Epoch-class heavy carrier

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Epoch-class heavy carrier
Fleet Battles - Epoch, painted.jpg
Production information

Manufacturer:

SinoViet Heavy Machinery[1]

Class:

Carrier[1]

Role:

  • Single-ship deployment[1]
  • Support and interdiction[1]
  • Escort of other capital ships[1]
Technical specifications

Length:

2,563 meters (8,410 ft)[2]

Mass:

35 million metric tons[1]

Engine(s):

Fusion drive

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine

Hull:

Titanium-A battle plate

Armament:

Complement:

Crew:

1,300 sailors[1]

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Affiliation:

UNSC Navy[1]

 

The Epoch-class heavy carrier is a warship class in service with the UNSC Navy with a hull classification symbol of CV.[1] A ship of the line was assigned to Battlegroup Leviathan at some point during the Human-Covenant War.[3]

Overview[edit]

The heaviest variety of carrier in service behind only the immense supercarriers, the Epoch class' tonnage exceeds that of both the Poseidon and the Orion classes. Often forming the core of most UNSC fleets, the heavy carrier is capable of taking extreme damage in combat.[2]

Specifications[edit]

Measuring 2,563 metres at its longest point, the Epoch continues the traditional carrier design with large slanted wings that run across the ship's length. It is roughly divided into three parts, making it reminiscent of the Phoenix-class colony ship; however, as a military warship, it has been contracted and has the slab-sided, industrial feel of the UNSC. It has an open ventral hangar in the front, capable of holding a large complement of fighters and ground troops.

Armament[edit]

The Epoch's primary armament lies is its 56A2F9 Magnetic Accelerator Cannon, a rapid-fire variant of the MAC normally mounted on Stalwart-class frigates. The Epoch often lent its firepower in coordinated volleys, despite the 56A2F9's intended use as a purely defensive weapon. The MAC is supplemented by two Mark 15 Breakwater naval coilguns on the prow. To defend against fighters and smaller attack ships that usually break through its escorting battle group, the ship possesses twelve M66 Sentry autocannons and M870 Rampart point defense guns, although these are ineffective against larger Covenant warships. Supplementing the Ramparts are twenty M810 Helix point defense guns. Seventy M58 Archer missile pods are fitted onto the hull for attacking strikecraft and larger ships, while a further twenty pods of Bident missiles mounted on the wings. Although normally intended for use against other starships, the standard nuclear-pumped X-ray laser warhead is capable of being replaced with kinetic rod bundles or fusion warheads ideal for surface bombardment.[1]

Service history[edit]

One Epoch-class heavy carrier helped defend Alpha Corvi II from the Covenant on December 2525.[4]

Ships of the line[edit]

Halo: Fleet Battles[edit]

UNSC Epoch Heavy Carrier[edit]

This element includes a single Epoch-class heavy carrier.

  • Cost: 175 points
  • Movement: 6"
  • Damage Track: 9 • 8 • 5
  • Build rating: 4
  • Hangars: 6
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security detail: 4
  • System loadouts:
    • Carrier action (3)
    • Hard Burn (1")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (5)
    • Titanium armor (4)
  • Primary weapon: Light MAC
    • Range: 10/20"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (1)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 10
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 12

UNSC Supported Epoch Heavy Carrier[edit]

This element includes an Epoch-class heavy carrier and one Paris-class heavy frigate.

  • Cost: 190 points
  • Movement: 6"
  • Damage Track: 10 • 8 • 5
  • Build rating: 5
  • Hangars: 6
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security detail: 5
  • System loadouts:
    • Carrier action (3)
    • Hard Burn (1")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (6)
    • Titanium armor (5)
  • Primary weapon: Light MAC
    • Range: 10/20"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (1)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 12
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 15

UNSC Defended Epoch Heavy Carrier[edit]

This element includes an Epoch-class heavy carrier and two Halberd-class destroyers.

  • Cost: 220 points
  • Movement: 6"
  • Damage Track: 10 • 8 • 6
  • Build rating: 5
  • Hangars: 6
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security detail: 5
  • System loadouts:
    • Carrier action (3)
    • Hard Burn (1")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (5)
    • Titanium armor (6)
  • Primary weapon: Light MACs
    • Range: 10/20"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (2)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 15
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 15

Behind the scenes[edit]

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The Epoch-class heavy carrier was created for Halo: Fleet Battles. Its design is based on concept art for Halo 2, Halo Wars, and Halo 4, as well as concepts from Blur Studio. The carrier went through more revisions than any other ship designed for the game. The Epoch deliberately combines features from various UNSC ships to document a transition between wartime and post-war UNSC vessels. The general structure of the hull is clearly influenced by the Phoenix-class colony ship, albeit with a more martial aesthetic. Its telescoping prow and overlapping armor panels are meant to evoke the contemporary Halcyon and Marathon-class cruisers, while its paneling and overall length foreshadow the UNSC Infinity.[2]

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Halo: Warfleet, p. 40-41
  2. ^ a b c Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder: In the Loop
  3. ^ Spartan Games: "Spartan Games is to produce Halo tabletop miniatures games"
  4. ^ Halo: Collateral Damage, Issue #1
  5. ^ Stephen Loftus on the Autumn class' talk page