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Class overview
Name:

Chimera-class light destroyer

Builders

SinoViet Heavy Machinery

Operators

UNSC symbol-logo - Halo Wars - The Great War UNSC Navy

Preceded by

Actium-class super-heavy frigate

Built

2546 - 2552

General characteristics
Type

Destroyer

Length

Varies

Width

Varies

Height/depth

Varies

Mass

1.04 - 1.3 million metric tonnes

Engine unit(s)

OKB Karman 56K fusion drives (4)

Slipspace Drive

Starwerx FTL-294D (CODEN Series IV equivalent)

Slipspace velocity

~2.75 lightyears/day

Power plant

Naoto Technologies' V5/L deuterium fusion reactors (2)

Hull

60-100 centimetres of Titanium-A1 or A2 battleplate

Navigation system

UNA-uplinked navigation computer

Countermeasures

Mark 282 ROCaDLs

Armament
Complement
Crew

250 sailors

Additional information
Era(s)

Human-Covenant War

Role(s)
  • Air defence
  • Escort
  • Ship-to-ship combat
  • Transport
[Source]
"The most expendable ship of the entire war."
―Anonymous fighter pilot

The Chimera-class light destroyer (hull classification symbol: DD), also known by a wide variety of nicknames such as the Fork, Franken-Frigate, and Rubbish Tip by naval personnel, is a light escort warship built for the United Nations Space Command in the Human-Covenant War. Designed and manufactured by SinoViet Heavy Machinery as a stop-gap measure, the Chimera-class is a fire-support vessel that is often pressed into an air defence, escort, and transportation roles.

Technically a subclassification of SinoViet's frigate line, the Chimera-class light destroyer is a versatile escort that nevertheless falls on the lower spectrum of quality. It is designed with a quick, cost-effective construction in mind, and can be built at any drydock already set up for building frigates. This is both its greatest strength and weakness, as this leaves it sluggish and fragile even by UNSC standards. Firepower is vastly improved through the installation of two Magnetic Accelerator Cannons mounted in place of the flight pods, and sixteen naval autocannons for ship-to-ship combat. It also retains a sizable aft vehicle bay for carrying a modest UNSC Marine detachment. Its last noteworthy quirk is that it has numerous variants based on SinoViet's other frigates, leaving some destroyers specialised towards air defence, space combat, and transportation.

The Chimera-class light destroyer was first introduced in 2546, when sustained losses outstripped the UNSC's ability to replace them. First fighting in the final stages of the Battle of Miridem, they would rise to become the third-most common model of warship in the entire fleet, behind SinoViet's frigate subclasses and the Halberd-class destroyer. Hundreds of Chimeras were built, and their high casualty rate meant that only two dozen ships survived the Human-Covenant War. Although production ceased after the Fall of Reach, the few that remained led lengthy Post-Great War careers before fading into obscurity.

Variants

Chimera-A

Chimera-A is the name given to light destroyers which use a Charon-class light frigate as their core. It retains an expanded vehicle bay to allow it to carry a standard complement consisting of a Company of UNSC Marines, 8 D77-TC Pelicans, 4 M808 Scorpions and 24 M12 Warthogs, in addition to what is normally carried.

Chimera-B

The Chimera-B is the codename given to light destroyers based off the design of a Paris-class heavy frigate. It features superior armour, additional reinforcement, and twelve silos for heavy guided munitions such as Howler missiles, making it ideal for ship-to-ship combat.

Chimera-C

Chimera-C light destroyers utilises a Stalwart-class light frigate as their basis, in which it retains its specialised focus towards planetary defence and air defence. It is armed with 76 pods of M340A4 Streak missile pods and 52 M710 Bulwark 12.7mm point defence guns for defeating space fighters and missiles, respectively. It should be noted that this subclass is also marginally lighter and faster than all other configurations, weighing in at only 1.04 million tonnes.

Ships of the Class

Name Hull Classification Symbol Commissioned Destroyed Notes
UNSC Chimera DD-641 January 1, 2531 March 19, 2531 Lead ship of the class, destroyed in combat.
UNSC Virginia DD-
UNSC Andromeda DD-
UNSC Hufflepuff DD-
UNSC Dead By Daylight DD- August 19, 2542 August 20, 2542
UNSC Two Up DD-
UNSC Seventh East Mobile DD-
UNSC Circular Message DD-
UNSC Hot Chelmsford DD-
UNSC Proportion DD-
UNSC Uneasy Curse DD-
UNSC Rising Beginner DD-
UNSC Polite Palette DD-
UNSC Redundant Flask DD-

Notes

  1. The specific model of MAC on these ships was never standardised in order to maximise the amount of light destroyers that can be produced. As a result, some of these ships have MAC booms that came from different frigate designs.

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