The Mk IX Orbital Maintenance Depot was a class of space station that served as a shipyard. The Galactic Empire maintained a number of them, as did the Alliance to Restore the Republic. They were large enough to service Executor-class Star Dreadnoughts and Praetor II-class ships.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Mk IX Orbital Maintenance Depot was manufactured by Core Worlds Engineering and were one of the largest and most well-equipped maintenance depots that were in use. Mk IXs were enormous cylindrical space stations that were decorated with docking arms, dry dock facilities, and boarding airlocks full of countless sensors and communications arrays. The Mk IX was capable of servicing almost any ship in service, including the Galactic Empire's Executor-class Star Dreadnoughts and Praetor II-class ships.[1]

Most of the Mk IXs production and fabrication installations were automated in order to have improved speed and efficiency, but despite this, Mk IXs had a large crew of 20,000 officers, enlisted crew, and technicians. The crews of Mk IXs were technically trained personnel and other personnel who maintained the station and serviced starships. Guest facilities were comfortable but not luxurious and resembled military barracks, so crews did not usually stay too long, although the stations had a capacity of 22,000 passengers. The guest stations were well armored and shielded, and were equipped with a decent weapons load out to defend against enemy starships.[1]

Mk IX Orbital Maintenance Depots also had hangar facilities and were regularly assigned a squadron of gunboats for patrol and anti-starfighter security, although they were rarely attacked since they were often surrounded by powerful warships that were waiting to dock or had just completed a refit. These surrounding vessels all provided the defensive firepower a Mk IX crew could hope for. Mk IXs were often anchored near heavily trafficked hyperspace routes, or were in sectors that maintained fleets or battle groups.[1]

Mk IXs were armed with eight port and eight starboard turret-mounted light turbolasers, four port and four starboard turret-mounted twin medium laser cannons, four port and four starboard turret-mounted twin light ion cannons, and ten hull-mounted heavy tractor beam projectors.[1]

Role[edit | edit source]

The Mk IX Orbital Maintenance Depot was an important part of the logistical supply chain, and served as a shipyard. Mk IXs acted as far-flung homes away from home for the ships and their crews in their respective spheres of influence.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Mk IX Orbital Maintenance Depots were active during the Imperial Era, and during the Galactic Civil War, both the Imperial Navy of the Galactic Empire and the Alliance Fleet of the Alliance to Restore the Republic had a handful of them. As such, they were all priority targets for destruction.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Mk IX Orbital Maintenance Depot was first mentioned in the 2018 canon Fantasy Flight Games roleplaying book, Fully Operational.[1]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Galactic Empire starship classes
Space stations
Class II · DS-1 · DS-2 · FireStar II-class · Golan I · Golan II · Golan III · Golan M3185 · Harbor-class · ICM-092792 · Imperial dockyard · Mk IX · Supertanker fuel depot
Star Dreadnoughts
Assertor-class · Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class)
Dreadnoughts
Bellator-class · Mandator-class
Battlecruisers
Maelstrom-class · Secutor-class
Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class) · Interdictor-class · qaz-class · Tector-class · Venator-class · Victory-class (Victory II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Interdictor line (Interdictor-class) · Vindicator-class
Cruisers
Cantwell-class · Detainer CC-2200 · Immobilizer 418 · Onager-class
Frigates
Active-class · CC-7700 · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · IR-3F-class · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Medical) · Razor-class · Surveyor-class
Carriers
Imperial escort carrier · Quasar Fire-class (Quasar Fire I-class · Quasar Fire II-class)
Light cruisers & corvettes
Arquitens-class command (Prison-tug) · Arquitens-class light · Carrack-class · Class 546 · Imperial Gozanti-class (Gozanti-class Assault · Gozanti-class espionage) · S-46I
Corvettes
Cosinga-class · CR-series (CR90) · Raider-class (Raider I-class · Raider II-class)
Transports
Action series (Action VI bulk freighter) · Aerial landing platform · BFF-1 · Class four container · Eta-class · Theta-class · Xiytiar-class · Y-45 · Y-85 Titan
Light craft
Abecederian line (Delta-class T-3c · Lambda-class T-4a · T-5 Deliverance) · Assault gunboat · Delta-class · Escort gunboat · Gamma-class · Harbinger courier · HAET-221 · Imperial Dropship Transport · Imperial heavy freighter · Imperial transport · Nu-class attack/transport · Sentinel-class · Star Commuter 2000 · Stormtrooper transport · Theta-class T-2c · VT-49 Decimator · YT-2400 light freighter · Zeta-class Heavy Cargo · Zeta-class
Starfighters & bombers
Alpha-class Xg-1 · ARC-40b · ARC-170 · ARX-T3 Suncutter · Clone Z-95 · Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class · Eta-2 Actis-class) ·
TIE line (Auto-fighter · Outland TIE · TIE Advanced v1 · TIE Advanced x1 · TIE Avenger · TIE fighter prototype · TIE lander · TIE scout · TIE training drone · TIE/ag "Aggressor" · TIE/ca "Punisher" · TIE/D "Defender" (TIE/D Defender Elite) · TIE/fc · TIE/gt · TIE/IN · TIE/LN · TIE/ph "Phantom" · TIE/rb "Brute" · TIE/rc · TIE/rp Reaper · TIE/sa · TIE/sh · TIE/sk "Striker" · TIE/sr) · XL-5 Guardian
Other classes
Imperial Planetary Occupation Facility · Praetor II-class
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Alliance to Restore the Republic starship classes
Space stations
FireStar II-class · Harbor-class · Mk IX
Battleships, battlecruisers, dreadnoughts
Lucrehulk-class · Maelstrom-class · MC80 (MC80A Home One Type · MC80 Liberty Type) · Providence-class
Heavy cruisers & destroyers
Dreadnought-class · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class) · Marsheem-class · Recusant-class
Cruisers
MC75 (MC75 Armored · MC75 Ordnance) · Neutron Star-class · Quasar Fire-class · Cruiser · Cruiser 1 · Cruiser 2 · 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
CR-series (CR70 · CR90) · Braha'tok-class · Free Virgillia-class · Sphyrna-class Hammerhead (Hammerhead Scout · Hammerhead Torpedo)
Transports
Ainik-class · Caisson-class · CR-20 · CR25 · CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle · GR-75 medium transport (GR-75 Combat Retrofit) · Jadthu-class · Unidentified Rebel Alliance vessel
Light craft
E-9 · E-50 · HAET-221 · HWK-290 · Kom'rk-class · Lambda-class T-4a · LAAT/i · Sheathipede-class · T-1 · 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
ARC-170 · Alpha-class Xg-1 · B-wing (A/SF-01 B-wing · Prototype B6) · BTL Y-wing (BTL-A4 LP · 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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