still form the core of major expeditionary fleets, with carriers filling a similar role for smaller battle groups and defensive fleets.[6] In the Covenant fleet, the heavy-tonnage carrier classes DDS, CAS, and CSO are all classified as part of a "supercarrier" category distinct from lighter carrier vessels that fulfill support roles.[7]

The Covenant are known to possess unidentified light carrier classes.[7]




Main article: UNSC carrier
  • Orion-class assault carrier - A larger carrier that featured factories and chemical processors that allowed for the production of fuel, spare parts and sometimes full combat vehicles.[9]

Covenant carriers[edit]

Main article: Covenant carrier

Related vehicles[edit]





  1. ^ Halo 3, multiplayer level, Longshore
  2. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), p. 249
  3. ^ Halo Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Halo Universe, p. 277
  4. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, p. 111
  5. ^ Halo Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Halo Universe, p. 276
  6. ^ Halo: Warfleet - p. 40
  7. ^ a b Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Have S'moa
  8. ^ Halo Waypoint: The Halo Bulletin 5.14.14
  9. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Armory Amore
  10. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - In the Loop
  11. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Infinity & Beyond
  12. ^ Data Drop #4
  13. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, p. 28
  14. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, p. 111
  15. ^ Halo: Fleet Battles, Core Rulebook - p. 125
  16. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - In the Loop
  17. ^ Halo Mythos, p. 195
  18. ^ Halo: Cryptum, p. 312-313