UNSC Black Widow
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The UNSC Black Widow was a Razor-class prowler commanded by Lieutenant Esme Guayte in service with the UNSC Navy. In early 2526, the Black Widow was assigned to Task Force Yama for the duration of Operation: SILENT STORM.
In March 2526, Task Force Yama—including the Black Widow—was split off from the rest of Vice Admiral Preston Cole's Battle Group X-Ray and given a new mission. Operation: SILENT STORM would have prowler task force escort twelve SPARTAN-IIs and the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers of the 21st Space Assault Battalion into battle against the Covenant fleet, with the intent of inserting them onto the alien vessels and destroying them from the inside. This would hopefully slow their destructive advance through the Outer Colonies while the UNSC formulated a plan to effectively combat this new threat.
Battle of Seoba
It was decided that Task Force Yama would wait for a Covenant fleet at Seoba, one of Biko's moons. However, when the task force arrived on March 18, they discovered insurrectionists entrenched in the very same quarry that the UNSC had chosen to be their staging ground for the operation. The ensuing battle ended in the UNSC's favor, with Task Force Yama taking control of the quarry and capturing a number of insurgents, including General Harper Garvin of the United Rebel Front.
The next day, the captured insurrectionists were being loaded onto the Emmeline, a Banta-class transport that would take them to Biko to be put on trial. However, a Covenant flotilla arrived and began assaulting the quarry. The Black Widow and the rest of the task force were deployed immediately to challenge these vessels. When the Emmeline launched a few minutes later, it was fired upon by the flotilla, but none of the shots landed. Following the end of the battle, the Black Widow recorded the transport breaking Seoba's orbit on one of her combat cameras, confirming that the prisoner transport never made it to Biko. This made Colonel Marmon Crowther of the 21st Space Assault Battalion even more suspicious of Lieutenant Commander Hector Nyeto, whose personnel made up the Emmeline's flight crew.
Attack on Zhoist
Prior to the Attack on Zhoist, the Black Widow was made the command ship of Sierra Force, a component of Task Force Yama. Blue Team was assigned to the ship. The Black Widow and the rest of Sierra Force would go on to attack Zhoist in the Agni System alongside Dagger Force.
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