The Lucrehulk-class Battleship, also known as a Droid Control Ship or a Trade Federation battleship, was a modified Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 cargo freighter that was used by the Trade Federation and the Confederacy of Independent Systems and manufactured by Hoersch-Kessel Drive Inc.
Illegally modified from Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 cargo freighters, and produced by Hoersch-Kessel Drive Inc., the most notable difference in Lucrehulk-class Battleship was the large communications array on its dorsal hull. The sensor arrays of the starship encircled the command centerspheres, while giant Central Control Computers designed to radio commands to the massive droid armies from remote locations helped Trade Federation officials command battles far from danger. At over three kilometers in diameter, the Control Ship featured a massive sphere in the center of the craft that contained the control bridge for usually Neimoidian officers along with its reactor assemblies. The outer half-circle featured large hangars lined with forward docking claws.
With Federation officials needing to live aboard the starship for multiple months, the Lucrehulk was effectively an entire planet within realspace. The ship contained 50 conference rooms for meetings with clients. These rooms were made to place clients at a disadvantage using "concentration deficit" chairs and remote gas emitters.
Aboard the bridge, the Lucrehulk was dominated by a throne-like navigation station with pilot droids on navigation computers. The Bridge was extremely well defended with triple blast doors and reinforced hull plating. Neimoidian officials rarely left the Bridge in case one of their colleagues were to form an alliance against them. Due to the possibly of facing danger, the bridge could be sealed off with triple blast doors.
Designed to haul massive droid armies, Droid Control Ships featured a complement of 6,520 AATs, 550 MTTs, 50 C-9979 landing craft, 1,500 Vulture-class starfighters, and 139,000 B1-series battle droids. All departures from the hangar were controlled by Hangar Control droids.
Originally designed to haul freight, the Droid Control Ship was at first modified in secret to house the droid armies of the Trade Federation, with the addition of 42 quad turbolasers and upgraded sensor arrays.
Invasion of Naboo
- "General Skywalker blew up a droid control ship when he was just a kid, and he told me the trick was hitting their main reactor from the inside."
- ―ARC trooper "Fives"
During the Invasion of Naboo, the Trade Federation eventually brought fleet of Lucrehulk-class Battleships, including a Droid Control Ship, to the Mid Rim planet of Naboo over disputes about plasma exports and the taxation of Free Trade Zones. In addition to this month-long blockade, the Federation landed troops from its battleships to secure the planet. After this, the blockade was disbanded, leaving the Control Ship as the only ship left in orbit around the planet. It was soon attacked by Bravo Flight, but its deflector shield was too strong. In the midst of the battle, the young Force-sensitive pilot Anakin Skywalker accidentally flew inside the ship's hangar. As Skywalker attempted to make his escape, he fired upon the droids attacking his fighter and inadvertently fired two proton torpedoes into the starboard main reactor. The Control Ship started blowing up from the inside to Bravo Flight's surprise as Skywalker flew from the hanger bay. Finally, the ship's sphere exploded from the main reactor overloading, saving the Gungan Grand Army from destruction by disrupting the Control Ship's signal, shutting down the B1 battle droids below. The ship's port-side ring survived its destruction.
The Clone Wars
Years later, the battleships were secretly converted for war, as a war with the Republic was becoming inevitable, although the conversion was not perfect as turbolasers did not cover every angle. The battleships became part of the fleet of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and saw action in various battles. Several battleships were part of the Christophsis blockade, and Captain Mar Tuuk commanded a battleship as head of the Ryloth blockade, although Tuuk's ship was destroyed by Anakin Skywalker, who was now a Jedi General in the Grand Army of the Republic, during the Battle of Ryloth. Lucrehulk-class Battleships with their original design having none of the Separatist colors and logos were used in the blockade of Pantora, under the command of Sib Canay. K2-B4 commanded the Lola Sayu defense fleet from a Lucrehulk-class Battleship during the Battle of Lola Sayu. During a meeting by the Strategic Advisory Cell at the Strategic Planning Amphitheater, a Lucrehulk-class Battleship was compared with the Death Star.
At one point, General Skywalker told ARC trooper CT-5555 "Fives" that a Droid Control Ship could be destroyed by hitting its main reactor. Fives used this knowledge during the Battle of Umbara, as he and two fellow clone troopers, "Hardcase" and "Jesse," attempted to target a DH-Omni Support Vessel's reactor. Lucrehulk Battleships were also used in the Battle of Coruscant, the final major Separatist offensive of the Clone Wars.
Age of the Empire
Behind the scenes
The Lucrehulk-class Battleship first appeared in the 1999 film, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and was first identified in the 2017 video game, Star Wars Battlefront II. Although Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know states that it holds 139,000 B1-series battle droids, Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles states that it has a capacity to carry 329,000. The Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles also states that the Lucrehulk-class Battleship holds 6,250 Armored Assault Tanks, while Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy establishes 6,520. Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles also states that it is 3,170 meters in length, while previous sources such as the databank established 3,356.9 meters.
- LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars – "Dealing with Lando/Han and Chewie Strike Back" (crash only)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Zander's Joyride" (In flashback(s))
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Exit from Endor" (In flashback(s))
- LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars – "Scouting for Leia/A Mission with Maz" (crash only)
Notes and references
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Rise of the Separatists
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 30 (Starship Fact File: Trade Federation Battleships 1)
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 17
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Plan of Dissent"
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order takes place five years after the Great Jedi Purge, which is dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Therefore, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, in which the Lucrehulk is brought to Bracca, is set in 14 BBY.
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Star Wars Battlefront II