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The Drake-class is an escort ship that appears in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The Drake-class is one of the three main classes of space battleships employed by the Earth Alliance. This small escort ship is often deployed to protect larger battleships such as the Nelson-class and the Agamemnon-class. It is armed with vulcan cannons to intercept incoming missiles and enemy units, as well as torpedo launchers and missile launchers to attack enemy units.

Despite its small size, it is incapable of keeping up with the mobility of a mobile suit and can be easily taken down by a single mobile suit. It also has a weakness where its propellant tanks are exposed and externally attached to the engines, leading to them being attacked multiple times, but they can be disconnected in case of emergency.

Because of its size, the Drake-class doesn't have any interior hanger. Instead, four TS-MA2 Moebius mobile armors were merely strapped onto the sides, and this continued with the GAT-01 Strike Daggers. After the First Alliance-PLANT War, the vessels were redesigned and outfitted with two external MS launching catapults. Despite this, their MS carrying abilities were still weak.

Armaments

  • 75mm Vulcan Cannon
  • Torpedo Launcher
  • Missile Launcher

Special Equipment & Features

  • Positron Reflector
During the Second Alliance-PLANT War, some the Drake-class replaced their forward ventral vulcan cannon with a Positron Reflector for defending large structures against attacks from enemy fleets.

History

First Alliance-PLANT War

The Drake-class is one of the space battleships employed by the Earth Alliance during the First Alliance-PLANT War. Several Drake-class vessels were part of the 8th fleet, which rendezvoused with the Archangel, but they were easily destroyed by the four stolen Gundams used by the Le Creuset Team attacking the fleet. Drake-class vessels also took part in the large space battles that happened in September CE 71, which marked the end of the war. Since ZAFT had fielded mobile suits equipped with beam weaponry at that time, the Drake-class ships were destroyed more easily than before.

Second Alliance-PLANT War

The Drake-class vessels remain in use during the Second Alliance-PLANT War with minor alterations. Later, some Drake-class ships were equipped with large positron reflector shields to defend one of the relay stations of the Requiem superweapon against a large-scale ZAFT attack. These ships however were eventually destroyed and the relay station fell. Some renegade Drake-class vessels were part of the fleet allied with the Three Ships Alliance.

Gallery

Notes & Trivia

  • The portrayal of the missile launchers in the anime is inconsistent, sometimes they are shown as 12-tube launchers, while in other scenes, they are 10-tube launchers.
  • The positron reflector-equipped Drake-class is visually reminiscent of the Reinforce Junior with its beam shield deployed.

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TS-MA4F Exus | TS-MB1B Euclid | YMAF-X6BD Zamza-Zah | YMAG-X7F Gells-Ghe

Land Vehicle
Linear Artillery | Linear Gun Tank | Missile Truck | Radar Truck
Land Battleship
Hannibal-class
Ship / Submarine
Danilov-class | Spengler-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
F-7D Spearhead | VTOL Fighter
Transporter / Supply Ship
Transport Plane
Cruiser / Mother Ship
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Super Weapon
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Orb Union
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MBF-M1 M1 Astray | MVF-M11C Murasame | MVF-M11C Murasame Reconnaissance Type | ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam

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Three Ships Alliance
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FX-550 Skygrasper
Support Weapon
METEOR
Transporter / Supply Ship
Shuttle
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Archangel-class | FFMH-Y101 Eternal | Izumo-class | Laurasia-class | Nazca-class | Nelson-class
Terrorists / Civilians
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
ZGMF-1017M2 GINN High Maneuver Type II

Land Vehicle
Buggy
Aircraft
Press VTOL
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