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Charon-class light frigate

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Charon-class light frigate
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Production information


  • Escort of capital ships
  • Expeditionary land warfare support
Technical specifications


489.71 meters (1,606.65 ft)[1]


155.58 meters (510.42 ft)[1]


139.20 meters (456.68 ft)[1]


Naoto Technologies: V4/L-DFR[2]

Slipspace drive:



60cm Titanium-A plating[3]



Chronological and affiliation


Human-Covenant War
Post-Covenant War conflicts




The Charon-class light frigate is a type of escort ship in service with the UNSC Navy.[7] Ships of this class are used primarily in fleet escort duties and planetary defense.[7]

Design details[edit]

Hull and complement[edit]

At 490 meters in length, the Charon is a rather small vessel. Owing to its enlarged hangar bay, the Charon-class frigate is better suited to landing forces groundside than other frigate classes.[7] The ship's sublight power plant is a Naoto Technologies: V4/L deuterium fusion reactor. Translight power is provided by a Series IV CODEN Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine.[2] The Charon has a maximum crew and complement of 782.[4] It can carry several Pelican dropships as well as an assortment of ground and air vehicles. These include M808C Scorpions, AV-14 Hornets, and various varieties of M12 Warthogs.[6]

The hangar bay on the Charon-class has a large opening on its aft wall. Three elevators are installed in the floor of the bay, which can either retract to allow for the launch of its embarked Pelicans, or extended to deploy its fleet of Scorpions and Warthogs to the surface.[6]


The Charon-class frigate's primary armament is a Mark II, Light Coil – 83B6R3 Magnetic Accelerator Cannon.[2] It also boasts fifty M58 Archer missile pods,[2][Note 1], and four dual-mount M870 Rampart point defense guns are installed on the port and starboard hangar bays, one on the dorsal surface and one below.[8][2] Additionally, the Charon sports three M4093 Hyperion nuclear delivery system silos[2], which are capable of destroying an unshielded CRS-class light cruiser.[9]

Ships of the line[edit]


  • The class potentially is named after either Charon, a minor god who ferried the souls of the dead to the underworld in Greek mythology, or after a natural satellite of Pluto.
  • The Charon class' distinctive, oversized cargo bay resembles that of the eponymous Firefly class from the television series Firefly. This was likely intentional, as the most notable Charon-class frigate depicted in the series, UNSC Forward Unto Dawn, first appeared in Halo 3, which was also when Nathan Fillion, who portrayed Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly, joined the Halo voice cast, and whose Halo 3 character is named Gunnery Sergeant Reynolds.
  • The Forward Unto Dawn was drastically redesigned in Halo 4, including a restructured hull and the addition of several point defense guns. Though 343 Industries writer Jeff Easterling has clarified that the Charon's original design is canon,[10] the redesign served as the basis of the Strident-class heavy frigate.[11]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ By the standards of UNSC frigates, this number (given in reference to the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn by Halo Bulletin 10.10.12) is unusually high. For comparison, the UNSC In Amber Clad, a Stalwart-class light frigate, is stated to have possessed 16 M58 Archer pods, and the UNSC Commonwealth, a Paris-class heavy frigate, is stated to have possessed 26. It is possible that the 50 pods figure for the Charon-class is an error, or that the individual pods are much smaller than those of other UNSC ships for an unknown reason.


  1. ^ a b c Halo 3 3D game data
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Waypoint: The Halo Bulletin: 10.10.12 (defunct, backup on Archive.org)
  3. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 259 (2011)
  4. ^ a b Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Part 1
  5. ^ Halo 3 level Sandtrap
  6. ^ a b c d e f Halo 3, campaign level The Ark
  7. ^ a b c Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 76
  8. ^ Halo 3, campaign level The Storm, closing cutscene
  9. ^ Halo 4, campaign level Dawn
  10. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Have S'moa
  11. ^ Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 192