The MCRN Karakum was a Martian Congressional Republic Navy Black Ops ship.
The Karakum was dispatched to Ganymede following the Martian takeover of Ganymede Station and establishment of a no-fly zone around the planet. The ship was designated to land on the Ganymede surface close to the lab in which the Hybrid was created, with its flight plan broadcast to all MCRN vessels in the system with instructions not to interfere with the vessel under any circumstances. The ship was to have taken control of Project Caliban materials for the MCR, though was ultimately destroyed by UNN forces acting under the orders of Sadavir Errinwright, concurrently with Errinwright's assassination of Martian defence minister Pyotr Korshunov before it could reach its destination. The ship's destruction would accelerate the breakdown and collapse of Ganymede Station and would trigger a new round of fighting between UN and MCR forces in the Jovian System, leading to the UN-MCR War.
- This vessel does not appear in the novels, nor does Pyotr Korshunov. Mars may have sought it but Mars did not achieve access to the protomolecule in Caliban's War.
- ↑ the original novelized basis of all the events on Ganymede and all the events connected to the "Caliban" protomolecule hybrid adapted to TV in season 2