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"I am Admiral Ar'alani of the Chiss Defense Fleet."
―Admiral Ar'alani[src]

The Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet, also known as the Chiss Defense Fleet and the Ascendancy Defense Fleet, was the armed forces of the Chiss Ascendancy. The fleet operated in the galaxy's Unknown Regions, and included Admiral Ar'alani, a Chiss female officer, as well as Senior Captain Mitth'raw'nuruodo before he joined the Galactic Empire. The human Eli Vanto, a commander in the Imperial Military and a personal friend of Thrawn, would also join after Thrawn sent him as an Imperial liaison to the Chiss Ascendancy. The fleet also had a specialized military uniform.

History[edit | edit source]

"I am Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo, officer of the Expan­sionary Defense Fleet, servant of the Chiss Ascendancy."
―Mitth'raw'nuruodo, introducing himself to Anakin Skywalker[src]

The Chiss Defense Fleet,[1] also known as the Expansionary Defense Fleet, was the armed forces of the Chiss Ascendancy that was active by the time of the Clone Wars. During the war,[4] Chiss Defense Fleet officer Senior Captain[2] Mitth'raw'nuruodo was near Batuu on a mission when he encountered Jedi General Anakin Skywalker of the Galactic Republic.[4] The Chiss Defense Fleet remained active during the Galactic Civil War, and after the Batonn insurgency, Admiral Ar'alani rendezvoused with Imperial Commander Eli Vanto, who was dispatched by Mitth'raw'nuruodo. During the Imperial–Grysk conflict, Chiss Defense Fleet forces monitored the battle against Grysk forces.[4]

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Administration[edit | edit source]

The Chiss Defense Fleet was the armed forces of the Chiss Ascendancy, which in turn was ruled by the Aristocra. There were multiple military ranks used in the Chiss Defense Fleet, including the ranks of admiral and commander. Part of the role of the Chiss Defense Fleet was defending Chiss colonies, as well as monitor battles between other factions and governments.[4]

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Equipment[edit | edit source]

Chiss and non-Chiss officers of the Chiss Defense Fleet.

Officers of the Chiss Defense Fleet were outfitted with a type of uniform which was able to absorb energy, protecting the wearer from blaster fire.[4] Chiss uniforms were typically black in color, and featured the emblem of the Chiss Ascendancy on the upper arm.[3] Rank was indicated by silver bars placed on the collar of the uniform.[1] There were some exceptions to the basic Chiss uniform, as Admiral Ar'alani wore a pure white uniform in stark contrast to the black uniforms of her crew.[3]

Starships of the Chiss Defense Fleet[edit | edit source]

The Chiss Defense Fleet used several types of starships, including Chiss warships.[1] The Steadfast was an example of a Chiss warship,[3] and the Chiss vessel Whirlwind was also part of the fleet.[2] Chiss shuttles, also referred to as Chiss courier ships, were also deployed.[4] Chiss defense platforms were also utilized by the Chiss Defense Fleet. Another type of warship used by the Chiss was the Nightdragon man-of-war. Other ships such as missile boats, patrol cruisers, patrol ships, freighters, heavy cruisers, and destroyers were used.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Chiss Defense Fleet first appeared in Star Wars canon in the 2017 novel Thrawn, written by Timothy Zahn.[1] The Defense Fleet originated in the 1998 Star Wars Legends novel Vision of the Future,[5] and first appeared in the 2004 novel Survivor's Quest, both written by Zahn.[6]

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