The Zanar-pattern light cruiser,[1] also known as CRS-class light cruiser,[3] was a former Covenant policing vessel, analogous to a UEG Police cutter.[1]

Class History[edit | edit source]

Pre-Great Schism[edit | edit source]

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Zanar-pattern ships were sometimes tasked with escorting Sinaris-pattern heavy destroyers. They often did so without fervor and could never be counted on to do anything more than their basic defensive assignment.[5]

Zanar-class ships were often used by the Covenant Empire for law enforcement duties, as well as protecting pilgrim ships to and from High Charity. Some were used in crusading fleets.[1]

Human-Covenant war[edit | edit source]

The first UNSC encounter with the Zanar-pattern light cruiser was during the Battle of Chi Ceti in 2525. The ship inflicted heavy damage on the UNSC Commonwealth before being destroyed by a team of Spartan-IIs.

Several of these vessels were deployed and used over Reach during the Covenant's invasion of the planet.[6]

Post-war[edit | edit source]

After the conclusion of the Human-Covenant war, many Zanar-pattern ships were pulled from homefront duties to form the backbone of Jul 'Mdama's Covenant fleet.[1] In 2554, Jul 'Mdama deployed huge numbers of them to Requiem.[7] In 2557, one was destroyed by the Master Chief with a Hyperion nuclear missile from the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn.[8]

Numerous Zanar-pattern cruisers would be used by Jul 'Mdama's Covenant during the Second Battle of Requiem. One would be deployed against Fireteam Crimson in the Skirmish at Two Giants.[4] One would hold station over Lockup as Fireteam Crimson and Icebreaker Squad escaped captivity.[9]

Design[edit | edit source]

The Zanar-pattern has been described as resembling "luminous manta rays."[10] and are essentially a smaller and weaker version of the CCS-class battlecruiser. The Zanar-pattern and CCS-class are almost identical from the outside, distinguishable only by their difference in size and coloration.

Ships of the Line[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. In Episode 3, Chapter 4 of Spartan Ops, a CRS-class cruiser can be seen in the sky deploying waves of aircraft. On Normal difficulty, there are six Phantoms and eleven Banshees.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Halo: Warfleet – An Illustrated Guide to the Spacecraft of Halo, Page 72 & 73
  2. Halo Encyclopedia, page 265
  3. 3.0 3.1 Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 41
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Spartan Ops - Episode 3 - Chapter 4: Shootout in Valhalla
  5. Halo: Warfleet – An Illustrated Guide to the Spacecraft of Halo, Page 61
  6. Halo: First Strike, page 167 -- "Two exceptions to this patrol pattern were a pair of light cruisers hovering over Menachite Mountain"
  7. Halo 4 - Collectible: Terminal Prologue - Location Unknown
  8. Halo 4 - Level: Dawn
  9. Spartan Ops - Episode 6 - Chapter 1: Escape Plan
  10. Halo: First Strike, page 205

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