Archangel_class_assault_ship

Archangel class assault ship

Archangel-class assault ship
LCAM-01XA Archangel
LCAM-02XD Dominion
Fast facts
Ship type Assault ship and submarine
Class: Archangel
Launched: Archangel - 25 January, CE 71
Dominion - June CE 71
Manufacturer: Earth Alliance/Orb Union
Operator: Earth Alliance (Atlantic Federation), Three Ships Alliance/Terminal, Orb Union
Ships of class: LCAM-01XA Archangel, LCAM-02XD Dominion
General characteristics
Length: 420 meters (Archangel)
345 meters (Dominion)
Propulsion: unknown
Armor: Laminated armor, unknown thickness
Armament:

  • "Gottfried" Mk.71 225 cm dual high-energy beam cannon x 2
  • "Valiant" Mk.8 110 cm linear cannon
    x 2
  • "Lohengrin" positron blaster cannon x 2
  • "Igelstellung" 75 mm automatic multi-barrel CIWS x 16
  • "Sledgehammer" anti-ship / "Korinthos" M114 surface-to-air / "Wombat" atmospheric missile launcher x 24
  • "Helldart" surface-to-air missile launcher x 16
  • Anti-beam depth charge and flare multi-purpose launchers
  • Torpedo launchers (underwater) x unknown

Mobile weapon complement: Archangel, early CE 71
GAT-X105 Strike
TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero
FX-550 Skygrasper x 2

Archangel, mid to late CE 71
GAT-X105 Strike
GAT-X103 Buster
ZGMF-X10A Freedom
ZGMF-X09A Justice
TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero
FX-550 Skygrasper

Dominion, CE 71
GAT-X131 Calamity
GAT-X252 Forbidden
GAT-X370 Raider
GAT-01 Strike Dagger x unknown

Archangel, CE 73
ZGMF-X10A Freedom
MBF-02 Strike Rouge
MVF-M11C Murasame x 1

Archangel, CE 74
FX-550 Skygrasper
ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice
ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom
ORB-01 Akatsuki
MVF-M11C Murasame x unknown

Linear catapults: Two

The Archangel-class assault ship is a fictional ship class from the Cosmic Era (CE) timeline of the Gundam anime metaseries. They are functionally equivalent to the current day aircraft carriers; their primary mission being to launch and recover mobile suits and mobile armors. However, based in part on the Orb Union's Izumo-class battleship design, she is also a very heavily armed battleship (more heavily armed than either the Nelson-class battleship or Agamemnon-class carrier).

Design and construction

The Archangel-class assault ship was developed to support the mobile suits developed under the G Project. The G Project, which was initiated by Earth Alliance with support of Morgenroete Inc., developed the base unit GAT-X102 Duel, heavy assault unit GAT-X103 Buster, stealth unit GAT-X207 Blitz, high-powered commander unit GAT-X303 Aegis and most famous of the five, the multi-mode GAT-X105 Strike. For this intent, she is equipped with two linear catapults for supporting launches of mobile suits.

Her design is based on the Orb Union's Izumo-class battleship. Some elements of Izumo's design which was also used in the construction of the Archangel-class assault ships include the "Lohengrin" positron blaster cannon and "Gottfried" Mk.71 dual high-energy beam cannon. She is also equipped with laminated armor, which provides protection against beam weaponry by dispersing them across the entire surface of the armor. Due to extensive automation, the Archangel-class can be operated even by a small crew.

Two Archangel-class ships were built during the war: the Archangel and the Dominion. In addition, the Archangel-class had a special tender vessel designed for it, called the Cornelius-class. The prototype for the Archangel's tender would later be acquired by the Junk Guild and modified into the ReHOME. The production vessels of Cornelius-class were seen with the Dominion when she was at the Earth Alliance Ptolemaeus lunar base.

Later, after the Bloody Valentine War ended, the Archangel was refitted with underwater operation capabilities, making her almost invincible underwater because most beam weapons (which is the main armament of mobile suits and ships) do not work underwater while she can use her "Valiant" Mk.8 110 cm linear cannon, a projectile based railgun, underwater. This is proven in underwater battles during the Second Bloody Valentine War. In addition, this capability makes the Archangel difficult to detect. After being refitted, the Archangel also had improved control systems that allowed it to be operated by an even smaller crew.

Characteristics

The Archangel is a trans-atmospheric ship. She is able to enter and operate in an atmosphere and launch back to outer space without the help of a mass driver. In Earth's atmosphere, she can fly low. Later upgrades on Archangel after the Bloody Valentine War's end enable her to submerge underwater, as well as operate in slightly higher altitudes.

At the time it launched, the Archangel-class ship was the largest warship in the Cosmic Era universe, armed with two large-bore "Gottfried" Mk.71 beam cannons in forward turrets, two "Valiant" Mk.8 110 cm linear cannons in aft mounts, sixteen 75 mm "Igelstellung" CIWS turrets, 24 multi-purpose missile launchers (missiles include "Sledgehammer" anti-ship missiles, "Korinthos" M114 surface-to-air missiles, and "Wombat" atmospheric missiles), and a 16-cell "Helldart" surface-to-air missile launcher (located at the back of the bridge tower); however, the Archangel's most powerful weapons are her two "Lohengrin" bow-mounted positron blaster cannons.

The heavy defensive and offensive armament of the Archangel-class, combined with the ship's laminated armor, made it almost impenetrable to all but the most determined assault. The firepower of the Archangel-class ship exceeds most warships in its era, making it difficult to be equalized as a pure aircraft carrier, as it features the hybrid of a battleship and an aircraft carrier.

The Dominion is similar in appearance to the Archangel, except the fact that the Dominion has a dark appearance and has improved sensors.

In service

LCAM-01XA Archangel

Since its launch, the Archangel is commanded by Murrue Ramius. Her impressive capability, mobile weapon complements, and crews, made her survive all major battles in both the Bloody Valentine War and the Second Bloody Valentine War. Although launched as an Earth Alliance ship, she later became part of the Three Ships Alliance (which would later align themselves with Terminal). After the Second Battle of Orb, the Archangel is formally commissioned to the Orb Union's space fleet. The Archangel is known to ZAFT as the "Legged ship."

Earth Alliance service

The Archangel's first combat action was on 25 January, Cosmic Era 71, when ZAFT was attacking the Heliopolis space colony, where she was stationed. Due to ZAFT's sudden attack, her original captain was killed. Natarle Badgiruel, one of her officers, then managed to gather the surviving crew to activate and launch the Archangel and put her into action. Soon later, the Archangel's command was transferred to Lieutenant Murrue Ramius, after Lieutenant Mu La Flaga rejected the captain role because he is inexperienced in commanding a vessel (and also because only he and Kira Yamato were the ship's only mobile weapon pilots), despite his seniority.

With ZAFT stealing four of the five G Project prototypes, Archangel was left with only the GAT-X105 Strike and Mu's TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero to defend herself. After the assault ship linked up with Admiral Halberton's 8th Fleet, she took onboard two FX-550 Skygraspers, which were compatible with the Strike's striker packs. En route to the JOSH-A base in Alaska, the Archangel lost the Strike and one Skygrasper in combat and recaptured the GAT-X103 Buster.

Renegade service and forming of Three Ships Alliance

During the Battle of JOSH-A, the Archangel was saved from destruction by Kira. The event made the Archangel's crew decide to desert the Earth Alliance and joined the Orb Union later. In addition, it added the stolen ZAFT mobile suit ZGMF-X10A Freedom to its complement, piloted by former Strike pilot Kira.

During the Battle of Orb, Athrun Zala, with his ZGMF-X09A Justice, joined the Archangel. Both the Justice and Freedom later transferred to the Eternal, after the Eternal joined the Archangel and Orb's Kusanagi, forming the Three Ships Alliance. In the war's final days, Archangel's mobile weapon complements were the repaired Strike, piloted by Mu, and the Buster, piloted by Dearka Elsman.

The Archangel was severely damaged on the war's last day, 26 September, at the Second Battle of Jachin Due. During the course of the battle, however, she destroyed the Dominion.

After the Bloody Valentine War ended, the Archangel went into hiding for two years.

Terminal

After the war, the Archangel was repaired, upgraded with submarine-esque capability, an indoor hot spring, and hidden in a secret hangar at Orb. After ZAFT commandos failed in an attempt to kill Lacus Clyne in CE 73, the Archangel left this facility. Its mobile suit complements at this point was the Freedom piloted by Kira, the MBF-02 Strike Rouge piloted by Cagalli Yula Athha, and a new MVF-M11C Murasame transformable mobile suit piloted by Andrew Waltfeld.

Later that year, the Archangel intervened in battles between the ZAFT battleship Minerva and a joint Earth Alliance and Orb Union task force near Dardanelles and again off the coast of Crete. After the second battle, six more Murasames from the Orb aircraft carrier Takemikazuchi were transferred to the Archangel.

However, shortly after the release of the information on the shady group Logos being the true warmongers of human civilization, ZAFT issued orders to destroy the Archangel. Being pursued by a team under Commander Willard and ultimately the Minerva, its mainstay mobile suit the Freedom was destroyed by the ZGMF-X56S Impulse, and its outer hull was damaged by the Minerva's "Tannhäuser" positron blaster cannon.

The Archangel managed to reach Orb, and was repaired at a secret Morgenroete facility before ZAFT's attack on Orb (codenamed "Operation Fury"). Soon after she was repaired, she engaged the Minerva once again, but with the support of Neo Roanoke and his Skygrasper. During the invasion of Orb by ZAFT, the Archangel was forced to engage Minerva head on in order to defend Orb against ZAFT's attacks. With both ships fairly evenly matched, Captain Murrue Ramius decided to submerge the Archangel into the ocean to break free from the Minerva's relentless pursuit (realizing that once the ship was underwater, the Archangel was virtually unchallenged in terms of firepower because all the beam weapons from the Minerva cannot hit targets underwater). The Archangel then proceeded to fire the "Valiant" linear cannons (projectile based) against the Minerva, which was still hovering above the ocean's surface. Afterwards, the Archangel destroyed ZAFT support ships and submarines one by one with the "Valiant" and torpedoes, including Operation Fury's flagship, the Vosgulov-class submarine St. Helens, and forced a total retreat of all ZAFT forces.

Formal commission on Orb's space fleet

After the Second Battle of Orb, the Archangel was assigned to Orb's 2nd Space Fleet under command of Kira Yamato, who was appointed as the commander of the Orb Space Fleet, and makes its way to the moon for an intelligence mission. After the mission is completed, the Archangel is joined by three Izumo-class battleships, including the Kusanagi and headed for ZAFT's mobile fortress Messiah.

During the last battle of the Second Bloody Valentine War, The Battle of Messiah, the Archangel was able to severely damage the Minerva by disabling the majority of the Minerva's weaponry. Shortly afterwards, Athrun Zala disabled Minerva's engines with the ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice's Fatum-01 subflight lifter.


LCAM-02XA Dominion

The Earth Alliance/Blue Cosmos flagship Dominion is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Natarle Badgiruel (formerly Archangel's Executive Officer). Relatively short-living, the Dominion was destroyed by the Archangel on the last day of the Bloody Valentine War, 27 September, at the Second Battle of Jachin Due.

The Dominion carried the GAT-X131 Calamity, piloted by Orga Sabnak, the GAT-X252 Forbidden, piloted by Shani Andras, the GAT-X370 Raider, piloted by Clotho Buer, and a squadron of GAT-01 Strike Daggers.

First action

The Dominion's first action was at the Battle of Mendel, where she also battled the Archangel. The Earth Alliance's objective was to capture either the ZGMF-X09A Justice or ZGMF-X10A Freedom as well as to destroy the Archangel, but failed both objectives. Increasing disadvantage of their forces made the Earth Alliance forces retreat. In this battle, the Dominion managed to retrieve a life pod, released by ZAFT's Vesalius, where Flay Allster was inside, holding data about the Neutron Jammer Canceller.

Battle of Boaz

During the Battle of Boaz, the Dominion is assigned to defend the nuclear missile-equipped TS-MA2 Moebiuses and their support units. In the battle, Boaz was destroyed.

Final action

During the Second Battle of Jachin Due, the Dominion was assigned to the large scale assault on the PLANTs. During this battle, the Dominion was destroyed by the Archangel.

Related development

See also

Similar mobile suit carriers

Trivia

  • The Archangel and Dominion are named after angelic ranks in Christian cosmology. If other Archangel-class assault ships had been produced, they most likely would have been named after the other angelic ranks, such as the seraphim, cherubim, etc.
  • Izumo and Archangel class "Lohengrin" positron blaster cannon is named after Richard Wagner's Lohengrin opera. At the Battle of Gulnahan Ravine, the same positron cannon is also deployed by the Earth Alliance against ZAFT.
  • The "Gottfried" beam cannon is probably named after Gottfried von Strassburg, the Middle Ages German writer of the courtly romance, "Tristan". Ironically, ZAFT's equivalent to the Gottfried is also named "Tristan"
  • The "Official SEED Destiny Guide Book volume 3" has the designation of the Archangel listed as LCAM-01XA. It is unknown whether that was its original identification code or an ID code assigned to it later by Orb.
  • The design aesthetics and combat role is largely similar to the Pegasus-class ships seen in the Universal Century timeline, and can be seen as a clear tribute to the earlier series. (Such tributes being highly common in Gundam sequels).

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