The Magellan was the first Magellan-class battleship to be built and commissioned in U.C. 0070 for the Earth Federal Space Force.

In UC 0079, the Magellan was based at Luna II, when Char Aznable led a commando team and attacked Luna II. The Magellan was ordered to leave Luna II, but Aznable's team mined the entrance to Luna II. The Magellan was heavily damaged and crashed. The Magellan blocked the entrance, which inhibited the White Base from leaving Luna II and engaging the Zeon forces, which included a Musai-class light cruiser. The White Base destroyed the Magellan on orders from Commandant Watkein. (Escape from Luna II)