The First Order Navy, also referred to as the First Order fleet, was the naval branch of the First Order military and would be paramount to the gradual conquest and colonization of the Unknown Regions.
Following the Galactic Empire's decisive defeat at the Battle of Jakku and its subsequent surrender to the New Republic with the signing of the Galactic Concordance, the Empire reformed into a military junta known as the First Order which would eventually cement its political sphere in the galactic frontier known as the Unknown Regions. There, away from prying New Republic eyes, the First Order would rapidly expand its military and research some of the former Empire's greatest military secrets in a bid to return to power. Via Project Resurrection, the First Order Navy would end up constructing hundreds of vessels within the Unknown Regions, including the Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought. With the New Republic's military disarmament program, many within the First Order Navy joked that their fleet was virtually unsurpassed strength. The First Order possessed enough capital ships to reclaim control of the entire galaxy as of the Battle of Starkiller Base.
About thirteen years before the destruction of the Hosnian system, the First Order began channeling billions of credits into the hitherto minor Nikto crime lord Rinnrivin Di's cartel through a militia group called the Amaxine warriors. Rinnrivin's cartel was involved in smuggling and gambling activities in New Republic space with the Amaxines serving as their financiers and partners. In addition, Rinnrivn's cartel and the Amaxines raided legitimate commercial shipping and extorted protection money from merchants. The proceeds were funneled to shadow corporations in the Outer Rim Territories and Centrist sources like Lady Carise Sindian, who transferred the funds back to the First Order, which used it to rebuild the Old Imperial fleet, which became the basis for the First Order's fleet.
Road to warEdit
Roughly thirty years after Endor, the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer would represent the Order's newest vessel, however older models such as the Imperial-class continued to see service in the First Order's Navy, and would be maintained by unmanned repair drones.
During the cold war, First Order forces engaged in skirmishes with both the New Republic and the Resistance, a private paramilitary force that had been established by General Leia Organa to keep an eye on the First Order's movements. In 33 ABY, a First Order boarding party backed by TIE fighters captured the freighter Yissira Zyde near Suraz 4. The New Republic Rapier Squadron led by Commander Poe Dameron responded but were unable to stop the heist. Later, Dameron undertook a rogue mission to find the Yissira Zyde and encountered several First Order capital ships including three Star Destroyers, four Lancer-class frigates, two Maxima-A class heavy cruisers, and one Dissident-class light cruiser.
In response to Operation: Sabre Strike, the First Order fleet deployed several ships including Resurgent-class Star Destroyer and a Nebulon-K frigate to prevent the Resistance from capturing Senator Erudo Ro-Kiintor's luxury yacht Hevurion Grace, which carried evidence of the senator's collusion with the First Order. Despite their efforts, Dameron managed to escape with the ship back to the Resistance. As a result, the Resistance obtained information about the explorer Lor San Tekka, who held the key to finding Luke Skywalker.
During the attack on Demir, First Order starfighter forces engaged in battle against the Demirian in support of First Order ground forces. After Captain Phasma lured the Demerians out of their stronghold by using her forces as bait, a starfighter assault commenced and destroyed all forces.
During the First Order's activities, naval forces blockaded the Otomok system and at least three Resurgent-class Star Destroyers were sent to Hays Minor to take over the planet's mines and OreDiggers were deployed. During the occupation, rebels including the Tico family fought back against the First Order, although the planet was ultimately destroyed.
During the hunt for Lor San Tekka, the First Order fleet sent the Maxima A-class heavy cruiser Ravenous to assist First Order Security Bureau Agent Terex in finding the explorer first. The Ravenous and its TIE fighters clashed with Poe's Black Squadron in a dogfight above Ovanis. After Black Squadron left with information from the Crèche elder, Terex and his surviving troops were allowed to radio the Ravenous for a pick-up. The Resistance fighters allowed them to leave in order to avoid provoking a way between the First Order and the New Republic.
Later, a Maxima-A class heavy cruiser led by Commander Malarus was sent to chastise Agent Terex, for embarking on an errant campaign to destroy the Resistance. Malarus' cruiser emerged towards the end of Terex's battle with Poe's Black Squadron and destroyed Terex's starship Carrion Spike. The heavy cruiser's TIE fighters then wiped out the remainder of the Ranc gang's "Uglies" before dispatching a landing party to apprehend Terex.
Around this time, Kylo Ren led an invasion on the Benathy homeworld to stop their expansion in the region. An admiral participated with Ren, while a First Order gunship supported ground troops. The battle ultimately resulted in a First Order victory.
Prior to the Hosnian Cataclysm, the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer traveled to Jakku to attack Tuanul village, where Poe was meeting Lor San Tekka. After Poe escaped with the defecting stormtrooper Finn, the Finalizer engaged in a brief dogfight with their stolen TIE/sf space superiority fighter, which crashed on Jakku. Despite sending a landing party, Finn managed to escape with the scavenger Rey and the BB-series astromech droid BB-8, who was carrying the map to Skywalker.
Counterattack against the ResistanceEdit
Shortly after the Hosnian Cataclysm, the Star Destroyer Retribution participated in the Battle of Kestro along with its starfighter complement, although the Retribution was infiltrated by the Resistance and eventually forced out of hyperspace near the Battle of Starkiller Base. After the destruction of Starkiller, surviving First Order elements regrouped near a terrestrial body, including the Finalizer, and the First Order Navy began an invasion of the New Republic with Rey estimating that the Republic's core systems would fall within weeks. Around this time, a Resurgent-class Star Destroyer was sent to the planet Castilon to secure the Colossus after Resistance sympathizers managed to overthrow the First Order garrison there. Before the Resistance could fully evacuate D'Qar, a First Order fleet of three Resurgent-class Battlecruisers under General Armitage Hux entered the system, and were joined by the Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought Fulminatrix, which destroyed the Resistance base. During the battle, the Fulminatrix was destroyed by the Resistance Cobalt Squadron, which took heavy casualties. Though the Resistance fled into hyperspace, the First Order was able to use a hyperspace tracker to track them down.
A larger First Order fleet now consisting of at least twenty Resurgent-class ships ambushed the Resistance fleet and, was shortly joined by Supreme Leader Snoke's Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy, launching an attack on the fleet, reducing the Resistance forces to three capital ships and killing several command crew including Admiral Gial Ackbar. For the next eighteen hours, the First Order pursued the Resistance through space, waiting for them to run out of fuel. The Resistance fighters evacuated on a fleet of thirty U-55 orbital loadlifters to the planet Crait. However, the slicer DJ exposed the Resistance's plan and the First Order bombarded the loadlifters, destroying all but six.
In response, Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo ploughed the MC85 Star Cruiser Raddus, the Resistance flagship, into the Supremacy, seriously damaging the vast warship and destroying twenty other Resurgent-class Star Destroyers. Meanwhile, Snoke was killed by his disciple Kylo Ren, who claimed the title of Supreme Leader. Ren then led First Order ground forces against the Resistance during the Battle of Crait but failed to destroy the rebels due to Luke's intervention.
Conquering the galaxyEdit
Despite the loss of the contingent of Resurgent-class Star Destroyers and the Supremacy, the Finalizer was intact. The First Order launched an offensive on the galaxy, with the Maxima-A class heavy cruiser Fortitude participating in the Battle of Grail City, although it was destroyed. The Finalizer was later part of a flotilla consisting of at least seventeen Resurgent-class ships and a Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought that chased the remnants of the Resistance. Evidence was found that the Resistance received aide on the Mid Rim planet of Tah'Nuhna, and as such, the flotilla made its way there and destroyed the planet via bombardment by starships, First Order TIE bombers, and snowtroopers massacring cities.
A short time later, a fleet of at least twelve Resurgent-class warships arrived over Mon Cala acting on intelligence that the Resistance was there. After killing General Nossor Ri, a fleet of Mon Cala warships led by Aftab Ackbar managed to escape the planet's surface from the far side and jump to hyperspace, although the First Order managed to destroy a Nebulon-C escort frigate. Now knowing that Mon Cala supported the Resistance, the First Order prepared to make an example of Mon Cala.
Around some time after, the First Order light cruiser Ladara Vex was dispatched to Minfar in order to obtain the Echo Horn. Despite receiving reinforcements via a Resurgent-class, the Ladara Vex was destroyed by Resistance members and Resistance sympathizers while a fleet of starships sent by Aftab arrived and destroyed the Star Destroyer. Some time after, a Resurgent-class Star Destroyer was attacked by a Resistance fleet that consisted of various capital ships and starfighters.
Eventually, the First Order's military, including the navy, was merged at the order of Supreme Leader Kylo Ren with the military forces of the Sith Eternal faction to form the Final Order, which proceeded to significantly boost its prowess to the extent that it was capable of fully placing the galaxy under military rule again.
The First Order Navy was led by First Order High Command, a council of leaders which included General Hux and the Supreme Leader. The fleet was composed of at least two corps, including the First Order TIE corps which served as the Starfighter Corps, and the Transport Corps, a unit which was also composed of pilots but flew shuttles instead of starfighters.
Order of battleEdit
Consisting of various ranks including lieutenants and captains, officers who held the rank of general or colonel could also command naval assets. At its height, the First Order Navy had constructed hundreds of capital ships.
During the cold war and its rise to power in the galaxy, the First Order navy employed a variety of capital ships, ranging from Star Destroyers to Star Dreadnoughts. The flagship of the First Order, the Supremacy, was the sole Mega-class Star Dreadnought of the navy. The navy was also bolstered by Siege Dreadnoughts, specifically Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnoughts of the Mandator line. Star Destroyers included Imperial-class Star Destroyers of the old Empire, as well as Resurgent-class Star Destroyers The naval forces of the First Order also included Maxima-A class heavy cruisers.
The First Order navy was equipped with a large degree of smaller warships, including frigates, light cruisers, and more. Frigate models included Lancer-class frigate and Nebulon-Ks, while light cruiser models included Dissident-class light cruisers and First Order Light Cruisers. Other craft included First Order landing platforms, a First Order tanker, First Order bomber, and the Carrion Spike.
The First Order Navy was composed of an array of transports and shuttles. Transports included AAL-1971/9.1 Troop Transports and First Order dropships, and First Order gunships, while shuttles included Griffin-class light shuttles, Upsilon-class command shuttles, Xi-class light shuttles, and TIE/es assault shuttles.
The First Order's composition of starfighters include standard TIE/fo space superiority fighters, First Order Special Forces TIE/sf space superiority fighters, TIE/ba Baron Space Superiority Interceptors, First Order TIE bombers, TIE whisper starfighter, TIE/wi modified interceptor and the elite TIE/vn space superiority fighters.
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