"The Brutes were pressing hard, forcing us back, we thought they had us, that's when something eclipsed the sun above us. A few minutes later, orange streaks rained down, blasting the charlie foxtrots to hell."
The Odin-class Carrier was powerful UNSC carrier designed not only for dominating space battlefields with waves of ships but also launching planetary assaults. It kept many of the same features of the older carriers but incorporated new features, such as 'drop tubes' for Pelicans and Albatrosses, dropping them straight into planetary descents or into low orbits. This allowed them to more safely exit the ship and get to the drop zones. It also featured HOPE Launchers for dropping ODSTs. The ship was also designed for operation in gravitational fields, allowing it to drop troops right into combat and provide artillery coverage.
"I hate those drop tubes, they feel just like the old HEV tubes. But your in a dropship..."
"Seeing one of these things floating overhead feels like the best thing in the world. Nothing can possibly touch you now."