Your UNSC fleet structure. Post Covenant war

Evening ladies and other Spartans, a significant part of halo lore are the space battles which take place within the universe and the ships types which take part.
Post Covenant war we have been particularly starved on the size and structure of the UNSC fleet. So I am proposing a purely speculative thread where people decide the following;
Ship Class
Command ships (infinity), super carriers (punic), strike carriers (orion), battleships/battle cruisers, heavy cruisers, destroyers, frigates, prowlers and lastly corvette.

  • Numbers of each class - Ship armour - Ship shielding - Armament - Compliment **(crew,single craft, vehicles).**Hope you all have fun thinking about how you would structure the UNSC navy post Covie war

Im seeing a mixture of light and heavy frigates, backed up by the occasional destroyer and corvette.
Honestly though the UNSC’s main punch right now is probably Infinity and her compliment of sub-vessels. She’s the UNSC’s “big stick”.

Aside from the UNSC Infinity and her battle group force composition probably isn’t that different. Frigates will gain more of a punch thanks to energy shielding though.

Heavy focus on ‘fast’, light craft. Even with the bonus of Covenant-grade shielding (which is a massive boon), my typical post-war fleet would consist of upgraded Halberd-class destroyers (hereafter referred to as ‘Pike-class DDHs’) and Strident-class frigates as the main bulk of the fleet. Upgraded Orion-class carriers would act as flagships for said fleets.

For planetary defense pickets (Inner Colonies), however, this is where the upgraded Epoch-class heavy carriers (henceforth referred to as ‘Eon-class CVHs’) and Autumn-class cruisers would be stationed, along with even more Pikes and Stridents.

Essentially, instead of a mass of large ships that put [too many eggs in a single basket], the post-war UNSC navy consists of mainly destroyers and frigates, with Orion-class carriers forming the bulk of what would be considered capital craft. (H4EVG says the Strident can go toe-to-toe with Covie caps and win. Suddenly we no longer need cruisers as much as before.)

What few cruisers and heavy carriers there are would be stationed on planetary defense roles for Inner Colonies - and, as the UNSC’s industrial power is restored, eventually, the Outer Colonies would get the same defense fleets as well.

This is assuming the UNSC doesn’t have Onyx in their possession, though. Once Shield World 006 becomes UNSC property, then large capitals suddenly become a bit more… palatable.
(What about the surviving Halcyons, Marathons, Valiants, and Punics in the immediate post-war period? Scrapped for resources, either to assist in the rebuilding of UNSC infrastructure or to get as many new construction FFGHs/DDHs up as possible…)

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> Heavy focus on ‘fast’, light craft. Even with the bonus of Covenant-grade shielding (which is a massive boon), my typical post-war fleet would consist of upgraded Halberd-class destroyers (hereafter referred to as ‘Pike-class DDHs’) and Strident-class frigates as the main bulk of the fleet. Upgraded Orion-class carriers would act as flagships for said fleets.
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> For planetary defense pickets (Inner Colonies), however, this is where the upgraded Epoch-class heavy carriers (henceforth referred to as ‘Eon-class CVHs’) and Autumn-class cruisers would be stationed, along with even more Pikes and Stridents.
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> Essentially, instead of a mass of large ships that put [too many eggs in a single basket], the post-war UNSC navy consists of mainly destroyers and frigates, with Orion-class carriers forming the bulk of what would be considered capital craft. (H4EVG says the Strident can go toe-to-toe with Covie caps and win. Suddenly we no longer need cruisers as much as before.)
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> What few cruisers and heavy carriers there are would be stationed on planetary defense roles for Inner Colonies - and, as the UNSC’s industrial power is restored, eventually, the Outer Colonies would get the same defense fleets as well.
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> This is assuming the UNSC doesn’t have Onyx in their possession, though. Once Shield World 006 becomes UNSC property, then large capitals suddenly become a bit more… palatable.
> (What about the surviving Halcyons, Marathons, Valiants, and Punics in the immediate post-war period? Scrapped for resources, either to assist in the rebuilding of UNSC infrastructure or to get as many new construction FFGHs/DDHs up as possible…)

As for any ships of older classes which survived the war(Halcyons, Marathons, Valiants, and Punics) they could fall into one of two categories:

  • Ships which are still space worthy and can be fitted with upgraded protection, shielding and weapons be formed into task groups to go back out to lost systems and be used to bolster UNSC presence until newer ships can be build.
  • Ships which would be too costly to repair or update due to damage incurred are to be scrapped and used to rebuild what ever requires there raw materials.Fast strike groups of largely Stridents and the Pikes (to coin your name) are a good idea however they should be supplemented with an Autumn class or two as well as having an upgraded Orion/ Epoch/Eon/Spirit of fire Class acting as flagship. Even though we are told the Strident class can now successfully engage a covie ship I dont think it means they can go against a CCS or larger, it may just mean relative to their ship class i.e frigates, corvettes and destroyers.

Large capital ships will still have a role to play, not only as protection for vital colonies and earth but also to engage against potential covenant/forerunner threats. The prophets/ covie fanatics are still out there and as Halo 4/ spartan ops and recent halo novels have shown some forerunners still arent too happy with humanity. So dedicated successors for the Valiant, Punics as well as heavier versions of the Vindication class ‘light battleship’ (i say heavier since we have no clear description of its ability) should be build to fulfill these roles.

ODP’s i would guess would be upgraded as well to be more independent of planet based generation as well as better self protection.

As the UNSC has reversed engineered much from the war and forerunner tech as well as gaining control of caches, shield worlds and a growing number of Huragok, achieving a fleet structure like that would be more plausible with its fullest fruition resulting in a second Infinity class ship being built.

I agree entirely with SC Matt 7. The one repeatedly proven tactic used during the Human-Covenant War was the usage of overwhelming fire towards a single target.
Developments/Changes I would expect the UNSC to make to their Fleet structure would be:

  • Creation of a new Frigate, less costly than the Charon and Stalwart and easier to produce, designed to be made in larger numbers and without sacrificing speed or MAC firepower
  • Creation of a new Frigate entirely lacking a MAC, emphasizing an excessive number of Archer missile pods, and designed to be used and deployed alongside ships armed with Heavy MACs
  • 3:1 deployment ratio of lighter Frigates to heavier ships such as a Strident or Autumn, accompanied by a designated Capital ship (Autumn, Poseidon, etc)
  • Larger ships armed with Heavy MACs designated for ranged engagement (under the ideological assumption that the majority of the ships are too closely engaging the enemy to allow for any hostile ships to break off and attack the ‘sniper’)

What about cradle repair ships ?

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> What about cradle repair ships ?

Cradle was an space station and Cradle is also just the name and not the class.
Of course repair plattforms are still needed so there are still some in use or under construction.