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- "Misericordiam superexultat autem fortitudo (Latin: Mercy triumphs over strength)."
- ―Ship motto.
The UNSC Arrow Flight (Hull Classification Code: FFG-558) was a which fought during the . A typical member of its class rushed into service as the escalated its campaign, the Arrow was immediately assigned to Battlegroup Matilda.
The Early Years
Battle of New Zanzibar
While it escaped its death at New Zanzibar, fate would ensure the Arrow paid its overdue debt. While making a blind jump from the system as per the Cole Protocol, the Arrow was suddenly thrust out of slipspace, losing power and taking damage in the process.
Hull and Superstructural Support
Prior to its near-complete overhaul in 2543, the Arrow Flight had no permanent countermeasures to protect itself from missiles and other targeting systems. Rather, on occasion some of its missile complement would be replaced by more specialised variants to serve as decoys for more powerful weapons, such as the few occasions it's outfitted with Hyperion nukes. Jamming missiles were also carried to temporarily confuse Covenant forces, but their effectiveness has waned over the years as their opponents' sensors can easily punch through the interference. Missiles emitting high doses of thermal radiation could also be carried aboard.
This changed considerably after its overhaul. As part of a project to improve the survivability of frigates, the Arrow Head received several extensive upgrades aimed at reducing its sensor signature and stealth qualities. One of its largest components added is a sophisticated jamming package in the form of a Materials' Group Mark-II SP/EM Disruption Array, which timed pulses of radio, thermal and UV radiation to reduce its detection by both Covenant and other human forces. Its outermost armour is also replaced withintegrated with in the same configuration as on , allowing it to reduce its visibility to optical view and scanning systems. However, as the Arrow Head had to distribute its power to its other systems such as its MAC cannon, it can only activate both systems for a limited time and had to reduce the refresh rate on its photoreactive panels, making it more likely to be detected than smaller stealth craft.
Notable Crew and Passengers
NOTE: All ranks provided are accurate to the Arrow Flight's records as of its destruction in 2551.
- Ensign Harald-077
- Captain Julius Bruening III
- Lance Corporal Bartolomej Žagar
- Lance Corporal Jet Thompson
- Lance Corporal Isaac Anderson
- Naval Aviator Flight Officer Aleksandra Zaytseva
- Flight Officer Fletcher O'Hara
- Chief Petty Officer Joseph Amir
- Master Sergeant Mike Sanders
- Corporal David King
- Specialist Kyle Craig
- The Hunted (First appearance)