Overall, the craft is almost identical to the military D77H-TCI variant used by the UNSC Marine Corps, with the exception of its police livery and a number of additions, including a high-speed camera on the bow of the dropship to monitor traffic and a rescue cable at the rear of the troop bay. Most of these dropships are armed with an AIE-486H Heavy Machine Gun in the troop bay.
Until the Battle of Earth, these Pelicans were used in traffic, surveillance, search & rescue, and prisoner transport roles.
Battle of MombasaEdit
- Main article: Battle of Mombasa
During the Battle of Mombasa, the D77C-NMPD was used to transport personnel to coordinate evacuation efforts, to get the city's population out of the city, and to fight against the invading Covenant Army. Police Commissioner Kinsler, the highest-ranking officer of the NMPD, used one such dropship to locate and kidnap Sadie Endesha. It was later destroyed by Vergil by ramming into it with the automated piloting system on an Elephant garbage truck.
When the Prophet of Regret's Assault Carrier entered Slipspace above the city, most of the NMPD was held up fighting the Covenant Army on the ground. After the siege at the ONI Alpha Site, an NMPD Pelican evacuated Marines Cpl. Taylor Miles, PFC Michael Crespo, and a number of police officers, just before the building was destroyed by a controlled demolition. This Pelican later flew the Marines to the NMPD Headquarters in order to extract GySgt Eddie Buck and LCpl Kojo Agu; While landing, two Type-26 Banshees ambushed the Pelican and shot it down, where it crashed in a construction zone high above the city streets. A single NMPD officer, and Alpha-Nine of Marine shock troopers defended the downed Pelican from Covenant reinforcements. They eventually defeated the Covenant forces although Romeo was badly injured and the officer killed. As a result of this and a failed attempt to escape via the train tunnels, the survivors hijacked a Covenant Phantom dropship to escape to replace this one.