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Maelstrom-class assault carrier
Class overview


United Nations Space Command

Preceded by:


Succeeded by:

Orion-class (2506)



In commission:


General characteristics


Assault carrier

Additional information


Colonial Era


The Maelstrom-class assault carriers were introduced in 2401 as the United Nations Space Command's premier rapid-deployment warship. While the UNSC had build assault carriers before, as far back as the 2160s, the Maelstrom-class was the first to capable of interstellar travel. When the UNSC Maelstrom departed Earth for the Epsilon Eridani system, it marked the first deployment of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers outside of the Sol system.

  • UNSC Maelstrom
  • UNSC Windstorm
  • UNSC Zhukov


The Windstorm-class assault carriers entered service 2407, the result of modifying the Maelstrom-class for higher capacity and faster deployment of ODSTs.


The Zhukov-class armored assault carriers entered service in 2429, too late to see action during the Inner Colony Wars; they would instead make their mark during the Insurrection and Human-Covenant War. A dozen armored assault carriers were completed. The Zhukov-class was intended for hotly contested orbital deployments.

Primary ship classes of the UNSC, 2164 — 2553

Leviathan-class supercarrierPunic-class CMA supercarrier

Heavy carriers

Solar Princess-class heavy carrierEmpress of Mars-class heavy carrierEndurance-class heavy carrierTriumphant-class heavy carrierStar Guardian-class heavy carrierRome-class heavy carrierEpoch-class heavy carrierBelisarius-class heavy carrier

Assault carriers

Whirlwind-class assault carrierFearless-class assault carrierFurious-class assault carrierGift of Wings-class assault carrierMaelstrom-class assault carrierWindstorm-class assault carrierZhukov-class armored assault carrierOrion-class assault carrier

Light carriers

Celestial Radiance-class light carrierSpirit-class light carrierSteadfast-class light carrierMurmansk-class light carrierAdvantage-class light carrierGuangzhou-class light carrierAstral Equinox-class support carrierBlue Moon Calling-class multirole carrier

Super battleships and super-heavy battleships

Thunder From The Heavens-class super-heavy battleship

Heavy battleships

Deep Tranquility-class heavy battleshipEclipse-class heavy battleshipVictory-class heavy battleshipPreeminence-class heavy battleshipVindication-class heavy battleshipSovereign-class heavy battleshipImplacable-class heavy battleship

Light battleship

Armstrong-class light battleshipCrater-Maker-class light battleshipLunar Hero-class light battleshipDo Unto Others-class light battleshipSound of Thunder-class light battleshipProtector-class light battleshipResolution-class light battleshipVindication-class light battleshipVengeance-class light battleshipNewfoundland-class light battleship

Super-heavy cruisers

Charlemagne-class super-heavy cruiserVanguard-class super-heavy cruiserFormidable-class super-heavy cruiserValiant-class super-heavy cruiser

Heavy cruisers

Enterprise-class heavy cruiserAdventurer-class heavy cruiserStar Dragon-class heavy cruiserEverest-class heavy cruiserBagration-class heavy cruiserBarbarossa-class heavy cruiserYamato-class heavy cruiserSwift-class heavy cruiserChallenger-class heavy cruiserSaladin-class heavy cruiserIndomitable-class heavy cruiserUnity-class heavy cruiserExpeditious-class heavy cruiserCommonwealth-class heavy cruiserTenacious-class heavy cruiserMarathon-class heavy cruiserPowerful-class heavy cruiser

Light cruisers

Achievement-class light cruiserUnion-class light cruiserGagarin-class light cruiserColumbia-class light cruiserProsperity-class light cruiserCondor-class light cruiserEagle-class light cruiserSentinel-class light cruiserAccordance-class light cruiserOutpost-class light patrol cruiserWayfarer-class light patrol cruiserReverence-class light cruiserFidelity-class light cruiserSafeguard-class CMA security cruiserPeacekeeper-class CMA security cruiserPeacemaker-class CMA security cruiserHalcyon-class light cruiserPillar of Autumn-class light cruiser

Super-heavy destroyers

Reprisal-class super-heavy destroyerThus Into Darkness-class super-heavy destroyerStronghold-class super-heavy destroyerCitadel-class CMA super-heavy destroyerLandsknecht-class super-heavy destroyer

Heavy destroyers

Frontier-class heavy destroyerBordeaux-class heavy destroyerAllegiance-class heavy destroyerNew York-class heavy destroyerShanghai-class heavy destroyerBerlin-class heavy destroyerTrondheim-class heavy destroyerWarrior-class heavy destroyerBulwark-class heavy destroyerCrusader-class heavy destroyerResolute-class heavy destroyerGorgon-class heavy destroyerMinotaur-class heavy destroyerDragon-class heavy destroyerDaring-class heavy destroyerWarrior-class CMA heavy destroyerIntrepid-class heavy destroyerHillsborough-class heavy destroyerClaymore-class heavy destroyerFalchion-class heavy destroyerGlaive-class heavy destroyerHalberd-class heavy destroyerMorning Star-class heavy destroyer

Light destroyers

Pioneer-class light destroyerExperiment-class light destroyerKyoto-class light destroyerHalifax-class light destroyerAlexandria-class light destroyerRio de Janeiro-class light destroyerSoldier-class light destroyerSentry-class CMA patrol destroyerSentinel-class light destroyersAction-class CMA escort destroyerDiligence-class patrol destroyerSecurity-class CMA patrol destroyerTenacity-class light destroyers

Heavy frigates

Providence-class heavy frigateChrysanthemum-class heavy frigateDamascus-class heavy frigateDelightful-class heavy frigateAssurance-class heavy frigateAgamemnon-class heavy frigateHannibal-class heavy frigateParis-class heavy frigateStrident-class heavy frigate

Patrol ships

Ranger-class patrol shipRemembrance-class large patrol shipShimmering Sunrise-class patrol ship


Thames-class escort sloopDanube-class sloopArchangel-class CMA training sloopRoyal-class sloopAdriatic-class CMA multirole sloopImperial-class heavy sloopIndefatigable-class sloop


Gentileschi-class transport schoonerHammarskjöld-class transport schooner

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