Carrier is a capital warship classification used by the UNSC Navy.
The Navy operates several carrier classes, including the Poseidon, Orion, Epoch, and Punic classes.[note 1] UNSC carriers range from light warships to among the largest ships in service. The smallest known class, the Poseidon-class light carrier, is only 719 meters from stem to stern, smaller than a cruiser. The largest carrier class is three kilometers long and has a beam of 120 meters. Carriers have a crew and complement of 2,100 and can carry numerous space, air, and ground vehicles. Befitting their role, their primary asset is a large number of GA-TL1 Longsword interceptors or F-41 Broadsword multirole fighters.
Despite their size, UNSC carriers depend on their fighter wings for offense, though they are often equipped with at least one Magnetic Accelerator Cannon. Secondary armament is provided by 300 Archer missiles, while tertiary armament includes two fusion rockets. Carriers also mount numerous point defense guns, such as the M910 point defense network used by the Epoch-class, as well as several nuclear missiles of various types.
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