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"A gem among the smaller capital ships."
―Ushos O. Statura[src]

The Braha'tok-class gunship, known frequently as the Dornean gunship, was a model of gunship built by the Dornean Braha'ket Fleetworks Conglomerate. Well-armed with quad laser cannons, turbolasers, proton torpedo launchers and concussion missile launchers, it could carry two starfighters in its underbelly. Braha'tok-class gunships were initially built to protect Dornea from the Empire, but many of them eventually saw service with the Alliance to Restore the Republic, especially during the Galactic Civil War. Braha'tok-class gunships served with the Alliance as late as the Battle of Endor and after the War, they were still serving Dornea as late as 34 ABY. In 35 ABY, at least four of these gunships fought with the galaxy fleet during the Battle of Exegol.

Two notable Braha'tok-class gunships were the Orion and the Apailana's Promise. The Orion was among the three of its kind that were destroyed in the Battle of Atollon, while the Apailana's Promise served as escort to the CR90 corvette Thunderstrike. When the corvette was shot down at Sullust, the Promise fled the planet, but returned soon after and kept an Imperial-class Star Destroyer at bay to protect the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry until an infiltrator sabotaged the Star Destroyer from the inside.

CharacteristicsEdit

The Braha'tok-class gunship,[1] also referred to as the "Dornean gunship,"[7] was a type of gunship, built at 90 meters long,[4] which bordered the line between being a gunboat or a corvette. Produced by the Dornean Braha'ket Fleetworks Conglomerate, the gunship costed a total of 1,400,000 credits[2] and could reach speeds of 800 kph in a planet's atmosphere. It also had a silver-plated hull to deflect solar radiation[4] which was very durable and was reinforced by the quick cycling deflector shield generators that could protect from rapid-fire weapons. The Dornean gunship was narrow with a similar resemblance to a CR90 corvette.[2] The rebel soldier Hazram Namir described it to be a mean, compact, dagger of a ship.[8]

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A trio of Dornean gunships fight against Imperial starships.

The Dornean gunship could carry 15 passengers and have a complement of 70 officers and other enlisted crew. As well as this, it had a encumbrance capacity of 300 and enough consumables to last eight months. For systems, the Dornean gunship possessed a navigation computer as well as a long range sensor systems,[2] though it was not equipped for interstellar encryption.[8] It had a class 3 primary hyperdrive and a class 15 backup hyperdrive,[2] located between two[9] of its three sublight engine units at the rear of the ship. The command bridge was situated in the ships bow.[4]

Dornean gunships were powerful for their size.[1] They bore an armament of two proton torpedo launchers and four concussion missile launchers, all forward-mounted, two twin light turbolaser cannons, mounted on the port and starboard of the gunship, and eight quad laser cannons, four mounted on the dorsal side of the gunship and the other four mounted on the ventral side. As well as weaponry, the Dornean gunship could carry two starfighters, attached to its undercarriage. Modifications could allow the gunship to carry additional starfighters and even a small freighter.[2]

RoleEdit

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Three Dornean gunships in the Alliance Fleet.

The Dornean gunships were designed by the Dorneans as dedicated anti-starfighter platforms and served as screening vessels, defending larger vessels from starfighters and small capital ships. They had the ability to take on swarms of TIE fighters and pose a threat to small capital ships. The gunships could also be used as a mobile base of operations.[2]

They were initially built for the protection of Dornea from the Galactic Empire, but many became a part of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. In the Alliance Fleet, Dornean gunships were still used for anti-starfighter roles,[4] as well as ast attack, bombardment,[1] and as escort to larger starships like CR90 corvettes.[8] Use of the gunship by pirates has not been unheard of.[2]

HistoryEdit

Early rebellion against the EmpireEdit

"Commander, They've destroyed the Orion."
―A rebel, reporting the Orion's destruction[src]

The Dornean gunship was designed by the Dorneans and manufactured by Dornean Braha'ket Fleetworks Conglomerate[2] to protect the Dornean homeworld,[4] Dornea,[10] from the Galactic Empire.[4] Eventually some of these gunships saw service in the early rebellion against the Empire and were listed by the Mon Calamari aides Caitken and Shollan as a part of the major composition of rebel starships—alongside Pelta-class frigates, CR90 corvettes, CR70 corvettes, Sphyrna-class corvettes, and GR-75 medium transports—following the Blockade of Ibaar.[1]

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A Dornean Gunship above Atollon

Following the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic in the year 2 BBY, the Orion and two other Dornean gunships traveled with General Jan Dodonna's fleet to Phoenix Cell's base on Atollon. The two forces amassed in preparation for an attack on Lothal's TIE defender factory. However, both rebel cells were ambushed by the forces of Grand Admiral Thrawn. A battle ensued, and although many starships were destroyed in the battle, the Dornean gunships remained undamaged. As his tactic became too costly, Commander Jun Sato of Phoenix Cell ordered the fleet to charge the blockade and the three gunships advanced. However, the Imperial-class Star Destroyers thwarted the assault and the Orion was destroyed by TIE fighters.[11]

Soon after, Commander Sato rammed his flagship, the Phoenix Nest, into an Interdictor-class Star Destroyer to allow one of his ships to escape and fetch help from the Mandalorians. Unfortunately, with their formation broken the rebel starships were forced to flee to Atollon. The ships housed themselves under the shield of Phoenix Cell's base, awaiting Thrawn's incoming ground forces. Thrawn's forces soon overran the base and in the midst of the chaos, several rebel ships escaped from the base. A Dornean gunship was one of these ships, and was followed the other rebel ships as they flew back towards Thrawn's blockade. As the ships ran the blockade, this Dornean gunship was lost.[11]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

Battle of ScarifEdit

"All ships make a jump to hyperspace."
―Raddus, to the ships of the Alliance Fleet[src]
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A Dornean gunship fighting alongside other Alliance starships during the Battle of Scarif.

In 0 BBY, at least three Dornean gunships traveled with the Alliance Fleet, led by Admiral Raddus, to assist a rebel attack on Scarif. While a few starfighters were able to pass through the Scarif Shield Gate to assist the main objective, the rest of the fleet had to deal with the Star Destroyers and TIE fighters above and the Dornean gunships held of TIEs weaving between the rebel starships. Once the main objective had been completed, Raddus ordered the fleet to jump to hyperspace. Although many ships were able to escape, the Star Destroyer Devastator arrived and cut off the rest.[9] One Dornean gunship barely avoided collision with the Star Destroyer as it arrived and managed to escape soon after.[4]

The Battle of Scarif was a success for the Alliance and kick-started the Galactic Civil War.[9] After another rebel victory at Yavin, Dornea decided to join the rebel cause, supplying more Dornean gunship for the rebel fleet.[2]

Twilight CompanyEdit

"Your company, your show. The Promise will back you either way."
―Sharn pledges the support of the Apailana's Promise to the Sixty First[src]
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The Apailana's Promise served as escort to the Thunderstrike.

During the Galactic Civil War, one Dornean gunship, named the Apailana's Promise, served as the escort to the CR90 corvette Thunderstrike, the carrier of the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry, better known as Twilight Company. The gunship saw action in many battles, sometimes helping the Thunderstrikes escape in desperate situations. On one occasion when it covered the Thunderstrike's escape from the Imperial Destroyer in the Metatessu sector. In the Elochar sector, the Star Destroyer Herald arrived before the Thunderstrike and so the Promise put itself between the two ships to defend the corvette.[8]

After the deaths of Captain Micha Evon and the Thunderstrike's main officers, Commander Tohna was transferred to the corvette from the Apailana's Promise. During the Siege of Inyusu Tor, the Thunderstrike was shot down and the Sixty-First were left stranded on Sullust. The Apailana's Promise initially retreated off-planet, but returned soon after and kept the Herald distracted whilst the Sixty-First defended the Inyusu Tor mineral processing facility from the ground forces. The gunship survived the fight with its gun batteries drained and its shielding overheated but its hull still intact.[8]

Battle of EndorEdit

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A Dornean gunship flies alongside the Home One.

Following the Battle of Hoth, a few Dornean gunships were stationed at the rebel base on 5251977 when the crew of the Mighty Oak Apocalypse joined the Alliance.[7] In 4 ABY, at least four of these ships rendezvoused with the Alliance Fleet near Sullust and one was seen flying in concert with the MC80 Star Cruiser Home One. The fleet went on to attack the second Death Star where they were quickly cut off by several dozen Star Destroyers.[5]

During the battle, a Dornean gunship was seen fending off TIE fighters and TIE interceptors when the Millennium Falcon passed it. When General Lando Calrissian ordered the fleet to engage the Star Destroyers, at least four Dornean gunships were at the vanguard of the fleet as it closed in on the blockade. As the battle drew to a close, at least two of the gunships escaped with the rest of the fleet as it flew towards the forest moon of Endor, away from the Death Star as it exploded.[5]

New Republic EraEdit

"Who still uses these?"
"Dornea, my dear Statura. Dornea uses them."
―Ushos O. Statura and Admiral Gial Ackbar[src]

In the years after the Galactic Civil War, Dornean gunships were still used by the Dorneans to protect Dornea.[10] In 34 ABY, Ushos O. Statura questioned Admiral Gial Ackbar via a note in The Rebel Files about who still used the Dornean gunship, Ackbar replied by writing that Dornea still used them.[1]

In 35 ABY,[12] Calrissian and Chewbacca traveled to the Core Worlds to muster any starships that could assist the Resistance who were fighting against Darth Sidious and the Sith Eternal at Exegol. At least four Braha'tok-class gunship joined the large galaxy fleet that replied to their call, travelling to Exegol to fight the Sith Eternal fleet. Although the fleet was successful in destroying many Xyston-class Star Destroyers, Darth Sidious struck the ships with Force lightning, disabling them. One Braha'tok-class gunship was flying near General Poe Dameron when it was disabled. However, the fleet were able to regain power and fight again after Sidious was distracted and killed by Rey Skywalker.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Glad this ship was able to find new life."
―Pablo Hidalgo, on the Braha'tok-class gunship[src]

The Braha'tok-class gunship first appeared as a background ship in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, directed by Richard Marquand.[5] It appeared as the Dornean gunship in the 2015 novel Lost Stars by Claudia Gray[7] and was later identified as the Braha'tok-class gunship in the reference book Star Wars: The Rebel Files, released in 2017.[1] In concept art for Solo: A Star Wars Story, one was included in a depiction of a Corellian spaceport flying above a large landing area.[13]

In Star Wars Legends, the Braha'tok-class gunship was identified and elaborated, in 2006, on in the StarWars.com Databank by StarWars.com member "Ello137" through the Hyperspace feature "What's The Story?".[14] Ello137 saw the competition as an opportunity to link obscure elements of the Expanded Universe with obscure things in the movies.[15]

Creation and developmentEdit

"When I presented it to Joe Johnston he stated that it looked like “Something from Galactica”."
―Bill George explains Joe Johnston's view on the Braha'tok-class gunship[src]
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Pablo Hidalgo found reference photos of the gunship's original model in a filing cabinet and posted them on StarWars.com.

The first model of the Braha'tok-class gunship was conceived by Bill George after art director Joe Johnston asked him to create a background starship[16] for the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,.[5] With little time to work with, he spent as little as two days designing the ship. The kit-bashed model[16] was given the name "ROJ BG ship", standing for either 'Return of the Jedi background ship' or 'Return of the Jedi Bill George ship'.[17] However, when it was then presented to Johnston, he disliked it, saying it looked like a starship out of the Battlestar Galactica franchise.[16] Subsequently, the ship had a very small role in the final film.[17]

However, fans latched onto the obscure background ship and, according to Pablo Hidalgo, it became celebrated.[17] The model of the gunship was stored in the Lucasfilm Archives while black and white[18] reference photos[19] of it were stored in Lucasfilm's image unit. In 2003, Hidalgo was researching the "cantina aliens" when he found the photos in a filing cabinet[18] and posted them on StarWars.com. A new model of the Braha'tok-class gunship was eventually made for the Star Wars Rebels[17] episode "Zero Hour", which aired March 25 2017.[11] The animation model was also translated into a photo-real version for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,[17] released on December 16 2016.[20]

InconsistenciesEdit

Star Wars: The Rebel Files claims the crew of the Braha'tok-class gunship is 75[1] whereas Starships and Speeders sets it as 70.[2] Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles states the gunships hypderdrive to be class 1,[4] but Starship and Speeders also contradicts this, setting it as class 3. The armament of the Braha'tok in Starships and Speeders—two proton torpedo launchers, four concussion missile launchers, two twin light turbolaser cannons and eight quad laser cannons—also contradicts[2] Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles[4] and Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition,[10] both of which claim it is eight concussion missile launchers and eight turbolasers.[4][10] This article uses the information from Starships and Speeders as the more recent source.

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Starships and Speeders
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Knights of Fate
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Lost Stars
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
  12. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the "Starkiller Incident." As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Starkiller Incident to 34 ABY, it can be deduced the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker take place in 35 ABY.
  13. The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
  14. Databank title Dornean gunship in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  15. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked "What's the Story, Ello137? Funny you should ask . . ." – Apocalypse Later, Ello137's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; archived from the original)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Laurent Perini’s ROTJ and Rogue One Dornean Gunship. Modeler Magic (May 6 2017). Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved on January 21, 2019. "The little hammerhead model has returned in Rogue One!"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 SWYTlogo Rogue One Secrets Explained on the official Star Wars YouTube channel
  18. 18.0 18.1 TwitterLogo Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) on Twitter "I found these photos as black and white 8 x 10s in an old folder in a filing cabinet in Lucasfilm's image unit in 2003 when I was researching some cantina alien stuff. The model is still in the Archives. Glad this ship was able to find new life. Check out this thread for more." (screenshot) (In response to "A few years ago, @pablohidalgo published a photo of the ILM model.")
  19. SWYTlogo Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017: Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates on the official Star Wars YouTube channel
  20. SWCustom-2011 Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta Onboard for Star Wars Stand-Alone Film on StarWars.com (backup link)

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