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"A time will come, decades from now, when the ships of the Mon Calamari are at the forefront of a great rebellion. And then, again, decades after that. Your people's vessels will be a symbol of freedom and defiance across the galaxy. And it all started here, Your Majesty. With you."
Ferren Barr, to King Lee-Char during the occupation of Mon Cala[src]

The MC80 Star Cruisers,[13] more commonly known as Mon Calamari star cruisers, were capital ships used by the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War. These immense vessels were a startling contrast to the angular-shaped Imperial-class Star Destroyers, which were favored by the Imperial Fleet. Whereas the Imperial warship resembled a pointed dagger in shape, a Mon Calamari cruiser lacked hard angles and was covered with ovoid forms suggesting an organic sculpture. There were pods attached all around the ship, containing turbolasers, sensor arrays and viewing port, the latter fulfilling the ships' original intended role as an exploration and observation vessel. Each cruiser was of a unique design.[1] Despite their smooth lines, these vessels were heavily armed with dozens of turbolasers, ion cannons, tractor beam projectors and shield generators.[14] The MC80A Home One Type Heavy Star Cruiser was a variant of the MC80 star cruiser.[15]

History[edit | edit source]

Early rebellion[edit | edit source]

The MC80 star cruiser line was an important part of the Galactic Civil War, being the backbone of the Alliance fleet. The first known use of the ship was in the year 18 BBY during the Occupation of Mon Cala. There, a group of MC80A and MC75 star cruisers lead by admiral Raddus and commander Gial Ackbar broke free of the Imperial blockade and escaped into the galaxy.[16]

Alliance to Restore the Republic[edit | edit source]

A MC80A Home One Type Heavy Star Cruiser

During the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, the MC80A cruiser Home One was present and joined the Alliance fleet.[17]

After the execution of king Lee-Char is broadcast across Mon Cala, where he is killed by stormtroopers, the crew of the Mon Cala Mercantile Fleet begins to rebel. With the help of the Alliance, the fleet escaped the Imperial blockade and retreats with the Alliance.[8] The fleet, consisting of 12 Liberty types and 2 MC80A cruisers, along with other Mon Cala cruisers like the MC75 Star Cruiser, arrived at the Mako-Ta Space Docks to be retrofitted to become full-fledged war ships.[18] However, this ended up being a trap and Death Squadron arrives to destroy the fleet. The rebels are able to escape, but only after most of their ships are destroyed.[19]

Several of these warships participated in the decisive Battle of Endor. There, ships such as the Liberty and Home One helped defeat the empire and destroy the second Death Star.[9]

New Republic service[edit | edit source]

Shortly after the battle of Endor, the alliance transforms into the New Republic, with the MC80 line continued being used within the New Republic fleet, participating in battles across the galaxy on planets such as Fondor,[6] Naboo,[20] Kuat,[21] and Kashyyyk.[22] before finally reaching the end.

Many MC80 star cruisers, including both the MC80A and Liberty type, participated in the battle of Jakku. There, forces lead by Ackbar on the Home One defeated the empire, winning the Galactic Civil War.[source?]

Resistance service[edit | edit source]

Eventually, Home One was retired from service and was recruited by the Resistance.[11]

In 35 ABY,[23] MC80 Star Cruisers were part of a fleet assembled by Lando Calrissian to assist the Resistance during the battle against the Sith Eternal forces over the planet Exegol.[12]

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Alliance to Restore the Republic starship classes
Space stations
FireStar II-class · Harbor-class · Mk IX
Battleships & battlecruisers
Lucrehulk-class · Maelstrom-class · MC80 (MC80A Home One Type · MC80 Liberty Type)
Cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Marsheem-class · MC75 (MC75 Armored · MC75 Ordnance) · Neutron Star-class · Quasar Fire-class · Unidentified cruiser · Unidentified cruiser 1 · Unidentified cruiser 2 · Unidentified 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
HAET-221 · HWK-290 · Kom'rk-class · Lambda-class T-4a · LAAT/i · Sheathipede-class · 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
A/SF-01 B-wing · ARC-170 · Alpha-class Xg-1 · BTL Y-wing (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
Heavy cruisers & battleships
MC80 (MC80 Liberty Type · MC80A Home One Type) · MC85 · MC95E · Starhawk-class (Starhawk-class Mark I · Starhawk-class Mark II)
Cruisers
Acclamator-class · MC75 · New Republic Cruiser
Frigates
EF76 Nebulon-B · Nebulon-C
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 · 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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MC-series star cruiser classes
Heavy cruisers
MC80 (MC80 Liberty Type · MC80A Home One Type) · MC85
Cruisers
MC75 (MC75 Armored · MC75 Ordnance) · MC75B · MC75C · MC95 · MC95A · MC95B · MC95C · MC95D · MC95E
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