RPV-class light destroyer
The RPV-class light destroyer is one of several destroyer-class warships in service with the now-defunct Covenant fleet. Such vessels are usually sent in advance of invasions and are used for escort on reconnaissance missions. Heavily armed, vessels of the RPV class are effective in ship-to-ship engagements and are tasked with pursing fleeing ships. They are also used as fleet escorts, protecting larger, more important ships from attack.
The RPV-class destroyer features a sleek, amphibious design with sweeping contours and perfect symmetry. It possesses three bulbous protrusions, similar to those of larger Covenant ships, giving the impression of similar lethality. The RPV is capable of carrying a great number of ground forces, dropships, and support craft, as well as several Type-31 Seraph fighters. The "R", or Reverence, in the destroyer's three-letter classification code, "RPV", denotes that the destroyer is capable of conducting reconnaissance missions and is capable of excavating Forerunner artifacts.
The vessel's primary weapon is a single ventral cleansing beam, which is capable of devastating even large human vessels. It is also armed with several ventrally mounted pulse laser turrets, which can be used to provide pinpoint firepower and can destroy inbound missiles. Two plasma torpedo turrets are mounted at the fore of the vessel.
On July 17, 2552, an RPV-class light destroyer, along with two frigates and a carrier, arrived at Sigma Octanus IV. In the brief skirmish that followed, Commander Jacob Keyes, the commanding officer of the UNSC destroyer Iroquois, overcame the small enemy task force with an inventive tactic: ultimately, he tricked the Covenant vessels into firing on themselves. The destroyer and the frigates were both destroyed and the carrier was forced to retreat. Several RPV-class destroyers were used during the early stages of the Great Schism.
In September 2558, four light destroyers were a part of Thars 'Sarov's faction at the opening of the Carrow Conflict. However, the ships of Rojka 'Kasaan's faction managed to destroy them along with two CPV-class heavy destroyers and a Covenant frigate before the intervention of a Jiralhanae faction led by Hekabe turned the tide of the battle against them.
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