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This article describes the space battleship Andromeda as depicted in Space Battleship Yamato 2202. For its counterpart in Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato and Space Battleship Yamato 2, see Andromeda (OS).
Andromeda
The Andromeda (AAA-01) is a United Nations Cosmo Navy Advanced Armament Ability[1] space battleship launched in 2202 as the first ship of the Andromeda class of warships. Commanded by Captain Osamu Yamanami, the ship becomes a technologically superior rival to the older Yamato.

HistoryEdit

Entering ServiceEdit

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Andromeda after firing its dispersal wave motion gun at Gatlantis forces.

Andromeda first engaged in combat during the Battle of the Eighth Floating Continent, a joint operation between the UN Cosmo Navy and the Garmillas Imperial Astro Fleet to recapture territory from Gatlantis forces. After conventional forces began to suffer heavy losses, the joint command called in Andromeda to counterattack. "Plan A" was activated, and surviving UNCN and Garmillan ships were ordered to stand aside as Andromeda entered the site of battle and fired its dual wave motion gun. The beam blasted directly through an orbiting moon and continued into the atmosphere of its parent planet, where it broke into a dispersal pattern that obliterated all but one of the Gatlantis vessels and the remains of the conquered floating continent. The battle appeared to have been won, but at the cost of revealing that the Earth Federation had broken its treaty with Iscandar to never develop wave motion weapons.

Andromeda attempted to intercept the last surviving Gatlantean ship as it powered up and began an attack run against Earth, but it could not catch the ship before it warped away, leaving it to eventually be destroyed by the space battleship Yamato ("The Year is 2202--Raise the Space Battleship Yamato").

On the night of December 8, 2202, days after the battle and hours after the celebratory launch of four other vessels of its class, Andromeda's hull was illuminated for a slow flyover of the Earth Federation capital city ("Tension--Get to the Lunar Embassy").

Pursuing YamatoEdit

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Yamato and Andromeda collide.

Some time later, Andromeda participated in a fleet fire exercise near Jupiter along with four other ships of its class and fourteen Dreadnought-class battleships. Andromeda received word that Yamato's former crew had gone rogue and embarked on a mission without orders, and left the exercise formation to pursue the older battleship alone. After finding Yamato in an asteroid field, Captain Yamanami ordered Yamato to return to Earth, and its commanding officer refused. Yamanami ordered Andromeda to open fire, but Yamato was able to deflect most of Andromeda's intense weapons volley. The two warships moved into point blank range with wave motion shields activated and continued on a collision course until Andromeda's bow directly hit its opponent's. The shields safely but violently absorbed the impact until the ships nudged each other aside and began to scrape along their port sides. Yamato escaped once it was clear, but Yamanami declined to take Andromeda in pursuit. The chase was officially terminated moments later when United Nations Cosmo Force director Heikuro Todo informed the captains that Yamato's mission had been retroactively authorized ("Clash! Yamato Versus Andromeda").

NotesEdit

  1. The words "Advanced Armament Ability" are visible on Andromeda's hull during the Battle of the Eighth Floating Continent.

Japanese language informationEdit

アンドロメダ Andoromeda