UNSC Promise of Dawn

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Promise of Dawn
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Ship history
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Promise of Dawn


Paris-class heavy frigate[1]


UNSC Navy[1]


SinoViet Heavy Machinery[2]


Crash-landed on Sephune III after escaping the Fall of Reach; self-destructed by Chen Bax in late 2553[3]

General characteristics




535 meters (1,755 ft)[2][4][5][6][7]


199 meters (652 ft)[4][5][6]


1.3 million tonnes[2]

Power plant:

Fusion reactor[8]

Maneuver drive:

Fusion drive (2 primary, 6 secondary)

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine[9]



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


Air facilities:

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


"...The Promise of Dawn, a frigate which also went missing after the events at Reach last year."
— An ONI Officer briefs Linda-058 on her next mission.[1]

UNSC Promise of Dawn was a Paris-class heavy frigate commissioned before the end of the Human-Covenant War.[1]

Service history[edit]

The Promise was involved in the events surrounding the fall of Reach in an unknown capacity.[1] It was the vessel chosen for the safekeeping of the nascent Smart AI Gabriela, the only known AI containing the entirety of Human history.[12] The vessel was believed lost after the events at Reach, a belief which held for approximately a year before the Office of Naval Intelligence received a distress call from one of the survivors on Sephune III,[1] as they had been trapped on the planet for a year while Dr. Chen Bax worked to free Gabriela's matrix from the ship without informing the majority of his surviving followers.[3] The frigate had made a hard landing on the surface of the planet, and had become trapped in ice and snow, the vessel itself being protected externally by mines,[13] as well as at least two M8 Wolf Spider autoturrets located near the access panel for Gabriela's matrix.[3]

The vessel was destroyed when Chen detonated its self-destruct via remote. This created an avalanche which took out a large portion of a Covenant[12] force intent on killing the humans, saving the survivors by allowing them time to escape.[3]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Halo: Lone Wolf, issue 1
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 120
  3. ^ a b c d e Halo: Lone Wolf, issue 4
  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. ^ a b c d Halo: The Fall of Reach, chapter 12
  11. ^ Halo: Fleet Battles: Paris-class heavy frigate stats
  12. ^ a b Halo: Lone Wolf, issue 2
  13. ^ a b Halo: Lone Wolf, issue 3