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UNSC Home Fleet

United Nations Space Command






Defense of Earth and the Sol System

  • Over 100 Ships
  • 300 MAC Platforms

The UNSC Home Fleet is a fleet in the UNSC Navy. Their assignment is to protect Earth and the Sol System from an invasion or attack [1]. Its Commanding Officers are Fleet Admiral Sir Terrence Hood and Fleet Admiral Harper [2].



The UNSC Home Fleet's known history is short but distinguished. It is likely that the UNSC Home Fleet existed ever since the formation of the UNSC in the 2160's, most likely for the defense of Earth during the Interplanetary War, and also against the Insurrectionists.


Battle of Earth

The Home Fleet's first known engagements were during the last stages of the Human-Covenant War in the Battle of Earth, where it successfully defeated the Covenant Navy in Earth's orbit. The engagement however was against a very small fleet of two assault carriers and thirteen cruisers. This engagement was commanded by both Fleet Admirals Hood and Harper.

On Cairo Station, Fleet Admiral Hood was awarding John-117, Avery Johnson for their actions at the first Halo. When Cortana received a slipspace rupture report near Io, she relayed the information to FADM Hood. When the Covenant Force arrived, the Home Fleet was ready and waiting. Opening up with Marathon-class Cruisers and MAC Shells, they decimated the Covenant Fleet, but suffered heavy losses themselves. Also during the engagement, the Covenant released boarding pods to occupy and destroy the MAC Platforms using antimatter bombs. Stations Athens and Malta were both destroyed, but Cairo was spared destruction by SPARTAN-117, who later took the bomb and destroyed one of the two Assault Carriers.

At New Mombasa, the UNSC followed the surviving Assault Carrier to the city. The only known ship in this engagement was the UNSC In Amber Clad, commanded by Miranda Keyes. The In Amber Clad's ground forces engaged the Covenant until, in retreat, the Assault Carrier fled the battle. The UNSC In Amber Clad, UNSC Paris, UNSC Redoubtable, UNSC Coral Sea and the UNSC Dusk made it into the slipspace rift before it closed.

Battle of Installation 05

Ships of the Home Fleet engaging the Covenant during the early stages of the Battle of Earth.

Only In Amber Clad successfully kept pace with the carrier. Dusk arrived days later. Coral Sea, Paris, and Redoubtable never arrived at all, most likely due both to the imprecise physics of Slipspace and the UNSC's rather limited technology for slipspace navigation.

The In Amber Clad dropped ODSTs on Installation 05, along with SPARTAN-117 to assassinate the Prophet of Regret. The rest of the In Amber Clad's crew went to find the Index. Avery Johnson and Miranda Keyes got through the Quarantine Zone before encountering Thel 'Vadamee and being captured by the Covenant. They were taken to the Control Room to fire Installation 05 and afterward to High Charity. In Amber Clad, however, was taken over by the Flood and crashed into High Charity. Cortana, the IAC's AI, vowed to destroy it, but never did. [3]

Late Battle of Earth

During the later stages of the Battle of Earth in November of 2552, the Home Fleet was still fighting the Covenant Loyalists above Earth. However, they seemed to be holding their own judging by the order of Admiral Hood regarding Truth's ship (before SPARTAN-117 contacted him) - "It's not one of ours, take it out.". Later in the battle Truth's fleet arrived and, according to Commander Keyes, "...smashed what was left of the home fleet...". At about this time, the Home Fleet had significantly less ships and was almost to the point of destruction. [4] The UNSC was using its' last reserves of ships to launch hit and run attacks on the Covenant.

During the Battle of Voi, three ships of the Home Fleet, the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn, UNSC Aegis Fate, and a third vessel led a strike force of C709 Longsword Interceptors over -what was believed to be- the "Ark" in Voi, Kenya. Although they damaged the Forerunner Dreadnought, it escaped though the slipspace portal.

It is unknown what actions the Home Fleet took after the Forward Unto Dawn took off into the slipspace portal, but it is known that they were able to hold off the Covenant long enough to win the War.

Battle of Onyx

The UNSC Home Fleet dispatched Battlegroup Stalingrad, commanded by Admiral Carl Patterson to Onyx to recover Forerunner artifacts reported by Dr. Halsey. When the battle group arrived, they engaged two Covenant Destroyers. UNSC Glasgow Kiss was the first to be destroyed when it purposely turned into plasma fire from the destroyers intended for the UNSC Stalingrad. They believed they had won the engagement, destroying one ship and heavily damaging the other. The damaged ship fled to the unseen side of the planet, with the UNSC ships in pursuit.

Twenty Covenant Ships that had been hidden on the other side of the planet appeared from the gravity well of Onyx, and began to attack the Battle Group [5]. In the ensuring mayhem, the remaining UNSC ships attempted to accelerate through the gravity well of the planet through the lines of the Covenant ships coming from surface of Onyx. The UNSC Iwo Jima got in between eight Covenant Warships, and detonated a nuke inside of its engine room, sacrificing itself to destroy two Destroyers. Only five UNSC ships made it through. These ships disengaged, when Sentinels destroyed three Covenant Ships using plasma capture. In an attempt to escape the sentinels, the Covenant assigned a rear guard of two ships to protect the rest of the fleet. This helped them escape the gravity well of Onyx at the cost of these two ships.

The UNSC Dusk planted fourteen Hornet Mines around the moon of Onyx. Then, the surviving ships of Battle Group Stalingrad launched an attack. The attack however, was a trick to lure the Covenant force into the mine field. The mines detonated, but four Covenant Destroyers made it through the nuclear fireballs. The rest of the UNSC ships thought they would win the engagement, until thirty-two Covenant vessels, reinforcements from Joyous Exaltation arrived. They destroyed the surviving ships of the battle group [6].

The only ship to make it out alive was the UNSC Dusk, that stayed dark and was lucky enough to not get hit by the reigning debris or be detected by the Covenant ships. It eventually escaped to slipspace by narrowly missing the shockwave when Onyx exploded [7].

Battle of Installation 00

At least two ships of the Home Fleet, the UNSC Aegis Fate and the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn, fought during the last battle of the Human-Covenant War, the Battle of Installation 00. There, the Dawn and the Fate helped UNSC Marine and Covenant Separatist forces against the Covenant Loyalist Army.[8][9] The UNSC and Covenant Separatist Forces fought valiantly, until they were ordered to evacuate due to the imminent firing of Installation 04 II. The UNSC Forward Unto Dawn was badly damaged, but the UNSC Aegis Fate was possibly evacuated on the Shadow of Intent's cargo bay.

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Subordinate Units

Related Articles


  1. Halo 3, level Crow's Nest
  2. Halo 2, level Cairo Station
  3. Halo 2, level High Charity
  4. Halo 3, level Crow's Nest
  5. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 286-300
  6. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 325-333
  7. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 375-378
  8. Halo 3, level The Ark
  9. Halo 3, level The Covenant
UNSC Naval Fleets
Second Fleet · Seventh Fleet · Sixteenth Fleet ·
Home Fleet · Epsilon Eridani Defense Fleet
UNSC Naval Home Fleet units
Sol Defense Group 3/A-5 · Sixth Battle Group ·
Battlegroup Stalingrad ·

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