These ships are used by the Covenant to counter enemy strike-craft en masse.
Originally, at the beginning of the Human-Covenant War there was no need for the CAR-class Frigate, and although they existed they saw very little service. This was mostly in part to the shield technology on Covenant ships being so impressive and their point defense systems being so effective that enemy squadrons were never a threat.
However, during the Fall of Reach in 2552, the UNSC introduced a new weapon in their fight against the Covenant: the Sabre line of strike-craft. This was the first time in the war that UNSC ships of any kind were superior to Covenant ships. The Sabres boasted enhanced speed, weapons and shielding technology, as well as advanced logistics, allowing them to go toe for toe with Covenant strike-craft. In response from the panic of Covenant Shipmasters, the CAR-class entered a stage of mass-production and was employed widely, seeing action in the second wave in the Siege of Epsilon Eridiani and in the subsequent invasion of Earth and Onyx.
Weapons and Tactical Usage
The Covenant's combat ships, unlike the UNSC, have very few anti-fighter weapons, so you have to turn to the CAR-class to fulfill that gap. It is realistically your best defence against aggressive UNSC bombers, as well as of course the super-powerful Sabres and Broadsword strike-craft. For when the Flood mode is turned on, the CAR-class is very effective at defending your fleet from Flood spores, ensuring your ships don't turn against the rest of your fleet. However, keep pickets away from fleet engagements since they lack any ship-to-ship weaponry, unlike its counterpart, the Stalwart-class light frigate.
- In the 0.75 and onwards releases, the Picket-class is renamed the CAR-class frigate.
|Strikecraft||Seraph Bomber • Banshee Interceptor|
|Combat vessels||CRS-class light cruiser • CPV-class heavy destroyer • RCS-class armored cruiser • CCS-class battlecruiser|
|Support vessels||DAV-class corvette • DSC-class support ship • SDV-class corvette • DDA-class shuttle • CAR-class frigate|
|Capitals||ORS-class heavy cruiser • DDS-class carrier • CAS-class assault carrier • DOS-class supercruiser • OSS-class battlecarrier|
|Other||Tradeship • CCD-class Constructor|
|Obsolete vessels||Redemption-class Battleship • Seraph Fighter|