Malta, what is your status, over?
I don't believe it! They're retreating, we've won!
Malta Station (HCS ODA-143) was a UNSC Orbital Defense Platform in Earth orbit. It was named after the island of Malta. It was in the same battle cluster as Athens Station and Cairo Station.
During the Battle of Earth, the station was destroyed by an antimatter charge placed by Covenant boarders. Unaware of the invader's true intent, the withdrawal of the boarders was misinterpreted by some of the station's crew members as a full retreat by the Covenant.
The destruction of Malta occurred shortly before that of Athens, allowing the Prophet of Regret's CAS-class assault carrier, Solemn Penance, to break through the orbital defenses to the surface of Earth.