At least three such vessels survived the initial attacks, but one was left behind to be destroyed by the Cylons. The two FTL-capable ones are part of the Fleet (TRS: "Act of Contrition," "Six Degrees of Separation," "Flesh and Bone").
One of the vessels was also seen orbiting Cloud 9 when Gina Inviere's nuclear bomb destroyed the luxury liner and three surrounding vessels, including the vessel itself; the explosive force having pushed out from Cloud 9 and striking a Colonial Movers ship, and then striking both the Yellow Vessel and a Long-Necked Vessel. Both were destroyed instantly (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II").
The second survives beyond the exodus from New Caprica (TRS: "The Son Also Rises") and the Battle of the Ionian Nebula. It is later flown into Sol following the discovery of second Earth (TRS: "Daybreak, Part II").
Behind the Scenes
- The ship resembles the Kodiak from the game Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun.
- Until "Daybreak, Part II," the ship was seen only in the background, and can be seen up-close prior to Galactica's departure from the Fleet, en route to rescue Hera Agathon from John Cavil.
- It was suspected that the ship design had been lost following the destruction of Cloud 9, but the ship made a reappearance in "The Son Also Rises" when Brendan "Hot Dog" Costanza checks in with Galactica's LSO two weeks after Kara "Starbuck" Thrace's death.
- This is a Battlestar Wiki descriptive term.