The MC80 Liberty Type Heavy Star Cruiser, also known as the Liberty-class cruiser was a model of MC80 Star Cruiser used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic and New Republic. During the Galactic Civil War, several of these ships participated in battles such as at Endor.
The MC80 Liberty Type Heavy Star Cruiser was a long and sleek ship that looked decidedly organic. The elegant ships were among the few types of heavy battleships that the Rebel Alliance possessed. The MC80 Liberty cruisers were produced by Mon Calamari Shipyards initially intended for long-range exploration or pleasure craft, designed for civilian use to explore the galaxy or carry passengers in luxury. Each ship was unique, and handcrafted to exacting specifications. They rivaled the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer in length and mass, falling into the hands of the Alliance when the Mon Calamari were freed from the oppression of the Empire. Being sturdy, well built, and over engineered, they could stand the rigors of the constant interstellar travel, taking surprisingly well to combat.
Beneath the graceful surfaces were frightful amounts of heavy weapons, and because of their firepower and sturdy hulls they had surprised the Imperials on numerous occasions. Carrying from three to ten squadrons of starfighters, along with numerous shuttles, landing craft, and utility vehicles. Liberty cruisers were extremely powerful and versatile, and also difficult to maintain as each ship was unique and component commonality was scarce between them. This didn't go unnoticed by the Alliance as they would take caution on how and where they would deploy the cruisers.
Battle at Fostar Haven
One MC80 Liberty-type star cruiser, the Aurora, had somehow gotten into the hands of the rebels by the time of the Destruction of Alderaan, as it lead a fleet of eight EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigates, eight CR90 corvettes, five GR-75 medium transports, and numerous starfighters like T-65B X-wing starfighters, BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bombers, and UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft. The ship had received a distress cal from Alderaanian refugees and sent Echo Squadron to assist them, however the ship eventually went itself and engaged the Imperial fleet long enough for the refugees to escape before fleeing itself.
Assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks
Following the Mutiny on Mon Cala, twelve MC80 Liberty type star cruisers joined a fleet of Mon Calamari starships from the Mon Cala Mercantile Fleet at the Mako-Ta Space Docks. There, the Alliance made a deal with queen Trios to upgrade and retrofit the star cruisers to be battle ready. This ended up being a trap and Death Squadron appeared and began destroying the fleet. Although most of the Liberty type cruisers escaped, over half of the fleet was destroyed along with a good portion of Alliance High Command.
A Liberty cruiser was plagued by bad luck with systems going haywire and crew members being hospitalized and starfighters colliding on the flight deck all due to sabotage. At one time a Liberty cruiser attempted a strike at an Imperial weapons laboratory, and had to navigate through a sector of space that was full of dangerous hazards.
Battle of Endor
The rebels began preparations for an assault on the Emperor and his new Death Star. The crew of the Liberty type cruiser, the Invincible Faith, discovered a coded message revealing that the Empire was planning to trap the rebellion at Endor. The Empire dispatched Inferno Squad to infiltrate the Star Cruiser and delete the message, Iden Versio allowed herself to be taken prisoner aboard the starship, while her droid, an ID10 seeker droid, was located elsewhere, and soon left to free Versio. The captain attempted to interrogate her but failed to do so. After this, her droid broke her out of prison and they escaped further into the ship, taking out rebel soldiers left and right. After finding the message involving the approaching Battle of Endor, Versio ordered her seeker droid to erase the transmission, and after her mission was successful, she escaped the cruiser to the Raider II-class corvette, Corvus.
Utilizing the secret hyperspace route known as the Sanctuary Pipeline, Home One led the rebel fleet, consisting of at least 5 Liberty-class cruisers, including the Liberty itself, jumped to Endor. However, as a result of the transmission being deleted, the Alliance was caught in the stratagem devised by the Emperor himself, successfully luring the Alliance Fleet into the system, with the intent of destroying them once and for all with the help of Death Squadron, the personal fleet of Darth Vader himself. The Liberty-class cruiser Liberty was the first ship destroyed by the second Death Star's superlaser, revealing to the alliance that the station was operational. Despite their odds, the rebels pulled out a victory and destroyed the Death Star II, the Emperor, and a sizable portion of the imperial fleet. After this, the rebel fleet descended onto the moon, including a Liberty cruiser. Three Liberty type cruisers tried to stop Inferno Squad and the Eviscerator from escaping but were unable to prevent their escape.
The formation of the New Republic
Shortly after the Battle of Endor, the alliance transformed into the New Republic, with the Liberty type cruisers found continued use within the New Republic Defense Fleet. During the battle of Fondor, a Liberty type cruiser lead a small fleet to attack the shipyards. The cruiser deployed three UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft but the transports were destroyed by Inferno Squadron. On the orders of Moff Raythe, Iden Versio boarded the rebel cruiser and wrecked the ship from the inside, taking out its armament and causing a CR90 corvette to crash into the ship. The Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Dauntless broke free of the shipyards and proceeded to destroy the Liberty type cruiser.
Following the Raid at the Wretch of Tayron, the alliance learned of Operation: Cinder and decided to act in saving as many worlds as possible. After Iden Versio and Del Meeko surrender to Shriv Suurgav and Lando Calrissian on his Liberty type cruiser, the Restoration and Nien Nunb's ship, the Mellcrawler II, they jumped into the Naboo system where Leia Organa had already began the battle of Theed. The cruiser deployed Danger Squadron to help out Leia's three N-1 starfighters. The starfighters were successful in destroying the satellites, preventing the destruction of all life on Naboo, while the Restoration destroyed the Torment.
Battle of Jakku
Eventually the battle of Jakku began and Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar called for the entire New Republic fleet, which included over thirty Liberty type cruisers, versus what the New Republic believes was the entire remains of the Imperial fleet. The battle ended in a victory for the New Republic, ending the Galactic Civil War.
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