Charon-class light frigate

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Charon-class light frigate
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Production information


SinoViet Heavy Machinery[1]


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


489.71 meters (1,606.65 ft)[2]


155.58 meters (510.42 ft)[2]


139.20 meters (456.68 ft)[2]


0.65 million metric tons[1]


Naoto Technologies: V4/L-DFR[3]

Slipspace drive:



60cm Titanium-A plating[4]



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.[8] Ships of this class are used primarily in fleet escort duties and planetary defense.[8]

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.[8] 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.[3] The Charon has a maximum crew and complement of 782.[5] It can carry several Pelican dropships as well as an assortment of ground and air vehicles. These include M808 Scorpions and its variants, AV-14 Hornets, and various varieties of M12 Warthogs.[7]

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.[7]


The Charon-class frigate's primary armament is a Mark II, Light Coil – 83B6R3 Magnetic Accelerator Cannon.[3] It also boasts fifty M58 Archer missile pods,[3][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.[9][3] Additionally, the Charon sports three M4093 Hyperion nuclear delivery system silos[3], which are capable of destroying an unshielded Zanar-pattern light cruiser.[10]

Ships of the line[edit]

Production notes[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.


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 Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 123
  2. ^ a b c Halo 3 3D game data
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Waypoint: The Halo Bulletin: 10.10.12 (defunct, backup on
  4. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 259 (2011)
  5. ^ a b Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Part 1
  6. ^ Halo 3 level Sandtrap
  7. ^ a b c d e f Halo 3, campaign level The Ark
  8. ^ a b c Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 76
  9. ^ Halo 3, campaign level The Storm, closing cutscene
  10. ^ Halo 4, campaign level Dawn
  11. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Have S'moa
  12. ^ Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 192