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The Iliad-class heavy carrier is an obsolete line of warships based off of PassiGear's successful line of . Averaging at three kilometres from stern-to-stern, the Iliad was the primary means of exacting the UNSC's will for almost a century. While not as well-armed or armoured as the mighty supercarriers that succeeded it, the Iliad's massive modular interior could allow it to carry far more fighters and transports than the aforementioned flagships could. In fact, when fully kitted out for invasions, a single Iliad was often all that was required to overwhelm the defences of most rebelling colonies - a fact which translated into the ships' common descriptor as a "Siege-Breaker".
Having been constructed to bring an end to the dreaded Orion-class assault carrier would begin to phase them out, with the carriers sent to shipbreaking yards to be scrapped. Some members of this class would see some stubborn use in the early years of the . However, their ineffectiveness compared to smaller vessels would inspire the UNSC to cease using them after , with only resource-clogged Insurrectionists and pirates continuing to find use out of the aging warrior., these carriers saw very little action once the conflict ended, with many colonists quickly acknowledging the authority. With few protests and incidents demanding the deployment of a massive peacekeeping force, Iliads would slowly decay from decades of non-use, with many being salvaged even as frustration brewed in the colonies. As a result, every Iliad carrier was on the verge of being decommissioned by the time of the . The desperation of the UNSC resulted in a new generation of these vessels being approved for production, playing a major role in the early years of the civil war. Eventually, newer and effective warships such as the
Long and wide, with stubby wings flanking the main hull, the Iliad-class carrier is often sarcastically remarked as an up-sizing of its close cousin, the Phoenix-class colony ship. While fairly accurate, there are a number of obvious changes. The main change is in its profile. Gone is the characteristic hump and the lower observation deck, with boxy angled plating taking their place. This change maximises the ship's internal volume and decreases potentially weak points on the carrier, making it better-suited to combat conditions. The aft is greatly expanded upwards to accommodate the larger reactors, and the two hangars on the sides are given an extra level so twice the number of fighters can be launched at once. These changes make the Iliad appear much more massive than the ship it spawned from, despite being only a few hundred metres longer.
The fore of the carrier was dominated by a massive shield, which is usually split in half vertically. Attached only by some hydraulic clamps that fit into indentations on the hull, these shields are almost-entirely composed of armour plating, designed to absorb the initial fire from kinetic weapons in hopes of making it cheaper to repair the Iliad after combat. Hidden behind these is the main sensor array that can be retracted behind the plating, protecting them from incoming fire. Overlooking the sensors is the main bridge structure.
Armour and Superstructural Supports
Ships of the Line
|Name||Hull Classification Symbol||Commissioned||Destroyed||Notes|
|CMA Iliad||CV-81||December 21, 2419||February 16, 2471||Lead ship of the class, decommissioned from service.|
|UNSC Krakatoa||CV-144||Destroyed during the Battle of Hollow Point.|
|UNSC Oceanus||CV-277||October 18, 2451||July 29th, 2529||Decommissioned and used to refit the UNSC Odysseus.|
|FCNS Doineann||CV-283||April 9, 2452||August 9 2522||Originally christened the CMA Colossus, refitted back into service by the Free Commonwealth of Falkirk, destroyed above Ffyniannus.|
|CV-284||Originally decommissioned in 2537, later upgraded and became the flagship of. Participated in the , later destroyed during the .|
|FCNS Gailleann||CV-401||May 12, 2464||Originally named the CMA Normandy, refitted back into service by the Free Commonwealth of Falkirk. Destroyed during the Siege of Falkirk.|
|UNSC Wombat||CV-824||Flagship of Vice Admiral Albert Hambra.|