The Nelson-class is a battleship in the Cosmic Era timeline.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
As the main warship of the Earth Alliance's OMNI Enforcer, the Nelson-class is heavily armed with an assortment of weaponry, including beam guns, anti-air guns, missile launchers, etc. The ship's crew is housed in an armored centrifuge in the midships section, which is evacuated and shut down during combat operations. Despite its size and armament, Mobile Suits equipped with sufficiently powerful weapons can destroy a Nelson-Class in a short amount of time.
The Nelson-class battleship also carries a number of Mobile Armors, but it does not have a catapult to launch them. Because of this, the standard operating procedure for Nelson-class ships is to launch Mobile Armors at the first sign of trouble and then to advance with them into battle. During the later stages of the First Alliance-PLANT War, the Nelson-Class was modified to carry six Mobile Suits. After the war, Nelson-Class was refitted with a pair of new linear catapults at the sides for more efficient launching of its Mobile Suits. Unlike most other ships, the Nelson-Class launched its Mobile Suits in a prone-position.
- Twin Large Beam Gun
- The Nelson-Class has three rotatable twin large beam guns as its primary armaments, two located in front of and behind the ship's bridge and one on the ship's underside.
- Twin Anti-Air Gun
- The Nelson is armed with 8 twin anti-air guns, 4 on both its port and starboard sides. These guns are mainly used to protect the ship against enemy mobile suits and missiles.
- Secondary Gun
- A rotatable single-barrel solid projectile firing weapon mounted at the front of the Nelson-Class.
- Triple Space-use Torpedo Launcher
- Mounted at the front of the ship, the pair of triple space-use torpedo launchers fire missiles that are mainly used against enemy warships.
- Rotary Missile Launcher
- Located behind the secondary gun, it is a large cylindrical launch system composed of four 3-tube missile launchers.
- Multipurpose Vertical Launch System
- The Nelson-Class is armed with 16 multipurpose launchers used for firing missiles. These launchers are located at the center of the ship, in between the anti-air guns and the rotary missile launchers.
First Alliance-PLANT War
Created by the Earth Alliance as its main type of battleship, Nelson-class ships were built in massive numbers. Like the Drake-class, ships of this class are part of every space fleet which the Alliance controls. Sometimes, Nelson-class vessels even serve as flagships of smaller fleets. One such example was the Montgomery, which was the flagship of the advanced force of the 8th Fleet. Several Nelson-class vessels were also part of this fleet, including the Cassandros, Paris, and Ptolemaois. These ships however were easily defeated by the four stolen Gundams now used by ZAFT.
Second Alliance-PLANT War
After the First Alliance-PLANT War, the Nelson-class was upgraded with the addition of two linear catapults, making them effective mobile suit carriers. The ship class now carried the more advanced GAT-02L2 Dagger L and GAT-04 Windam mobile suits. Near the end of the Second Alliance-PLANT War, a number of these ships and their crew defected to the Terminal fleet led by the ships of the original Three Ships Alliance and fought to end the war.
- The Nelson-class is named for 18th-century British naval hero Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson. Several Royal Navy warships bear the same name, named after the same person.
- The Montgomery is possibly named for the British Army Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery.
- The Cassandros is named for the Macedonian king who succeeded Alexander the Great.
- The Paris is possibly named for Paris, son of Priam, king of Troy, who is most well known for his abduction of, or elopement with, Helen, queen of Sparta, this being one of the immediate causes of the Trojan war.
- The Ptolemaois is named for Ptolemaois, the commander of Egyptian Satrap after Alexander's death, who took the dead body of Alexander which was in a golden coffin, to Egypt, and buried it in a marble tomb in İskenderiye.