The First Order Navy, also referred to as the First Order fleet, was the naval branch of the First Order military. Created from the remnants of the Imperial Navy of the former Galactic Empire, it would be paramount to the gradual conquest and colonization of the Unknown Regions by the Imperial successor faction known as the First Order.
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, a faction that would later be known as the First Order would eventually splinter from the Old Empire and 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 would continue 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 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 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.
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.
Reconquering the galaxyEdit
- "Confirmed. First Order flotilla dropping out of hyperspace at close range."
- ―Resistance Admiral Ackbar during the evacuation of D'Qar
Following the Battle of Starkiller Base, the First Order began an invasion of the New Republic with Rey estimating that the Republic's core systems would fall within weeks. Before the Resistance could fully evacuate D'Qar, a First Order fleet under General Armitage Hux entered the system. The Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought Fulminatrix destroyed the Resistance base before being destroyed by the Resistance bomber 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.
The First Order fleet, which was joined by Supreme Leader Snoke's Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy caught up with the Resistance and inflicted heavy casualties; reducing the Resistance forces to three capital ships and killing several command crew including Admiral 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, 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 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.
The First Order Navy was led by 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 TIE pilot 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 were also composed of 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 platforms, a First Order tanker 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, while shuttles included assault shuttles, Griffin-class light shuttles, Upsilon-class command shuttles, and Xi-class light shuttles.
The First Order's composition of starfighters include standard TIE/fo space superiority fighters, First Order Special Forces TIE/sf space superiority fighters, First Order TIE Interceptor, TIE echelon, and the elite TIE/vn space superiority fighters.
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