|“||If you can't pull the trigger, I can't allow you on the battlefield as a pilot. How unfortunate, given your excellent flying skills.||”|
—One of the Zeon members on Danton.
Following the events of Laplace's Box, in late U.C. 0096, Danton and Arlette Almage are among the investigative team accompanying the Earth Federation's Mastema special forces team. On a mission to investigate Axis, which is drifting in the Earth Sphere, the team is attacked by the RX-78AN-01 Gundam AN-01 "Tristan" and Birnam forces. To fight back, Danton pilots the abandoned mobile suits of Axis, including a AMX-011S Zaku III Custom and a AMX-104 R-Jarja.