Technology & Combat Characteristics
Since it is only a transport ship, the Marseille III-class isn't equipped with any weaponry, although it can carry mobile suits and mobile armors. One modified vessel, the HOME was equipped with eight manipulator arms for salvage operations, as well as a pinball flipper-like catapult. In an emergency, these could be used to hurl the contents of the ship's cargo bay at attackers.
Special Equipment & Features
- Manipulator Arms
Built by the Earth Alliance, the Marseille III-class was designed as a transport vessel to ship cargo and personnel in space.
In January, CE 71, one ship of this class was used by the Atlantic Federation to bring the test pilots for the five G Project mobile suits to the neutral colony of Heliopolis, where the project was being undertaken. Also onboard were two TS-MA2 Moebius, as well as the "Hawk of Endymion" Mu La Flaga and his TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero. However, the ship was followed by ZAFT's Creuset Team, who eventually attacked the colony and stole four of the five Gs. In the ensuing battle, the ship lost control after being damaged, and was destroyed after crashing into the colony.
Another Marseille III-class fell into the hands of a Junk Guild group led by a mysterious woman known only as "The Professor." The remaining crew are Junk Guild technicians Lowe Guele, Liam Garfield, and Kisato Yamabuki. This ship, called HOME, was modified by the group for use in their salvage operations. After a salvage operation at the destroyed colony Heliopolis, the HOME acquired the MBF-P02 Astray Red Frame, and became a target for many people who desired the advanced mobile suit. Eventually, the ship was damaged beyond repair after a battle with the MBF-P01 Astray Gold Frame forced it into Earth's atmosphere. The crew of the HOME utilized the salvaged land battleship Lesseps until acquiring the ReHOME to replace their lost spaceship.