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Unit Type

Mass Production Assault Space Light Cruiser




Namesake Salamis-class (Early)
Developed from
Developed into
Ships of the Line
  • Salamis, Saffran, Madagascar, Cisco, Philadelphia, Cyprus, Java, Mariana, Tsushima, Camranh-bay, Johore, Burgundy, Sierra Leone, Sakhalin, Orlando, Corsica, Kalimantan, Paramushir, Rugen, Lemnos, Maluku, Samos, Quetta, Ascension, Squaw Valley, Hampton
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Known Captains

General Characteristics

Overall Height
  • 61.3 meters201.115 ft
    2,413.386 in
  • 80.1 meters262.795 ft
    3,153.543 in
    (The Origin)
Overall Length
  • 198 meters
  • 268.7 meters (The Origin)
Overall Width
  • 68.5 meters6,850 cm
    224.738 ft
    2,696.85 in
  • 79.6 meters7,960 cm
    261.155 ft
    3,133.858 in
    (The Origin)
Max Weight
  • 22000 metric tons
  • Minovsky-Ionesco Fusion Reactor
MS Hangars
  • 0
MS Catapults
  • 0
MS Capacity
  • 5-6


  • Thermonuclear Rockets: 1 x ?kg
  • 6 x Single Barrel Beam Turrets
  • 6 x 2-Barrel Machine Gun Turrets
  • 2 x 6-Tube Missile Launcher
  • 8 x Internal Missile Launcher
Special Equipments and Features
  • Re-entry shuttle
Optional Equipment
  • Supplemental Rocket Booster
Mobile Weapons

In the Universal Century timeline of Mobile Suit Gundam, the Salamis-class cruiser forms the backbone of the Earth Federal Space Force's naval fleet. It was introduced in October UC 0070 as part of the Year 70 Armament Reinforcement Plan. The ship's design was upgraded and improved twice, once after the One Year War and again between the years UC 0083 and UC 0086, before the Gryps Conflict.

Technology and Combat Characteristics

Originally, ships of the Salamis-class were armed with conventional weaponry: six main cannon turrets, six two-barrel machine gun turrets for anti-fighter (and later anti-mobile suit) defense, and two six-cell external missile launchers. By U.C. 0079, all of the cruiser's original main cannon turrets had been upgraded with superior mega particle cannons.


  • Single-barrel beam turret
While not as powerful as the turrets of the Magellan-class, these beam turrets were effective anti-ship weapons. Unfortunately, they were not at all useful against the Principality of Zeon's mobile suits. Comparing to Zeon's Musai-class, the layout of Salamis' mega particle cannon allow it to shoot at target in every direction. However, it cannot focus the firepower on single target.
  • 2-barrel machine gun turret
These weapons formed the Salamis-class' anti-air/MS weaponry. 4 protected the bridge and command staff and could rotate 180 degrees from pointing directly ahead to directly aft. They could also rotate in an upward arc of up to 90 degrees. Two more turrets were mounted in large balls on a strut across the front of the cruiser, just aft of the forward beam turret. they permanently faced forward and could rotate in an upward arc, up to 90 degrees. These few turrets were woefully inadequate as mobile suit defenses, except in cases of multiple cruisers firing in a close formation.
  • 6-tube missile launcher
These missiles were used for both anti-ship and anti-fortress purposes. During the opening battles of the War, these tubes were loaded with nuclear warheads.
  • 4-barrel machine gun turret (MS IGLOO only)
The front 2 ball turrets are replaced by two four-barrel machine guns during the Battle of Loum. It is unknown if this change is an older version of the cruiser or a modification made to only a few ships to counter the Zeon mobile suits.

Special Equipment & Features

  • Re-entry Shuttle
Located underneath the bow of the Salamis-class is a re-entry shuttle capable of making atmospheric re-entry, while also doubling as an escape shuttle in the case of the cruiser in danger of being destroyed.
  • Supplemental Rocket Booster
An optional equipment that can be attached to the Salamis-class' main engine thrusters is a supplemental rocket booster system. The Salamis uses this in order to leave the Earth's atmosphere, including from the underground Jaburo base.


The first Salamis-class cruisers were launched in conjunction with the Magellan-class battleships as part of the Earth Federation Space Force's Year 70 Armament Reinforcement Plan in U.C. 0070. It required powerful auxiliary boosters to leave Earth's gravity. The original Salamis-class suffered heavy casualties during the One Year War due to the general superiority of the Zeons' combination of their Musai-class light cruisers and their MS-06C Zaku II mobile suits. In particular, the nuclear-bazooka-armed C-Type Zaku II extracted a heavy toll against the Salamis-class, as their hulls were ill-suited to withstand nuclear weapons. For this and a combination of other reasons, the Earth Federation order the Earth Federal Space Force to recall the last remaining Salamis vessels to the asteroid base Luna II, where they remained until September U.C. 0079, until the Earth Federation scientists finally launched their first mobile suits. The remaining ships of the Federation's fleet were redeployed into combat zones with the new RGM-79 GM mobile suit and RB-79 Ball mobile pods for protection. Unfortunately, the Salamis-class ships could only store their new mobile suits and mobile pods on the outer hull of the ship, due to the fact that the ships lacked any sort of hangar bay. Although the Salamis class would suffer even more causalities throughout the remainder of the war, they proved to be more effective when used in conjunction with mobile suits, which would play a role in the Salamis Kai design a few years later.

The Fate of the Salamis Cruiser

The Salamis-Class was first upstaged by the Alexandria-class heavy cruisers during the Gryps War but still continued to play a major roll as a major warship for the Earth Federation, AEUG, and the Titan task force. But the Salamis model would not be mostly discontinued until U.C. 0102, in favor of the newer Clop-class cruisers, but due to its firepower it still saw limited mass production. However, the Salamis Kai-class cruisers would continue to see service in the Earth Federation, as they were still very useful even in the late uc era



See also

External links

Ship Classes of the Universal Century
Earth Federation Space Force/Anti Earth Union Group/Londo Bell Ship Classes
Salamis | Lepanto | Nelson | Magellan | Pegasus | Public | Trafalgar | Columbus | Salamis 0083 | Magellan 0083 | Birmingham | Antietam | Salamis Kai | Irish | Argama | Nahel Argama | Alexandria | Lombardia | Dogosse Giar | Jupitris | Clop | Ra Cailum | Ark
Principality of Zeon/Neo Zeon Ship Classes
Musai | Zanzibar | Zanzibar Kai | Gwazine | Chivvay | Tivvay | Dolos | Papua | Pazock | Gagaul | Gwadan | Gwanban | Endra | Jotunheim | Sadalahn | Musaka | Rewloola
League Militaire Ship Classes
Reinforce | Reinforce Junior | Alexandria | White Ark
Crossbone Vanguard Ship Classes
Eos Nyx | Little Grey | Mother Vanguard | Zamouth Garr | Zamouth Giri | Zamouth Jeth | Zamouth Nada
Jupiter Empire Ship Classes
Battleship | Jibia | Jupitris 9
Serpiente Tacon/Crossbone Vanguard Ship Classes
Manzana Flor
Zanscare Empire Ship Classes
Adrastea | Amalthea | Angel Halo | Callisto | Keilas Guilie | Lysithea | Marilyn | Sinope | Squid

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