The IGV-55 surveillance vessel, or Imperial listener ship, and also classified as the Gozanti-class espionage ship, was a starship model used by the Galactic Empire for surveillance, intel, and recon. They were also capable of jamming sensors and long-range communications. Utilized by Imperial Intelligence's Information Office, these vessels monitored communications and scanned data, looking for signs of seditious activities. They were similar to Gozanti-class cruisers, although extensively modified with additional sensors and transmitter dishes.
History[edit | edit source]
In 2 BBY,[source?] a team of Imperial intelligence officers and slicers led by the Imperial controller LT-319 operated on an IGV-55 surveillance vessel. This starship was modified to include a strong signal array capable of transmitting and intercepting signals from long distances. Under the leadership LT-319, the team hijacked the rebel astromech droid Chopper and attempted to use him to find the location of the Phoenix Cell's Chopper Base. However, their plot was foiled by Chopper's master Hera Syndulla, who transmitted a massive data surge which overwhelmed the cruiser's systems and compromised the fuel cells, causing an explosion which destroyed the ship and its crew.
Following the Battle of Endor, as the Empire encroached on the Bormea sector, jamming ships were deployed as support. They were destroyed by Vanguard Squadron, in short order. Later, more jammers were deployed during the Battle of Galitan to prevent New Republic forces from sending a distress signal, though they too were destroyed.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
The IGV-55 surveillance vessel first appeared in "Double Agent Droid," the nineteenth episode of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels' third season. The ship's overall design, specifically it being a standard freighter that was extensively modified with additional sensor and transmitter dishes, was based on real-world AWACS planes. Likewise, the operations center aboard the vessel, and by extension, the staff aboard the controller, were inspired by the controller rooms seen in George Lucas's first feature-length film, THX 1138.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Rebels – "Double Agent Droid" (First appearance)
- Doctor Aphra 29
- Doctor Aphra 35
- Star Wars: Squadrons
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles (First identified as Gozanti-class espionage ship)
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- (First identified as IGV-55 surveillance vessel)