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Zanzibar class (Zanzibar)

 

zanzibar

 

General and Technical Data

 

Class: Zanzibar
Name: Zanzibar
Ships of the line: Kerguelen, Zanzibar, Madagascar, Chimaira, Keraunos, Ingolstadt
Unit type: mobile cruiser
Manufacturer: Principality of Zeon
Operator: Principality of Zeon
Dimensions: overall length 255 meters; overall width 221.8 meters; overall height 70.5 meters
Weight: unknown
Propulsion: 4 x jet/rocket engine
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2-barrel main gun, mounted on main body; 4 x mega particle gun, mounted on main body; 5 x 2-barrel machine gun, mounted on main body
Mobile suits: 6

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The Principality of Zeon's closest answer to the Federation's Pegasus class carrier, the Zanzibar class mobile cruiser replaces the vulnerable H.L.V. for the purpose of ferrying mobile suits to Earth and back to space. With a capacity of six mobile suits and a battery of bow-mounted mega particle guns, the Zanzibar is often used as the command ship for smaller fleets when a Gwazine class battleship is either unavailable or unsuitable. The Zanzibar class, like most Zeon warships of the One Year War, lacks launch catapults, instead deploying its complement of mobile suits through a simple hatch on the ventral hull. Lacking the Pegasus class' integral Minovsky Craft System, the Zanzibar can only operate for short periods in Earth's atmosphere, using sustained thrust. When being launched back into space, the Zanzibar class requires a special rocket booster to supply the necessary thrust to break free of Earth's gravity. Several Zanzibar class vessels carry the bulk of the remaining Zeon forces at Odessa into space, including a large shipment of resources mined in the mineral-rich region. Another is used by Ginias Sahalin in Zeon's Southeast Asia base as a power supply for his massive mobile armor Apsalus III. It is later destroyed while trying to transfer wounded soldiers to space. Several ships survive the One Year War, including one from the refit Zanzibar II class that is used by the Cima Fleet during Operation Stardust in UC 0083.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Captain(s): Ramba Ral, M'quve, Char Aznable
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team; Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS Zeon DX; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Advance of Zeta: The Flag of Titans; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Space Beyond the Blaze; Gundam Legacy
Original mechanical designer(s): Yoshiyuki Tomino (principal design), Kunio Okawara (cleanup)

 

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