The UMF/SSO-3 ASH is ZAFT's newest amphibious mobile suit as of late CE 73. It is heavily armed with phonon masers and beam cannons, as well as missiles, machineguns, and beam claws. Unlike the earlier UMF-4A GOOhN and UMF-5 ZnO, which are of very limited used outside of water, the ASH is a truly amphibious unit that is nearly as effective on land as it is at sea.
The ASH is first used in November CE 73, by a special operations force of Coordinators sent to secretly kill Lacus Clyne. They manage to destroy the Athha estate, but are thwarted by Kira Yamato in the ZGMF-X10A Freedom. To prevent themselves from being captured and interrogated, the ASH pilots all self-destruct their units. Later, several ASHs, sporting a new dark gray color scheme, are used in both the attack on LOGOS headquarters at Heaven's Base in Iceland and the invasion of Orb.
Manufacturer: Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty
User: Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty
Unit type: mass production transformable amphibious mobile suit
First deployment: Cosmic Era 73
Head height: 20.65 meters
Weight: 50.59 metric tons
Powerplant: Ultracompact energy battery
Armament: GMF22SX prototype propeller and 8-tube multipurpose missile launcher x2, MA-M1217R high-energy beam cannon x4, Type PJP3 phonon maser high energy cannon x2, M47 23mm triple machinegun x2, MX-RQB505 beam claw x2
Pilot(s): Kramlich, Morgan