The Hesperus-class prowler was a class of stealth vessels in service with the United Nations Space Command Navy and Office of Defence Intelligence between 2561 and 2693. During its service, the Hesperus-class saw action during the final years of the Remnant War against the Covenant Remnant, later the Galactic War from 2622 until 2633, and finally the Swarm War between that year and the end of its service. The Hesperus-class was a small, highly specialised vessel intended for a small number of roles, including covert reconnaissance, electronic intelligence and surveillance, landing of special operations forces, and covert strikes on enemy assets. To accomplish these tasks, the Hesperus-class, like Human-Covenant War-era prowlers that preceded it, was equipped with a substantial array of electronic equipment, as well as highly specialised and effective stealth measures. As a result of this, the prowler had the highest cost-to-tonnage ratio of any warship operated by the UNSC Navy. The UNSC Navy had over 9,000 Hesperus-class prowlers in operation by 2620. Defence Intelligence also operated a further 430 vessels.
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