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UNSC Commonwealth

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Commonwealth
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The Commonwealth in space in the Chi Ceti system in 2525.
Ship history
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Name:

Commonwealth

Class:

Paris-class heavy frigate[1]

Namesake:

Commonwealth of Nations

Operator:

UNSC Navy[2]

Manufacturer:

SinoViet Heavy Machinery[3]

Decommissioned:

Some time prior to August 2552[1]

Captain(s):

Wallace[2]

General characteristics

Type:

Frigate[3][4]

Length:

535 meters (1,755 ft)[3][4][5][6][7]

Width:

199 meters (652 ft)[4][5][6]

Mass:

1.3 million tonnes[3]

Power plant:

Fusion reactor[8]

Maneuver drive:

Fusion drive (2 primary, 6 secondary)

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine[9]

Complement:

Hull:

60cm[8] Titanium-A armor[5][6]

Armaments:

Air facilities:

One primary hangar bay located in the lower mast of the ship[5]

 

The UNSC Commonwealth was a Paris-class heavy frigate of the UNSC Navy.[1] In 2525, its commanding officer was Captain Wallace.[2]

History[edit]

Operational history[edit]

The Commonwealth firing Archer missiles at the Unrelenting.

In 2525, the Commonwealth was used to transport the SPARTAN-IIs along with Catherine Halsey to the Damascus Testing Facility on the planet Chi Ceti IV. While transporting the crew to the installation, the ship came under attack by a Covenant Zanar-pattern light cruiser, Unrelenting. During the engagement, the Commonwealth was able to fight off the cruiser long enough to perform a flyby orbit of Chi Ceti IV to deploy its crew onto the planet, intending to then return to a point in space 20 million kilometres from the planet to make repairs and act as bait in the event that the cruiser returned.[2] While the crew were on the ground, Commonwealth continued to engage the ship, sustaining heavy damage including the following:

  • Communications and navigation dishes destroyed.[11]
  • Armor in sections 3-7 down to four centimeters from 60cm.[11]
  • Hull breach in section three.[11]
  • Ship AI memory core overloaded.[11]
  • Leak in the port fuel tank.[11]
  • Fire in sections one through twenty. (Atmosphere vented, fire extinguished.)[11]
  • Port armor destroyed.[11]
  • Decks two through seven in section one melted away. Decks two through five in sections three, four and five out of contact.[11]
  • Deck thirteen destroyed.[11]
  • Hull structure came close to "buckling" (integrity about to fail) and the Magnetic Accelerator Cannon was taken offline.[11]
  • Reactor only able to output ten percent of rated output.[11]

Ultimately, with the assistance of Blue Team and their new MJOLNIR Mark IV armor, the Commonwealth was able to destroy the light cruiser.[12] The Commonwealth, however, was severely damaged in the engagement and shortly thereafter rendezvoused with the cruiser UNSC Persian Gate to transfer the Spartans and Dr. Halsey to the ship.[13] Despite the damage incurred, the Commonwealth was able to return to Reach for repairs and then presumably returned to service against the Covenant's advances among the Outer Colonies.[14][15]

Decommissioning and scrapping[edit]

Some time between the Chi Ceti incident and 2552, the Commonwealth was decommissioned by the UNSC and was landed at the Asźod ship breaking yards to be scrapped. When the Epsilon Eridani system came under attack in August of 2552, the Commonwealth became a battlefield venue between the ground forces of the UNSC and the Covenant during the Battle of Asźod. During the conflict, SPARTAN-B312 and Emile-A239 pushed through the ship's stripped wreckage in order to deliver a vital package to the UNSC Pillar of Autumn.[16] At the time of the attack, the Commonwealth was well into being scrapped. Already, its entire port-side launch deck was removed, along with its port engines. Its bridge had been taken out, and holes were made on its underbelly to allow staircases to be fitted in for the technicians assigned to take it apart.[1]

Production note[edit]

Several parts of the comic Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant depict Commonwealth as a Stalwart-class light frigate and Charon-class light frigate instead of the canonical Paris class established in Halo: Reach and Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series.

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Halo: Reach, multiplayer map Boneyard
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo: The Fall of Reach, chapter 12
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 120
  4. ^ a b c Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 76
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 162
  6. ^ a b c d e f Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 80
  7. ^ Halo Waypoint, UNSC Frigate (Retrieved on May 13, 2021) [archive]
  8. ^ a b Halo: First Strike, chapter 22
  9. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level Long Night of Solace
  10. ^ Halo: Fleet Battles: Paris-class heavy frigate stats
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Halo: The Fall of Reach, chapter 13
  12. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, chapter 14
  13. ^ Halo: Collateral Damage, issue 1
  14. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 258
  15. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition), page 269
  16. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level The Pillar of Autumn