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The Gozanti-class cruiser, also known as the Gozanti-class armed transport or Gozanti-class shuttle, was a class of armored starship used by various factions, and as such had many modified sub-variants, including the Black Sun frigate, the Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser, the C-ROC Gozanti-class light cruiser, the IGV-55 surveillance vessel, and the Gozanti-class Assault Carrier. During the First Order-Resistance War, the Gozanti Armed Transport shared a similar name. During the Galactic Civil War Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser was typically seen commanded by a Lieutenant.


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The C-ROC Gozanti-class light cruiser, one of the many models produced over the years

The Gozanti-class cruiser was a starship that could act as a freighter and cruiser. It could be modified to accommodate a twin laser turret in a dorsal mount and a heavy laser cannon on its ventral side. The Gozanti also had a loading elevator on the bottom near the nose and docking ports to the side near the cockpit section.[16] The ships had a hyperdrive and three engines.[1]

Over the years, there were numerous variants of Gozanti-class cruisers produced. Several variations used by the Galactic Empire included the Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser,[3] Gozanti-class Assault Carrier,[6] and the IGV-55 surveillance vessel.[7] The C-ROC Gozanti-class light cruiser was a modified version that was designed to hold more cargo space. It was commonly used by criminal organizations.[4] The Separatist Gozanti-class cruiser was a modified Gozanti used by the Separatist Alliance for their own purposes.[3] The Black Sun cartel used Black Sun frigate, a modified Gozanti for their criminal activities.[3]


Twilight of the Republic[]

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A Gozanti-class cruiser in Mos Espa

Gozanti-class cruisers were introduced by the Corellian Engineering Corporation[1] around 34 BBY,[10] and they proved to be one of the major starship success stories of the late Republic Era.[4]

Shortly before Anakin Skywalker won the Boonta Eve Classic, a Gozanti-class cruiser with red markings was seen in the spaceport of Mos Espa on Tatooine.[19]

At some point prior to the Clone Wars, a Gozanti-class cruiser crashed into the canyons on the planet Balnab. The surviving crew were pit droids that used the ship to create a large hologram of Albee Dewaw. They used the hologram to rule over the Balnab denizens near the crashed cruiser.[20]

The Clone Wars[]

During the Clone Wars, the cruiser was adopted by various factions, including the Confederacy of Independent Systems. At least three were in the fleet led by the super tactical droid Aut-O.[21] One cruiser was on Zygerria as Dooku arrived to discuss the execution of Anakin Skywalker with Miraj Scintel.[13]


A Gozanti-class cruiser on Zygerria during the Clone Wars

After the Battle of Patitite Pattuna, C-3PO and R2-D2 arrived on the planet Balnab and discovered that the Balnab denizens were being ruled by pit droids using the control room of a Gozanti-class cruiser. R2-D2 showed this to them, so they destroyed the control room, which caused the cruiser to explode.[20]

The Black Sun crime syndicate also used modified Gozanti-class cruisers. They were forced into joining Darth Maul's Shadow Collective and took part in the takeover of Mandalore.[22] Several joined with Maul's forces after the battle of Zanbar. These ships were painted black with gold highlights, including a stylized rim of a star placed over the cruiser's front, taken from the syndicate's emblem.[23]

While using a malfunctioning Joben T-85 speeder bike, former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano nearly collided with a Gozanti in an underworld portal, but she regained control of the speeder in time.[24]

Imperial Era[]


A Gozanti-class Assault Carrier dropping in two All Terrain Armored Transports during the Battle of Theed

The Galactic Empire made use of Gozanti craft, including a model used early in the Imperial Era,[5] the Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser,[3] and the Gozanti-class Assault Carrier sub-variant of that design.[25] These craft were utilized throughout the Galactic Civil War. The cruiser on several occasions carried TIE fighters, such as during the Mission to Hosnian Prime in 4 ABY,[26] while the Assault Carrier sub-variant often dropped All Terrain Armored Transports into battle, such as during the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY and the Battle of Theed in 4 ABY.[27]

New Republic Era[]


Bo-Katan and three other Mandalorians hijacking an Imperial remnant Gozanti ship

During the New Republic Era, various Imperial Remnants, such as Moff Gideon's continued to utilize Gozanti craft. In 9 ABY, an Assault Carrier leaving Trask was boarded by Mandalorians led by Bo-Katan Kryze, who wanted the craft to help in her effort to retake the planet Mandalore from the Empire. The Mandalorians fought the Imperials onboard and successfully hijacked the ship.[17]

The First Order[]


First Order sympathizers piloting an old Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser

Old Gozanti craft continued to be utilized into the Cold War and the First Order-Resistance War by the First Order and their sympathizers, who piloted the ships while patrolling.[18]

Behind the scenes[]

The Gozanti-class cruiser first appeared in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[28]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Starships and Speeders
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 TIE Fighter Owners' Workshop Manual
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 20 (Databank A-Z: Saw Gerrera–Commander Gree)
  5. 5.0 5.1 TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Tipping Point"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Armada Star Wars: ArmadaImperial Assault Carriers Expansion Pack
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  8. No Disintegrations
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 AltayaCite "Walkers and Ground Vehicles of the Empire and First Order" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  10. 10.0 10.1 Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 20 (Databank A-Z: Saw Gerrera–Commander Gree) states that the Gozanti-class was introduced "about 15 years before the rise of the Empire," which Star Wars: Timelines dates to 19 BBY.
  11. StarWars Ziton Moj in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
  13. 13.0 13.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Escape from Kadavo"
  14. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Brothers of the Broken Horn"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
  16. 16.0 16.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Fire Across the Galaxy"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 11: The Heiress"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 SWZ01 logo Star Wars: X-Wing Second EditionHuge Ship Conversion Kit (Card: First Order Sympathizer)
  19. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  20. 20.0 20.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Nomad Droids"
  21. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Secret Weapons"
  22. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Shades of Reason"
  23. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 2
  24. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Gone with a Trace"
  25. StarWars-DatabankII Imperial Assault Carrier in the Databank (backup link)
  26. Star Wars: Squadrons
  27. Star Wars Battlefront II
  28. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

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