|The Luxion was one of the first starships built by mankind to explore the outer reaches of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Construction started at the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries shipyards in 2006 and
commissioning was on 23 August 2013. On 19 December 2015, the Luxion disappears 250 light-years from its last
known position near the constellation Cygnus. It was later learned that while exploring the Perseus Spiral Arm of the
galaxy they encountered the alien insects which inhabit space. The fleet was brutally attacked without provocation and
all but destroyed during an ambush on 21 December 2015. The commander of the ship was Admiral Yuzo Takaya,
Noriko's father. One of the few survivors of the space battle was Noriko's coach, Koichiro Ota.
|The Exelion was commisioned many years later after the war with the aliens started in 2021. The Exelion boasted a
fighter attack group of 880 Cosmo Attack Fighters and 1220 RX-7 Machine Weapons, which made up the bulk of the
ship's primary attack units. It was definitely a ship not to be reckoned with. The vessel was heavily armed with numerous
laser cannon and photon torpedo silos, and was also heavily shielded. The Exelion proved to be fully capable of
standing its own ground under combat, as it had done on numerous missions.
|After its return to Earth in 2032, the Exelion was decomissioned to make way for the Super Exelion class of vessels.
The RX-7 Machine Weapon squadrons were also disbanded, making way for the production of the Sizzler. When the
alien threat had managed to locate Earth, the Exelion was used in a final gambit to keep the invaders at bay. Flanked
by both Buster Machines piloted by Noriko Takaya and Kazumi Amano, the Exelion was led out of the solar system.
Using its gravitational collapsing motors, the Exelion imploded in upon itself and created a small black hole, destroying
the alien fleet.
|Originally designed by Earth Space Command as a planetary evacuation vessel, the Eltreum was the largest manned
space cruiser ever constructed by man. It's immense cost was overshadowed by the creation of the Black Hole Bomb.
The vessel was later refitted into a combat vessel to be Earth's flagship when the aliens were routed on the defensive at
the galaxy's core on 22 May 2048. The ship contained a compliment of 800 Sizzler units and 3800 Cosmo Attack
Fighter squadrons. Armament consisted of literally thousands of laser cannon emplacements and photon torpedo
launchers. In addition to these, navigational systems and mission operations were controlled by ESP enhanced humans
and other intelligent mammals such as porpoises.
|Under the command of Captain Tatsumi Tashiro, who once commanded the Exelion, the Eltreum was instrumental in
launching the final offensive against the aliens at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Numerous casualties were
inflicted on both sides, but the intervention of the Black Hole Bomb and the Gunbuster proved to save the day when the
Terran fleet realized they were losing the battle.
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