Halo UNSC Ship Names

While ship names don’t really fall into the character category, I have always been enchanted by the names of the ships in Halo.  I wanted to discuss a few of my favourites, starting with the UNSC ships.

Pillar of Autumn

The Pillar of Autumn is the first ship you are ever introduced to in Halo: Combat Evolved.  By the same token, it is the first ship many people encountered in the Halo universe.

I really like the imagery this name inspires.  Maybe a tree, nearing the end of its life, still strong but nearing winter.  Or the weathering of humanity’s strength, particularly in the Halo universe, as humanity is losing the war against the Covenant.  Either way, this name paints a strong picture in my mind.

As the first ship encountered in Halo, The Pillar of Autumn really set the tone for the beautiful ship names of the series.

Spirit of Fire

This is the ship from Halo Wars.  Generally it is in orbit above whatever planet you are trying to help, ready to lend a handy MAC Blast or four.

The Spirit of Fire always seemed like an embodiment of its crew.  From the three main characters in Halo Wars to the Spartans, everyone is willing to do whatever they can to save the lives of their fellow humans.  From Professor Anders right on up to the AI Serina, everyone has a fighting spirit ready to kick some Covenant ass.

In Amber Clad

This ship is found in Halo 2.  You board it and follow Truth as he flees Earth.  Later in the game, In Amber Clad is piloted by Flood and crashes into the Holy City of the Covenant (aka High Charity).

The name of this ship always brings to mind sunlight, especially around sunrise or sunset.  It is like a reminder that no matter how dark things may seem, there is something beautiful just on the horizon.

Forward Unto Dawn

This is the frigate that accompanied the Elites to the Ark in Halo 3.  It is also the ship that the Master Chief, Cortana and the Arbiter use to escape the Ark.

I’ve always liked the sound of this ship’s name.  It conveys a sense of both strength and hope.  And this is appropriate, especially in Halo 3.  The humans have both the strength and the faith to survive, even in the face of utter annihilation by either the Covenant or the Flood.

There are many more ships than the few I have mentioned here.  What were some of your favourites?  What do they make you think of?

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3 Responses to Halo UNSC Ship Names

  1. William Belcourt says:

    I came to this website to find out what happened to all the ships and were are they now and you said some things that helped me but I wished you said some more ships and more about them but thanks

  2. Kip says:

    Not sure if youll see this, but as you may (or may not) have noticed. Most shipnames in halo (alteast the bungie ones) were all named after the theme of Orange / Red.
    UNSC Savannah (Reach)
    DAWN
    FIRE
    AMBER
    AUTUMN.

  3. That’s true, and even Ensemble Studios kept with that (Spirit of Fire is from Halo Wars, which is not a Bungie game).

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