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Northampton Class Stealth Space Frigate (2059)

Northampton Class Stealth Space Frigate (2059)

Technical Data

Ship Type: stealth space frigate
Government: New U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: unknown
Ship Class: Northampton
Ship Name: Bluenose, Macross 7 Fleet; Bolognese, Macross 7 Fleet; Bolognese 003, Macross 7 Fleet; Bolognese 005, Macross 7 Fleet; Bolognese 006, Macross 7 Fleet; Carla 009, Macross 7 Fleet; Lucy, Macross 7 Fleet; Stargazer, Macross 7 Fleet (destroyed February 2046); Glendale FFM-805, Macross Frontier Fleet; Amagi FFM-860, Macross Frontier Fleet; Century FFM-796, Macross Frontier Fleet; Eden FFM-810, Macross Frontier Fleet; Arc Broom FFM-832, Macross Frontier Fleet; Furious, Macross Frontier Fleet; Bluewhale FFM-866, Macross Frontier Fleet; Starline, Macross Frontier Fleet
Commission Date: unknown
Number of Class Commissioned: (large numbers) 9,000 as of 2045 (Macross Chronicle 2E Frontier Mechanic Sheet NUNS 06A)
Complement: unknown
Dimensions: length 252.5 meters; width 85.6 meters; height: 64.5 meters
Mass: standard operational displacement 1,200 metric tons
Structure: stealth composition; concealed hangars; sensor dome
Power Plant: General Galaxy impulse drive system
Main Machinery: main engine nozzle (circumfrence of main center aft hull); OTEC/Shinnakasu Fold system (gravitational field control system attachment); OverTechnology vernier thrusters
Max instantaneous acceleration during combat: 1.95 G+
Armament:
  • 2 x 72mm Beam Gun Turret (one turret mounted front dorsal amidships, one turret mounted dorsal aft)
  • 4 x Twin 58mm Beam Gun Turret (three turrets mounted dorsal/ventral prow, one turret mounted ventral aft)
  • 18 x 20mm Twin Beam CIWS
  • 4 x Anti-ship missile launcher
  • Space planes: unknown
    Variable Mecha: approx 37 x VF-171 Nightmare Plus variable fighters

    Description and History

    The smallest of the UN Spacy ships of the line, the Northampton Class Stealth Space Frigate is an easily constructed vessel and functions as the main-force warship for colonization fleets. The main engines are built around the center circumference of the rear hull and supply the 250-meter long frigate with excellent speed and maneuverability that compensates for a lack of heavy firepower. Like many of the next generation space vessels of the UNG, the stealth frigate features a stealth composition and functions as a carrier ship for variable fighters. In battle the stealth frigate utilizes several concealed launch bays for the fighters and has several anti-ship missile launchers and converging energy beam cannons. The widespread use of this class has lead to the deployment of numerous modified Bolognese frigates such as firepower-enhanced, reconnaissance and early-warning variants. The stealth frigates have also been adopted by Zentradi crews and these ships feature more Zentradi technology with distinctive hull designs. The stealth frigate fulfill a primary operational role and thus there are large numbers of these ships serving in the UN Spacy fleets, from planetary defense around Earth to far reaching colony fleets like the 37th long-distance colonization fleet. Stealth Frigates serve as the first defensive line in the emigration fleets, with aircraft carriers forming the second defense line. Additionally, a squadron of stealth frigates will operate as "pilot fish" for surveying routes and securing supplies ahead of a emigration fleet.

    In the 2059 era the basic structure of New UN Spacy ships is identical to the warships of the Macross 7 fleet. However differences in armaments and detection systems are apparent due to different manufacturers and subsequent date of construction. By 2045, there were more than 9,000 Northampton Class Stealth Space Frigates built. The Northampton holds the distinction of being the New UN Forces most produced starship and is still in mass production as of 2059.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Plus, Episode 4
    Crew: no notables
    Other Appearances: Macross 7, Macross Frontier
    Original mechanical designer: Miyatake Kazutaka

    Line Art

  • Northampton Class Stealth Space Frigate artwork
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
    Additional Information Courtesy of fan translation (Seto Kaiba of the Macross World forum community)
    Images From - Macross Chronicle and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist