The primary objective of Operation Rubicon was to capture or destroy the Earth Federation Forces (EFF) secretly developed mobile suit, the RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex", hidden at the neutral Libot colony in Side 6. If both options were to fail, Zeon would resort to an illegal nuclear strike against the colony.
At 23:00 Operation Rubicon starts. Cyclops Team left the Granada lunar base.
At 06:00, Von Helsing's fleet launched an diversionary attack on Libot. Bernard Wiseman, along with a disassembled MS-18E Kämpfer, were transported aboard a disguised military ship to the colony .
December 16 to 17
Assembly work of the Kämpfer at a factory in the colony and the collecting intel on specific EFF military bases were in progress.
At 19:30, disguised as EFF soldiers, the Cyclops Team infiltrated the EFF base housing the RX-78NT-1 Gundam.
At 19:40, the Kämpfer sortied within the colony as a diversionary tact. The EFF Scarlett Team was dispatched from the LMSD-76 Gray Phantom but was quickly annihilated.
At 20:00, the Kämpfer engaged the Gundam "Alex" and was defeated. Cyclops Team captain Steiner Hardy was killed during the firefight in the base. All members of the Cyclops Team were killed except for Bernard Wiseman.
News of Operation Rubicon's failure reached Commander Killing in Granada.
Killing usurped his commanding officer and prepared a nuclear attack on Side 6. Von Helsing's fleet was ordered to perform the launch at 12:00 (Operation Christmas).
Bernard Wiseman attempted to prevent the launch by destroying the Gundam "Alex" alone. He repaired his damaged MS-06FZ Zaku II Kai in a forest park with the help of Alfred Izuruha and prepared to lure out Gundam "Alex".
At 10:55, Von Helsing's fleet was intercepted by a Federation patrol and surrendered. Bernard was unaware of the fleet's surrender and the calling off of Operation Christmas.
At 14:00, Bernard Wiseman, the last remaining member of the Cyclops Team, engaged the Gundam "Alex" in his Zaku II Kai. The Zaku II Kai was destroyed in the confrontation, while the "Alex" is heavily damaged.
Notes & Trivia
- The operation is probably named after the phrase "crossing the Rubicon" meaning going past the point of no return. After successful campaigning in France the Roman Senate ordered Julius Caesar to give up control of his army. He refused and crossed the Rubicon river into Italy thereby beginning a civil war which he won and as a result ended the Roman Republic and began his dictatorship.
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket Episode 1, How Many Miles to the Battlefield?
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 GundamOfficial :: Universal Century :: Timeline (Archived)
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket Episode 2, Reflections in a Brown Eye