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The Imperial-class was a mid-sized, mass-produced warship that served as the workhorse of the Galactic Empire and influenced several destroyer and Star Destroyer designs.

Destroyer was a formal designation usually reserved for the medium-sized warships in a fleet,[1] below that of cruiser and battleship.[2]


Often, these vessels were similar to small cruisers and could operate in flotillas or independently. Many classes were highly versatile and were capable of functioning as peacekeeping battleships in localized conflicts,[3] as well as being escorts for larger vessels.[1]

In some navies and eras, the destroyer was one of the largest capital ships in the fleet. Such was the case with the Sith Destroyers which served the Brotherhood of Darkness during the final stages of the New Sith Wars,[4] and the Fel Empire with its Pellaeon-class Star Destroyer.[5]

Besides star-bound destroyers, there were also maritime destroyers.[6]

The term "Star Destroyer," although containing "destroyer," did not necessarily indicate a destroyer-class ship and was used for a wide variety of warships.[7] Some Imperial documents also listed the Imperial-class Star Destroyer's ship type as "destroyer."[8]

Known destroyer designs[]

The Aggressor-class was the second-largest warship in the Zann Consortium navy.

Adz-class patrol destroyer[]

The 150-meter-long Adz-class destroyer was a small warship used for picket and patrol duties by the Imperial Remnant.

Aggressor-class Star Destroyer[]

The Aggressor-class was the second-largest warship in the Zann Consortium forces and based on an Imperial design. It was armed with two large cannons to take out other warships.

Bakura-class destroyer[]

The Bakura-class was built around the Imperial II-class reactor. Only three were known to have been built and participated in the First Corellian Insurrection conflict, on the side of the New Republic.

Gladiator-class Star Destroyer[]

The 500-meters-long Gladiator-class was a small Star Destroyer design used to intimidate outlying systems in the Galactic Empire.

Imperial-class Star Destroyer[]

The 1,600-meter Imperial-class was the signature vessel of the Imperial Navy and was used to intimidate weaker systems into submission with its very presence. It was large enough to command fleets, and fast enough to hunt down blockade runners. Over 25,000 ships were built.

Interdictor-class Sith Destroyer[]

The 600-meter Interdictor-class used by the Sith Empire under Darth Revan was alternatively referred to as a Sith Destroyer.[9]

Nebula-class Star Destroyer[]

The 1,040-meter Nebula-class was an expensive and powerful, compact New Republic design, made to overpower any other Star Destroyer class and even withstand some kinds of Super Star Destroyer. This made the vessels very expensive and consequently few were built, although they aquitted themselves well in the Yuuzhan Vong War.

Pellaeon-class Star Destroyer[]

The Pellaeon-class was an advanced Star Destroyer that served as one of the most powerful classes in the galaxy around 100 years after the Battle of Endor. It used design elements found in both the Imperial II-class and the Executor-class Star Dreadnought.

Providence-class carrier/destroyer[]

The Providence-class was both a destroyer and a carrier, with a large central hangar located towards the stern of the vessel. General Grievous modified several vessels to carry even more vehicles and troops, and used one of them as his personal command ship, the Invisible Hand.

Recusant-class light destroyer[]

The Recusant-class was a light destroyer design that was armed with heavy artillery for a ship of its size. They were mostly automated and hunted larger vessels in packs, but were often single-minded in their tasks, which opened them up for assault by enemy vessels.

Rejuvenator-class Star Destroyer[]

The Rejuvenator-class fought in the Battle of Yuuzhan'tar.

Republic-class Star Destroyer[]

The Republic-class was a contemporary of the Nebula-class and dispersed through several New Republic task forces.

The Sabaoth destroyer was the main fighting ship of the Sabaoth Squadron.

Sabaoth destroyer[]

The Sabaoth was the largest warship design of the Sabaoth Squadron, a mercenary fleet of warships. It participated in the run-up to the Clone Wars.

Sith Destroyer[]

The Sith Destroyer was a ship-design used by the Brotherhood of Darkness during the final conflicts of the New Sith Wars. One such vessel, the Nightfall, served as Lord Kaan's flagship. The Interdictor-class cruiser was also referred to as a Sith Destroyer while in service of the Sith Empire of the Jedi Civil War, almost 1,500 years earlier.

Storm Fleet destroyer[]

The Storm Fleet destroyer was a warship built by KDY for the Separatist cause early in the Clone Wars. They were disguised as freighters to easily travel to their targets, unaligned worlds with resources coveted by the CIS movement. Destroyed by Republic forces, Kuat managed to evade prosecution for the treasonous act of building them.

Tector-class Star Destroyer[]

The Tector-class was a Star Destroyer design that had no hangars. As such it was more protected than most other classes. Ships of this kind participated in the Clone Wars and Galactic Civil War.

Terminus-class destroyers became a common sight within Imperial fleets during the Cold War and the subsequent Galactic War.

Terminus-class Destroyer[]

The Terminus-class destroyer was a capital ship used by the Sith Empire and was seen in use by the time of the Cold War.

Venator-class Star Destroyer[]

The Venator-class gained fame as command ships of Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars. They were primarily fighting ships, but also doubled as carriers, and had a long-running dorsal carrier deck, complete with armored doors. Future designs did away with this cumbersome solution.

Victory-class Star Destroyer[]

The Victory-class was inspired by the Acclamator-class assault ship but had less carrier facilities than contemporary designs, like the Venator-class. Despite this, the class saw service in multiple governments.


The Adz-class was a diminutive ship meant for patrol duty.


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