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Kamjin's Gun Destroyer (buried and damaged)
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Ship Type: medium-scale gun destroyer
Ship Name: unknown
Commission Date: unknown
Dimensions: length 1,500 meters
Power Plant: OverTechnology reaction engine
Primary Systems: reactor, macro nozzle cluster (main thrusters), vernier nozzle cluster, gravity control system, fold system
1 x main bow-firing energy beam cannon
many x guided beam cannons
many x anti-ship/anti-aircraft missile launchers
Space planes: none
Mecha: many x Nousjadeul-Ger
A potent warship, the Gun Destroyer is an often forgotten but significant part of the Zentradi fleets. Though the craft is somewhat small by the standards of most Zentradi ships of the line, it possesses one of the most devastating weapons of the fleet. The forward half of the craft is dominated by the main gun, a heavy converging energy beam cannon. The bow splits in half vertically, collimating the energy of the blast just prior to release. The main gun can blast through the most heavily armored hypercarbon hulls of enemy spacecraft and can rain high-energy mass destruction down upon a planetary body. With it's powerful primary weapon, the Gun Destroyer is the backbone of any large-scale fleet-to-fleet engagement and a necessary tool for operations requiring effective planetary bombardment. Though primarily an anti-ship/anti-fortifications vessel, the Gun Destroyer does feature many conventional cannon emplacements upon its hull and carries a modest complement of Nousjadeul-Ger powered armor suits for anti-mecha attack and defense.
Aside from its role in the destruction of planet Earth on February 2010, the most notable operation involving a Gun Destroyer was during the Defensive Battle of Macross City in January 2012. Zentradi warlord Kamjin Kravshera commanded a Gun Destroyer in his failed attempt to destroy the SDF-1 Macross. During the battle, the main cannon of the Gun Destroyer inflicted fatal damage on the SDF-1 Macross with a single shot, penetrating the hull and destroying the ship's main reactors. Though the Macross was able to briefly return fire via auxiliary power, the Gun Destroyer was able to remain aloft after a direct hit from the Macross super-dimension-energy cannon. The Gun Destroyer then rammed the Macross in a suicide run, but only succeeded in severing the starboard arm and docked SLV-111 Daedalus carrier from the SDF-1 before crashing to the ground just beyond the shore of Lake Macross.
NOTE: There has been some disagreement among sources whether or not this craft is a "Gunboat" or "Gun Destroyer". The most literal translation of its kanji caption from the book Macross Perfect Memory (1983) is "Medium-Sized Gunboat" (Chuugata Houkan). "Gunboat" is the translation favored by the English background text in the Macross Chronicle (2008, 2013). The Macross Compendium designates this vessel as a Gun Destroyer, so this website will reflect that translation choice with the caveat that either designation is acceptable.
It is also noteworthy that this craft is the only large Zentradi spaceship that lacks a class name. Some speculation proposes that the craft debuted so late in the Super Dimension Fortress Macross series that creation of the craft was either rushed or the trivia was simply overlooked. Some fans have gone so far as to create a class name for the vessel, but such a title is unofficial.
Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 27
Crew: Kamjin Kravshera, Moruk Laplamiz, Oigul
Other Appearances: Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Original mechanical designer: Miyatake Kazutaka
Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books
C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist