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"A Star Destroyer! General Nossor Ri bought us a window… but the First Order will be on us in seconds! We must hit the hyperdrive now…"
―Aftab Ackbar during the mission to Mon Cala[src]

The MC95 Star Cruiser was a class of Mon Calamari Star Cruiser present in the the galaxy by the time following the Battle of Crait during the war between the First Order and the Resistance in 34 ABY. In 35 ABY, several were Star Cruisers were in service to the Mon Cala monarchy, and several others formed part of the naval forces of the Resistance.

Many MC95 Star Cruisers participated in the Battle of Exegol that saw the final destruction of the Sith and defeat of the Sith Eternal forces as part of the Citizens' Fleet. The MC95 Star Cruiser gave rise to other sub-models, including the MC95A Star Cruiser, MC95B Star Cruiser, MC95C Star Cruiser, MC95D Star Cruiser, and MC95E Star Cruiser models.

Description[]

The MC95 Star Cruiser was a class of Star Cruiser of Mon Calamari design.[2] Following the success of the MC80 Star Cruiser and the MC85 Star Cruiser, the Mon Calamari manufactured the MC95 and created at least five sub-variants, the MC95A Star Cruiser, the MC95B Star Cruiser, the MC95C Star Cruiser, the MC95D Star Cruiser, and the MC95E Star Cruiser.[5] The MC95 was equipped with a hyperdrive which gave it the capability of entering hyperspace at lightspeed, and was equipped with engines.[3] The MC95 Star Cruiser[2] had a bridge,[4] as well as two hangars.[3] Characteristic of other Mon Calamari ship designs,[6] the MC95 Star Cruiser[2] had a bulbous hull with differing modules and could be disabled when struck by powerful Force lightning.[7]

Role[]

An MC95 Star Cruiser during the Battle of Batuu.

As a capital ship, the MC95 Star Cruiser had the ability to participate in naval warfare,[7] and could serve in the capacity of a flagship.[4]

History[]

During the Resistance's mission to Mon Cala after the Battle of Crait, the Mon Cala monarchy allied with the Resistance and dispatched Aftab Ackbar and his starship along with several other Nebulon-C escort frigates, MG-100 StarFortress SF-17s, and starfighters to escape with the Millennium Falcon just as the First Order arrived.[4] Later, two such starships were part of an attack on the Finalizer and two other Resurgent-class Star Destroyers over Batuu as part of a strike fleet.[3] Several MC95 Star Cruisers participated in the Battle of Exegol[2] in 35 ABY between the Resistance and the Sith Eternal.[8]

Behind the scenes[]

The MC95 Star Cruiser first appeared in the Star Wars comic book Allegiance 4 in 2019,[4] and was developed for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge according to Lucasfilm Story Group Leland Chee.[9] It was first identified in an installment of Star Wars By the Numbers on StarWarsKids.com.[2] Pablo Hidalgo later confirmed that one of the MC95 Star Cruisers in Galaxy's Edge was named the Ardency, which was made official on May 24, 2018,[10] and was previously known as the "Alcatraz Pickle Ship" before receiving its official name.[11]

The Ardency was created for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an amusement ride in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge that first opened in December 5, 2019.[12] Phil Szostak began identifying ships to use in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker in August of 2018, several months after the model was made for Galaxy's Edge, although he clarified that Industrial Light & Magic's work may have begun sooner.[13]

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Notes and references[]

  1. Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 39 (Databank A-Z: Kwazel Maw — Sly Moore) states that the MC-series star cruisers are made by Mon Calamari Shipyards
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 StarWarsKids.jpg Every Ship in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy | Star Wars By the Numbers on the official Star Wars Kids YouTube channel (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Allegiance 4
  5. AltayaCite.svg "Ships of the First Order and the Resistance" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  6. A Final Alliance
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker must take place in 35 ABY.
  9. TwitterLogo.svg Leland Chee (@HolocronKeeper) on Twitter: "Hynestian came from Production. MC95 was invented for Galaxy's Edge." (backup link)
  10. TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pabl0hidalgo) on Twitter: "Looking through my emails. The Ardency, the MC95 from Rise of Resistance came first and was christened on May 24, 2018." (backup link)
  11. TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pabl0hidalgo) on Twitter: "(Before that it was named Alcatraz Pickle Ship)" (backup link)
  12. DisneyParksBlog.png #DisneyParksLIVE: Watch the Dedication of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance on the Disney Parks Blog (backup link)
  13. TwitterLogo.svg Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) on Twitter: "I was identifying potential ships for the final battle at Exegol as early as August of 2018. But ILM’s work may have begun even earlier than that." (backup link)

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