The UNSC Nal Gae is a Marathon-Class Cruiser during the Human-Covenant War. It was commissioned in July of 2549 and placed under the command of Captian -- and an almost completely inexperienced crew. The Nal Gae differs very little from other Marathon-Class ships. It would soon be given orders to head for the colony planet Hera with a small escort, two frigates the Sakurabira and the UNSC Hikari. The Nal Gae would also bring with them the 77th Airborne Regiment. The Nal Gae, Sakurabira, and Hikari was designated Battle Group 1 and had an uneventful trip to Hera. However once reaching Hera the three ships would be thrown into the heavy space battle between the Covenant and UNSC. The Nal Gae under orders made a break from combat to allow the 77th to exit via Pelicans onto Hera. Than afterwards the Nal Gae reentered the battle scoring an impressive number of kills. Battle Group 1 would later be known as a deciding factor for the victory of one of the many battles to occur over Hera.