The Granite was a cruiser-class WarShip in service with the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces as the LCS Granite from the era of the Reunification War to the years following the collapse of the Star League.
Under the command of Fleet Admiral Oscar F. Dewey, the LCS Granite was assigned to the defense of Hesperus II in March 2789 by the LCAF alongside another cruiser, the LCS Endeavor. The WarShip picket was a sign of just how significant the factory world was to the Lyran Commonwealth, even after the destruction of the orbital shipyards by WarShips from the Draconis Combine in December 2787.
The deployment of the Endeavor and the Granite moved proved a prescient decision on the part of the LCAF; just days after the arrival of the two cruisers, the Free Worlds League launched an attack that became the third battle for Hesperus II. Approaching from an unusual vector to try and avoid repeating the mistakes made in previous attacks by the Combine and the Federated Suns, the League fleet included the powerful cruisers FWLS Devastator and FWLS Skulker.
The Endeavor and the Granite targeted the two League cruisers, exchanging furious broadsides with their opponents in a fashion akin to the blue water naval battles of old on Terra, but after several broadsides it became apparent that the more modern Devastator was swiftly getting the upper hand against the much older Granite. Faced with the potential loss of the entire battle, Dewey ordered the Granite to ram the Devastator, the Lyran cruiser driving its prow deep into the bowels of its opponent, pushing both of them out of orbit and into a spiral towards the surface of Hesperus II.
When Dewey became aware of the rapid descent of both ships towards the planet he had the Granite pull itself free of the Devastator using its manuevering drive, the two ships finally seperating as their hulls began visibly glowing from the friction of atmospheric entry. The venerable Granite fought for several minutes to remain above the atmosphere, but it became apparent that she could no longer maneuver effectively; Dewey ordered his crew to abandon ship, and the Endeavor swiftly recovered the crew having vanquished the Skulker. With both League cruisers vanquished, the League fleet no longer had a clear advantage over the Lyran defenders and retreated.
The Granite and the Devastator burned up together in the atmosphere of Hesperus II, the last remains of the veteran ship and her vanquished opponent crashing violently into the surface close to the vital factories she had died protecting.
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 50, "Attacks on Hesperus II"