- "What do we have parked at R/M, Colonel?"
"Several CR-ninety corvettes, two Carrack-class light cruisers, a couple of Victories, and a Venator-class destroyer—the Liberator."
- ―Wilhuff Tarkin and an Imperial colonel
History[edit | edit source]
A model of light cruiser, the Carrack-class light cruiser saw use within the Imperial Navy. In 14 BBY, Imperial Moff Wilhuff Tarkin contacted an Imperial colonel stationed at Galidraan Station and asked what Imperial resources were in the area, as he suspected an imminent attack from insurgents. Along with several other facilities, the colonel reported on the Imperial Navy's Belderone R/M Facility Four deepdock, where two Carrack-class light cruisers were parked, along with several CR90 corvettes and Victory-class Star Destroyers, and the Venator-class Star Destroyer Liberator. Tarkin deployed the Liberator to Nam Chorios, as that seemed the most likely target in the vicinity, although the insurgents ultimately chose to attack Lucazec next.
Before he had come to captain the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Avenger in 3 ABY, Lorth Needa was a commanding officer aboard a Carrack-class as a Lieutenant Commander. In the months following the Battle of Endor of 4 ABY, in which the Empire was weakened after the Rebel Alliance killed the Emperor in the battle, the Carrack-class light cruiser Oculus was used by the Alliance's successor, the New Republic, in its fleet.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
The Carrack-class light cruiser was first mentioned in canon in the 2014 novel Tarkin, written by James Luceno. It first appeared in the 2015 novel Aftermath, written by Chuck Wendig. In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the Carrack class was first mentioned in The Star Wars Rules Companion, a roleplaying game supplement to West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game written by Greg Gorden and published in 1989. The vessel was visually depicted in the same year in Gorden's Imperial Sourcebook, a sourcebook for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, before making its first appearance in Timothy Zahn's 1991 novel, Heir to the Empire.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Tarkin (First mentioned, simultaneous with Tarkin audiobook)
- Tarkin audiobook (First mentioned, simultaneous with Tarkin)
- Aftermath (First appearance, simultaneous with Aftermath audiobook)
- Aftermath audiobook (First appearance, simultaneous with Aftermath)
- Aftermath: Empire's End (Indirect mention only)
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- The events of Tarkin take place five years after the rise of the Galactic Empire, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, Tarkin must be set in 14 BBY.
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Captain Needa (★★★) (link))
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, which includes Lorth Needa captaining the Avenger, to 3 ABY.
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Endor to 4 ABY.
- The Star Wars Rules Companion
- Imperial Sourcebook
- Heir to the Empire