The Confederacy of Independent Systems Navy, abbreviated to CIS Navy and also referred to as the Confederacy navy, Separatist navy, Confederacy fleet, Separatist fleet, or CIS fleet, was the naval branch of the Confederacy military of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. It was created during the height of the Separatist Crisis to bring a means of defense against the Galactic Republic.
- 1 History
- 2 Starships of the Separatist navy
- 3 Behind the scenes
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Sources
- 6 Notes and references
By 22 BBY, growing dissatisfaction with the Galactic Republic created unrest in the Galactic Senate and led thousands of systems to secede from the Republic. The Separatist movement rallied under the leadership of Count Dooku, a former Jedi Master. Following a failed assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala, the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered that the Republic was secretly building a clone Grand Army of the Republic on Kamino. While pursuing the clones' template Jango Fett to Geonosis, Kenobi discovered that the Confederacy of Independent Systems were secretly building a Droid Army. A short time later, the Republic launched an attack on Geonosis, sparking the Clone Wars. The navy was originally made up of heavily armed bulk transports from Separatist member corporations, but, as the Clone Wars continued, Pammant Docks and other Separatist allies built capital ships to make a creditable fleet. These starships were filled with a variety of starfighters and crewed by B1-series battle droids.
During the early stages of the Clone Wars, a Separatist fleet under the command of Admiral Trench, a veteran of the Battle of Malastare Narrows, which he was believed to have perished in, lay siege to the planet Christophsis. The Republic and Jedi Order dispatched reinforcements including Jedi Generals Kenobi and Skywalker, Admiral Wullf Yularen, and Clone Commander Cody to liberate Christophsis. Admiral Yularen and General Skywalker used a stealth ship to cripple Trench's Providence-class dreadnought flagship Invincible, allowing Kenobi and Cody's fleet to attack the now leaderless Separatist fleet. Despite this, fighting on the ground continued on Christophsis. Later, a Separatist fleet blockaded and invaded the Twi'lek homeworld of Ryloth. This blockade cut off any support for the dwindling Republic fleet in orbit and the defenses and starving population below. Republic Senator Bail Organa and Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks managed to convince King Katuunko of Toydaria to secretly ship supplies to Ryloth.
The Separatists then deployed the Malevolence, a powerful Subjugator-class heavy cruiser equipped with deadly mega-ion cannons that could disable the power systems of entire Republic Navy fleets. The Malevolence used its powerful ion cannons to destroy dozens of Republic ships, leaving no survivors. The Jedi High Council dispatched a fleet of three Venator-class Star Destroyers led by Jedi Master Plo Koon aboard the flagship Triumphant to hunt down the mysterious Separatist ship. However, Plo Koon was ambushed by Grievous in the Abregado system, where the entire Republic fleet, including the flagship, was destroyed in one swift strike. Plo Koon and several clone troopers including Clone Commander Wolffe managed to escape due to the intervention of Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano, therefore learning of the ion cannons.
The Malevolence continued its attacks on Republic military ships, including a medical convoy of three Pelta-class frigates escorted by a lone Venator-class Star Destroyer in the Ryndellia system. Count Dooku then tasked General Grievous with attacking the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, which was housing 60,000 wounded Republic clone troopers. In response, General Skywalker and Commander Tano attacked the Malevolence with the Y-wing Shadow Squadron. Despite taking casualties, Shadow Squadron managed to damage the Malevolence's mega-ion cannon. With Republic ships in pursuit and the ship's hyperdrive damaged, Grievous retreated with the Malevolence back to Separatist Space.
With Republic ships in pursuit, Darth Sidious and Count Dooku arranged for Senator Amidala's ship to rendezvous with the Malevolence. Grievous tried to take Amidala and C-3PO hostage but they managed to escape deeper into the ship to remain undetected. Anakin, Kenobi, and R2-D2 mounted a rescue mission and infiltrated the Malevolence. While aboard the Malevolence, Anakin rigged the ship to crash into the Dead Moon of Antar. The destruction of the Malevolence dealt a blow to Grievous' credibility. In addition, Jedi General Luminara Unduli's forces intercepted a Separatist fleet being sent to reinforce Grievous.
Later, Separatist droid forces attempted to take control Rishi Station and sabotage the base's all-clear signal so that a Separatist fleet led by General Grievous could launch an attack on the cloning planet Kamino undetected, but were repelled by a group of remaining clone troopers, who managed to warn the Republic by destroying the Rishi base. As a result, the Separatists were forced to withdraw their fleet from the orbit of the Rishi moon as soon as a fleet of six Venator-class Star Destroyers entered the system. Republic forces under General Skywalker and Admiral Yularen later destroyed a Separatist fleet commanded by Grievous during the Battle of Bothawui. Grievous escaped on his personal starfighter Soulless One. Skywalker and R2-D2 gave chase but their Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor was damaged in a meteor storm.
A fleet of Separatist Munificent-class star frigates under the T-series military strategic analysis and tactics droid TF-1726 later clashed with a fleet of three Venator-class Star Destroyers under Jedi General Aayla Secura above the planet Quell. Republic reinforcements under General Skywalker came to General Secura's rescue and rescued Secura from her stricken Star Destroyer. They escaped to the planet Maridun where they encountered a Lurmen village.
In 21 BBY, the Separatist navy blockaded the planet Felucia during the first battle of Felucia, trapping Republic forces under Jedi Generals Kenobi and Skywalker. Republic reinforcements under Jedi General Plo Koon managed to break through the blockade and evacuate Republic forces on Felucia. After stealing a holocron from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, the Separatist-aligned bounty hunter Cad Bane's fleet of Munificent-class star frigates attacked the Republic outpost on Devaron, capturing Jedi Master Bolla Ropal. Bane wanted to use Ropal to unlock the holocron he had stolen and access its secrets. Republic reinforcements under General Skywalker and Admiral Yularen boarded Bane's flagship and destroyed his fleet. However, Bane was able to escape with the holocron and a kyber memory crystal containing a list of all the Force-sensitive children in the galaxy.
Later, a fleet led General Grievous attacked Jedi Master Eeth Koth's Venator-class Star Destroyer and captured him. In response, Jedi Generals Kenobi and Adi Gallia led a fleet of Republic warships which destroyed most of Grievous' fleet. Republic and Jedi forces then pursued Grievous on Saleucami but the Separatist droid general managed to escape off-world.
General Grievous later commanded a Separatist fleet during an assault on the planet Kamino, the homeworld of all clone troopers in the Grand Army of the Republic and their place of creation. During the battle, Grievous utilized a strategy where the fleet's transports would be sacrificed in order to protect his flagship, as the transports secretly contained pieces for Grievous's second-in-command, Asajj Ventress, to assemble into Trident-class assault ships. Upon landing, they were reassembled by Aqua droids and used to attack the clone factories on Tipoca City. Ventress attempted to steal a DNA sample of Jango Fett but was thwarted by Skywalker. The clone troopers succeeded in repelling the Separatist invaders.
A Separatist fleet under the command of Asajj Ventress and the tactical droid TJ-912 later fought against a Republic fleet led by Generals Kenobi and Skywalker, and Admiral Yularen above the planet Sullust. During the battle, the droid tri-fighter squadrons Trident group one and Trident group two destroyed the Venator-class Star Destroyer Resolute. In the midst of the battle, Darth Sidious contacted Count Dooku and ordered him to eliminate Ventress, believing that Dooku was training her as a Sith apprentice. To prove his allegiance, Dooku complied and ordered TJ-912 to bombard Ventress' Providence-class dreadnought. Despite the bombardment, Ventress survived and became a formidable enemy of the Sith. Dooku then ordered TJ-912 to retreat from Sullust.
Later, Separatist forces ambushed Jedi General Even Piell's Venator-class Star Destroyer along the Nexus Route, which straddled the heart of both Separatist and Republic space. In response to Piell's capture, the Jedi Order and Republic mounted a mission to rescue him from the Citadel prison on Lola Sayu. Separatist warships under General Grievous later ambushed Jedi General Adi Gallia and the 91st Mobile Reconnaissance Corps's Venator-class Star Destroyer near the planet Patitite Pattuna. Grievous' forces boarded Gallia's Star Destroyer and captured the Jedi Master. Gallia was later rescued from Grievous' flagship by a Republic fleet under Koon and Wolffe.
During the Battle of Umbara, a Separatist fleet supported the Umbaran Militia against Republic forces. The Umbarans were being supplied by a DH-Omni Support Vessel that was being protected by the Separatist fleet. The clone troopers Fives, Jesse, and Hardcase destroyed the Separatist supply ship using stolen Zenuas 33 Umbaran starfighters. This help turn the tide of the battle in favor of the Republic. During the Battle of Dathomir, a Separatist fleet transported Separatist droid forces under Count Dooku and General Grievous to the planet Dathomir, the homeworld of the Nightsisters. All the Nightsisters with the exception of Ventress and Mother Talzin were killed during the Separatist assault.
Later, Separatist warships under General Grievous attacked General Kenobi's fleet, inflicting numerous casualties. General Kenobi managed to activate the self-destruct mechanism on the Venator-class Star Destroyer Negotiator. The explosion wiped out Grievous' landing party and at least one Munificent-class star frigate. The Republic Colonel Meebur Gascon and the droid D-Squad including R2-D2 later undertook a successful mission to steal an encryption module from the tactical droid Aut-O's flagship in Separatist space.
During a mission, Skywalker steered the T-6 shuttle that he, Senator Amidala, and Tano were traveling on into the path of a Separatist fleet. Following a brief skirmish, the trio managed to escape due to a combination of Skywalker's piloting skills and Amidala and Tano manning the shuttle's cannons.
War of attrition
During the last stages of the Clone Wars, the planet Cato Neimoidia, which housed the headquarters of the Trade Federation, was invaded by a Separatist fleet. Despite the planet's ties to the Separatists, the Galactic Republic authorized a defense of the Neimoidian purse-world and dispatched reinforcements under General Skywalker and Commander Tano. While the Separatist fleet clashed with Republic warships in orbit, Skywalker and Tano clashed with Separatist droid tri-fighters before being recalled to Coruscant to investigate the Bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar. Republic and Separatist forces would continue fighting until the last days of the Clone Wars.
Later, Separatist naval forces under Admiral Trench defended a space station above the planet Ringo Vinda against Jedi and Republic forces led by General Skywalker, and Masters Tiplar and Tiplee. During the battle, the Clone trooper Tup's inhibitor chip malfunctioned and he killed Master Tiplar. Upon seeing footage of "Tup" killing Tiplar, Trench attempted to kidnap the Clone trooper but Skywalker and the Clone troopers Rex and Fives managed to evacuate Tup to Kamino for medical examination.
After Rush Clovis assumed control of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, Count Dooku pressured him to raise interest rates on the Republic's loans to keep the bank afloat. Shortly later, a Separatist fleet attacked the Banking Clan's headquarters on the planet Scipio, wiping out a small Republic contingent led by Commander Thorn that had been assigned to guard Senator Amidala. In response, the Galactic Republic dispatched a fleet to take over the financial sector. Following the events on Scipio, the banks were placed under the authority of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Unknown to everyone else but Sidious' apprentice Count Dooku, the events on Scipio were part of a Sith plot for Palpatine's alter ego Darth Sidious to consolidate his control over the galaxy.
Following a mission to Utapau to excavate a large kyber crystal, a Separatist fleet escorted the Separatist supply ship that was to transport the kyber crystal back to Serenno. However, Generals Kenobi and Skywalker managed to infiltrate the Separatist supply ship and destroy the kyber crystal; creating an explosion that destroyed much of the Separatist fleet above Utapau. The Jedi escaped aboard a Neimoidian shuttle while Grievous escaped aboard his Belbullab-22 heavy starfighter Soulless One.
Separatist space and ground forces under Admiral Trench subsequently besieged the Republic world of Anaxes, which was the site of main production facility for the Republic Navy. Trench was aided by the captured, unconscious Republic ARC trooper Echo, who was used by Techno Union Foreman Wat Tambor to relay Rex's battle strategy algorithm to the Separatist commander. This enabled Separatist forces to make inroads against the Republic defenders. After General Skywalker, Rex, and Clone Force 99 rescued Echo from Wat Tambor, the clones managed to infiltrate Trench's flagship and shut down the droid army while General Skywalker killed Admiral Trench. After escaping, clone commando Wrecker destroyed Trench's flagship and the surrounding Separatist fleet with a remote detonator; turning the Anaxes campaign in favor of the Republic.
Tools of the Sith
Later, Separatist forces under Count Dooku attacked the Mahran homeworld of Mahranee, overwhelming Republic reinforcements led by Jedi General Chubor. Separatist and Republic warships clashed in space. To punish the Mahranee for siding with the Republic, Dooku ordered his fleet to bombard General Chubor's Republic frigate and several ships carrying Mahran refugees. In addition, the Separatist leader initiated a genocide against the Mahran species. Dooku's actions led the Jedi High Council to send Master Quinlan Vos and the former Sith assassin on a mission to assassinate the Separatist leader. However, Dooku proved too powerful for the two assassins and captured Vos.
After the Death Watch rescued Darth Maul from the Spire prison on Stygeon Prime, General Grievous led a Separatist fleet in pursuit of Maul and tracked him down to the planet Zanbar. During the battle above and on Ord Mantell's surface, Maul's Shadow Collective forces ambushed the Separatist fleet and captured both Dooku and General Grievous. However, Dooku and Grievous escaped Maul's captivity due to the intervention of Darth Sidious. Grievous killed Maul's mentor Mother Talzin. Maul managed to escape but his Shadow Collective forces were scattered and eliminated as a threat to Sidious' plans for galactic domination.
Following a period of prolonged torture, Dooku managed to turn Quinlan to the dark side of the Force by revealing that Ventress had murdered his late Master Tholme. For the next several months, Vos became Dooku's new right-hand man in the Separatist hierarchy and gained the nickname "Admiral" Enigma. The Jedi Order enlisted Ventress' help in rescuing Quinlan in exchange for a pardon for her crimes against the Jedi and Republic. However, Vos had become a secret Separatist double agent as part of his quest to uncover the identity of Dooku's Sith master Darth Sidious. Despite the efforts of Vos and Ventress, Dooku escaped from Christophis without revealing Sidious' identity; allowing the Sith Lord's plans for galactic domination to continue unhindered.
During the Outer Rim Sieges, the Separatists had been pushed back to the Outer Rim, but this kept the Republic bogged down in battles across the outer spirals. With the Jedi and Republic military scattered across the galaxy on various fronts, a large Separatist fleet led by General Grievous and Count Dooku assaulted the Republic capital of Coruscant and kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. The Separatist fleet fought against the Republic's Open Circle Fleet. Palpatine was imprisoned aboard the Separatist flagship, the Providence-class dreadnought Invisible Hand but was rescued by Jedi Generals Skywalker and Kenobi with the help of R2-D2. At the urging of Palpatine, Skywalker slew Count Dooku, drawing the young Jedi closer to the dark side. However, Grievous escaped to Utapau to hide with the Separatist Council aboard a core ship. The Battle of Coruscant saw the destruction of a third of the Separatist fleet.
Dissolution and legacy
Following the execution of the Separatist Council at the hands of Anakin Skywalker, who had embraced the persona of Darth Vader, the Separatist navy, along with the Separatist Droid Army, was presumably deactivated and demobilized. The Galactic Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire under the leadership of the self-appointed Emperor Palpatine. With the collapse of the Separatist leadership, Imperial forces took over many former Separatist worlds including Antar 4, Raxus Secundus, Kooriva, and Murkhana.
Many former Separatist warships including the Providence-class dreadnought Lucid Voice were dismantled at shipyards such as Bilbringi shipyards. Despite this, former Separatist warships and weapons occasionally surfaced. In 14 BBY, the former Republic Intelligence Agent Berch Teller's rebel cell utilized a modified Providence-class dreadnought and numerous Vulture droids and droid tri-fighters. In an attempt to undermine his rival Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Vice Admiral Dodd Rancit had used his position as Director of the Naval Intelligence Agency and underworld connections to supply Teller's insurgents with former Separatist weapons and equipment. Tarkin and Darth Vader defeated Teller's insurgents following a brief campaign and exposed Rancit's duplicity. Other insurgent groups such as Cham Syndulla's Free Ryloth movement and Nightswan also utilized former Separatist vulture droids and buzz droids.
As late as 2 BBY,[source?] wrecked Separatist ships could still be found in deep space. While waiting to rendezvous with former Senator Mon Mothma, the Spectres hid their starship Ghost near the wreckage of a Recusant-class light destroyer and Munificent-class star frigate.
During the Galactic Civil War, a former Trade Federation Lucrehulk-class Battleship—Lucrehulk Prime—was utilized by the Rebel Alliance, commanded by the Twi'lek general Hera Syndulla. Sometime after the destruction of the first Death Star, however, it participated in the Hivebase-1 infiltration in 0 ABY.
Vessels included battlespheres, the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser, the Bulwark-class battle cruiser, the Fantail-class destroyer, Lucrehulk-class Battleships, and the three most commonly deployed Confederate ships: the Providence-class dreadnought, the Recusant-class Commerce Guild destroyer, and the Munificent-class star frigate. A variant of the Munificent known as the Munificent-class command, control, and communications frigate was also deployed. Due to the high operation cost of the Providence-class, the Separatist admiralty would deploy them with great caution and only when overwhelming force was necessary.
Freighters and transports
The CIS navy utilized freighters and transports, including Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 cargo freighters, at least one Aurore-class freighter, bulk transports, Umbaran support ships, DH-Omni Support Vessels, C-9979 landing craft, Hardcell-class interstellar transports and its battle refit, and core ships.
Shuttles and troop transports
The Separatist navy's complement of shuttles and other transports was vast and various. The navy made use of HMP droid gunships, Settie-class drop ships, Separatist drop ships, Shekelesh-class freight gunships, Droch-class boarding ships, H-2 executive shuttles, Maxillipede shuttles, Separatist command shuttles, Sheathipede-class transport shuttles, and Sheathipede-class Type B shuttles.
The Separatist navy had various starfighter and bomber[source?] craft in its fleet. Still, the navy favored the Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I, also known as the vulture droid, which could serve as a starfighter and kind of walker for infantry support. Other Separatists vessels included the droid tri-fighter, the Belbullab-22 starfighter, the Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter, the Nantex-class territorial starfighter, the Rogue-class Porax-38 starfighter, the Zenuas 33 Umbaran starfighters, Hyena-class Droid Bomber, the Scarab-class starfighter, and the Tempest Zero starfighter. The NovaSword was a starfighter used by ace pilots, and at least one Star Courier, the Scimitar, was used.
Behind the scenes