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The Type 55 Fast Attack Vehicle, known as the Apparation to mainline UNSC personell, is a little used Covenant hovercraft.
The Apparation is vaguely similar to the ghost in appearance. It feature's the ghost's stubby wings, but has a much different front. It seats the pilot behind the weapon system like the ghost, but the seat is much thinner. By contrast, the front is larger, seperated into two sections, with a large gap in the middle. Weapon emplacements sit on either side of the front, at the lowest point on the wing and towards the center. The Apparation is noted for sitting higher off the ground than the ghost, which has caused several problems due to instability.
The Apparation uses a weapon system incredibly similar to the Type 18 Stationairy Turret. It's primary firing mode is a rapid fire of needler like bolts, which feature very little homing but move quickly and fire with a very high rate. The secondary fire is identical to that used by the Type 18; a dual shot of single needle crystals which each pack the punch of a needler chain explosion. In addition, it's primary fire can chain up in a manner exactly like that of the infantry needler, causing telltale destruction. Oddly, the needles are a cool blue instead of the standard needler's pink.
Though the apparation was once common, almost on par with the Ghost in usage, it has recently been used less and less, possibly due to unreliability of its antigravity systems noted by UNSC troops. It appears it has been phased out almost completely by the Ghost. However, some where deployed at Reach from the Fleet of Particular Justice, and while none have been on record battling on Halo, some were discovered by marine forces when they boarded the Truth and Reconciliation in an attempt to pilot it back to earth.