The Aegis-class cruiser is a naval battleship in the Cosmic Era timeline.
Technology & Combat Characteristic
The Aegis-class cruisers serve as the backbone of Orb Union's naval forces and is used primarily for guarding Orb's territorial waters. Based on a trimaran construction in which the ship's hull is divided into three sections, it can reach speeds of more than 50 knots. The ship is armed with a single 250mm rapid fire gun that can fire numerous shells (such as specialized fragmentation burst or armor-piercing shells) at ranges of excess of 32km, three 25mm anti-air gatling guns to intercept incoming missiles or enemy mobile suits, and multiple missile launchers for unleashing a large number of missiles to destroy various enemy units. The Aegis-class also has three flight decks for carrying and launching three Helis, and although it is not designed to support mobile suits, the same flight decks can be used for transporting and deploying three mobile suits.
First Alliance-PLANT War
These cruisers were used during the First Alliance-PLANT War as command and control ships, with the Kuraomikami-class destroyer serving as the primary surface combatant vessel (PSCV). They were deployed in large numbers during the Earth Alliance attack on Orb, during which many of these ships fell victim to the new Gundam mobile suits of the EA.
Second Alliance-PLANT War
The Aegis-class cruiser was still in service in CE 73 during the Second Alliance-PLANT War. Many of these vessels were part of the large Orb fleet which fought alongside the Alliance fleet against the ZAFT battleship Minerva in the Battle of Dardanelles and Battle of Crete. When ZAFT later attacked Orb, these ships were again deployed to defend the country as they did in the previous war.