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The Acclamator-class transgalactic military assault ship, also known as Acclamator-class Republic assault ship, Acclamator-class Planetary Assault Ship, Acclamator-class battleship, or Acclamator-class cruiser, was a type of cruiser-class proto-Star Destroyer utilized by the Galactic Republic for ferrying clone troopers across the galaxy. They were first deployed at the First Battle of Geonosis after transporting the clone army from Kamino, and subsequently carried the Grand Army of the Republic from Coruscant to the various arenas of the Clone Wars, a conflict in which they would see extensive use.[2]

Characteristics[]

An Acclamator II-class transport entering a planet's atmosphere.

The Acclamator-class assault ship was developed by Rothana Heavy Engineering, a subsidiary of Kuat Drive Yards. The predecessor to later Star Destroyer designs like the Venator-class, the Acclamator-class was part of the secret construction program initiated by Darth Sidious (under false orders of the Jedi High Council) to create a Grand Army of the Republic.[8][9] Although planetary defense forces had previously built much larger ships to patrol local space lanes, the Acclamator-class was notable for representing the return of the first truly transgalactic warships to the galaxy.[1]

The Acclamator-class was propelled by a series of electromagnetic thrust-vectoring sublight engines[1] and extraordinarily fast[2] twin hyperdrive engines.[8] The hyperdrives were housed within the tail of the ship, along with neutrino radiators for the power system. The main reactor was hidden deep within the ship's hull terraces and fed by condensed annihilation reactant many orders more dense than the ship itself. Tensorial integrity and inertial compensator field conduits ran throughout the length of the ship. Towards the stern of the ship was the conning tower, which housed the main sensor and communications assembly at the fore, behind which was the bridge and battle operations room.[1]

Unlike many craft of its size, the Acclamator-class was capable of both ground and water landings, where it could unload its complement of clone troopers and vehicles.[8][9] In order to support the ship's weight, a combination of antigravity repulsorlifts and landing pads are utilized. Troops and vehicles could exit from the main hanger via ramps extending from the sides or a ventral hanger opening.[1][10] Barracks for most troops were near the dorsal terrace of the ship. LAAT gunships were carried on a circulating rail in the main hanger, with platforms allowing for maintenance and loading of troops, while other combat vehicles were stored in dedicated service bays.[1]

The Acclamator-class was armed with weaponry allowing it to conduct a range of orbital bombardments in support of ground forces. These could vary from precise surgical strikes to massively devastating Base Delta Zero bombardments.[1] Quad turbolaser turrets were located on the port and starboard sides of the dorsal terrace, while the four missile launchers were located in the bow of the vessel.[1][8] The ship was ringed by a series of point-defense laser cannons.[1]

In order to defend itself from attack, the Acclamator-class was cladded in super-dispersive neutronium-impregnated armor, making it quite impervious against Separatist fusion rockets. It was also protected by strong deflector shielding, with regional shield generator nodes located at different points on the ship.[1] However, as displayed during the Battle of Ryloth, Separatist J-1 proton cannons could easily penetrate the shields of an Acclamator-class assault ship.[11]

Role[]

During the Clone Wars, the Acclamator-class's primary role was as a troop transport, although it also had a secondary function as a warship.[8][9] Designed to monitor ground movements and coordinate attacks, each clone trooper was equipped with a tracking device in their helmet that allowed controllers on Acclamator-class ships to better establish a picture of the combat zone. Their versatility and role as a troop transport proved essential during the Clone Wars.[2]

History[]

Clone Wars[]

Action at Geonosis[]

Acclamator-class assault ships landing on Geonosis.

During the First Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY,[12] which marked the end of the Separatist Crisis and the beginning of the Clone Wars, the Acclamator-class assault ship saw extensive use in the battle.[13] There, twelve Acclamators were sent alongside Jedi Grand Master Yoda to Geonosis to reinforce the Jedi, where they transported a total of 192,000 clone troopers, 1,600 Low Altitude Assault Transport/i gunships, 400 Low Altitude Assault Transport carriers, 100 Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery Turbolasers, and 2,160 All Terrain Tactical Enforcers,[14] eventually resulting in a victory for the Republic.[13]

Deployment to Christophsis and Teth[]

An Acclamator makes its descent on Teth.

Following the Battle of Geonosis, the Confederacy of Independent Systems blockaded the crystalline planet Christophsis as part of their attempts to take possession of the galaxy's major hyperspace routes.[10] However, after Republic forces led by Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker broke through the blockade,[15] they were left trapped, dwindling, and outnumbered on the planet's surface, where they fought the army of Kerkoiden General Whorm Loathsom. Amid the battle, the Jedi contacted the Jedi Temple on Coruscant requesting assistance, resulting in the fleet of Admiral Wurtz under Yoda and Admiral Wullf Yularen, which consisted of four Acclamator-class assault ships and three Venator-class Star Destroyers, being sent.[10]

After their victory at Christophsis, Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano were dispatched to the planet Teth aboard an Acclamator-class assault ship in order to rescue the Huttlet Rotta, the son of crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure.[10]

Landing on Ryloth[]

"Commander, the invasion fleet is coming out of hyperspace."
―Wullf Yularen to Ahsoka Tano, referring to the Republic invasion fleet[16]

While landing on Ryloth, one of the Acclamators is hit by a J-1 proton cannon.

Later, during the Battle of Ryloth, after Skywalker and his fleet of three Venators managed to break through the Separatist blockade orbiting the planet, the Republic dispatched an invasion fleet of three Acclamators under Generals Mace Windu and Kenobi, which subsequently prepared to make their descent on the planet. However, while the three assault ships made their landing, the Separatists, using J-1 proton cannons, proceeded to fire on the invasion fleet, where they managed to break through the deflector shield of one of the assault ships, destroying one of its engines and and sending the damaged vessel plunging to the surface, which forced the remaining two to break off their descent, dispatching several LAAT/i gunships to the surface to destroy the cannons.[11]

Kenobi, leading the 212th Attack Battalion's Ghost Company, soon managed to destroy the proton cannons after navigating through the Twi'lek settlement of Nabat, allowing the remaining ships to land on the surface, where the Republic would proceed to free Ryloth from the Confederacy's occupation.[11]

Return to Geonosis[]

The Republic fleet arrives in the Geonosis system.

Later in the second year of the war,[12] the Republic, having learned that the Confederacy, with help from the Trade Federation and the InterGalactic Banking Clan, were establishing a new droid factory on Geonosis, returned to the desert world with a massive fleet of ten Acclamators and six Venators under the command of Generals Kenobi, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Luminara Unduli, Skywalker, and Jedi Commanders Tano and Barriss Offee, in hopes of destroying the factory and retaking the planet from the Confederacy.[17]

Exiting hyperspace, the Acclamators made their descent on the planet's surface, where the Jedi Generals proceeded to board their gunships while a fleet of carriers delivered All Terrain Tactical Enforcers down to the surface,[17] which resulted in the costly destruction of the factory itself and the[18] capture of Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser by the end of the battle.[19]

Engagement on Saleucami[]

Three Venators escort an Acclamator to Saleucami.

Sometime later, after Separatist forces under the command of Kaleesh Separatist General Grievous captured Jedi Master Eeth Koth aboard his Star Destroyer, the Republic proceeded to dispatch Generals Kenobi and Skywalker, along with his fleet, to the planet Saleucami, where Grievous and his fleet awaited their arrival, in hopes of rescuing General Koth from the Separatists. However, despite their successes in rescuing Koth from the enemy flagship, Grievous managed to escape his doomed vessel to the planet's surface,[20] where an Acclamator-class assault ship was sent to deploy Republic ground forces to locate and defeat the Kaleesh general. Once more, despite their efforts, Grievous managed to escape Saleucami and the Republic aboard a Sheathipede-class transport shuttle.[21]

Battles of Kamino and Sullust[]

Clone troopers exit from an Acclamator before the Battle of Kamino.

Sometime later, the Republic discovered that the Kaleesh Separatist General Grievous and the Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress were planning to launch a second attack on the cloning planet of Kamino[22] after their first attempts failed earlier in the war,[23] in hopes of destroying the cloning facilities to tip the scales of the war in favor of the Confederacy. In response, the 501st Legion, under Generals Skywalker and Kenobi left for Kamino, were deployed to the planet aboard an Acclamator to reinforce Tipoca City from the attack. The Acclamator later participated in the battle with the Republic's blockade, where it engaged Grievous's fleet above the planet.[22]

Later in the war, an Acclamator-class assault ship fought alongside the fleet of Anakin Skywalker in the Battle of Sullust against the Separatist fleet of Ventress, which resulted in the destruction of Skywalker's flagship, the Venator-class Star Destroyer Resolute.[24]

Battle of Umbara[]

An Acclamator proceeds to land on Umbara.

After the government of the planet Umbara seceded from the Republic[25] in 20 BBY,[26] following the death of Senator Mee Deechi,[27] who represented the planet in the Galactic Senate, and aligned themselves with the Confederacy, which resulted in the establishment of a Separatist blockade. However, the blockade was later engaged by a fleet of three Venators and three Acclamators, which allowed one of the Acclamators to reach the planet's surface after punching a hole through the blockade, where it deployed ground forces to engage the native Umbaran combatants.[25]

Action on Kiros and Naboo[]

An Acclamator proceeds to land on Kiros.

Later on the planet Kiros, Separatist forces under Zygerrian Darts D'Nar arrived on the planet, where they proceeded to capture and transport all Togruta colonists to the planet Kadavo. However, not long after the Separatist invasion, Republic forces under Generals Kenobi and Skywalker arrived on the planet, where they utilized an Acclamator-class assault ship to deploy ground forces against the Separatist Droid Army.[28]

Sometime later on Naboo, Republic forces, with the intent of ensuring Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine's protection against a plot devised by Separatist Head of State Count Dooku to capture the Chancellor, dispatched Generals Windu and Skywalker, and his Padawan, alongside an Acclamator-class assault ship to Naboo, which was ferrying several All Terrain Tactical Enforcers and squads of clone troopers.[29]

Relief mission to Aleen[]

After a series of devastating groundquakes rocked the planet Aleen, the Republic received a distress signal from the native Aleena who were requesting aid. As a result, Clone Commander Wolffe and the clones of 104th Battalion were sent with a lone Acclamator-class assault ship and three Pelta-class frigates to deliver relief supplies and install new equipment in their communications center.[30]

Battle of Ringo Vinda[]

An Acclamator fought alongside the Open Circle Fleet at Ringo Vinda.

Later in the final year of the war,[31] Republic forces under the command of Generals Skywalker, Tiplar and Tiplee, engaged Separatist forces led by Harch Admiral Trench at the planet Ringo Vinda. There, the Republic utilized a fleet of twenty Venator-class Star Destroyers, an Arquitens-class light cruiser, three Consular-class cruisers and a single Acclamator-class assault ship against Trench's fleet, while the Jedi and their clone forces engaged the Separatist Droid Army on the Ringo Vinda space station.[32]

Action in the Ruusan system[]

Sometime during the war, Republic and Separatist forces fought in the Ruusan system. The Republic's forces, which consisted of at least one Venator, one Acclamator, and at least two Low Altitude Assault Transports, fought against at least one Lucrehulk-class Battleship.[33] Around 3 ABY during the Imperial Era,[34] the Nautolan bounty hunter Nakano Lash hid amongst the wreckage of the battle.[33]

Age of the Empire[]

By the time of the Imperial Era, the Acclamator-class assault ship was considered to be an old model.[7] The wreckage of an Acclamator was left in the Wastelands Of Kullgroon.[35] Despite the ship model's age, at least one, the Lodestar, was still active during the Galactic Civil War, serving as the flagship of New Republic General Hera Syndulla's Barma Battle Group.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

Concept art of the Acclamator-class assault ship.

The Acclamator-class transgalactic military assault ship first appeared in the 2002 episodic film, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.[13] Initially referred to as the "Jedi troop transport," the triangular shape of the starship was intended to be a nod to the Imperial Star Destroyers of the original trilogy.[36] They were later identified in the 2015 canon reference book, Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy, authored by Benjamin Harper.[2]

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Non-canon appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: Complete Vehicles
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy
  3. Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  4. Lead by Example
  5. Armada.png Star Wars: ArmadaGalactic Republic Fleet Starter (Card: Acclamator I-class Assault Ship)
  6. Armada.png Star Wars: ArmadaGalactic Republic Fleet Starter (Card: Acclamator II-class Assault Ship)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Alphabet Squadron
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  14. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  15. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
  16. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  17. 17.0 17.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  18. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
  19. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Legacy of Terror"
  20. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  21. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  22. 22.0 22.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
  23. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  24. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
  25. 25.0 25.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
  26. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Mon Cala and the skirmish in Theed to 20 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the episodes the other events are attached to according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), this event must also take place 20 BBY.
  27. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Murders"
  28. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Kidnapped"
  29. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
  30. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mercy Mission"
  31. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the trial of Ahsoka Tano and the mission to Utapau to 19 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the episodes the other events are attached to according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), this event must take place in 19 BBY.
  32. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
  33. 33.0 33.1 Bounty Hunters 4
  34. The events of Bounty Hunters 3 take place shortly after the the Escape from Cloud City, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 3 ABY. Therefore, the events of the comic and the following issue take place in approximately the same year.
  35. Lando - Double or Nothing 2
  36. Databank title.png Republic assault ship in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
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