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"Oh, my. I could've sworn the hangar was down this hallway. Oh, why do they build these infernal ships so absurdly large?"
C-3PO[src]

The Imperial-class Star Destroyer (ISD) known generally as the Imperial Star Destroyer or as an Impstar, was a product line of massive dagger-shaped capital ships of the Imperial Navy and later the Navy of the First Order. It consisted of two variants, the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer and the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer.

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"With shipyards turning out Imperial-class Star Destroyers, any revolt will be hard pressed to make so much as a dent in the Emperor's armor."
Artoz[src]

Imperial-class Star Destroyer schematics

The Imperial-Star Destroyer replaced the smaller Venator-class used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars and was generally the Galactic Empire's star cruiser of choice.[11]

At the height of its power, the Empire operated over 25,000 Star Destroyers.[8] The distinctive profile of the Imperial-class instilled fear into the soldiers of rebellious factions, and the name of a Star Destroyer could be preceded by the ship prefix ISD (standing for Imperial Star Destroyer). In a report to an admiral, Senior Commander Alecia Beck referred to the ISD Vehement.[12]

Roughly thirty years after the Battle of Endor, the new Resurgent-class Star Destroyers were constructed to replace the aging Imperial-class by the Empire's successor state, the First Order, and would borrow design philosophies from the highly respected and coveted ship.[10]

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

According to Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, his original vision, which was storyboarded, involved beginning the film with vessels from the New Republic towing an Imperial-class Star Destroyer into the gravitational pull of Jakku, with the various shots being deliberately modeled after the famous opening sequence for A New Hope. After crashing, the wreckage was going to be scavenged by Rey. Though the sequence was cut and ultimately replaced with the attack on Tuanul, animator Tim Grey recreated the original opening sequence in a YouTube video which was uploaded on February 4, 2018.[13]

While working on the Imperial-class Star Destroyers of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, model maker John Knoll worked from Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections to make sure that what the audience saw inside the ship matched what was known about Star Destroyers.[14]

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Galactic Empire starship classes
Space stations
Class II · DS-1 · DS-2 · FireStar II-class · Golan I · Golan II · Golan III · Golan M3185 · Harbor-class · ICM-092792 · Imperial dockyard · Mk IX · Supertanker fuel depot
Star Dreadnoughts
Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class)
Dreadnoughts
Assertor-class · Bellator-class · Mandator-class
Battlecruisers
Maelstrom-class · Secutor-class
Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class) · qaz-class · Tector-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · Venator-class · Victory-class (Victory II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Interdictor-class · Vindicator-class
Cruisers
Cantwell-class · Detainer CC-2200 · Immobilizer 418 · Onager-class
Frigates
Active-class · CC-7700 · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · IR-3F-class · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Medical) · Razor-class · Surveyor-class
Carriers
Imperial escort carrier · Quasar Fire-class (Quasar Fire I-class · Quasar Fire II-class)
Light cruisers & corvettes
Arquitens-class command (Prison-tug) · Arquitens-class light · Carrack-class · Class 546 · Imperial Gozanti-class (Gozanti-class Assault · Gozanti-class espionage) · S-46I
Corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR90) · Raider-class (Raider I-class · Raider II-class)
Transports
Aerial landing platform · BFF-1 · Class four container · Eta-class · Theta-class · Xiytiar-class · Y-45 · Y-85 Titan
Light craft
Abecederian line (Delta-class T-3c · Lambda-class T-4a · T-5 Deliverance) · Action series (Action VI bulk freighter) · Assault gunboat · Escort gunboat · Harbinger courier · HAET-221 · Imperial Dropship Transport · Imperial heavy freighter · Imperial transport · Nu-class · Sentinel-class · Star Commuter 2000 · Stormtrooper transport · Theta-class T-2c · VT-49 Decimator · YT-2400 light freighter · Zeta-class Heavy Cargo · Zeta-class
Starfighters & bombers
Alpha-class Xg-1 · ARC-40b · ARC-170 · ARX-T3 Suncutter · Clone Z-95 · Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class · Eta-2 Actis-class) ·
TIE line (Auto-fighter · Outland TIE · TIE Advanced v1 · TIE Advanced x1 · TIE Avenger · TIE fighter prototype · TIE lander · TIE scout · TIE training drone · TIE/ag "Aggressor" · TIE/ca "Punisher" · TIE/D "Defender" (TIE/D Defender Elite) · TIE/fc · TIE/gt · TIE/IN · TIE/LN · TIE/ph "Phantom" · TIE/rb "Brute" · TIE/rc · TIE/rp Reaper · TIE/sa · TIE/sh · TIE/sk "Striker" · TIE/sr) · XL-5 Guardian
Other classes
Imperial Planetary Occupation Facility · Praetor II-class
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Alliance to Restore the Republic starship classes
Space stations
FireStar II-class · Harbor-class · Mk IX
Battleships, battlecruisers, dreadnoughts
Lucrehulk-class · Maelstrom-class · MC80 (MC80A Home One Type · MC80 Liberty Type) · Providence-class
Heavy cruisers & destroyers
Dreadnought-class · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class) · Marsheem-class · Recusant-class
Cruisers
MC75 (MC75 Armored · MC75 Ordnance) · Neutron Star-class · Quasar Fire-class · Cruiser · Cruiser 1 · Cruiser 2 · Cruiser 3 · Unidentified starship
Frigates
Assault Frigate Mark II · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · MC30C · Munificent-class Comms · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Assault · Pelta-class Command)
Light cruisers
L-2783 · MC40A
Corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR70 · CR90) · Braha'tok-class · Free Virgillia-class · Sphyrna-class Hammerhead (Hammerhead Scout · Hammerhead Torpedo)
Transports
Ainik-class · Caisson-class · CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle · GR-75 medium transport (GR-75 Combat Retrofit) · Jadthu-class · Unidentified Rebel Alliance vessel
Light craft
E-50 · HAET-221 · HWK-290 · Kom'rk-class · Lambda-class T-4a · LAAT/i · Sheathipede-class · T-1 · Taylander · Unidentified Rebel Alliance shuttle · UT-60D U-wing · VCX series (VCX-100) · Wayfarer-class · X4 Gunship · Y-45 · YT-series (YT-1300 · YT-1760 · YT-2400) · YV-series (YV-666 · YV-929)
Starfighters & bombers
ARC-170 · Alpha-class Xg-1 · B-wing (A/SF-01 B-wing · Prototype B6) · BTL Y-wing (BTL-A4 LP · BTL-A4 Y-wing · BTL-S3 Y-wing) · Delta-7 Aethersprite-class · Fang-class · H-60 Tempest · IE-440 Nighthawk · Kihraxz · N-1 · A-wing (R-22 Spearhead · RZ-1 A-wing · RZ-1T) · Scurrg H-6 · T-47 · X-wing (Patrol X-wing · T-65B X-wing (Exterior Variant /1 · Exterior Variant /2) · T-65C-A2 X-wing) · VCX-series auxiliary · Z-95 Headhunter · Z-95-AF4 Headhunter
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New Republic starship classes
Space stations
Imperial dockyard
Heavy cruisers & battleships
MC80 (MC80 Liberty Type · MC80A Home One Type) · MC85 · MC95E · Starhawk-class (Starhawk-class Mark I · Starhawk-class Mark II)
Destroyers
Imperial-class (Imperial II-class)
Cruisers
Acclamator-class · MC75 · New Republic Cruiser
Frigates
EF76 Nebulon-B · Nebulon-C · MC30C
Light cruisers & corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR90 corvette) · Carrack-class · Raider-class (Raider II-class) · Sphyrna-class Hammerhead
Transports
GR-75 medium transport · New Republic Correctional Transport
Light craft
GX1 short hauler · Lambda-class T-4a · MG-100 StarFortress SF-17 · UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft · YT-1300 light freighter
Starfighters & bombers
Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class) · A-wing starfighter (RZ-1 A-wing · RZ-2 A-wing) · A/SF-01 B-wing · BTL Y-wing (BTL-A4 Y-wing · BTA-NR2 Y-wing) · HH-87 · X-wing (T-65B X-wing · T-65C-A2 X-wing · T-70 X-wing · T-85 X-wing)
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Star Destroyer classes
Star Dreadnoughts
Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class) · Mega-class
Battlecruisers
Maelstrom-class · Resurgent-class · Secutor-class
Destroyers
Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class) · Venator-class (Venator II-class Star Destroyer)
Heavy cruisers
Interdictor-class
Cruisers
Acclamator-class (Acclamator I-class · Acclamator II-class) · Onager-class
Unknown designation
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · qaz-class · Tector-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · Victory-class (Victory II-class) · Xyston-class
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