Kestrel was an independent freighter used by the Rubble council member Peter Bonifacio. Kestrel was noted for being designed for smuggling, with its engine being larger than its cargo bay to allow for an increase in speed.
Eventually, the UNSC Office of Naval Intelligence discovered the Covenant weapons smuggling, which was a major breach of the Cole Protocol. In response, an operation tasked with discovering the source of the Covenant weapons and halting the riots on Charybdis IX was authorized. A number of undercover ONI agents were sent in to spy on the rioters, Corinthia Hansen being one of them, and the Stalwart-class light frigate UNSC Midsummer Night was dispatched shortly after. The ONI spies had discovered that the leader of the rioters, Jason Kincaide, had received the Covenant weapons from the Kestrel. After the riots were broken up, the Covenant arrived, following the smuggled weapons, and attacked Charybdis IX.
During the battle, the Kestrel fled through slipspace. After escaping, the Kestrel made several more slipspace jumps, but the Midsummer Night had secretly followed it from Charybdis IX. When the Kestrel arrived at the Rubble, it inadvertently revealed the presence of the Rubble to the Midsummer Night. Shortly after its arrival, the Kestrel docked in the Rubble. Later, its navigational data and all its electronics were disabled by an electromagnetic pulse used by Spartan Gray Team, although the hull and superstructure remained undamaged. It was possibly likely with the rest of the Rubble when it was rained down on The Redoubt to stop Reth.
The freighter was likely named after the bird of prey with the same name.
List of appearances
- Halo: The Cole Protocol (First appearance)
- Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 164
- Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 135
- Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 139
- Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 166
- Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 173
- Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 211