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UNSC destroyer

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A Halberd-class destroyer
Production information




Fleet escort, assault

Technical specifications


Varies by class

  • Standard model 485 meters (1,590 ft)[1][2][3]


Fusion drive

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine


1.5 - 2 meters titanium-A battle plate[1]



Chronological and affiliation



Colonial Military Administration (defunct)


Destroyer is a warship classification in the UNSC Navy, as well as the now-defunct Colonial Military Administration. Its hull classification symbol is DD. Fast, maneuverable, and designed for long-term endurance, destroyers are intended to escort larger vessels such as cruisers and carriers.


The Navy has made use of several destroyer classes which vary widely in design.

Halberd class[edit]

Main article: Halberd-class destroyer

The most common destroyer type used during the Human-Covenant War and the later years of the Insurrection, the Halberd-class features a distinctive "arrowhead" profile.[6] At 485 meters, it is only seven meters longer than a Stalwart-class light frigate, yet it has almost double the mass;[Note 1] this is because they have between one-and-a-half to two meters of titanium-A armor.[1][2][3] This class' armament consists of two Magnetic Accelerator Cannons, twenty-six oversized Archer missile pods, and three Shiva-class nuclear missiles. For defense against single ships the Halberd-class destroyer carries eight twin-linked 50mm point-defense autocannons.[2] Unlike most UNSC warships they do not carry GA-TL1 Longsword interceptors.[2]

The Halberd class in service as early as 2517[7] and continued to serve throughout the Human-Covenant War. Despite their powerful armament and maneuverability, many Fleet officers looked down upon destroyers, considering them too ineffective against Covenant ships. It was generally agreed that seven destroyers were a match for four Covenant frigates.[2] One of the most notable Halberd-class destroyers was the UNSC Iroquois, captained by Commander Jacob Keyes, which performed the daring Keyes Loop during the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV. This destroyer type continues to be in service with the Navy by 2557.[8]

Heavy destroyer[edit]

Main article: UNSC heavy destroyer

The heavy destroyer class has been in service with the Navy since at least the late 2490s. In 2497, the heavy destroyer UNSC Gorgon was the first ship of its class to be armed with a Magnetic Accelerator Cannon, for which the ship carried only three slugs.[9] Then-Captain Preston Cole served on this ship during the Insurrection. The Gorgon was later assigned to Admiral Cole's fleet during the Human-Covenant War.[10]

Hillsborough class[edit]

Main article: Hillsborough-class destroyer

Similar in design to a cruiser,[7][11] the CMA destroyer Heracles belonged to the Hillsborough class of destroyer. The Heracles was the command ship of Battle Group 4 following the disastrous first contact with the Covenant.[11]

Diligence class[edit]

Main article: Diligence-class destroyer

The Diligence-class is an older class of destroyer formerly operated for peacekeeping purposes by the Colonial Military Administration.[12] The class has a wide beam and is almost equally tall. Numerous large antennae are mounted across the hull. By the start of the Covenant War, the Diligence-class had been retired for decades, though some ships were brought back into service and retrofitted for used in the war.[12] The only known vessel of this class, the UNSC Kronstadt, deployed an ODST-Spartan team during a raid on Heian at some point between 2540 and 2551.[13]

Known destroyers[edit]

Name Earliest sighting Engagements Status Notable information
UNSC Agincourt 2543 Battle of Psi Serpentis Destroyed Sacrificed to protect Battle Group India
UNSC Armageddon's Edge 2535 Refitted in 2535 after a previous engagement with the Covenant
UNSC Brasidas October 20, 2552 Battle of Earth
Onyx Conflict
Destroyed along with the rest of Admiral Patterson's battle group
UNSC Buenos Aires March 2, 2494 Callisto Incident Destroyed by booby-trapped nuclear bomb
UNSC Calcutta 2530 Engines salvaged for UNSC Spirit of Fire
UNSC Clearidas 2535 Battle of Hat Yai
Battle of Skopje
UNSC Do You Feel Lucky? 2535 Battle of Charybdis IX Destroyed Boarded by Covenant forces
UNSC Glasgow Kiss November 3, 2552 Battle of Earth
Onyx Conflict
Destroyed Sacrificed to protect Patterson's battle group
UNSC Gorgon 2502 Skirmish at Capella
UNSC The Heart of Midlothian Bet. 2535-2552 Battle of Algolis Self-destructed Boarded by Covenant forces
CMA Heracles 2525 First Battle of Harvest Investigated colony world Harvest with Battle Group 4
UNSC Herodotus July 2552 Battle of Sigma Octanus IV
Fall of Reach
UNSC Iroquois July 2552 Battle of Sigma Octanus IV Utilized the Keyes Loop maneuver to destroy three Covenant ships
UNSC Iwo Jima November 3, 2552 Battle of Earth
Onyx Conflict
Self-destructed to inflict damage upon Covenant fleet
UNSC Jericho 2494 Callisto Incident Damaged by nuclear blast
UNSC Kronstadt After 2540 Assassination mission on Heian
UNSC Lancelot July 2552 Battle of Sigma Octanus IV Presumed destroyed Enacted suicidal charge on Covenant fleet
UNSC Las Vegas 2494 Callisto incident Damaged by nuclear blast
UNSC Majestic August 30, 2552 Fall of Reach Presumably killed Spartan Beta-Red via friendly fire
UNSC Minotaur 2552 Fall of Reach Destroyed Cut in half by Covenant weapons
UNSC Monte Cassino January 2553 Active
UNSC Persephone 2521 Self-destructed Boarded by insurrectionists
UNSC Pioneer 2525 Assault on Eridanus Secundus Participated in an operation to capture Colonel Robert Watts
UNSC Resolute 2535 Battle of Jericho VII
UNSC Seattle 2543 Battle of 18 Scorpii
UNSC Tharsis 2552 Fall of Reach Destroyed
UNSC Thermopylae 2543 Battle of 18 Scorpii


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ According to Halo Waypoint, the standard destroyer has a mass of 7,900 metric tons. However, such mass would be physically impossible given the ship's size.


  1. ^ a b c Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 248
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 139
  3. ^ a b c d Halo Waypoint: UNSC The Heart of Midlothian
  4. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 13
  5. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 24
  6. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 26
  7. ^ a b Halo: Fall of Reach - Boot Camp
  8. ^ Halo: Escalation, Issue 10
  9. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, The Impossible Life and Possible Death of Preston J. Cole
  10. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach Definitive Edition, page 303-304
  11. ^ a b Halo Wars: Genesis
  12. ^ a b Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder
  13. ^ Halo Legends - The Babysitter