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.
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.
↑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.