|Adult Swim Premiere||February 23, 2002|
In 2001, the show was licensed in North America by Bandai Entertainment. The English dub of Gundam 0083 premiered on Adult Swim's new anime block Adult Swim Action from February 23, 2002 to May 18, 2002, with reruns continuing through November 9, 2002.
Set during October and November U.C. 0083 (2183 A.D.) which occurs three years after the end of the war between the Zeon and the Federation, when a group called the Delaz Fleet is formed by the survivors of the Zeon army with the goal of rebuilding Zeon. A former Zeon ace and a small band of Principality soldiers are dispatched to Earth to capture a newly designed nuclear-armed Gundam mobile suit (RX-78GP01 Gundam "Zephyranthes") as part of "Operation Stardust". When the Zeon successfully make off with the prototype, the Earth Federation assigns the mobile suit carrier Albion to locate and recover the missing unit. When the stolen Gundam fires at the space fortress Konpei Island, the Federation Space Force suffers a catastrophic loss. As the Federation regroups, they learn that the Zeon have captured a space colony, Side 7, ostensibly with the objective of colliding it with the moon. When the colony's course is unexpectedly changed toward Earth, the true objective of Operation Stardust is revealed.
In the larger Universal Century storyline, 0083 depicts the transition of the Earth Federation between the events of Mobile Suit Gundam and Zeta Gundam, providing a backstory for the rise of the Titans organization.