Paris-class heavy frigate
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The Paris-class heavy frigate is a type of fleet escort ship in service with the UNSC Navy. The Paris class saw extensive use by the Epsilon Eridani Fleet during the Invasion of Reach in August 2552. The class was manufactured by SinoViet Heavy Machinery on Reach.
Though its primary hangar bay is smaller than that of the Charon-class light frigate, the Paris class is more heavily armed and armored than smaller frigates types. Heavy frigates are capable of atmospheric maneuvering and are occasionally used by the UNSC for ground-support operations. The Paris class is very fast and maneuverable in space, allowing it to engage hostile vessels while avoiding high volumes of fire from Covenant plasma weaponry.
Paris-class frigates are more heavily armed than most UNSC frigates. Like all frigates in service with the UNSC, the Paris-class' primary armament is a single light Magnetic Accelerator Cannon. The frigate is also armed with twenty-six Archer missile pods which, while ineffective against energy shielding and vulnerable to Covenant point defenses, have proven potent against enemy armor. Paris-class frigates have twelve naval coilguns located across the hull. Its additional firepower means that it can easily handle Covenant fighter craft and can hold its own against small Covenant warships, as shown when the heavy frigate UNSC Savannah engaged the much larger Covenant corvette Ardent Prayer during the Fall of Reach. It also boasts Point Defense Systems.
Prior to the Insurrection of the late 25th century, the concept of a heavy frigate was considered a gross misuse of the UNSC's funding. In the years following the coup d'etat on Eridanus II and the rebels' capture of the UNSC Bellerophon, there was much more support for a shake-up of the UNSC's relatively lax and ill-defended fleet. These upgrades would take effect during the disastrous Operation: TREBUCHET. Several Paris-class heavy frigates saw action during the Fall of Reach. After the Human-Covenant war, numerous Paris-class vessels continued to see service in the UNSC Navy with multiple serving as escorts for the UNSC Infinity.
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Halo: Fleet Battles
This element features four Paris-class heavy frigates.
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