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"Carida is more than a military academy. Those who graduate from here do great things."
―Oppo Rancisis[src]

The Carida Academy, also known as the Imperial Naval Academy, and once known as the Academy of Carida and the Carida Military Academy, was a military academy on Carida which, during the reign of the Galactic Empire, was an Imperial Academy for its military training program. The academy was built on the edge of a cliff. Multiple landing pads emerged from the side of the cliff face. Like the academies at Raithal and Corulag, it was a specialized service academy for officer training. Army, Navy, and Stormtrooper Corps officers all trained there. Two notable instructors were Captain Tabor Seitaron, who taught military history to cadets there, and Sergeant Triosa Broog, who served as training officer to Cadet Han Solo before he was expelled and reassigned to infantry on Mimban for chronic insubordination and recklessness.

History[]

Galactic Republic[]

Chancey Yarrow studied theoretical hyperspace physics at the Academy.

During the High Republic Era, the Academy of Carida trained students in the arts of warfare and conflict resolution. Since the galaxy at the time was largely peaceful, most of its students came from worlds facing conflict. The Gungan theoretical hyperspace physicist Professor Thaddeus Wolk led the university's hyperspace theory and philosophy department. Chancey Yarrow was a doctoral student at the Carida Academy researching the use of artificial gravity wells to pull starships out of hyperspace, but her topic was considered insane by her faculty and peers. To please the Academy's requirements, Yarrow pretended to change her topic but secretly continued her research into gravity wells. When her misconduct was discovered, she was expelled. Yarrow subsequently sold her skills and expertise to the Nihil marauders and the Graf family.[3]

Around the same time, the Twi'lek Lourna Dee enrolled in the Carida Military Academy using the name of her deceased brother Inan, after being freed from a Zygerrian slave camp by Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis and his Padawan, Dal. Dee eventually fled the academy after getting into a serious fight with two older cadets who had been bullying her, seriously injuring them before escaping in a stolen starfighter, subsequently becoming a mercenary.[4]

Galactic Empire[]

"This facility is basic—progress far enough as servants of the Empire and one day you might see what a course on Raithal or even Carida is like."
Cumberlayne Aresko, to cadets of the Academy for Young Imperials[src]

Han Solo was an Imperial cadet before becoming a smuggler and rebel leader.

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, it served as an Imperial Academy and specialized service academy for officer training.[5]

During Berch Teller's insurgency in 14 BBY, Teller and his rebel cell misled their informant Vice-Admiral Dodd Rancit into believing that they were going to attack the Carida Academy with Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin's stolen starship Carrion Spike. As a result, the Academy and Carida were placed under alert and Imperial forces were dispatched to defend the Academy. Rancit intended to destroy the Carrion Spike and insurgents in order to conceal his role in aiding the insurgents. However, he was exposed by Darth Vader who took control of his Secutor-class Star Destroyer and executed Rancit. The Carrion Spike was subsequently recovered.[1]

After escaping Corellia, Han Solo became an Imperial cadet at the Carida Academy, training alongside fellow cadets Beilert Valance, Kanina Nico, and the brothers Lyttan Dree and Tamu Dree. While Solo was a skilled pilot, his strong-headed, independent nature clashed with the regimented culture of the Imperial Academy. Though the flight instructor Yurib Nakan disliked Solo and wanted to expel him following a failed escape attempt, Sergeant Triosa Broog saw potential in Solo despite his rebellious nature.[6]

During his time at the Academy, Solo saved Tamu's life during a flight exercise, earning him the respect of the Dree brothers.[7] Later, Solo, Nico and the Dree brothers were tasked with delivering several TIE fighters aboard the Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier Imperial Cruiser 07200823. During the mission, the four visited a Pantolomin cruiser where Solo escaped Pjolan, who was seeking to collect Lady Proxima's bounty.[8]

As their training progressed, Solo and his fellow cadets were later assigned to Carida Squadron, which participated in the Battle of Howlan.[9] During the battle, Solo and his fellow cadets defied orders by embarking on a mission behind enemy lines to rescue Valance. Despite saving Valance's life, Solo was sent to the brig for insubordination.[10] Due to his exceptional flying skills and Broog vouching for him, Solo remained at the Academy. However, Solo was expelled from the Academy and reassigned to the Imperial Army after disobeying orders and saving Lyttan's life during a skirmish with raiders.[11][12][13]

Years later, Commandant Cumberlayne Aresko of the Academy for Young Imperials on Lothal described the Carida Academy and the Raithal Academy as potential destinations for Lothal cadets who had progressed sufficiently in their training.[5]

Curriculum and organization[]

"I am training officer Triosa Broog. And you... are now part of something far more important than your insignificant individual lives. You are now part of an Empire."
―Triosa Broog addressing new cadets at the Carida Academy[src]

Imperial cadets Beilert Valance, Lyttan, Tamu Dree, Kanina Nico, and Han Solo

The Carida Academy was a specialized service academy for officer training that also trained pilots for the Imperial Navy.[5][6] During the induction, cadets had their hair cut and clothes removed by droids. Cadets wore a white uniform with black boots but also donned other Imperial military uniforms such as Imperial Starfighter Pilot suits and Imperial Army trooper uniforms. Cadets were addressed by their call number rather than names.[6] Cadets were also ranked based on their piloting skills and their academic achievements via leader boards.[7]

In addition to flight classes, the Carida Academy also had starfighter training exercises which involved cadets flying TIE fighters and working in teams to disable a laser cannon's deflector shield.[7] While it was a pilot academy, the Carida Academy also had training exercises where cadets were required to practice on the battlefield as Imperial Army troopers.[6]

For discipline, cadets could be confined to the brig or ordered to make soup.[6][8] For more serious infractions such as insubordination, cadets could be dismissed from the Academy and reassigned to other Imperial military service branches.[11][12]

While on training, Imperial cadets could be deployed on missions to transport TIE fighters.[8] In addition, cadets were sometimes used in military operations. The Academy also had a Carida Squadron, which saw military action during the Battle of Howlan.[9]

Campus[]

The Carida Academy's TIE fighter landing field.

The Carida Academy was constructed on the edge of a cliff, with multiple landing pads emerging from the cliff face.[6] The Academy's facilities included an assembly area,[6] brig for holding troublesome cadets,[6] a landing field for TIE fighters,[6] mess hall,[7], and barracks.[7] The Academy was guarded by stormtroopers[6] and Imperial Army troopers.[7]

Faculty and staff[]

Cadets and alumni[]

Cadets take off from the launch deck flying a TIE/rb Heavy and TIE/ln fighters.

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