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The Imperial Support Vessel was a midsize capital ship used by the naval forces of the Galactic Empire. Prior to the Battle of Yavin, the anti-Imperial Batonn insurgents employed Imperial Support Vessels during a failed revolt, while several of the vessels later served as part of Grand Admiral Thrawn's blockade over the planet Lothal shortly before the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War. The blockade lasted until Lothal's liberation from the Empire, when all Imperial ships present were destroyed by flocks of the space-faring purrgil creatures.


The Imperial Support Vessel was an oblong,[1] midsize[3] capital ship class. It was equipped with a dorsal sensor dish located near the stern of the ship, twelve sublight engines in varying shapes and sizes,[1] and a hyperdrive.[3] The vessel also had several rectangular protrusions amidship on either side, a central viewport at the bow, and a gray hull.[1] Overall, the Imperial Support Vessel was much smaller than the Galactic Empire's Imperial I-class Star Destroyer.[2]

Unlike the Empire's Imperial Support Vessels, those employed by the Batonn insurgents had a bow with clamshell-like appearance, and the protrusions located amidship were red-colored and elliptical in shape. They also featured red markings at the bow section, a trait shared by other insurgent starships.[3]


Batonn insurgencyEdit

"Incoming! Ten ships on vector one-ten by 80. Batonn insurgents!"
"Two more groups incoming. Eleven vessels each. Admiral, they're targeting the cruisers."
―Imperial sensor officers, reporting to Admiral Thrawn[src]
Batonn Support Vessel

One of the Batonn insurgents' Imperial Support Vessels under fire from the Chimaera

A group of insurgents led by Nevil Cygni on the planet Batonn used Imperial Support Vessels in battle against the Galactic Empire[3] a few years before the Battle of Yavin.[4] During the siege of the Creekpath Mining and Refining complex, several of the vessels were part of the insurgent attack squadrons that opposed Admiral Thrawn's naval forces orbiting Batonn.[3]

Although they targeted Thrawn's Arquitens-class light cruisers, the insurgents were defeated by the Imperial forces.[3] The vast majority[5] of the rebel forces were destroyed by Imperial TIE fighters and Thrawn's flagship, the Imperial Star Destroyer Chimaera, due to Thrawn anticipating Cygni's strategy.[3]

Imperial blockade of LothalEdit

"Sir, several unidentified objects have just entered orbit."
"My blockade will intercept them."
"They've destroyed the blockade. Our ships are just gone."
―An Imperial officer and Grand Admiral Thrawn — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Thrawn blockade

An Imperial Support Vessel (bottom) in the Imperial blockade over Lothal

The Imperial Support Vessel was one of the starship models used by the Imperial Navy.[2] Shortly before the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War,[6] several support ships served as part of Grand Admiral Thrawn's Seventh Fleet during its blockade over the planet Lothal amid ongoing conflict with local rebel forces.[2]

The blockade ultimately proved unable to contain the rebel presence on Lothal. After the rebel light freighter Ghost sneaked through the blockade by attaching itself to a passing cargo freighter,[2] the Lothal resistance, led by Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger, launched a final attack on the Imperial forces and liberated Lothal from its occupation. During the engagement, the entire blockade was destroyed by flocks of purrgil[7]—massive, whale-like creatures that were capable of naturally traveling through hyperspace[8]—as part of Bridger's plan.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

Rebels Dreadnaught

Concept art of the Imperial Support Vessel by Andre Kirk

The Imperial Support Vessel first featured as a background ship in "A Fool's Hope,"[2] the penultimate episode in the final season of the Star Wars Rebels television series, which first aired on March 5, 2018.[9] Prior to the episode's release, the ship was initially showcased in a trailer for the series finale.[10] The vessel's name was revealed through concept art illustrations by Andre Kirk in the accompanying "A Fool's Hope" episode guide on[1]

The designs for the Imperial Support Ship were derived from the Imperial Dreadnaught, which figured prominently in The Thrawn Trilogy,[1] a Star Wars Legends novel series written by Timothy Zahn.[11] The Dreadnaughts originated in the 1989 Imperial Sourcebook, written by Greg Gorden and published by West End Games for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game.[12]


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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 SWCustom-2011 A Fool's Hope Trivia Gallery on (backup link) (Slide 3)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "A Fool's Hope"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Thrawn, Part VI
  4. Dawn of Rebellion dates the establishment of Chopper Base, which was depicted in the Star Wars Rebels episodes "The Forgotten Droid" and "The Mystery of Chopper Base," to three years before the Battle of Yavin, or 3 BBY. Given that the events of "Twilight of the Apprentice," the series' second-season finale, take place shortly after the aforementioned episodes, they must also occur in that year. SWCustom-2011 Steps Into Shadow Trivia Gallery on (backup link) additionally states that the events of the series' third-season premiere, Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow, take place about six months after the second-season finale. Therefore, as the events of the novel Thrawn take place shortly before the third season of Star Wars Rebels, they must occur in the third or second year before the Battle of Yavin.
  5. Thrawn
  6. SWCustom-2011 Heroes of Mandalore Trivia Gallery on (backup link) states that Bo-Katan Kryze was redesigned for Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore to advance the character's age by "18 years or so." Given that she was last seen in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "The Lawless," the events of which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY, the events of Heroes of Mandalore, and by extension the rest of the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels, must take place in approximately 1 BBY. Galactic Atlas also dates the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which depicts the beginning of the Galactic Civil War, to 0 BBY; therefore, the events of the Star Wars Rebels Season Four episodes "A Fool's Hope" and "Family Reunion – and Farewell" must occur shortly before the outbreak of the war.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
  8. StarWars-DatabankII Purrgil in the Databank (backup link)
  9. SWCustom-2011 The Final Episodes of Star Wars Rebels Begin February 19 on Disney XD on (backup link)
  10. YouTube Series Finale | Star Wars Rebels | Disney XD on the Disney XD YouTube channel
  11. The Essential Reader's Companion
  12. Imperial Sourcebook

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