Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Columbus-class supply ship is shaped like a catamaran, with huge cargo bays on both sides. Its purpose is to deliver supplies to other vessels, and it can carry a large amount of supplies because most of its hull is used as loading space. When resupplying, the sides of the hull are deployed, and supplies are brought in by connecting the ship to the resupply vessel via tubes. The forward hatch can also be opened for resupply. Since it has no fixed armament, it is vulnerable to enemy attack. For this reason, it was often used in rear missions where there was little danger of enemy aircraft attacks, but it was sometimes deployed to the front lines to accompany other armed vessels such as the Salamis-class or escorted by mobile suits that directly followed them.
A number of these ships were in service during the One Year War in 0079, it was mainly used for logistical missions, such as carrying the Solar System and building bases. In addition to supply missions, it was also used as an improvised mobile suit carrier at the end of the war because of its enormous loading space. Even after the war, its loading capacity has remained useful, and improved versions were manufactured.
- A converted ship that appears in "Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt". It has the appearance of a Columbus-class turned upside down and stacked on top of a Columbus-class, and is the flagship of the Moore Brotherhood fleet of the Earth Federation Forces. Although classified as an aircraft carrier, it has high offensive capabilities, including MS operation facilities, mega-particle guns, and anti-aircraft guns.
- São Tomé and Príncipe