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This article is about the various space-worthy ships of the Covenant Empire. For the cut Halo 2 level, see Covenant Ship.
The starships of the Covenant were commanded under different ministries. The Ministry of Resolution commanded ships, and was responsible for directing offensive actions by the Covenant. The Ministry of Tranquility managed the fleet of relic hunting and missionary ships.
Design and specifications
Different species have different design philosophies for starships. The Sangheili preferred starships that echoed the aggressive nature of various animals from Sanghelios and other Sangheili colonies. The San'Shyuum preferred more ornate designs, something that carried into the Covenant, as well as preferring multi-role vessels.
Covenant starships, like most Covenant technology, were constructed using the Design pattern method. Some manufacturers of Covenant starships include Forgemasters of Tanus, Gorgon Assembly Vault and Lathe of the Enlightened.
Propulsion, movement, and docking
Armor & Defense
Covenant warships often had Energy Projectors. An energy projector is a large beam of plasma which can be used to devastating effect in either ship-to-ship combat or in ground operations.
Often during ground campaigns, it was used in a method called glassing, whereby a Covenant starship burns the surface of a planet in order to render it lifeless.
Covenant starships also make use of the Plasma Torpedo.
Several types of space fighters were used in conjunction with larger ships. These include the Tarasque-class heavy fighter and the Gigas-class fighter-bomber, it's replacement, the Type-31 Exoatmospheric Multi-role Fighter, and the Elsedda-pattern Banshee.
Dropships were also in use acting as troop, vehicle and supply transport. These include the Dextro Xur-pattern Spirit, the Type-44 Phantom and the Type-52 Phantom. As well, the R'sisho-pattern Tick helped the Covenant board enemy ships.
Pre-Writ of Union
Prior to joining, the Sangheili had a number of starships. This included the Hekar Taa-pattern blockade runner, the carrack merchant cruiser, R'sikosh-pattern man o' war, and the Lursu-pattern brigantine.
A number of starships were designed following the signing of the Writ of Union. One of the earliest ship designs was the Varric-pattern heavy cruiser, designed during the earliest Age of Conflict and Age of Doubt. Another ancient ship was the Maugen-pattern armored cruiser.
One of the first engagements prior to the outbreak of the war was the Skirmish on Minor Transgression.
With the Covenant war over, and the Schism breaking into a multitude of conflicts, Covenant ships began finding themselves in the hands of a number of remnant factions, like the Jul 'Mdama's Covenant, Merg Vol's Covenant, Rojka 'Kasaan's faction, Servants of the Abiding Truth, Swords of Sanghelios, and the Banished.
Ships of the type
The Covenant operated a number of lighter capital warships. These include some of the smaller Covenant cruisers, like the CCS-class battlecruisers and the Zanar-pattern light cruisers. As well as the various corvette, frigate, and destroyer classes the Covenant operated.
The Covenant were known for their larger capital ships including the Maugen-pattern armored cruiser, the Varric-pattern heavy cruiser and the Kewu-pattern battleship. On top of this, they operated various large carrier classes. Finally, they were known to use heavily armed battleships.
Ships of the type
Covenant ships were not exclusively designed for war and often operated in a number of non-warfare based situations. This can include the Missionary ship, operated by the Ministry of Tranquility. The Covenant also operated a number of tithe fleets, which were often filled with Sangheili Lursu-pattern brigantines.
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