The UNSC Forward unto Dawn (FFG-201) was a Remembrance-class frigate, serving in the UNSC Navy during the Human-Covenant War. It was the flagship of Fleet Admiral Hood, until the conclusion of Battle of Voi, where Commander Miranda Keyes took command of the Dawn.
It completed construction in June of 2551, and was outfitted with specialized military-grade equipment at another portion of the Shipyards, including with a Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine, capable of 2.1 Lightyear per day faster-then-light travel. It was also supplied with small arms and vehicles from the Misriah Armory.
In early July, 2551, the Frigate received its 450 UNSCNavy crew, fresh from training, or from other vessels. The Dawn also received its Pelican and Longsword Naval Air Squadron, a company of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, and a battalion of UNSC Marines. The Navy gave the newly commissioned vessel and it crew to Commander Benjamin Macintosh, and his Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Matilda Hitchcock; both of whom were new to Frigates, and issued orders to make a short shakedown cruise to make sure all the systems had been installed properly, and was functioning correctly. The ship handled the shakedown cruise well, and the vessel's few malfunctioning systems were repaired during the trip, and, upon arrival back at Reach, the ship was prepared for commissioning in August. The FFG-201 Forward Unto Dawn was then commissioned on the 24th of that very month.
The Forward unto Dawn soon earned the affectionate nicknames "Fudd" and the "Dawn", and was ordered to Earth for assignment to a battlegroup. However, the Forward unto Dawn was assigned to fill the role as Fleet Admiral Terrence Hood's flagship; much to the chagrin of the crew and Commander Macintosh.