Military base

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A UNSC military base, during the early years of the Human-Covenant War.

A military base is a facility used by the military that shelters military equipment and personnel, and facilitates training and operations. Because of their stationary nature, they make a promising option for enemy assault by either ground or air forces, as well as making an easy target for artillery and orbital bombardment.


The United Nations Space Command makes extensive use of military bases. They are often flexible, using various designs, terrain, and functions in their setup, allowing their occupants the best degree of flexibility possible. Incorporating existing and specialty equipment, ranging from old 20th Century bunkers[1] to Forerunner mesas,[2] to repurposed colony starter units,[3] there are many different types.

Typically, UNSC bases incorporate facilities for storage of weapons, ammunition and equipment, as well as barrack facilities for the personnel that staff it. They are often equipped with heavy defenses, such as autocannons to fend off assaults from Covenant air and ground forces. Normally, arrangements are made for the storage of vehicles for transport and combat, such as Warthogs, allowing fast transport to and from the base. Facilities for aircraft, such as Pelican dropships and Sparrowhawk gunships, are standard and, indeed, vital for the bases survival, allowing response to aerial threats, such as Banshees.

Since at least November 2552, the UNSC has used energy shielding, reverse-engineered from Covenant technology, to protect generators in their bases, such as Crow's Nest.[1]

The UNSC also uses firebases, prefabricated base facilities that serve as platforms for other base structures. Based on colony starter units, their modular design allows for rapid deployment and construction on the battlefield. They can be fitted with up to four automated turrets and a number of different buildings.

Known UNSC bases[edit]

Name Location Status
Alpha Base Harvest Active as of February 2531
Alpha Base Installation 04 Abandoned by UNSC, destroyed along with the installation
Alpha Headquarters Sigma Octanus IV Destroyed by Covenant and HAVOK tactical nuclear weapon
Base Segundo Terra Mexico City, URNA, Earth Unknown
Camp Currahee Onyx Destroyed with the planet
Camp Hathcock Highland Mountains, Reach Overrun by Covenant infantry
Camp Independence Highland Mountains, Reach Abandoned by UNSC forces
CASTLE Base Highland Mountains, Reach Destroyed to prevent capture by Covenant invaders
Chawla Base Boston, URNA, Earth Unknown
Copernicus Base Requiem Destroyed when Requiem was sent into its star
Crow's Nest Kenya, Earth near Voi Destroyed during Covenant assault
Damascus Testing Facility Vhalkem, Chi Ceti IV Active
Diego Garcia Diego Garcia, Earth Unknown
Firebase Bravo Sigma Octanus IV Destroyed during the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV
Fort Deen Arcadia Likely glassed with the planet
Fort Jordan Installation 00 Destroyed by Banished forces.
Fort Southwick Mindoro, Lhopat, Cascade Active
Fort York Unknown Unknown
Galileo Base Requiem Destroyed when Requiem was sent into its parent star
HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 Sydney, Australia, Earth Active
Magma Base Requiem Destroyed when Requiem was sent into its parent star
ONI Alpha Site New Mombasa, Earth Destroyed
Outpost C9 Kenyan coast, Earth Unknown
Rat's Nest Kenya, Earth Unknown
Reach FLEETCOM Military Complex Highland Mountains, Reach Destroyed in the Fall of Reach
Reach High Command Highland Mountains, Reach Destroyed in the Fall of Reach
SWORD Base Babd Catha Ice Shelf, Reach Destroyed in the Fall of Reach to prevent research from falling into Covenant hands
UCMB Sierra Largo Unknown Unknown
Sabre Program Launch/Research Range Farkas Lake, Reach Likely destroyed in the Fall of Reach
Unidentified ONI facility Arcadia Likely glassed with the planet
Unidentified UNSC firebase Borneo Unknown
Unidentified UNSC military base Sargasso Unknown


A Covenant citadel.

Covenant bases are often supported by a ship hovering overhead, supplying troops and matériel through its gravity lift or, in rare cases, teleportation spires that also serve as command centers.[4] Covenant base facilities are usually defended by Shades or automated plasma turrets. The Covenant also employ Citadels, modular socket base units similar in principle to the UNSC Firebase. Covenant Citadels can be protected by an energy shield generator, or larger, dome-shaped shields that are integrated into their Spire facilities but have also been used without a Spire.[5]

In addition, each Covenant species has their own accommodation facilities in the field, including Sangheili huts and Unggoy atmosphere pits.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Halo 3, campaign level Crow's Nest
  2. ^ Halo: The Flood
  3. ^ Halo Wars
  4. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level, Tip of the Spear
  5. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Dome of Light