UNSC Andraste

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Ship history
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Paris-class heavy frigate[1]




UNSC Navy[1]


SinoViet Heavy Machinery[2]

General characteristics




535 meters (1,755 ft)[2][3][4][5][6]


199 meters (652 ft)[3][4][5]


1.3 million tonnes[2]

Power plant:

Fusion reactor[7]

Maneuver drive:

Fusion drive (2 primary, 6 secondary)

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine[8]



60cm[7] Titanium-A armor[4][5]


Air facilities:

One primary hangar bay located in the lower mast of the ship[4]


UNSC Andraste is a Paris-class heavy frigate serving in the UNSC Navy.[1]

Production notes[edit]

Main article: Cut Halo 3 vehicles#Frigates

The Andraste was originally concepted out during the production of Halo 3 by artist Isaac Hannaford. At the time, the design was intended to be used for the Charon-class light frigate featured in the final game, UNSC Forward Unto Dawn. The artwork is featured in the book The Art of Halo 3 and labelled as such on Hannaford's own blogs.[11][12][13]

The design was ultimately unused in Halo 3, but was later reused in the release of its sequel Halo: Reach almost wholly unaltered from the original concept, with a 3D model created by artist Matt Turner.[14] The frigate design featured in Reach was later canonised as the Paris-class heavy frigate in Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, with many of Hannaford's original labels ultimately informing the vessel's canon armaments as listed in the Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition) such as the M2950 Harpoon nuclear missile.[2]

Despite the ship class ultimately being canonised as a heavy frigate with the hull classification symbol of FFG, the Andraste concept artwork uses a hull classification symbol of K. In the artwork, the ship has a full hull code of K-201 - the same numeric as Forward Unto Dawn's FFG-201, making it likely Andraste was the in-development precursor to the Dawn. A similar ship, UNSC Providence, also appears in some concept art for the Battle of Installation 00.

The Andraste was ultimately featured in the Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition), effectively providing a somewhat canon depiction for the ship in a Halo source book.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition), page 259
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 120
  3. ^ a b c Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 76
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 162
  5. ^ a b c d e f Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 80
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint, UNSC Frigate (Retrieved on May 13, 2021) [archive]
  7. ^ a b Halo: First Strike, chapter 22
  8. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level Long Night of Solace
  9. ^ a b c d Halo: The Fall of Reach, chapter 12
  10. ^ Halo: Fleet Battles: Paris-class heavy frigate stats
  11. ^ The Art of Halo 3, page 37
  12. ^ ArtStation, Halo 3 Spaceship designs and discards (Retrieved on Jul 21, 2021) [archive]
  13. ^ Isaachannaford.com: "Halo 3 manual/promotional sketches and the Frigate Andraste" (Retrieved on Sep 15, 2022) [archive]
  14. ^ Matt Turner's blog, matt-turner-reach-frigate.jpg (Retrieved on Oct 15, 2014) [archive]