The MC90 Star Cruiser was a warship class designed by the Mon Calamari for the New Republic.[1]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Sideview of the Defiance.

Produced in the Mon Calamari Shipyards, the Sluis Van Shipyards, and the Hast Shipyards, the MC90 was the first Mon Calamari Star Cruiser designed specifically as a warship.[1] Its focus on heavy weapons and large hangars showed a realistic assessment of the firepower required to challenge Imperial-class Star Destroyers.[1] The MC90 was the most powerful warship built for the New Republic before the Yuuzhan Vong War.[7]

Controls and displays onboard the ship were designed, for the first time on a Mon Calamari Cruiser, for compatibility with most major species, allowing for officers other than Mon Calamari to pilot the vessels.[1] The command center was a clear bubble in the center of the ship, giving the bridge officers a vision of the area below as well as above. Admiral Ackbar was not pleased with the choice of constructing the bridge this way; he argued that it was too much of a weak spot that the Imperial forces could exploit.[9]

History[edit | edit source]

At least one MC80 Star Cruiser design seems to have served as basis for the MC90.[10]

The MC90 represented a number of firsts that highlight the shifting military strategy of the New Republic that would eventually culminate in the New Class program. The first MC90, Defiance, was completed shortly before the Battle of Calamari.[1]

The MC90 became one of the most powerful warships in the arsenal of the New Republic Defense Fleet, often serving as a flagship for fleets and task forces.[1] Due to the tremendous value of the vessels, most were stationed in the Core Worlds.

These powerful warships remained the pinnacle of Mon Calamari ship building until the advent of the Mediator-class battle cruiser.[11] Older vessels, like the Galactic Voyager, were kept in reserve and upgraded during the Yuuzhan Vong War, but served more as token symbols than heavy duty warships.[12]

An MC90 Star Cruiser during the Battle of Kashyyyk.

Despite the predominance of newer Mon Calamari-built warships in the Galactic Alliance Defense Force by 40 ABY, such as the Mon Calamari heavy carrier and Mediator-class battle cruiser, the MC90 was still considered to be a powerful frontline combat starship. This was evident in the usage of the Galactic Voyager as the flagship of Alliance Supreme Commander Cha Niathal.[8]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The first image of a MC90, which can be seen at the top of this page, has a striking resemblance to concept art of a Mon Calamari cruiser found in The Star Wars Sourcebook. The image in the book was noted as being of a MC80 Star Cruiser in service with the Rebel Alliance.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Galactic Voyager had a significantly different stern from Defiance.[6]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Mon Calamari starship classes
A-Z-Z-3 Light Freighter · Bantha-class assault shuttle · Crix-class diplomatic courier shuttle
DeepWater-class light freighter · MC-18 light freighter · MC-24a light shuttle
MC80 evacuation cruiser · Mon Calamari ceremonial ship
Sailfish-class transport · Simiyar-class light freighter · Wander-class jump freighter
Amphibious fighter
Mon Calamari heavy carrier
Frigates and escorts
MC30a light cruiser · MC30c frigate · MC40a light cruiser
ShaShore-class frigate · Tri-Scythe-class frigate
Cruisers and Star Destroyers
Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser (on license) · Imperious-class Star Destroyer
MC80 Liberty type Star Cruiser · MC80a Star Cruiser · MC80B Star Cruiser
MC90 Star Cruiser · Recusant-class light destroyer
Mediator-class battle cruiser · MC140 Scythe-class main battle cruiser
MC80 Home One type Star Cruiser · Viscount-class Star Defender
New Class Modernization Program Starship Classifications
Hajen-class fleet tender
Ferret-class reconnaissance vessel · Prowler-class reconnaissance vessel
Defender-class assault carrier · Endurance-class fleet carrier
Agave-class picket ship · Warrior-class gunship
Belarus-class medium cruiser · Corona-class frigate · Sacheen-class light escort
Nebula-class Star Destroyer · Republic-class Star Destroyer
Majestic-class heavy cruiser · MC90 Star Cruiser
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