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"Where did they get all these fighter craft? They have no navy."
"It's not a navy, sir, it's just… people."
Enric Pryde and Frantis Griss[src]

The citizens' fleet, also known as the citizens' navy, was an expansive fleet that was comprised of 14,000 volunteer civilian ships from throughout the Core Worlds and the galaxy. It was assembled by General Lando Calrissian to aid the Resistance in the Battle of Exegol, where they faced the might of the Final Order and the Sith Eternal, led by the reborn Darth Sidious, as the First Order tried to guide out the Sith armada.

History[edit | edit source]

"But there are more of us, Poe. There are more of us."
―Lando Calrissian, to Poe Dameron[src]

At first, many worlds were hesitant to aid the Resistance at the onset of its war against the First Order due to the recent collapse of the New Republic[6] and the advance of the First Order's conquest of the galaxy.[7] The collapse of the New Republic had seen the destruction of its home fleet, and, although some task forces survived, they were dissolved by senators to protect their homeworlds.[8]

Following the announcement of Darth Sidious' survival and the destruction of Kijimi, Rebel Alliance veterans Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca were dispatched to the Core Systems on the Millennium Falcon at the request of Resistance Generals Poe Dameron and Finn to send out a call for help to anyone throughout the galaxy who would be willing to aid the Resistance in their upcoming battle.[1]

After hastily amassing a combined force of 14,000 civilian and military starships[9] of differing classes and size manned by ordinary galactic citizens and Resistance friends, the citizens' fleet arrived at Exegol, where the remains of the Resistance were engaged in a battle against the Sith Eternal's massive armada, the Final Order, to reinforce the Resistance in their effort to prevent the large Sith armada from deploying off of Exegol and attacking the remaining free worlds. There, they helped turn the tide of the battle and achieve victory, and, as a result, a galactic uprising against the First Order by the inhabitants of the galaxy began.[1]

Organization[edit | edit source]

A number of units served at Exegol including the Mon Calamari fleet, Inferno Squad, and Phantom Squadron.[4]

Complement[edit | edit source]

"Look at this! Look at this."
―Poe Dameron, upon seeing the fleet[src]

The fleet was composed of many starships of different classes.

The citizens' fleet was composed of a plethora of starships of various classes that ultimately culminated in over 14,000 starships.[9] One of those ships was the Anodyne Two.[4]

Capital ships[edit | edit source]

The gargantuan civilian fleet contained a large number of capital ships, prominently those of the MC-series star cruiser line[1] developed by the Mon Calamari.[10] These Star Cruisers included MC80 Star Cruisers,[1] at least twenty-five MC75 Star Cruisers, as well as many MC75B Star Cruisers, many MC75C Star Cruisers, and many of other similar models with the MC75 style of hull. Mon Calamari heavy cruisers were also part of the fleet, including at least five MC85 Star Cruisers, along with many other models that shared the MC85 hull. Additionally, there were multiple MC95 Star Cruisers, along with MC95A Star Cruisers, MC95B Star Cruisers, MC95C Star Cruisers, MC95D Star Cruisers, and MC95E Star Cruisers. In addition to the Mon Calamari Star Cruisers, there were large scores of Hynestian Star Cruisers that were present at Exegol as part of the fleet.[11] The large supertanker fuel depot space station known as the Colossus was also part of the fleet,[5] as was at least one restored Cronian battlebird.[12]

Sub-capital ships[edit | edit source]

Ships of smaller classifications, sub-capital ships, were also a large part of the fleet's composition. Many of these ships were frigates. At Exegol, there were at least seven EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigates, at least fifteen Nebulon-C escort frigates, at least twelve Pelta-class frigates, and at least fourteen Vakbeor-class cargo frigates.[1]

Additionally, there were many corvettes, including CR90 corvettes, Lothalian Corvettes, Braha'tok-class gunships, Sphyrna-class Hammerhead corvettes, and at least twenty-four Free Virgillia-class Bunkerbusters.[1] Transports included GR-75 medium transports and Gozanti Armed Transports.[11]

Light craft[edit | edit source]

Warships were not the only type of vessel in the fleet, however. The fleet also boasted freighters, transports, shuttles, gunships and many other light craft. Specific freighter classes included many Corellian Engineering Corporation starships from the VCX series, YT-series and the YV-series. These, respectively, included at least three VCX-100 light freighters including the Ghost, a YT-1300 light freighter which was the Millennium Falcon and lead vessel of the fleet, as well as YT-2400 light freighters, YT-2400BT freighters, and YV-865 Aurore-class freighters. There were also at least twenty-five Baleen-class heavy freighters that were manufactured from CEC. Other freighter classes included Darius G-class freighters, at least one Drovan Freighter, Mining Guild Freighters, at least one Ralltiiri Light Freighter, at least two Sullustan Cargo Freighters, at least one 720 light freighter, at least one Coruscant Freighter, and at least one ZH-40 Tribune-class light freighter. More so, the fleet also consisted of TUG-b13s.[11][1]

The citizens' fleet at Exegol

Further, the fleet also consisted of GX1 short haulers, T-6 shuttles,[11] Star Tours Speeders,[13] alongside at least one H-type Nubian yacht.[4] Light attack craft included at least one Razor Assault Ship[11] at least one Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft, at least one Pursuer-class enforcer,[12] Guavian Ships, Lancer-class pursuit craft[11] including the Nebular Kelpie,[1] Auzituck anti-slaver gunships, UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft, and MG-100 StarFortress SF-17 bombers.[11]

Bombers and starfighters[edit | edit source]

In addition to the capital ships, sub-capital ships, and light craft, the citizens' fleet also had a large force of bombers and starfighters. Bombers included BTA-NR2 Y-wing starfighters, while starfighters such as T-70 X-wing starfighters, racing starfighters including[11] the Yellow Ace, Red Ace, Green Ace,[14] the Fireball, Blue Ace, and Jarek Yeager's racer, Durosian fighters, Z-95 Headhunters, Fang-class fighters, Kom'rk-class fighter/transports, N-1 starfighters, rebel speeders, Victor-wing Fighters, D-wing fighters, and many other vessels.[11]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"Well, one thing we do know is that among the 14,000 ships that arrive with Lando Calrissian over Exegol in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are the Fireball, Jarek Yeager's racer, and Torra Doza's ship."
―Pablo Hidalgo[src]

Many of the ships were kitbashed by ILM to create variations of the same model, using color to stylize the various models as well as livery and hull plating.

The citizens' fleet first appeared in the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.[1] Not all of the shots that ILM rendered for the movie made it into the final cut, leading to discrepancies between promotional pieces[9][15] and the final cut of the movie.[11] Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo stated in a Star Wars Resistance Bucket's List article on StarWars.com that the fleet was made up of 14,000 starships.[9] In an Industrial Light & Magic video showcasing the visual effects of the film, it was stated that the shot when the fleet appeared at Exegol was made up of over 16,000 ships.[15][16] This article assumes that the statement from Hidalgo is the canon number for the amount of ships in the fleet.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  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 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker to one year after the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Force Awakens to 34 ABY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker, which includes the appearance of the galaxy fleet, must occur in 35 ABY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Star Wars Book
  6. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 StarWars.com Bucket's List Extra: 5 Fun Facts from "The Escape – Part 2" – Star Wars Resistance on StarWars.com (backup link)
  10. Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 39 (Databank A-Z: Kwazel Maw — Sly Moore)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 StarWarsKids.jpg Every Ship in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy | Star Wars By the Numbers on the official Star Wars Kids YouTube channel (backup link)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
  13. A Final Alliance
  14. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Graphic Novel Adaptation
  15. 15.0 15.1 Breznican, Anthony. Watch the Mesmerizing VFX Reel for The Rise of Skywalker — EXCLUSIVE (2020-02-04). vanityfair.com. Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on February 21, 2020.
  16. Industrial Light & Magic video File:ILM_TROS_fleet.png

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