|Bismarck class Battleship|
The Battleship Westfalen has had a long and turbulent history, ever since the original Bayern-class Battleship was commissioned in 676 A.S. It was the only battleship to survive the Eighty Years War against the Gas Miners Guild, with the broken remains of her sister ships still scattered across the Sigma-13 nebula even today.
Virtually obsolete and with many systems failing frequently, the Westfalen was eventually relocated to the Hamburg system in order to clamp down on the ever-increasing Bundschuh and Unioner attacks. When her crew struggled with even this task, Rheinland Military officials were finally forced to retire the ship from active service after 130 years - the longest known service record for any military ship in Sirius.
The battleship was finally scrapped, its parts sent to ALG for recycling. However, due to the exemplary record of the ship and the reputation behind the name "Westfalen", it was agreed to christen the first of the new Bismarck class battleships as the new Westfalen, and the vessel is once again stationed in Hamburg, serving as a highly visible symbol of the Chancellor's growing military power.
Symbolism was required at the forefront of the latest war. Not only does the Westfalen's presence on the front provide a tactical advantage, but a psychological one as well. In a surprise advance, the Westfalen battlegroup reinforced the Battleship Bayern in the Sigmas, and alongside the Bayern pushed into Honshu, causing havoc and disarray in the Kusari forces and local trafic as it aims to disrupt not only reinforcements but also to lock down the Sigma-19 flank.