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A Flagship is a naval vessel which is commanded by an admiral. The vessels are called "flagships" because an admiral will have his own flag, which is flown from the ship he commands. Historically flagships were battleships, although the advent of air power has resulted in aircraft carriers being flagships. Flagships of a fleet are the best protected vessels, they are surrounded by a string of cruisers and destroyers designed to protect the ship from danger. The flagship itself will be large and powerful enough to withstand enemy fire to help maximize the chance of ship survival if it is stuck with enemy weaponry.

In the Gundam Universe, it could also refers to Mobile Suits that are a symbol of power or influences of a faction beside the ships. In addition, the ships that were being used as a flagships are battleships, although assault carriers have been used before when battleships were unavailable or ill suited for the role while for a Mobile Suits, it is always equipped with the latest technology to demonstrate the power of a faction. Flagships for ships are usually staffed by Admirals of the Space Force, although Army generals have been known to have command of flagships under certain circumstances while for Mobile Suits, it is usually pilot by someone with exceptional skill and high ranked personnel.

List of Known Flagships (Ships)

Universal Century

Future Century

After Colony

After War

Vulture

  • Freeden - (Flagship of Jamil Neate Vulture Team)
  • Freeden II - (Flagship of Jamil Neate Vulture Team after Freeden destruction)

Satyricon

  • Varona - (Flagship of Satyricon)

New United Nations Earth

Space Revolutionary Army

Correct Century

Cosmic Era

Earth Alliance/OMNI Enforcer

ZAFT

  • Vesalius - (Flagship of Rau Le Creuset Team)
  • Volltaire - (Flagship of Yzak Joule Team)
  • Marie Curie -(Flagship of PLANT homeland last line of defence)
  • Lesseps - (Flagship of ZAFT North African occupation force)
  • Uhlenbeck - (Flagship of ZAFT Operation Angel Down)
  • Cousteau - (Flagship of Athrun Zala Team)
  • St. Helens - (Flagship of ZAFT Operation Fury)
  • Gondwana - (Flagship of the ZAFT Space Defence fleet)
  • Minerva - (Flagship of the Minerva Team, Flagship of the ZAFT fleet)

Orb Union

Three Ship Alliance/Terminal

  • Archangel - (Flagship of the OMNI renegade force, Flagship of Terminal fleet, Flagship of Orb Union fleet)
  • FFMH-Y101 Eternal - (Flagship of the Clyne Faction, Flagship of Terminal fleet)
  • Kusanagi - (Attha family Flagship, Flagship of Orb Union Space fleet, Flagship of Terminal fleet)

Anno Domini

Celestial Being

Union

  • Virginia-class (The Virginia the flagship of Colonel Kai Manigan during Operation Fallen Angels)

Human Reform League

A-Laws/Innovators/Earth Sphere Federation

List of Known Flagships (Mobile Suits)

Universal Century

Future Century

After Colony

After War

Vulture

Correct Century

Cosmic Era

Earth Alliance/OMNI Enforcer

ZAFT

Orb Union

Three Ship Alliance/Terminal

Anno Domini

Celestial Being

A-Laws/Innovators/Earth Sphere Federation

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