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The Third Fleet was a Fleet in the UNSC Navy, that was once under the command of Admiral Preston Cole.[1]

Service HistoryEdit

Early HistoryEdit

At some point before 2530, Admiral Cole came to control the fleet and the UNSC Spirit of Fire was assigned to the Fleet. An incident involving a Marine, John Forge, prompted Cole to personally assign him to the Spirit of Fire.[2]

The Great BearEdit

Main article: Battle of the Great Bear
Battle of the Great Bear

On Christmas Eve of 2530, Cole and the Everest would engage the Covenant at Groombridge 1830.[3] A meeting with a Covenant POW would spur Cole to create a protocol that would be enforced by himself in his fleet, until implemented by the UNSC proper.[4]

Harvest InvestigationEdit

Main article: Harvest Campaign

On January 3, 2531, ONI requested aid from the fleet. Admiral Cole didn't feel it was important enough for purpose-built Warship and personally assigned the Spirit of Fire to the job.[5] They were to investigate Covenant activity at Harvest and recover personnel from the UNSC Prophecy. The rest of the fleet would be engaged elsewhere. The Spirit would arrive on February 4, 2531.[6] The Spirit would fail to save the crew of the Prophecy;[7] however the Spirit would discover that the Covenant were going to go to Arcadia. After confirmation with Cole, the Spirit left for the colony.[8]


Main article: Battle of Arcadia

The Spirit of Fire would arrive mid-battle on February 9. The Spirit would join ground operations. During these operations, ONI Doctor Ellen Anders would be captured. This would force the Spirit to chase the Covenant, away from Arcadia.[9] Admiral Cole and other elements of the fleet would also participate in the battle.[10]

Continued OperationsEdit

The fleet would survive to 2552. On October 10, 2552 a battle group from the Third would engage an unknown force near Saturn's moon Enceladus. One ship was lost and the Battle Group retreated.[11]



At the end of 2530, the fleet would have at least 17 ships. 11 of them were destroyers, two were Marathon-class heavy cruisers, one Halcyon-class cruiser and one frigate.[3] At the beginning of 2531, the fleet contained at least 6 frigates, 4 Halcyon-class light cruisers and 3 Marathon-class heavy cruisers.[5]


Battle Group Class Ship
Battlegroup D Phoenix-class carrier UNSC Spirit of Fire
Unknown Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser UNSC Everest


Battle Group Class Ship
Battle Group Rhino Unknown UNSC Totem Lake


  1. Halo: The Essential Visual Guide - Page 188
  2. Halo Wars - Level: Halo Wars Timeline, 17 August 2530
  3. 3.0 3.1 Halo Wars: Genesis - Page 5
  4. Halo Wars: Genesis - Page 6
  5. 5.0 5.1 Halo Wars: Genesis - Page 7
  6. Halo Wars - Collectible: Halo Wars Timeline, 4 Feb 2531
  7. Halo Wars: Genesis - Page 16
  8. Halo Wars - Levels: Relic Interior & Arcadia City
  9. Halo Wars - Levels: Arcadia City to Anders' Signal
  10. Halo: Reach Limited Edition - Bonus Item: Dr. Halsey's Personal Journal, September 9, 2549
  11. Halo Legendary Crate - Bonus Item: Data Drop 2 - Naval Records Archive Page 1 & Page 2

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