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"After almost a full 11 years of war with the Covenant horde we have seen the atrocities committed, colonies glassed, men lost, sacrifices made by sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. I can tell you this war is far from over but I ensure you it will be won one way or another and I intend to see it won dead or alive on THIS ship"
-Rear Admiral Marcus Santiago, At commissioning of UNSC Falling Star
The UNSC Escort Carrier is a classification of starships within the UNSC Navy. Starting its service in 2536 it was developed from 2531 to 2535 its manufacturers Sol Shipyard called it a "tide changer" in the war and the First of its breed the UNSC Falling Star was commissioned in winter of 2536 proving to be more than efficient in the Battle of Orion II. The Falling-Star class Escort Carrier was extremely effective in destroying vessels of the Covenant Empire, Commanding large or small battlegroups, putting boots on the ground, and getting sword's out there in a seconds notice as a result of this it lead to the UNSC to commission 9 more vessels over the span of 12 years however due to multiple delays such as Sol Shipyards losing 4 of its smaller shipyards near the Outer Colonies it would take much longer to build these war machines and resulted in the UNSC canceling its order for 9 by 2545, however saying any ship already in production will continue resulting in a total of 5 being built. By 2546 the last ship UNSC Heartland was deployed from Sol Shipyards' Luna shipyard.
Falling-Star class Escort Carriers are armed with one Mk. IV MAC and one Frigate calibre' Mk. II MAC near the bow of the ship as primary armament, a single Cruiser calibre' MAC round is able to disable or completely destroy most unshielded Covenant ships, one hit being all that is needed to defeat most ships' present shielding, the downside being the 60 second reload time,which is where the second MAC comes into use however it is not as fast or powerful as the Cruiser calbire' MAC, it is still very effective against Covenant ships. This relatively small cannon could fire three shots on a single charge if the Cruiser calibre' MAC is disabled. Like many other UNSC vessels the Falling-Star class Escort Carrier sported its fair share of archer missiles. It's total consisting of 150 Archer pods, containing 4200 missiles. It's nuclear payload consisting of 4 V-5 HAVOK Tactical Nukes,the V-5 HAVOK is designed to maximize the thermonuclear yield in the vacuum of space being able to achieve a maximum 30 megaton yield or smaller 15 megaton yield when needed, and 6 Shiva Nuclear Warhead Missiles, large and extremely effective against any covenant vessel. In addition they carry a large quantity Longsword-class interceptors, as well as numerous Pelican-class dropships, as fits their role as carriers. They also transport contingents of Marines and Orbital Drop Shock Troopers and transport vehicles for the UNSC ground forces.
The Falling-Star class Escort Carrier remained with Inner Colony defense for the majority of the war.
UNSC Falling-Star class Escort Carriers are a kilometer and a half long, nearly the length of a Covenant CCS Class Cruiser. This makes them one of the larger ships used by the UNSC Navy. It would also mean the escort carrier is larger than the UNSC Pillar of Autumn and a Marathon-class cruiser.