The Aries-class transports were used by the Galactic Federation’s Fleet to quickly transport Marines into and out of battles. A few of these transports could be seen docked with the G.F.S. Olympus right before the Space Pirate assault on Norion in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. A month later, Aries-class transports were used during the Federation’s assault on the Pirate Homeworld to destroy turret emplacements and deploy ground troops onto the planet.
Docking Bay 4 scan[edit | edit source]
"This Aries-class transport is used to drop marines into combat zones."
Unused Galactic Federation Data entry[edit | edit source]
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Galactic Federation Datafile TR-077.
Data moved to Logbook for review.
The Aries-class is considered to be outdated, and is to be replaced fleet-wide with the Anhur class. Until then, the GF is still dependent on the so-called "Rams" to transport Marines into action. The stable, old ships have powerful armament and armor, which is why they are appreciated by the crew and Marines in combat. The pilots, who are often referred to as "Aries shepherds", are generally seen as slightly insane. After all, they regularly fly into dangerous combat areas, often even without an escort.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Aries, the ram, is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Aries. In western astrology, this sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. In astrology, Aries is considered a masculine, positive (extrovert) sign. It is also considered a fire sign and is one of four cardinal signs. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars. Being the first sign in the zodiac, Aries is associated with the astrological 1st house.
In mythology, Aries is often associated with the Greek myth of the ram which carried Athamus' son Phrixus and daughter Helle to Colchis to escape their stepmother Ino, as well as the mythological figure of Theseus, from the Greek myth of the Minotaur.