Pegasus class (LMSD-71/MSC-01/SCV-70) White Base
Name: LMSD-71/MSC-01/SCV-70 White Base
Ships of the line: LMSD-70/MSC-01/SCV-69 Pegasus, LMSD-71/MSC-01/SCV-70 White Base, LMSD-72/SCV-71 White Base II, LMSD-73/SCVA-72 Thoroughbred (refit), LMSD-74/SCV-73 Blanc Rival (refit), LMSD-75/SCVA-73 Troy Horse, LMSD-76/MSC-05 Gray Phantom (refit), LMSD-77/MSC-06 SCVA-74 Stallion, LMSD-78/MSC-07/SCVA-75 Albion (refit), Spartan (refit)
Unit type: assault carrier
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: June UC 0079
First deployment: 15 September UC 0079
Dimensions: overall length 250 meters; overall height 97 meters
Wingspan: 180 meters
Weight: max gross 68000 tons
Propulsion: 8 x jet/rocket thruster, Minovsky craft system
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2-barrel 580mm main gun; 2 x 2-barrel mega particle gun, mounted on port and starboard sides of main body; 8 x anti-aircraft 2-barrel machine gun; 8 x 3-tube missile launcher
Mobile suits: 6
Mobile weapons: RX-78-2 Gundam; RX-77-2 Guncannon; RX-75-4 Guntank; 2 x FF-X7-Bst Core Booster; 2 x G-Armor; Gunperry
Launch catapults: 2
During the One Year War, the Earth Federation Forces' Pegasus class revolutionizes battleship design. Whereas existing battleships pre-date mobile suits, the ships of the Pegasus class are designed as mobile suit carriers, with internal hangars and launch catapults housed in its "leg" sections. The Pegasus class also features the Minovsky craft system, which allows the ship to make atmospheric re-entry and fly unassisted on Earth. Several Pegasus class ships are introduced during and after the One Year War, but design changes result in many of the ships having radically different appearances.
The most famous Pegasus class ship is the White Base, which is deployed in September UC 0079 after months of stalemate between the EFF and the Principality of Zeon. First placed under command of Paolo Cassius, the White Base's mission is to visit Side 7 and collect three Operation V prototype mobile suits: the RX-75-4 Guntank, RX-77-2 Guncannon and RX-78-2 Gundam. However, the mission doesn't go as planned due to pursuit by Zeon ace pilot Char Aznable. A fierce battle within Side 7 kills most of the crew and mortally wounds Cassius, leaving the ship in the hands of rookie officer Bright Noa. After escaping from Side 7 with the prototype mobile suits, the White Base begins a perilous journey to Earth with Char close behind. After arriving on the war-torn planet, the White Base is chased around Zeon-occupied North America by invasion commander Garma Zabi and later on by veteran soldier Ramba Ral.
As the EFF begins to take the offensive, the White Base becomes a critical part of the EFF's war plans by serving as a rear line distraction for the Zeon forces during Operation Odessa. The ship eventually reaches the EFF's headquarters at Jaburo in South America, where it receives much-needed repairs and an upgrade in weaponry. Afterwards, the EFF place Operation Star One into motion to end the war after driving the Zeon off of Earth. The White Base is present during the Battle of Solomon, during which the Solar System is used to capture the asteroid fortress. Soon after, the ship leads the charge at the Battle of A Baoa Qu after the Zeon use the Solar Ray to decimate the EFF fleet. The White Base is destroyed on December 31, UC 0079, but its legacy lives on in later ships that are inspired by its design, including the AEUG flagships Argama and Nahel Argama.
Captain(s): Paolo Cassius, Bright Noa, Mirai Yashima
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam: Outer Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS Zeon DX; Gundam the Ride: A Baoa Qu; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes; Gundam 0079: The War for Earth; Gundam Evolve; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.; Gundam Crisis; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.; Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Cosmic Drive/Universe Accel; Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. HARDGRAPH Iron Mustang; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost; Mobile Suit Gundam: Hunter of Black Clothes
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara