“Malta, what is your status, over?”
“I don't believe it! They're retreating, we've won!”
— Unknown UNSC officer aboard the Malta Station, moments before the station's destruction.[1]

Malta Station (ODA-143) was a UNSC Orbital Defense Platform in Earth orbit. It was so named because it held station above the island of Malta.[citation needed] It was in the same battle cluster as Athens Station and Cairo Station.[1]

Operational History Edit

During the Battle of Earth, the station was destroyed by an antimatter charge placed by Covenant boarders. Unaware of the invader's true intent, the withdrawal of the boarders was misinterpreted by some of the station's crew members as a full retreat by the Covenant.[1]

The destruction of Malta occurred shortly before that of Athens, allowing the Prophet of Regret's CAS-class assault carrier, Solemn Penance, to break through the orbital defenses to the surface of Earth.[1]