Technology & Combat Characteristics
Since its is designed mainly as a carrier, the Agamemnon-class is only lightly armed, featuring two dual high-energy beam cannons and several vulcan guns for defense.
Thanks to its large hangar, the Agamemnon-class can carry a large amount of either mobile suits or mobile armors in its hangar, which can serve as a mobile defense for the ships. For further protection, most ships of this class are accompanied by the smaller Drake-class.
Although a major component of the Earth Alliance's space fleet, the Agamemnon-class carriers are easy targets. Their hull isn't strong enough to withstand mobile suits therefore they are easily taken out.
- "Gottfried Mk.71" 225cm High-energy Beam Cannon
- Vulcan Gun
The Agamemnon-class carrier is a large, wedge-shaped warship that can carry many mobile armors or mobile suits and deploy them rapidly using the linear catapults on either edge of the ship. Since the vessel also serves as a flagship, it has extensive bridge facilities for this service. Until the development of the Archangel-class assault ship, the Agamemnon-class is the largest warship in OMNI Enforcer.
In February, CE 70, the Roosevelt was the ship which carried the nuclear missiles, that would destroy the PLANT colony Junius Seven on February 14, Another Agamemnon-class ship, the Menelaos, was under command of Admiral Lewis Halberton, who commanded the 8th fleet from this ship. The Menelaos met with the Archangel on February 11, CE 71, which it would protect. However, the fleet was attacked by ZAFT and the Menelaos itself was sunk together with many other vessels of the fleet. In September CE 71, four Agamemnon-class ships, among them the Washington, Doolittle and Oda Nobunga, carried several nuclear missiles and TS-MA2 Moebius mobile armors, which were used to attack the PLANT homeland. The Doolittle, which was commanded by Blue Cosmos member Admiral William Sutherland, was eventually sunk on the last day of the First Alliance-PLANT War by Yzak Joule in his GAT-X102 Duel Gundam. Several other Agamemnon-class ships also took part in the Second Battle of Jachin Due, with many of them being destroyed.
One Agamemnon-class ship, the Ortigia was under command of Captain Meriol Pristis, a member of the Eurasian Federation's "Special Operatives X" and usually stationed at the Artemis asteroid fortress. The ship served as the base of operations of Canard Pars during his time as a pilot for the Federation. From this ship, Canard conducted several missions, until Garcia ordered his arrest. The crew of the ship however remained loyal to Canard and defected. Afterwards, the ship and the crew decided to become mercenaries. At some point after Mercenary Unit X split from the Earth Alliance, the Ortigia was modified with a Positron Reflector, taken from a refitted Drake-class cruiser, on its bow.
After the first war, the Agamemnon-class was heavily modified, with the formerly sleek wedge widened across the beam and split into a fork arrangement to accommodate the new thickened and lengthened superstructure amid ships for stand-up launch facilities for the GAT-02L2 Dagger L and GAT-04 Windam mobile suits. With the new arrangement, the former deck-edge linear catapults have been eliminated and all mobile weapons launch from the centerline catapult instead. While this allows the Mobile Suits which launch from the carrier to equip Striker Packs, the downside of this design however is that the vessels can only launch Mobile Suits one after the other, which cuts the deploying speed of this ship in half.
When the Second Alliance-PLANT War started, one Agamemnon-class ship commanded the forces which attacked Aprilius One with nuclear weapons. The ship, together with the other ships and mobile suits from this fleet, were destroyed when ZAFT's Neutron Stampeder weapon detonated the nukes still in its hold. Several other ships of this class also took part in most other space battles of this war. Near the end of the War, an unnamed Agamemnon-class Carrier was seen with a Fleet of Izumo-class, Nelson-class, and Nazca-class to attack the Requiem on the lunar surface.
Here are the references for the names of the ships of the Agamemnon battleship line:
- The Agamemnon and Menelaos are named for the Greek mythological heroes.
- The Ortigia is an islet in the gulf of Siracusa, Sicily.
- The Doolittle was named for General Jimmy Doolittle.
- The Roosevelt was named for United States Presidents Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt.
- The Oda Nobunaga was named for the famed 16th-century Japanese warlord.
- The Magsaysay was named for Philippines' seventh President, Ramon Magsaysay.
- In Phase-28, Day of Wrath, the announcement to all Earth Forces ships:
|“||The Magsaysay will take command of space divisions 48 and 211 from this point on. The 15th carrier group are to gather at the signal coordinates of the Heinlein.||”|
- Is a meta-reference to Heinlein's novel Starship Troopers where the smallest starships are named after footsoldiers. Upon reading some of their names, Filipino protagonist Johnnie Rico remarks, "There ought to be one named Magsaysay."
- The class name of Agamemnon may be an indirect reference to the American science fiction series Babylon 5, in which one of the principle starships was named EAS Agamemnon, and was also affiliated to an Earth based government called the Earth Alliance.