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UNSC Pierce the Heavens
UNSC Peirce the Heavens
Production information




Heavy Destroyer


Fleet escort, assault craft.



Deuterium nuclear fusion reactor

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine


  • 2m Titanium-A armor
  • Refit w/ Vanadium steel


8 Emergency thrusters


  • Magnetic Accelerator Cannons (2)
  • Shiva-class Nuclear Missiles (6)
  • Oversized Archer Missile Pods (40)
  • 14x 50mm point defense guns


  • Company of ODST
  • Battalion of Marines
  • SPARTAN Legacy Team
Service information



Latest sighted:

February, 2558

Participated battles:


  • Operation: TREBUCHET

Human-Covenant War

  • Harvest Campaign
  • Battle of Psi Serpentis
  • Battle of Sigma Octanus IV
  • Battle of Tribute
  • Fall of Reach
  • Battle of Earth
  • Battle of Installation 00

Known commanders:

Captain Steele




The UNSC Pierce the Heavens was a UNSC Heavy Destroyer, commanded by Captain Steele. It was constructed sometime before the Human-Covenant War. The ship saw heavy action during the Insurrection and the war with the Covenant Empire, perhaps the most decorated and experienced in UNSC history.



The ship was present during the closing years of Operation: TREBUCHET.

Human-Covenant WarEdit

Fall of ReachEdit

Assisted in the evacuation of civilians on Reach by destroying a Covenant destroyer, and damaging two others, with the assistance of Legacy Team . The ship escaped the onslaught, making it back to Earth.

Search Edit

The ship's slip-space signal slipped through around the colony Venezia in 2554.


During the Battle of Installation 00, the UNSC Pierce the Heavens was providing support for ground forces, but failed to pull out in time of the Installation's destruction. The ship was presumed destroyed in the blast by the Navy, search/recovery teams turned up with no remnants. A.I.'s investigating the destruction of the ship had concluded there should have been a large debris field. The investigating A.I.'s also stated in the report the similarities between this and this supposed "death" of Vice Admiral Preston Cole during the Battle of Psi Serpentis.

Arrival into 2nd Battle of RequiemEdit

Rolland: "Captain, I am detecting a slip-space rupture between us and the Covenant fleet."
Captain Lasky: "That's within range. Arm missile batteries 8 through 16."
Rolland: "It's UNSC! She's old.. probably Covenant War era."
—Rolland detecting the ship's presence 

Upon arriving at Requiem, the ship's communiction and detection software was damaged. Captain Steele ordered Legacy Team to deploy to the surface in a Pelican to see what they can gather. Upon a crash landing, Legacy Team was immediatly engaged by Covenant Forces. It was morning the next day before a small team of "UNSC" rescued them.