Technology & Combat Characteristics
A large submarine mother ship built for operation under the influence of N-Jammers. Since it is a submarine, the ship is armed only with 12 anti-air missile pods, which give the submarine attack capabilities over the water and 12 torpedo tubes for underwater battle or attacks from underwater. Its main weapons however are the mobile suits it carries. Typically, its 3 vertical linear catapults are used to launch AMF-101 DINN aerial combat mobile suits, and the four underwater catapults (which function like oversize torpedo tubes) can each launch two UMF-4A GOOhN or UMF-5 ZnO amphibious mobile suits. Two small support catapults are additionally used to launch Guul support crafts for mobile suits which can't fly on their own.
- Anti-Air Missile Pod
- Torpedo Launcher
The Vosgulov-class submarine is a ZAFT naval mobile suit carrier submarine (and the only naval vessel of their forces), which gave the ZAFT forces based on Earth the complete control of the seas. During the Earth Alliance ship Archangel's journey to JOSH-A, the EA HQ, one such submarine, under the command of Marco Morassim, attacked the EA ship several times before being destroyed. Another Vosgulov-class, the Cousteau, was assigned to the Zala team as its base of operation during its pursuit of theArchangel. During ZAFT's Operation Spit Break, many Vosgulov-class submarines were deployed from ZAFT's Carpentaria Base to Alaska for the assault on JOSH-A. In CE 73, the Vosgulov-class Nyiragongo was assigned to escort the Minerva in its attack on Suez. The ship was however eventually destroyed by the ZGMF-X31S Abyss Gundam, piloted by Phantom Pain member Auel Neider. During the Second Alliance-PLANT War's Operation: Fury, ZAFT's invasion of the Orb Union, multiple ZGMF-2000 GOUF Ignited were seen being launched from the vertical linear catapults of the flagship St. Helens, replacing the AMF-101 DINN in those catapults.
Notes & Trivia
- The Cousteau is named for the renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau
- The Nyiragongo is named for Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano in the Congo
- The Degtyarev is named for Russian firearms inventor Vasily Degtyarev.
- The Ilyas is named for Ilyas, a prophet in the Qur'an who was sent to the Israelites.
- The St. Helens is named for Mount St. Helens, an active volcano in Washington State, US.