Athrun returns to Orb in his new mobile suit, the Savior, unaware of what has happened. He is immediately attacked and decides to retreat to Carpentaria, where he is reunited with the Minerva. Their orders are to assist in the attack on the Eurasian Federation’s Suez Base. He also learns from Talia about Orb’s alliance with the Federation and the Freedom kidnapping Cagalli from her wedding.
Neo, meanwhile, orders an attack on the Minerva as they are en route to Suez. Sting, Stella, and Auel engage Shinn and the others. During the battle, Shinn loses control of his emotions and has to be reminded of his duties. The Archangel, meanwhile, monitors the news of the battle from another location, safely underwater. They are waiting for the right time to involve themselves in the conflict.