|This is the article on the unique Carrier of the Coalition. If you are looking for the article on Carrier's in previous games, see Carrier.|
The Sakala-class Deep Carriers are fully combat-capable vessels built by the Coalition for desert exploration and combat. Designed by Kiith S'jet, they were equipped with production facilities for support vehicles, as well as a control center for flight operations. Based on the previous Ifriit-class Heavy Carrier, primary improvements were made toward the carrier's ability to conduct deep desert exploration. Five carriers were built by 1110 KDS (Sakala, Kapisi, Fiiskire, Akalon and Amida) with additional eight more planned.
The first of her class, the Kiith Siidim-sponsored Sakala, left the Hraal Industrial Works shipyards at Tiir on 1109 KDS. The construction of Kiith S'jet-sponsored Kapisi was started on 1107 KDS and completed on 1109 KDS, six months after the Sakala. By the time Kapisi exited the yards, Sakala had been participating in combat operations nearly non-stop due to Gaalsien raiders.
All five carriers were allocated for Operation Khadiim and preparations were underway to launch them when forces of Kiith Gaalsien attacked. Only Sakala and Kapisi survived the initial attacks, with Kapisi escaping from Epsilon Base and Sakala from Juno Base.
Later on, when the Siidim betrayed the Coalition, the Sakala attempted to destroy the Kapisi, but it failed and it was destroyed instead, with all hands lost.
Coalition carriers form the core of any expeditionary force. They construct vehicles, conduct repairs, and even supply support and self-defense fire in combat. A unique capability of the carrier is its "power shunting" ability. Power can be diverted to different systems to make them more efficient and work faster.
- In the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Expedition Guide, Section 6 refers it as a Sakala-class Deep Desert Carrier while Section 7 refers it as Sakala-class Command/Exploration Carrier.
- According to the journal entries of Rachel S'jet, she believes that Kiith Siidim rushed the completion of the Sakala in order to secure the class name away from Kiith S'jet's Kapisi.