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Pegasus-class mobile suit carrier
|Pegasus-Class Assault Carrier|
|Ship Type||Assault Carrier|
(White Base shown)
|Launched:||Universal Century 0079|
|Class Fate:||Discontinued in favor of Argama-Class Assault Cruiser|
|The general chacteristics of this class vary on a ship to ship basis; as such it is not possible to give statistics for the class as a whole. Specific chacteristics for the Pegasus-class ships can be found on each ships' respective page.|
In the fictional universe of Mobile Suit Gundam, the Pegasus-Class Assault Carrier was the first ship of the Earth Federation to be designed around mobile suit carrying, unlike any other of the Federation's warships such as the Salamis-Class Cruiser. Unlike the other of the Federation's ship classes of the time, the Pegasus-Class is not so much a single class as a concept; as rapidly advancing technology swiftly changed both the internal arrangement and external appearance of the Pegasus-Class ships. Only the first three units (Pegasus SCV-69, White Base SCV-70, and White Base Jr. SCV-71) were completed to the original plans. After the White Base Jr., technology was advancing so quickly that each subsequent Pegasus-Class cruiser looked significantly different, though each had the same general arrangement of a central hull with two large aft thruster blocks, two wings, and two forward mobile suit launching "legs." The overall design looked like a sphinx or a winged horse, giving the class its name.
After the One Year War, every ship was redesignated MSC (Mobile Suit Carrier) whether it had survived the war or not.
Ships of the Pegasus class
To a practiced eye, no two ships of the Pegasus class are alike. The advancing technology of the war resulted in drastic changes that severely affected the external appearance of the ships. However, four distinct flights appeared: Flight I (the base Pegasus design, repeated on White Base and White Base Jr.), Flight II (a modified Flight I design, seen on Thoroughbred and Blanc Rival, mostly similar but flatter in shape), Flight III (new external design, included two additional catapults, a new laser propulsion system and generally improved armament, not completed until postwar) and Flight IV (actually completed before Flight III, an improved Flight II design).
- SCV-69 Pegasus
- SCV-70 (LMSD-71) White Base
- SCV-71 White Base Jr.
- SCV-73 Blanc Rival
- SCVA-72 Thoroughbred
- SCVA-73 Troy Horse
- LMSD-76 Gray Phantom (ex-Troy Horse)
- SCVA-74 (MSC-06) Stallion
- MSC-07 (LMSD-78) Albion
- Argama-class cruiser (Grypps Conflict)
- Nahel Argama-class battleship (First Neo-Zeon War)
- Archangel-class assault ship (Cosmic Era continuity)
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