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Marathon-class Cruiser
Production information




Technical specifications

1,190 metres (3,900 ft) [1]


100,000 tons[2](200,000,000 lbs)

Engine unit(s)

Deuterium Core Reactor

Slipspace Drive

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine




191cm Titanium-A Battle Plate

Navigation system



Naval Engagement


Human-Covenant war


United Nations Space Command

Silhouette of a Marathon Cruiser.

The Marathon-class Cruiser is a classification of UNSC Navy warships. At 1,190 meters, they are one of the largest and most powerful warships ever utilized by humanity, built as a replacement for the Halcyon-class Cruisers. Their numbers are limited, and they are usually commanded by the highest ranking officers.



These warships replaced the aging Halcyon-class Cruisers. These behemoths, ranking in at 1,200 meters, are slightly under three times the length of a UNSC frigate. They are also known for their heavy armor; they can survive multiple plasma impacts, being able to sustain far greater damage than any UNSC Frigate or UNSC Destroyer. Due to their size, durability and firepower (2 Magnetic Accelerator Cannon[6] as well as dozens of oversized Archer missile pods), these massive vessels are commanded by UNSC Admirals and primarily serve as command/capital ships.


Due to their diminishing numbers and the onslaught of the genocidal Covenant, further numbers of these great cruisers have been reassigned to the defense of the Inner Colonies. They were considered extremely valuable in terms of fire power and armor, and it was seen to by the UNSC admiralty that they were only used in the most dire and occasional of circumstances. Marathons were present at the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV and the Battle of Reach. Twelve saw action at the Battle of Earth under Fleet Admiral Harper and another was part of Battle Group Stalingrad during the Battle of Onyx. It's likely that some were also engaged later in the battle.

Ships of the Line

UNSC Marathon-Class Cruisers.


  • In Halo: The Fall of Reach, the Marathon classification is erroneously labeled as a Carrier.[7]
  • The name Marathon could possibly be from the Battle of Marathon, fought in 490 BC where heavily outnumbered Athenians defeated an army of Persians who were trying to conquer Greece. This battle was also simulated by Wellsley, Antonio Silva's AI, while he was unoccupied in Halo: The Flood, this battle also gave its name to Bungie's Marathon series. The name of this classification of ships is yet another reference to Bungie's previous series, Marathon.
  • They bear a resemblance to the older Halcyon-class cruisers.
  • In Halo: The Fall of Reach[8], it mentions that the Leviathan was one of twenty UNSC cruisers left in the Fleet, which were being slowly pulled back to protect the Inner Colonies. It should be noted however, that well over twenty cruisers can be seen orbiting Earth in Halo 2.
  • It is thought by some that the Marathon has three MAC's. However, this is highly unlikely, as the Marathon isn't large enough to mount three MAC's and there aren't any visible "bumps" on the ship that would indicate more than two MACs.
  • In Halo 2 on Cairo Station, it shows Marathons continuously coming by, and a tactical display on the bridge showed eight cruisers, along with 67 frigates in the battle group near the Cairo's battle cluster. This may lead to the assumption that there may be dozens of Marathons in the UNSC Home Fleet, due to the Marathon's effectiveness and Earth's high-priority nature.


  2. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 53
  3. Halo Encyclopedia
  4. Halo Encyclopedia
  5. Halo Encyclopedia
  6. Halo Encyclopedia
  7. Halo: Fall of Reach, page 212
  8. Halo: Fall of Reach, page 162
UNSC Starship Classifications
Starfighters C709 Longsword-class Interceptor
Dropships/Cargo Transports D77-TC Pelican - D77H-TCI Pelican Dropship - Albatross - Pod - Bumblebee - Human Cargo Ship
Support Starships Calypso-class Exfiltration Craft - Black Cat-class Subprowler - Chiroptera-class Stealth Vessel - Prowler - Laden-class Freighter - Parabola-class Freighter
Light Capital Warships Mako-class Corvette - Stealth Cruiser - UNSC Light Frigate - UNSC Frigate - UNSC Destroyer
Cruisers Halcyon-class - Marathon-class
Carriers UNSC Carrier - Phoenix-class Colony Ship - UNSC Supercarrier
See Also: List of Starships

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