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!colspan="2" style="color: white; height: 30px; background: navy;"| '''''Salamis''-class cruiser'''
 
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|align="center" colspan="2"| [[Image:Salamis0079.JPG|300px|An original Salamis class cruiser]] [[Image:Salamis0083.JPG|300px|A Salamis class 0083 refit cruiser]] [[Image:Salamis kai.jpg|300px|A Salamis Kia class cruiser]]<small> Top: An original ''Salamis'' class cruiser<br>Middle: A refitted 0083 ''Salamis'' class cruiser<br>Bottom: A ''Salamis Kia'' class cruiser</small>
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|align="center" colspan="2"| [[Image:Salamis0079.JPG|300px|An original Salamis-class cruiser]] [[Image:Salamis0083.JPG|300px|A ''Salamis''-class UC0083 refit cruiser]] [[Image:Salamis kai.jpg|300px|A Salamis Kia-class cruiser]]<small> Top: An original ''Salamis'' class cruiser<br>Middle: A refitted UC0083 ''Salamis''-class cruiser<br>Bottom: A ''Salamis Kia'' class cruiser</small>
 
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==The Original ''Salamis''==
 
==The Original ''Salamis''==
   
The first '''''Salamis''-Class Cruisers''' were launched in conjunction with the [[Magellan Class|''Magellan''-Class Battleships]] as part of the [[Earth Federation|Earth Federal Space Force's]] Year 70 Armament Reinforcement Plan in U.C. 0070. They were armed with conventional weaponry: six main cannon turrets, six two-barrel [[machine gun]] turrets for anti-fighter (and later anti-mobile suit) defense, and two six-cell external missile launchers. By U.C. 0079 most of the cruiser's orignial main cannon turrets had been upgraded with superior [[mega particle cannon]]s. The original ''Salamis''-class suffered heavy casualties during the [[One Year War]] due to the general superiority of the [[Zeon]]s' combination of their [[Musai class cruiser|''Musai''-Class Light Cruisers]] and their [[MS-06 Zaku II|MS-06C Zaku II]] [[mobile suit|mobile suits]]. In particular, the nuclear-bazooka-armed C-Type Zaku II extracted a heavy toll against the ''Salamis''-Class, as their thinly armored hulls were ill-suited to withstand [[nuclear weapon]]ry. For this and a combination of other reasons, the [[Earth Federation]] order the [[Earth Federal Space Force]] to recall the last remaining ''Salamis'' vessels to the asteroid base [[Luna II]], where they remained until September U.C. 0079, until the [[Earth Federation|Federation]] scientists finally launched their first [[mobile suits]]. The remaining ships of the Federation's fleet were redeployed into combat zones with the new [[RGM-79 GM]] mobile suit and [[RB-79 Ball]] mobile pods for protection. Unfortunatly, the ''Salamis''-class ships could only store their new mobile suits and mobile pods on the outer hull of the ship, due to the fact that the ships lacked any sort of hangar bay. Although the ''Salamis'' class would suffer even more causalities throughout the remainder of the war, they proved to be more effective when used in conjunction with [[mobile suits]], which would play a role in the ''Salamis Kai'' design a few years later.
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The first '''''Salamis''-class cruisers''' were launched in conjunction with the [[|Magellan-class battleship|''Magellan''-class battleships]] as part of the [[Earth Federation|Earth Federal Space Force's]] Year 70 Armament Reinforcement Plan in U.C. 0070. They were armed with conventional weaponry: six main cannon turrets, six two-barrel [[machine gun]] turrets for anti-fighter (and later anti-mobile suit) defense, and two six-cell external missile launchers. By U.C. 0079 most of the cruiser's orignial main cannon turrets had been upgraded with superior [[mega particle cannon]]s. The original ''Salamis''-class suffered heavy casualties during the [[One Year War]] due to the general superiority of the [[Zeon]]s' combination of their [[Musai class cruiser|''Musai''-class light cruisers]] and their [[MS-06 Zaku II|MS-06C Zaku II]] [[mobile suit|mobile suits]]. In particular, the nuclear-bazooka-armed C-Type Zaku II extracted a heavy toll against the ''Salamis''-class, as their thinly armored hulls were ill-suited to withstand [[nuclear weapon]]ry. For this and a combination of other reasons, the [[Earth Federation]] order the [[Earth Federal Space Force]] to recall the last remaining ''Salamis'' vessels to the asteroid base [[Luna II]], where they remained until September U.C. 0079, until the [[Earth Federation|Federation]] scientists finally launched their first [[mobile suits]]. The remaining ships of the Federation's fleet were redeployed into combat zones with the new [[RGM-79 GM]] mobile suit and [[RB-79 Ball]] mobile pods for protection. Unfortunatly, the ''Salamis''-class ships could only store their new mobile suits and mobile pods on the outer hull of the ship, due to the fact that the ships lacked any sort of hangar bay. Although the ''Salamis'' class would suffer even more causalities throughout the remainder of the war, they proved to be more effective when used in conjunction with [[mobile suits]], which would play a role in the ''Salamis Kai'' design a few years later.
   
 
==The 0083 Refit==
 
==The 0083 Refit==
   
Between UC 0080 and UC 0083, the ''Salamis''-Class Cruiser underwent its first major refit. Top members of the Federation [[Admiralty]] decided that the ''Salamis''-Class was in need of a total overhaul, and Federation engineers were charged with re-designing the class. The Admiralty was interested in improving the three major problems of the original ''Salamis'' cruisers: insufficient firepower, the slow speed of the cruisers (the original ''Salamis'' class ships had only one engine), and a better point-defense system for protection against enemy [[mobile suits]]. Drawing on the blue prints of the [[Magellan class battleship|''Magellan''-class battleships]], engineers began the lengthy process of refitting the ''Salamis'' class.
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Between UC 0080 and UC 0083, the ''Salamis''-class cruiser underwent its first major refit. Top members of the Federation [[Admiralty]] decided that the ''Salamis''-class was in need of a total overhaul, and Federation engineers were charged with re-designing the class. The Admiralty was interested in improving the three major problems of the original ''Salamis'' cruisers: insufficient firepower, the slow speed of the cruisers (the original ''Salamis'' class ships had only one engine), and a better point-defense system for protection against enemy [[mobile suits]]. Drawing on the blue prints of the [[Magellan class battleship|''Magellan''-class battleships]], engineers began the lengthy process of refitting the ''Salamis''-class.
   
The design of the '''''Salamis''-Class Cruiser 0083 Refit''' was heavily modified, with additional beam weaponry (including three double-barreled beam cannon turrets, a first for the ''Salamis'' class), AA/AMS defense, increased missile capability (the six-cell launchers were exchanged for larger 15-cell launchers, eight internal [[Vertical Launching System|VLS]] cells, and larger engines. The overall length of this variant was reduced, requiring a reduction of the size of the main powerplant; consequently these improvements sapped the ship's power supply. Many of the new ''Salamis'' refit units were lost during the [[Delaz Fleet|Delaz Fleet's]] [[Operation Stardust]] in [[Gundam 0083|U.C. 0083]].
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The design of the '''''Salamis''-class cruiser 0083 Refit''' was heavily modified, with additional beam weaponry (including three double-barreled beam cannon turrets, a first for the ''Salamis'' class), AA/AMS defense, increased missile capability (the six-cell launchers were exchanged for larger 15-cell launchers, eight internal [[Vertical Launching System|VLS]] cells, and larger engines. The overall length of this variant was reduced, requiring a reduction of the size of the main powerplant; consequently these improvements sapped the ship's power supply. Many of the new ''Salamis'' refit units were lost during the [[Delaz Fleet|Delaz Fleet's]] [[Operation Stardust]] in [[Gundam 0083|U.C. 0083]].
   
 
==The ''Salamis Kai''==
 
==The ''Salamis Kai''==
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At the end of Operation Stardust the [[Earth Federation|Federation]] [[Admiralty]] decided to abandon the 0083 variant of the ''Salamis''-class cruiser in favor of refitting the vintage ''Salamis''-class cruiser. During this second round of refits between UC 0083 and UC 0088, the ''Salamis''-Class received the equipment fit that would serve it through the rest of its commissioned career. Federation engineers borrowed ideas and equipment from the [[Pegasus-class mobile suit carrier|''Pegasus''-Class Assault Carrier]] program (most notably the [[Albion (MSC-07)|''Albion'']]), and the failed design of the 0083 refit, incorporating the best of both classes into this refit.
 
At the end of Operation Stardust the [[Earth Federation|Federation]] [[Admiralty]] decided to abandon the 0083 variant of the ''Salamis''-class cruiser in favor of refitting the vintage ''Salamis''-class cruiser. During this second round of refits between UC 0083 and UC 0088, the ''Salamis''-Class received the equipment fit that would serve it through the rest of its commissioned career. Federation engineers borrowed ideas and equipment from the [[Pegasus-class mobile suit carrier|''Pegasus''-Class Assault Carrier]] program (most notably the [[Albion (MSC-07)|''Albion'']]), and the failed design of the 0083 refit, incorporating the best of both classes into this refit.
   
The vessels refitted under this plan received an all-new bow including MS hangars for four [[mobile suits]] (the new bow bore only a cursory similarity to the original bow). The catapult deck was mounted on the exterior of the ship, bearing a passing resemblance to the bow of a World War II aircraft carrier. The hangars and workspaces were placed inside the hull, so they could be continuously pressurized to a shirtsleeves environment. The addition of the hangars and topside catapult deck, however, did cost the ''Salamis Kai'' one main beam gun turret. Two additional twin-barell beam gun turrets replacing the generally useless side-subbridges. Anti-mobile-suit [[machine gun]] defenses were increased, as well. This version, known as the '''''Salamis Kai''-Class Cruiser''', remained in continuous production from UC 0083 to UC 0093, and composed the bulk of the fleet through the end of the first [[Universal Century]]. These ships saw a great deal of action in both major fleets ([[Anti Earth Union Group|AEUG]] and [[Zeta Gundam|Titans]]/[[Earth Federation]]) during the Gryps War.
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The vessels refitted under this plan received an all-new bow including MS hangars for four [[mobile suits]] (the new bow bore only a cursory similarity to the original bow). The catapult deck was mounted on the exterior of the ship, bearing a passing resemblance to the bow of a World War II aircraft carrier. The hangars and workspaces were placed inside the hull, so they could be continuously pressurized to a shirtsleeves environment. The addition of the hangars and topside catapult deck, however, did cost the ''Salamis Kai'' one main beam gun turret. Two additional twin-barell beam gun turrets replacing the generally useless side-subbridges. Anti-mobile-suit [[machine gun]] defenses were increased, as well. This version, known as the '''''Salamis Kai''-class cruiser''', remained in continuous production from UC 0083 to UC 0093, and composed the bulk of the fleet through the end of the first [[Universal Century]]. These ships saw a great deal of action in both major fleets ([[Anti Earth Union Group|AEUG]] and [[Zeta Gundam|Titans]]/[[Earth Federation]]) during the Gryps War.
   
 
==The Fate of the ''Salamis'' Cruiser==
 
==The Fate of the ''Salamis'' Cruiser==
   
The ''Salamis''-Class was first upstaged by the [[Alexandria class cruiser|''Alexandria''-Class Heavy Cruiser]] during the Gryps War but still continued to play a major roll as a major warship for the Earth Federation, AEUG, and the Titan task force. But the ''Salamis'' model would not be discontinued until U.C. 0093, in favor of the newer and greatly superior [[Clop class cruiser|''Clop''-Class Cruisers]]. However, the ''Salamis Kai''-Class Cruiser would continue to see service in the [[Earth Federation|Earth Federation's]] naval fleet until U.C. 0153, despite the fact that it was practically useless against mobile suit and warship designs of that time.
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The ''Salamis''-Class was first upstaged by the [[Alexandria class cruiser|''Alexandria''-class heavy cruiser]] during the Gryps War but still continued to play a major roll as a major warship for the Earth Federation, AEUG, and the Titan task force. But the ''Salamis'' model would not be discontinued until U.C. 0093, in favor of the newer and greatly superior [[Clop class cruiser|''Clop''-class cruisers]]. However, the ''Salamis Kai''-class cruiser would continue to see service in the [[Earth Federation|Earth Federation's]] naval fleet until U.C. 0153, despite the fact that it was practically useless against mobile suit and warship designs of that time.
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

Revision as of 17:33, January 13, 2006

Salamis-class cruiser
Salamis0079 Salamis0083 Salamis kai Top: An original Salamis class cruiser
Middle: A refitted UC0083 Salamis-class cruiser
Bottom: A Salamis Kia class cruiser
Overview EarthFederationFlag
Class type:Cruiser
Class namesake:The island of Salamis in Greece
The Battle of Salamis
Launched:October Universal Century 0070
Preceded by:N/A, First Space Force cruiser class
Succeeded by:Clop-class cruiser
Ships of the line:
0070   Salamis, Saffran, Madagascar, Cisco, Philadelphia
0083   Yulin, Nashville, Monterey, Madras
0088   Bosnia, Mont Blanc, Sichuan, Siviant II, Brunei, Lune, Astoria, Atlanta, Canberra, Cumberland, Exeter, Mogami, Portland, Prinz Eugen, Repulse, Sheffield, Strasbourg, Stykisholmur, Sussex, Trieste, Ulysses, York, Aoba, Brasilia, Danang, Dortmun, Dunkerque, Kashima, Panama II, Pasedena, Stockholm, Trent, Volgorad, Izmil
General Characteristics
Displacement:Original: Unknown
0083 refit: 12,100 tons
Kia: Unknown
Length:Original: 288 meters
0083 refit: 198 meters
Kia: 288 meters
Width:Original: 68.5 meters
0083 refit: 75 meters
Kia: 68.5 meters(?)
Hieght:Original: 61.3 meters
0083 refit: 58 meters
Kia: 61.3 meters(?)
Armament:
UC 0070 6 single barrel beam turrets
  6 2-barrel machine gun turrets
  2 6 tube external missile launchers
  8 internal missile launchers
  2 6 tube external missile launchers
UC 0083 3 2-barrel beam turrets
  7 single barrel beam turrets
  4 laser turrets
  2 15 tube external missile launchers
  8 internal missile launchers
  3 90-mm anti-aircraft/anti-MS turrets
UC 0088 2 2-barrel beam turrets
  5 single barrel beam turrets
  6 2-barrel machine gun turrets
  4 machine gun turets
  8 internal missile launchers
MS HangersOriginal: None
0083 refit: None
Kia: 1 internal MS hanger
MS CapacityOriginal: 4-6 MS on outer hull
0083 refit: 4-6 MS on outer hull
Kia: 4 mobile suits
Powerplant:Minovsky-Ionesco Fusion Reactor

In the Universal Century timeline of Mobile Suit Gundam, the Salamis-class cruiser forms the backbone of the Earth Federal Space Force's naval fleet. It was introduced in October UC 0070 as part of the Year 70 Armament Reinforcement Plan. The ship's design was upgraded and improved twice, once after the One Year War and again between the years UC 0083 and UC 0088, before the Gryps War.

The Original Salamis

The first Salamis-class cruisers were launched in conjunction with the [[|Magellan-class battleship|Magellan-class battleships]] as part of the Earth Federal Space Force's Year 70 Armament Reinforcement Plan in U.C. 0070. They were armed with conventional weaponry: six main cannon turrets, six two-barrel machine gun turrets for anti-fighter (and later anti-mobile suit) defense, and two six-cell external missile launchers. By U.C. 0079 most of the cruiser's orignial main cannon turrets had been upgraded with superior mega particle cannons. The original Salamis-class suffered heavy casualties during the One Year War due to the general superiority of the Zeons' combination of their Musai-class light cruisers and their MS-06C Zaku II mobile suits. In particular, the nuclear-bazooka-armed C-Type Zaku II extracted a heavy toll against the Salamis-class, as their thinly armored hulls were ill-suited to withstand nuclear weaponry. For this and a combination of other reasons, the Earth Federation order the Earth Federal Space Force to recall the last remaining Salamis vessels to the asteroid base Luna II, where they remained until September U.C. 0079, until the Federation scientists finally launched their first mobile suits. The remaining ships of the Federation's fleet were redeployed into combat zones with the new RGM-79 GM mobile suit and RB-79 Ball mobile pods for protection. Unfortunatly, the Salamis-class ships could only store their new mobile suits and mobile pods on the outer hull of the ship, due to the fact that the ships lacked any sort of hangar bay. Although the Salamis class would suffer even more causalities throughout the remainder of the war, they proved to be more effective when used in conjunction with mobile suits, which would play a role in the Salamis Kai design a few years later.

The 0083 Refit

Between UC 0080 and UC 0083, the Salamis-class cruiser underwent its first major refit. Top members of the Federation Admiralty decided that the Salamis-class was in need of a total overhaul, and Federation engineers were charged with re-designing the class. The Admiralty was interested in improving the three major problems of the original Salamis cruisers: insufficient firepower, the slow speed of the cruisers (the original Salamis class ships had only one engine), and a better point-defense system for protection against enemy mobile suits. Drawing on the blue prints of the Magellan-class battleships, engineers began the lengthy process of refitting the Salamis-class.

The design of the Salamis-class cruiser 0083 Refit was heavily modified, with additional beam weaponry (including three double-barreled beam cannon turrets, a first for the Salamis class), AA/AMS defense, increased missile capability (the six-cell launchers were exchanged for larger 15-cell launchers, eight internal VLS cells, and larger engines. The overall length of this variant was reduced, requiring a reduction of the size of the main powerplant; consequently these improvements sapped the ship's power supply. Many of the new Salamis refit units were lost during the Delaz Fleet's Operation Stardust in U.C. 0083.

The Salamis Kai

At the end of Operation Stardust the Federation Admiralty decided to abandon the 0083 variant of the Salamis-class cruiser in favor of refitting the vintage Salamis-class cruiser. During this second round of refits between UC 0083 and UC 0088, the Salamis-Class received the equipment fit that would serve it through the rest of its commissioned career. Federation engineers borrowed ideas and equipment from the Pegasus-Class Assault Carrier program (most notably the Albion), and the failed design of the 0083 refit, incorporating the best of both classes into this refit.

The vessels refitted under this plan received an all-new bow including MS hangars for four mobile suits (the new bow bore only a cursory similarity to the original bow). The catapult deck was mounted on the exterior of the ship, bearing a passing resemblance to the bow of a World War II aircraft carrier. The hangars and workspaces were placed inside the hull, so they could be continuously pressurized to a shirtsleeves environment. The addition of the hangars and topside catapult deck, however, did cost the Salamis Kai one main beam gun turret. Two additional twin-barell beam gun turrets replacing the generally useless side-subbridges. Anti-mobile-suit machine gun defenses were increased, as well. This version, known as the Salamis Kai-class cruiser, remained in continuous production from UC 0083 to UC 0093, and composed the bulk of the fleet through the end of the first Universal Century. These ships saw a great deal of action in both major fleets (AEUG and Titans/Earth Federation) during the Gryps War.

The Fate of the Salamis Cruiser

The Salamis-Class was first upstaged by the Alexandria-class heavy cruiser during the Gryps War but still continued to play a major roll as a major warship for the Earth Federation, AEUG, and the Titan task force. But the Salamis model would not be discontinued until U.C. 0093, in favor of the newer and greatly superior Clop-class cruisers. However, the Salamis Kai-class cruiser would continue to see service in the Earth Federation's naval fleet until U.C. 0153, despite the fact that it was practically useless against mobile suit and warship designs of that time.

External links

Template:Universal Century ship classes

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