Malta Station

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Malta Station
Malta Station just before its destruction.
Facility information

Location:

Geosynchronous orbit over Earth

Purpose:

Defense of Earth

Armament:

Historical information

Destroyed:

October 20, 2552

 
Cortana: "Malta, what is your status, over?"
Malta Station: "I don't believe it! They're retreating, we've won!"
— Conversation between Cortana and a defense coordinator aboard the Malta Station, moments before the station's violent destruction.[2]

Malta Station, hull classification symbol OWP-143, was a UNSC Moncton-class orbital defense platform in Earth orbit. It was in the same battle cluster as Athens Station and Cairo Station.[2] Unlike its sister stations, the Maltas hangars were equipped with GA-TL1 Longsword interceptors.[3]

History[edit]

During the Battle of Earth, the station was destroyed by an antimatter charge placed by Covenant boarders. Unaware of the invader's true intent, the withdrawal of the boarders was misinterpreted by some of the station's crew members as a full retreat by the Covenant. The destruction of Malta occurred shortly before that of Athens, allowing the Solemn Penance to break through the orbital defenses to the surface of Earth. The wreckage of the Malta formed a debris field, which was shattered when the Prophet of Regret's assault carrier flew through it.[2]

Trivia[edit]

Based on the name of the station, it has been theorized that it held geosynchronous orbit over Malta. By the looks of the station's location through the Cairo Station's windows, however, it appears to be much further south than Malta really is. Additionally, the Cairo, Athens and Malta stations are in visible distances of one another whereas their Earth namesakes are hundreds of kilometers apart, enough that the curvature of the Earth blocks direct line-of-sight between them.

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Sources[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Warfleet
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Halo 2, campaign level, Cairo Station
  3. Halo: Warfleet, p. 30