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Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser

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Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser
A render of the Valiant-class cruiser modelled by Jared Harris for the fan mod Sins of the Prophets - used in the 2022 Halo Encyclopedia.
Production information

Manufacturer:

SinoViet Heavy Machinery, [1] Martian shipyard[2]

Class:

Super-heavy cruiser[3]

Role:

Fleet command and control[3]

Technical specifications

Length:

1,518 meters (4,980 ft)[4]

Width:

373 meters (1,220 ft)[4]

Mass:

17 million tonnes[1]

Engine(s):

Fusion drives[2]

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine

Navigation system(s):

Navigation computer

Hull:

Titanium-A armor[5]

Armament:

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Introduced:

2493[2]

Affiliation:

UNSC Navy[2]

 

The Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser is a capital warship classification in the UNSC Navy.[6] Among the most powerful vessels in the UNSC fleet, one of their primary uses is fleet command and coordination.[3]

Overview[edit]

Design details[edit]

Despite its designation as a cruiser, the Valiant also bears similarities to a battleship.[7] The Valiant class features fusion drives that were considered next generation at the time of the class' inception, though there were delays in incorporating them.[2] As one of the most powerful warships in the UNSC Navy, these cruisers are capable of holding their own against most opponents.[7] The Valiant class has the tonnage and firepower to augment battle groups composed of smaller warships on patrols, as well as the space to install flag bridge facilities to be commanded by admirals.[2] These flag bridges can be enormous, with two dozen bridge stations used not only to control the ship and its systems, but also to coordinate the activities of the entire battle group. They also have large view screens that stretch from the floor to the ceiling.[6] However, due to resource and crew shortages during the Operation: TREBUCHET[1] and Human-Covenant War, plans to give all Valiant-class cruisers a complete suite of command upgrades were abandoned.[2]

The command versions featured the same armament, but had increased armor and replace most of the troop and smaller craft areas with specialized and command equipment like slipspace communication probe launchers and umbilicals to unload couriers.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser was originally drafted by the UNSC Navy as a compromise between a battleship and heavy cruiser.[2][7] However, the class went through years of feasibility studies and redesigns before UNSC Valiant was commissioned and released from her Martian shipyard in 2493. Though the Valiant showed promise during initial testing and evaluation, the high costs and delays in incorporating next-generation fusion drives seemingly doomed further manufacturing of the class. Less than two years later, all commissioned ships of the Valiant class were stricken from the UNSC Navy rolls and partially scrapped. However, the escalating Insurrection ultimately prevented the Valiant class from being a mere footnote in Navy history when it was discovered that the Colonial Military Authority had been infiltrated by Insurrectionist sympathizers in 2497. Converted into fleet command ships, the Valiant class was deployed in expeditionary engagements in the Insurrection, using its tonnage and firepower to augment Navy battle groups.[2]

Vice Admiral Preston Cole commanded the Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser UNSC Everest as his flagship, beginning with the Battle of Harvest in 2526. Over the course of the Human-Covenant War, most notably prior to his last stand at the Battle of Psi Serpentis in 2543, Cole made several modifications to the ship's armament and armor.[5] UNSC Valiant was later attached to the Epsilon Eridani Fleet by the beginning of the Fall of Reach in summer 2552.

Ships of the line[edit]

Command ship refit[edit]

Unknown[edit]

Halo: Fleet Battles[edit]

UNSC Valiant Super-Heavy Cruiser[edit]

This element includes a single Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser.

  • Cost: 115 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage Track: 7 • 6 • 3
  • Build rating: 3 (2)

HVT build rating is classed as one less but still has the same VP cost

  • Hangars: 2
  • Boarding Craft: 2
  • Security detail: 4
  • System loadouts:
    • Hard Burn (2")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (4)
    • Titanium armor (4)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MACs
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (2)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 10
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 8

UNSC Supported Valiant Super-Heavy Cruiser[edit]

This element includes a Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser and one Paris-class heavy frigate.

  • Cost: 135 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage Track: 8 • 6 • 3
  • Build rating: 4 (3)

HVT build rating is classed as one less but still has the same VP cost

  • Hangars: 3
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security detail: 5
  • System loadouts:
    • Hard Burn (2")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (5)
    • Titanium armor (4)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MACs
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (2)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 12
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 10

UNSC Escorted Valiant Super-Heavy Cruiser[edit]

This element includes a Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser and one Halberd-class light destroyer.

  • Cost: 135 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage Track: 8 • 6 • 3
  • Build rating: 4 (3)

HVT build rating is classed as one less but still has the same VP cost

  • Hangars: 2
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security detail: 5
  • System loadouts:
    • Hard Burn (2")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (4)
    • Titanium armor (5)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MACs
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (3)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 13
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 9

UNSC Defended Valiant Super-Heavy Cruiser[edit]

This element includes a Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser and two Halberd-class destroyers.

  • Cost: 160 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage Track: 8 • 6 • 4
  • Build rating: 4 (3)

HVT build rating is classed as one less but still has the same VP cost

  • Hangars: 2
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security detail: 6
  • System loadouts:
    • Hard Burn (2")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (4)
    • Titanium armor (6)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MACs
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (3)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 15
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 10

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