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The Fifth Fleet was a fleet within the Open Circle Armada of the Galactic Republic that was active during the Clone Wars against the Confederacy of Independent Systems by the onset of the Clone Wars. Starships that were of the Open Circle's Fifth Fleet were identified by five red markings on each side of the vessels.[1] During the war, various flagships of Jedi Generals and their task forces in the armada, along with other capital ships, were from the Fifth Fleet, including the Endurance, Guarlara, Negotiator, Resolute, Triumphant, and Vigilance.[3]

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Organization[edit | edit source]

The Fifth Fleet was a fleet within the Republic Navy of the Galactic Republic which was established by the early moments of the Clone Wars.[8] As part of the Open Circle Armada, vessels of the Fifth Fleet were identified by the Open Circle emblem on the hull as well as five red stripes on both sides of the vessels.[1] A number of starships in the Republic Navy that were not part of the Open Circle Armada also utilized five red stripes on both sides of the hull.[9] Several flagships of task forces of the Open Circle Armada were vessels from the Fifth Fleet.[10] Admiral Kilian commanded forces of the Fifth Fleet, as did Jedi General Mace Windu.[2]

Fleet composition[edit | edit source]

As a fleet in the Open Circle Armada, itself a major naval force in the Republic Navy, the Fifth Fleet was equipped with many Venator-class Star Destroyers including the Endurance, the Guarlara, the Negotiator, Resolute, Triumphant, the Vigilance, and the cruiser of Jedi General Even Piell.[3] Additionally, the Fifth Fleet was composed of a large number of Acclamator-class assault ships, Arquitens-class light cruisers, and Consular-class cruisers.[11] Vessels of the Fifth Fleet were distributed throughout the Open Circle Armada's forces to make up the armada's task forces and smaller fleets.[12]

An invasion fleet that participated in the Battle of Ryloth and consisted of three Acclamator-class assault ships was part of the Fifth Fleet,[7] as was the fleet of Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Battle of Utapau that included at least two Venators.[6] The fleet group led by Jedi General Even Piell and Captain Wilhuff Tarkin was also of the Fifth Fleet.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

Following the First Battle of Geonosis and the outbreak of the pan-galactic Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Alliance, the Republic Navy assembled on the Republic capital world of Coruscant at a staging area to distribute the collected Grand Army of the Republic.[13] During this time, at least four Acclamators of the Fifth Fleet were launched.[8] On Geonosis at some point during the war, the Separatist pilot Chertek attacked a Fifth Fleet Venator-class Star Destroyer from a Nantex-class territorial defense starfighter.[14]

By the Battle in the Corvair sector, the Resolute from Jedi General Anakin Skywalker's task force was from the Fifth Fleet,[10] and by the Battle of Christophsis, a Venator and four Acclamators belonging to the fleet of Admiral Wurtz were from the Fifth Fleet, along with an Acclamator-class assault ship that participated earlier in the battle.[15] The Negotiator from the task force of Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi also participated in the Battle of Christophsis, and by that time was also part of the Fifth Fleet.[10]

The Fifth Fleet was one of the fleets to participate in the Battle of Coruscant[1] along with the Coruscant Home Defense Fleet[16] and other Republic Navy units.[6]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Fifth Fleet was first mentioned in the 2018 Star Wars canon reference book Star Wars: Complete Vehicles.[1] It was previously mentioned in the Star Wars Legends continuity in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections that was released in 2005.[17]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Republic Navy units
Command units and bureaus
Admiralty · Naval corps · Republic Naval Intelligence · Republic Starfighter Corps · Resolute command
Armadas and major fleets
2nd · Seventh · Open Circle (Fifth)
Bright Nebula Fleet · Coruscant Home Defense Fleet · Dao's fleet · Ferra sector fleet · Kamino blockade · Kit Fisto's fleet · Obi-Wan's fleet · Plo Koon's fleet · Plo Koon's second fleet · Ryloth invasion fleet · Unidentified Galactic Republic fleet · Unidentified reserve fleet · Wurtz's fleet
Battle groups
Even Piell's fleet group · Falleen battle group · Luminara Unduli's fleet group · Unidentified fleet group
Task forces
Aayla Secura's task force · Obi-Wan Kenobi's taskforce · Skywalker's fleet · Unidentified Galactic Republic task force · Unidentified task force · Yoda's Republic taskforce
Minor formations
Geonosis Republic flotilla · Unidentified convoy
Flight groups
Clone Flight Squad Seven
Starfighter squadrons
Blue (Group Two) · Gold · Hazard · Red · Shadow
Unidentified flight · Unidentified gunship flight
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