The Zanar-pattern has been described as resembling "luminous manta rays." 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.
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. After the conclusion of the Human-Covenant war, the CRS-class formed the backbone of Jul 'Mdama's Covenant Fleet which deployed huge numbers of them to Requiem during the years before the First Battle of Requiem. One was destroyed by the Master Chief with a Hyperion nuclear missile from the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn.
- ↑ Halo Encyclopedia, page 265
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 41
- ↑ Halo 4, Spartan Ops, Episode Three, Chapter Four A CRS-class cruiser can be seen in the sky deploying waves of aircraft. On Normal difficulty, there are six Phantoms and eleven Banshees.
- ↑ Halo: First Strike, page 205
- ↑ Halo: First Strike, page 167 -- "Two exceptions to this patrol pattern were a pair of light cruisers hovering over Menachite Mountain"