Technology & Combat Characteristics
As a member of the Pegasus-class assault carriers developed as part of Operation V, the White Base's primary function was to carry and support mobile suits. For that purpose the White Base had two hangars, each with a launch catapult, that could each load three mobile suits for a total of six. Additionally the White Base could carry a number of support craft such as Core Fighters or Core Boosters to supplement and support its mobile suits.
For propulsion the White Base relies primarily on its main engines, however when on the Earth's surface the ship can utilize the Minovsky craft system to obtain low altitude flight under gravity without refueling. Unlike Magellan and Salamis classes, with this type of propulsion, the White Base does not require auxiliary boosters to leave Earth's atmosphere. The main body of Pegasus is equipped with a rotating residential section that reproduces full gravity inside even in space, while the hangars can accommodate a large complement of mobile suits and vehicles.
For ship-to-ship combat the White Base is equipped with a two-barrel main gun, 2 two-barrel mega particle guns, and eight 3-tube missile launchers. These weapons give the ship firepower comparable to, if not superior to, that of a Musai-class light cruiser, Zeon's main warship and mobile suit carrier. Also, similar to other Federation warships at the time, the White Base is armed with a number of anti-air machine guns to fight off enemy mobile suits. These armaments combined with its mobile suit complement made the White Base a formidable combatant, as verified by its combat record (although its combat success may have more to do with the power of Amuro Ray and the Gundam).
- Twin 560mm Gun
The main cannon is a 560mm two-barrel cannon mounted in a turret just in front of the bridge. This gun likely fired Mega Particle beams given that this is standard warship weaponry in U.C. 0079
- Twin Mega Particle Cannon
The White Base mounted two twin Mega Particle cannons behind the "shields" in the middle of the ship. The original cannons had two barrels side by side. After re-fitting at Jaburo, the ship mounted two barrels in an "over and under" style. Both could fire in a 180-degree arc from directly in front of the ship to directly behind.
- Front Missile Discharge Device
The White base mounted 8 missile launchers. Two each on the inside and outside of the front "legs".
- Rear Missile Discharge Device
- Twin 40mm AA/AMS Gun
As with other Federation ships of its time, the White Base mounted numerous machine gun turrets around the ships hull to defend against enemy fighters and mobile suits.
The first Pegasus class ship to enter service was the White Base; launched in September UC 0079, the White Base was immediately sent to retrieve the Federation's mobile suits on Side 7 for field-testing. In the middle of this mission, the ship unexpectedly found herself in the middle of a battle with a Zeon special forces unit led by Char Aznable, which resulted in heavy casualties among both the colony's civilian population and Federation personnel. In the middle of the battle, civilians and the surviving crew aboard White Base repulsed the Zeon attack, and managed to get the White Base underway.
She first landed at Luna II, home of the remaining Earth Federal Space Force ships, where she was promptly seized by the base commander, who proceeded to interrogate the crew, militia, and civilian survivors on board. In the middle of this interrogation, Char attacked Luna II, searching for the White Base. White Base managed to escape from Luna II, and sailed next for Earth. Upon making contact with the Federation's Earth Forces under the command of General Revil, the White Base was drawn into a battle in the ruins of Seattle, in which they shot down a Gaw containing Garma Zabi (who was maneuvered into attacking the White Base by Char).
The White Base then proceeded to meet up with Revil's forces that were assembling for Operation Odessa. Along the trek through Asia, the White Base was hunted down by a Zeon special forces unit under the command of Ramba Ral. Eventually meeting up with the Federation forces, the White Base participated in Operation Odessa, helping to break the back of the Zeon forces on Earth. White Base then restocked and refueled in Belfast before traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to Jaburo.
The White Base arrived and docked at Jaburo, the Federation's main base and mobile suit manufacturing facility located underground in South America; Unfortunately, they ended up leading Char's Mad Angler unit to Jaburo, at which point he attempted an infiltration, which was repulsed. Following the failed Zeon raid on Jaburo the White Base was re-launched into space, re-designated the 13th Autonomous Mobile Squadron, and sent to Side 6 in a diversionary move aimed at drawing off Zeon forces from Solomon. After eliminating the Conscon Fleet, the White Base rendezvoused with the remaining ships in the Space force, and participated in the Battle of Solomon and in the Battle of A Baoa Qu.
During the Battle of A Baoa Qu White Base became a rally point for the surviving ships in Admiral Revil's fleet after Gihren Zabi unleashed the Solar Ray, a gigantic colony laser. Assisted by other ships, White Base spearheaded an assault against one of A Baoa Qu's Defensive lines. During the battle, White Base was rammed into the asteroid in an effort to force a way inside. Unfortunately, this grounded the White Base, and she was set to self-destruct during the battle, though the crew evacuates in shuttles.
In the Mobile Suit Gundam novel trilogy, the White Base and Pegasus-class titles were swapped around, becoming the White Base-class Pegasus. In the novels, the Pegasus would be used briefly until a fight in Texas Colony would ground the Pegasus, forcing the crew to evacuate. They would get the replacement Pegasus II soon after, the ship staying in service until the end of the One Year War.
Notes and Trivia
- White Base's unit designation as the 13th Autonomous Mobile Squadron would outlive the ship itself, with a Federation Space Force unit operating under that name into the UC 120s.
- The first Corps of Earth Forces mobile suits fielded in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is designated as the 13th Autonomous Corps, possibly as a nod to White Base.
- Pegasus-class assault carrier White Base on MAHQ
- Library of Londonion (ship names & fates)
- White Base on Wikipedia (Japan)
- White Base on Gundam.de