CMS Roanoke
DS3 Roanoke

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Production information


Orbital Command Platform

Technical Specifications

Engine Unit(s):




Flagship of SCAF Expedition to Tau Volantis

Earliest Sighting:


Latest Sighting:



Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces


S.C.A.F Expedition to Tau Volantis

Known Owner(s):

Sovereign Colonies

Known commander(s):

Admiral Marjorie Graves
Captain A. Belknap


The CMS Roanoke is an abandoned Orbital Command Platform floating above the planet Tau Volantis in Dead Space 3.



The CMS Roanoke, codenamed "Overlord", was the flagship of the Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces flotilla assigned to investigate Tau Volantis in 2311. It was not a conventional space ship, but rather an orbital command platform that served as the headquarters of the entire expedition. The vessel consisted of a large central spindle with two roughly equally sized modules attached to the sides, one a giant docking area and repair bay; the function of the other is not clear. The Roanoke featured a ready-room for operation briefings and Admiral Marjorie Graves's personal quarters.

During the Necromorph outbreak that doomed the S.C.A.F. expedition, a battleship designed for mine warfare that had accompanied the flotilla released its payload of automated mines among the flotilla's ships. While other ships were destroyed or heavily damaged, the Roanoke itself survived the mines mostly intact. Two hundred years later, the flotilla's local area was still heavily saturated with automated mines, making any attempts to approach it extremely dangerous.

Dead Space 3Edit

After they escape the destruction of the USM Eudora, Isaac Clarke, Robert Norton, John Carver and the surviving crew members Rosen and Locke move to take refuge inside the derelict ship. The first to board and enter, Isaac opens the shuttle bay doors, allowing Norton, Carver and the others inside the ship. Norton tells Isaac that Ellie Langford's S.O.S. message is located somewhere within the heart of the ship and gives him the coordinates to investigate. During the search Isaac comes across two hundred year old "mummified" Necromorphs, as well as a massive Necromorph creature of unknown type which is briefly encountered in the vessel's power core.

Despite having a relatively large structural design, only a very small part of the ship was explorable, the vast installations seen on the other side were inaccessible.

After acquiring and launching the shuttle Crozier, the wreck of the Roanoke is left behind as Isaac and his team makes their way down to the surface of Tau Volantis.

Spoilers end here.


  • The name "Roanoke" is a reference to the colony of Roanoke Island in North Carolina, famous for the mysterious disappearance of the inhabitants in the late 16th century and the phrase "CROATOAN".
  • The crew of the Roanoke implemented the use of dogs during their exploration of planets.
  • The Roanoke was the only ship in the flotilla to not have a "cache room" hidden amidst the debris field around it. 
  • Despite being referred to as a ship several times, the Roanoke does not appear to have engines and looks more like a space station in construction. 
  • The station is listed as a UD-24 class Orbital Command Platform with the UIC of 11267. 


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