by Tim Wing
- Daedalus Class (SLV) Super-Large-Scale Semi-Submersible Assault Landing Vessel2
- The SLV-111 Daedalus was named after the Greek mythical inventor and builder of the labyrinth and man-made wings.2
The Daedalus Semi-Submersible Assault Landing Vessel is canon, having appeared in the Macross Saga of the original Robotech TV series. Most of the original Macross source material is pretty thin in regards to information. It of course describes the Daedalus as a submersible ship, and makes no reference to any space capability. However, in episode three, we do see two Daedalus-class ships fighting (well, getting shot at) in space. Additionally, we see the Daedalus herself floating in the air above the surface of the ocean… suggesting it too could fly, and therefor was likely to be space capable. For these reasons, I’ve decided to write the Daedalus-class up as being space capable.
- Government: United Nations,2 U.N. Navy, U.N. Spacy3
- Ship Type: Amphibious Warfare Forces2
The Daedalus-class was an amphibious assault ship of the U.N. forces deployed in the ocean area surrounding South Ataria Island which ASS-1 crash landed. 2
The warship, along with the aircraft carrier Prometheus was involved in Macross’s reckless fold and was transferred to Pluto. 2
Repairs were made and was connected to the starboard-side of Macross. It endured the space environment while docked with Macross and was severely damaged in 2012.
- Raised navigation bridge on port side and Operations bridge on starboard side.2
- The function of this ship was the loading and sortie of the Destroid-series, deploying them promptly upon arriving at an enemy base. 2
- The Daedalus was at least capable of hovering at an altitude of 100 meters.1
- Two to four Deadalus class ships were capable of operation in space by February 2009.1
- The ship’s main feature was a collapsible ramp extending from the bow of the ship outward, designed to load the Destroid series vehicles and then promptly sortie Destroids upon arrival at an enemy base.3
Complement (SLV-111 Daedalus):
- Ship’s Crew: 1,200 officers and enlisted4
- Air Group: 225 Marine aviators and support crew4
- Marine Detachment: 2,500 Marines4
- Four Marine Attack Squadrons of AH-68N Privateers (48 helicopters) 4
- Two Marine Anti-Submarine Warfare Squadrons of SH-62 Sea Sergeants (24 helicopters) 4
- One Marine Fleet Support and Logistics Command Detachment of HH-62 Supply Sergeants (12 helicopters) 4
- One Marine Fleet Reconnaissance/Observation Squadron of ARH-34 Snoops (12 helicopters) 4
- Seven Marine Heavy Armor Platoons of MBR-04 Tomahawks (30 Destroids) 4
- Seven Marine Mechanized Infantry Platoons of MBR-07 Spartans (30 Destroids) 4
- Six Marine Air Defense Platoons of ADR-04 Defenders (24 Destroids) 4
- Six Marine Air Defense Platoons of SDR-04 Phalanxes (24 Destroids) 4
- One Marine Heavy Artillery Platoon of HWR-00 Monsters (4 Destroids).4 I believe that there were only two Monsters, and both were assigned to the SDF-1, not the Daedalus. We do, however, see them on the Daedalus during the series, so it follows that they were at least billeted there during the SDF-1’s trip from Pluto back to Earth.
- Forward torpedoes5
- Mid-way medium torpedoes5
- Mid-way heavy torpedoes, usually proton, multi-warhead or reflex5
- Length: 488 meters2
- Max dive depth: 3500 meters5
- Flank speed, surface: 75 km/h5
Ships in class
- Daedalus (SLV-111) commissioned April 20062
- Debut: Robotech episode 1,1 The Super Dimension Fortress Macross episode 12
- Designer: Kazutaka Miyatake2
- 1Robotech, original TV series
- 2The Macross Compendium
- 3The Macross Mecha Manual
- 4Robotech the Macross Saga Sourcebook
- 5Robotech RPG – Book 2 – RDF Manual
Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.
Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin.
Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized on Robotech Illustrated.
Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized on Robotech Illustrated.
Acknowledgement is also extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized on Robotech Illustrated.
Content by Tim Wing, Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Rob Morgenstern
Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing; 2002, 1998, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker