HistoryEditThe ship was Admiral Okita's vessel during the Second Battle of Mars. Under the command of Okita, and with Mamoru Kodai as the tactical officer, the UNCN, at great cost, was able to halt the Great Garmillas Empire's advance towards Earth ("Memories of the Blue Planet").
By January 17, 2199 the Kirishima became the flagship of the UNCN and led the disastrous First Battle of Pluto (also known as Operation M) in which it was the only survivor. Three weeks later, the ship picked up Lieutenants Susumu Kodai and Daisuke Shima from Mars, bringing with them a wave motion core delivered by the late Sasha Iscandar ("Messenger of Iscandar").
After landing on Earth and the announcement of the Yamato's departure, the ship was given to Admiral Ryu Hijikata. Still bearing some of the scars of Operation M, Kirishima briefly rendezvoused with the new space battleship Yamato in orbit as Yamato left for the planet Iscandar. The crew saluted Yamato and transmitted, "We pray for your safe return" ("Escape from the Jupiter Sphere"). Shortly after the sendoff, the ship traveled to the Moon to rescue a Cosmo Marine battalion that had come under Garmillas attack (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark).
- In the original Space Battleship Yamato, the counterpart of Kirishima was not given an official name.
- The ship may have been named after the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Kirishima, one of the IJN's four Kongō class warships launched before World War I and serving through World War II. It may also have been named after Mount Kirishima, an active volcano in southern Kyushu.