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The Praetor-class battlecruiser, also known as the Praetor-class Star Battlecruiser or the Praetor-class battle cruiser, was a warship produced by Kuat Drive Yards in the final years of the Galactic Republic. A four-thousand-meter battlecruiser, the Praetor-class was the successor of the Procurator-class Star Battlecruiser, though both were restricted in terms of hyperdrive capability and armament due to the Ruusan Reformation.

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During the Clone Wars, the Quaestor was one of several Praetor-class battlecruisers that received additional armor and weaponry before leading strikes deep into Separatist space; the Quaestor was destroyed at Pammant when it suffered a hyperdrive mishap due to sabotage and crashed into the planet. This crash also fractured the planet. After the rise of the Galactic Empire, the Praetor-class battlecruiser Battalion hunted Separatist remnant forces, participated in the conflict known as the Sy Myrthian Insurrection and helped destroy a faction at Trasemene.[1] While stationed in the Dalchon sector, the ship's commander, Adar Tallon, had grown disenfranchised with the Empire and defected from military service with a loyal crew. To cover their escape, Tallon arranged to have the Battalion be destroyed by his friend, the pirate captain Quist, in a mock rescue attempt of a freighter under attack by pirates.[3]

The Praetor-class was eventually succeeded by the Praetor Mark II-class battlecruiser. During the Galactic Civil War, a derelict Praetor was cannibalized by Rebel forces and its reactors were installed on the frozen planet Hoth to power the facilities of Echo Base, including its defensive systems.[4]

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The Praetor-class battlecruiser was first mentioned in Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy. The 2012 reference guide The Essential Guide to Warfare retconned the Quaestor, from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections, and the Battalion, from the West End Games roleplaying adventure Tatooine Manhunt, as Praetor-class battlecruisers.

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