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UNSC Ghost Song

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UNSC Ghost Song
Production information

Class:

Razor-class prowler

Specifications

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine

Hull:

Titanium-A armor

Armament:

Complement:

Service information

Participated battles:

Fleet:

Task Force Yama (formerly)

Known commanders:

Lieutenant Commander Hector Nyeto

Affiliation:

 

The UNSC Ghost Song is a Razor-class prowler that was part of the UNSC Navy's Task Force Yama during Operation: SILENT STORM in 2526. Part of Ghost Flight, the vessel served as Lieutenant Commander Hector Nyeto's flagship.[3] It was among the three prowlers successfully stolen by Nyeto when he revealed his secret insurrectionist ties.[4]

Operational history[edit]

Flagship of Ghost Flight[edit]

The UNSC Ghost Song was built to be part of Ghost Flight, a flight of four Razor-class prowlers within the Office of Naval Intelligence's Prowler Corps.[1] At some point during the Insurrection, Lieutenant Commander Hector Nyeto became the commander of the Ghost Song and all of Ghost Flight, slowly replacing the crew of each vessel with personnel sympathetic to the insurrectionist cause.[2][4] When Vice Admirals Preston Cole and Michael Stanforth initiated Operation: SILENT STORM in March 2526, the flight was selected to join Task Force Yama for the duration of the mission. The task force soon left for Seoba, a moon of Biko, where they would wait for the Covenant fleet arrive.[5]

ICE DANCE[edit]

Main article: Operation: ICE DANCE

On March 18, 2526, the Ghost Song approached an ice quarry on Seoba with a drop bay packed with the full First Platoon of the Black Daggers, Spartan-II John-117, and Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson. Initially, this mission had been formulated to train the ODSTs and Spartans for rapid deployment. However, insurrectionist activity had been detected in the quarry. By the order of Colonel Marmon Crowther, the prowlers continued their deployment runs with the intent to take the quarry for themselves as they prepared to ambush the Covenant, who were believed to be targeting Biko next.[3]

As the first four ODSTs dove through the jump hatch, they were instantly torn to shreds by the armor-piercing rounds spewed from multiple M41 Vulcan emplacements. The next team of four ODSTs did not hesitate as they jumped next, and were similarly turned to bloody ribbons. Lieutenant Nelly Hamm, the platoon leader, ordered her men to abort the jump as John moved forward to peer out of the hatch at their assailants below. After a brief discussion on what to do next, John took the initiative and jumped from the prowler with his rocket launcher in hand, ignoring Hamm's protests. After Blue Team softened up the insurgents' weapon emplacements, the Ghost Song and the rest of Ghost Flight's prowlers performed strafing runs on the defenders and dropped more of the Black Daggers until they were low on ammunition and the UNSC Ghost Star was shot down.[1] Ultimately, with Blue Team unwittingly used to distract the entrenched insurgents, Hamm had Nyeto return with Ghost Flight and deploy more troops, destroying the weapon emplacements and taking the quarry.[6]

Sabotaging Spartans[edit]

Main article: Battle of Seoba

The next day, the Ghost Song was landed within the quarry as Lieutenant Commander Nyeto attended a meeting hosted by Captain Halima Ascot to discuss the events of the previous day's battle. While this was discussed, a flotilla of five Covenant intrusion corvettes arrived in-system and set course for Seoba. Ascot and Nyeto rushed to their ships to prepare them and the rest of the task force for battle, hoping to use the Black Daggers to board and destroy the vessels from the inside.[7] Along with Nyeto, Colonel Crowther boarded the Ghost Song to coordinate the Black Daggers' efforts.[2] When Ascot's UNSC Starry Night was shot down and crashed into the ice quarry, Nyeto frantically transmitted from the prowler asking if the rest of the task force knew the Starry Night's status. However, Crowther cut him off, telling him to proceed as planned and observe Protocol Echo, effectively reminding him of the unknown extent of Covenant eavesdropping technology. Still, Crowther would try to find available Black Dagger units to secure the Starry Night, but could not find any that would be able to do so without risking another prowler. No one except the Spartans were available to assist, and he had pulled them from the mission after discovering their true ages.[8]

Regardless, John-117 and the other Spartans took it upon themselves to search for the Starry Night, requesting from Nyeto a waypoint leading to its projected crash site. As the other prowlers attempted to evade the Covenant's bombardment of Seoba, Nyeto took effective command of the task force. From aboard the Ghost Song, he and Crowther also communicated with John. The Spartans located the crash site, but found that a corvette had already arrived and was seemingly trying to recover the Starry Night. John requested support from Nyeto while he worked on boarding the prowler and activating its nuclear self-destruct system.[9] While promising that support was arriving as soon as possible, Nyeto stalled for at least eight full minutes, trying to get the Spartans killed.[2] With more corvettes arriving, the situation on the ground quickly deteriorated and some of the Spartans became injured. After repeated requests from John, Nyeto finally sent in his prowlers, destroying two corvettes in a strafing run and scaring off a third. Still, the original corvette that was still attempting to capture the Starry Night was left unscathed. A team led by Frederic-104 was able to enter the prowler, rescue the few survivors within, and arm its nuke. All of the Spartans made it to safety before it detonating, destroying the Starry Night and taking the intrusion corvette with it.[10]

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List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 8
  2. ^ a b c d Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 16
  3. ^ a b c Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 7
  4. ^ a b Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 25
  5. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 5
  6. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 10
  7. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 11
  8. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 13
  9. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 14
  10. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 15