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The MC80 Liberty Type Heavy Star Cruiser,[4] also known as the Liberty-class cruiser[14] 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.[12]

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CharacteristicsEdit

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.[4]

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[4] to ten squadrons[1] 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 is unique, component commonality is 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.[4]

RoleEdit

The Rebel Alliance deployed MC80 Liberty Type Heavy Star Cruisers as; battleships, commandships, and carriers, throughout the Galactic Civil War.[9]

HistoryEdit

Assault on the Mako-Ta Space DocksEdit

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.[15] 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.[16]

At one point a Liberty-class cruiser flew in the atmosphere of a planet alongside two BTL Y-wing starfighters.[4]

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.[4]

Battle of EndorEdit

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. Dispatching 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. 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.[14]

Utilizing the secret hyperspace route known as the Sanctuary Pipeline,[17] 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.[18] 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 destroy the Death Star II, the Emperor, and a sizable portion of the imperial fleet.[12] After this, the rebel fleet descended onto the moon, including a Liberty cruiser. Three Liberty type cruisers try to stop Inferno Squad and the Eviscerator from escaping but are unable to prevent their escape.[14]

The formation of the New RepublicEdit

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 fleet. During the battle of Fondor, a Liberty type cruiser leads a small fleet to attack the shipyards. The cruiser deploys 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 wrecks the ship from the inside, taking out its armament and causing a CR90 corvette to crash into the ship. The Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Dauntless broke free of the shipyards and proceeded to destroy the Liberty type cruiser.[14]

Operation: CinderEdit

Following the Raid at the Wretch of Tayron, the alliance finds out about Operation: Cinder and decides 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[14] and Nien Nunb's ship, the Mellcrawler II, they jump into the Naboo system where Leia Organa had already began the battle of Theed. The cruiser deploys Danger Squadron to help out Leia's three N-1 starfighters. The starfighters are successful in destroying the satellites, preventing the destruction of all life on Naboo, while the Restoration destroys the Torment.[19]

Battle of JakkuEdit

Eventually the battle of Jakku began and Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar calls in for the entire New Republic fleet, which included over thirty Liberty type cruisers, versus what the New Republic believes is the entire remains of the Imperial fleet. The battle ends in a victory for the New Republic, ending the Galactic Civil War.[14]

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