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Northampton Class Stealth Frigate

Northampton Class Stealth Frigate

Technical Data

Ship Type: space stealth frigate
Government: 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
Complement: unknown
Dimensions: approximate length 250 meters; length 252.5 meters (Macross Chronicle 2E Macross 7 Mechanic Sheet UNS 11A)
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:
  • many x Bifors anti-ship/anti-aircraft beam guns
  • many x Remmington anti-aircraft laser guns
  • many x Bifors anti-ship missile system
  • many x other armaments
  • Space planes: unknown
    Variable Mecha: approx 37 x variable fighters (28 x VF-11C Thunderbolts, 4 x VF-17 Nightmare, 4 x VF-19 Excalibur + landing pod and 1 x VF-22S Sturmvogel II + fold booster aboard Stargazer, 2046 February)

    Description and History

    The smallest of the UN Spacy ships of the line, the Northampton Class Stealth 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 Northampton 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. 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 (Macross Chronicle 2E Frontier Mechanic Sheet NUNS 06A).

    Production Notes

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

    Line Art

  • Stealth Frigate line art
  • Stealth Frigate bridge art
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
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