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- "The Elysiums were the overshadowed older twin of the Marathons. They had more bells and whistles but they were too expensive to mass-produce. So when the Marathon-class came along they took the Navy by storm. Still, their status as excellent flagships ensured their fame during the war. A lot of famous war heroes led the fight from the bridge of an Elysium."
- ―Captain Leon Brando, on the history of the class
The Elysium-class heavy cruiser, also frequently known as the Elysium-class command cruiser, was a class of heavy cruiser that was overshadowed by its close cousin the Marathon-class. Introduced in 2511 it was marketed as a superior replacement for the ineffective Halcyon-class, it was the first of the “modern” generation of warships with top-of-the-line weapons and armor.
It was popular among flag officers and frequently used as flagships. Its only drawback was its expensive price tag. While a superb ship it was complex to build and too expensive to be used en masse and was more suited as a command ship thanks to its advanced command-and-control features, sometimes giving it the designation of a command cruiser. Addressing these issues, the Marathon-class was built as an improvement of the Elysium and was easier to produce with less complex electronics and a heavier arsenal of two Magnetic Accelerated Cannons.
Once it entered production they immediately supplanted the Elysium-class in its role of defending the Inner Colonies. Instead of being scrapped most of the Elysiums were transferred from their duties in the Inner Colonies to the Outer Colonies and were left to fade. Most of them were eventually donated to the Admiral Sebastian T. Shelby’s flagship for several years until the Battle of Midvale in 2526. The UNSC Mobile Bay served as Admiral Elliot’s flagship before the Battle of Hollow Point in 2535.and were prized by the CMA who used them as flagships. When the Human-Covenant War erupted they were its most modern and effective capital ships, until the CMA was absorbed into the UNSC. During the war, they were a rare sight and never more than two participated in a single battle. The class’ lead ship, the UNSC Elysium, served as
Most of them were destroyed during the Fall of the Outer Colonies but several survived till late in the war and were recalled to defend the Inner Colonies. They fought at battles of Ballast, Miridem, New Cartage, Alluvion, and Skopje.
The last operational Elysium-class cruiser, the UNSC Lepanto, was destroyed during the.
Known Ships of the Line
|Name||Hull Classification Symbol||Commissioned||Notes|
|UNSC Elysium||EC-1||March 14, 2511||Flagship of Admiral Sebastian T. Shelby. Destroyed during the Battle of Midvale.|
|UNSC Actium||EC-2||April 3, 2511|
|UNSC Jutland||EC-4||May 7, 2511|
|UNSC Mobile Bay||EC-5||June 17, 2511||Flagship of Admiral George Elliot. Destroyed during the Battle of Hollow Point.|
|UNSC Salamis||EC-12||February 16, 2512|
|UNSC Taranto||EC-13||March 21, 2512|
|UNSC Armada||EC-20||July 30, 2514|
|UNSC Philippine Sea||EC-31||August 21, 2513|
|UNSC Tsushima Straits||EC-45||August 25, 2513|
|UNSC Leyte Gulf||EC-51||September 11, 2513|
|UNSC Lepanto||(EC-65)||December 12, 2513||Destroyed during the.|
- The Elysium-class are named after decisive naval battles, namely one-sided ones.