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- "E Pluribus Unum"
- ―Motto of the UNSC Columbia's Pride (Latin: "Out of many, one")
UNSC Columbia's Pride (DL-1776), affectionately called "Columbia" by her crew, is a modified Strident-class heavy frigate in the service of the . She served in the New Phoenix Incident and multiple Insurrections.
Christening, Namesake, and Commissioning
- "Inspired by the former United States of America, Columbia's Pride stands as a monument for all which the once great nation stood for. From its undying love for freedom and liberty, to its fierce reputation in war and strife, the United States fought to stand for hundreds of years, and with humanity's blessing, Columbia's Pride will stand to do the same, fighting humanity's battles wherever they may be."
- ―Captain Douglas P. Grant's speech during the commissioning of the UNSC Columbia's Pride
'DL-1776' was built at the Aerofabrique SA shipyards above Tribute, and was christened UNSC Columbia's Pride on September 17th, 2555. Her name was inspired by the "Spirit of America", Columbia, as well as John Philip Sousa's 1914 march, Columbia's Pride. She is the first ship to bear the name. After launching she received her crew and commander, Captain Douglas P. Grant. After receiving her crew, Columbia's Pride would go under her ship trials. After nine months of trials, training, certification, and qualifications, Columbia's Pride was commissioned on July 4th, 2556 in Washington D.C., to celebrate the once great nation's former Independence Day. Her commissioning was followed by a two-week tour of the major cities of the former United States, including, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Following her tour, Columbia's Pride was deployed to Earth's atmosphere where she was assigned to the as her first assignment.
UNSC Columbia's Pride was designed as an enhanced version of the Strident-class heavy frigate, with a focus on designing the ship as a super-light flagship. Equipped with thicker armor, the length, width, depth, and mass of the ship would increase. She would also equipped with additional storage and deck space, allowing the ship carry an increased number of equipment than traditional Strident-class heavy frigates. It was designed to be used as the flagship in aof destroyers, which would consist of four other Strident-class heavy frigates, a single , and a single .
While within the UNSC Home Fleet, Columbia's Pride, a small battle group was built up around her, creating Battle Group Union.
New Phoenix Incident
On July 25th, 2557, thearrived above Earth, and was engaged by nearly all of the UNSC Home Fleet. Columbia's Pride opened fire on the , but with little to no effect. Columbia's Pride would leave the incident unscathed, but would lose one of her support vessels.
As of 2558, UNSC Columbia's Pride is currently leading Battle Group Union, often dealing with Insurrectionists or Covenant Remnant groups. In July of 2558, she became the garrison for the Spartan-III team, Team Bayonet, deploying them against both Covenant, Promethean, and Insurrectionists alongside Battle Group Liberty's Marines and ODSTs. At the start of the , Columbia's Pride was en route back to Earth. Upon receiving an emergency warning from the AI , the AI of Columbia's Pride, Liberty, warned the crew, and advised to make random jumps, following the orders of Roland. After, Battle Group Liberty, were given similar orders to jump, splitting the battle group.