The Providence-class dreadnought, also known as the Providence-class cruiser-carrier or the Providence-class carrier/destroyer, and more commonly known as the Separatist dreadnought, was a capital ship that the Confederacy of Independent Systems utilized during the Clone Wars. The dreadnought consisted of two variants, one smaller model that measured 1,088 meters long and a larger model that measured 2,177.35 meters long.
Initially designed by Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps and produced for usage by the military forces of the Trade Federation by Rendili StarDrive, the Providence-class dreadnought, often identified as the Providence-class carrier/destroyer or the Providence-class cruiser-carrier, was among the largest and most powerful known vessels that served within the naval forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The dreadnought, consisting of two variants, one model that measured to 1,088 meters, and a larger model that stretched to over 2,000 meters in length, had a long, roughly cylindrical hull with a tapered, cone-like bow, and towards the aft end of the craft, the vessel's dorsal surface was dominated by a bulky superstructure, as well as a towering fin-like spire that arose from the hull of the warship which supported both the craft's command bridge and observation platforms. Within the spire were the private quarters of the vessel's commanding officer, a sole command center which sported tactical displays, briefing tables, and was located in an observation deck with a viewport of the surrounding space.
As a result of simple construction and a highly modular interior, Providence-class vessels were easily configured for various different roles, from planetary assault to theater command to a carrier for starfighters, which made the vessels more versatile, and therefore more useful to their operators than other, more specialized vessels.
Weapon systems and shieldingEdit
The Providence-class bristled with weapon emplacements powerful enough to pierce through the deflector shields of enemy vessels, dotted with seven port and seven starboard quad heavy turbolaser batteries, seventeen dorsal and seventeen ventral turret-mounted dual heavy laser cannons, six port and six starboard twin light point-defense ion cannons, two forward-mounted battleship heavy ion cannons, twenty-five port and twenty-five starboard, as well as fifty-two forward-mounted proton torpedo launchers with five torpedoes each, twelve heavy flak guns, and five port and five starboard heavy tractor beam emitters, along the cruiser's roughly cylindrical surface, which provided the craft nearly enough firepower to maintain a planetary blockade itself.
In terms of shielding, the dreadnoughts were equipped with thermal shields that were powerful enough to turn or absorb even the heaviest laser fire from opposing starships, and while extremely potent vessels, the Separatist admiralty deployed the Providence-class ships with great caution. And due to the high cost of operating these vessels at their peak efficiency, they were deployed only when its sheer, overwhelming force was called upon.
Despite possessing a fearsome armament, the Providence-class dreadnought was designed to often take the role of a carrier for starfighters and landing craft of the Separatist armada. Sporting a large hangar for its complement, the dreadnought could carry up to 120 Vulture-class droid starfighters, 120 droid tri-fighters, 10 Hyena-class droid bombers, several hundred droid armored vehicles, such as Multi-Troop Transports and Armored Assault Tanks, shuttles, and HMP droid gunships, while also ferrying a passenger capacity of 48,247 troops and manned by a crew of 900 officers, droids, and other enlisted crew, as well as carrying over one million deactivated battle droids, and a cargo capacity of 18,000 metric tons for encumbrance.
Boasting a speed of 2,000 kilometers per hour and a speed of 70 megalight per hour from three engine units, the Providence-class was equipped with a Class 1.5 hyperdrive generator as well as a backup Class 10 hyperdrive. The vessel was also equipped with long-range sensors, as well as a navigation computer.
- "Analysis of data received by the command center's friend-or-foe indicator confirms that the capital ship is a downsized version of a Separatist Providence-class cruiser-carrier, modified with modules taken from CIS frigates and destroyers. Ships of the sort made a name for themselves during the war by jamming signals and destroying HoloNet relays."
- ―An Imperial technician, to Moff Wilhuff Tarkin
Battle of ChristophsisEdit
Repelling the RepublicEdit
Following the outbreak of the Clone Wars, a three-year galactic war between the one-thousand-year-old Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the Confederacy managed to make a swift strike and take possession of most of the major hyperspace lanes, subsequently separating the Republic from majority of their battalions. One such strike was the Confederacy's occupation of the crystalline planet Christophsis in the Outer Rim Territories, establishing a thirty-craft blockade of at least six Lucrehulk-class Battleships, at least twenty-three Munificent-class star frigates and at least eight C-9979 landing crafts overhead, placed under the command of the Harch Admiral Trench, who was once believed to have perished in the Battle of Malastare Narrows, aboard his flagship, the Providence-class dreadnought, the Invincible, which allowed the Separatists to gain access to a port on the Corellian Run, and the resources on the planet's surface.
The brutal occupation soon led to the Battle of Christophsis, where the Republic dispatched a fleet of three Venator-class Star Destroyers and three Pelta-class frigates led by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker aboard his flagship the Resolute in an attempt to break the Separatist blockade and allow for them to get to the planet's surface. Outnumbering the small, crippled Republic fleet, the Invincible made its advancement on the Resolute unopposed, which startled Admiral Wullf Yularen, who ordered the Resolute's forward shields to maximum power just as the dreadnought released a barrage of turbolaser fire upon the entire task force, separating the Pelta-class frigates from their escorting cruisers.
As the Invincible continued to fusillade the task force, the dreadnought managed to destroy one of the supply ships, which resulted in the Republic fleet overfiring their cruisers' reactors, intending to charge directly through the blockade. Refusing to break off his attack even with one of the supply ships having been destroyed, Trench ordered the crew to hold their position and intensify the forward deflector shields, but the Jedi General relented when Kenobi, who had arrived in the system aboard his flagship, the Negotiator, advised Skywalker and his forces to make a full withdrawal behind the moon of Leesis, informing him that he had brought a new weapon that may give them an advantage over the Separatist blockade, leading Skywalker to take the advice and retreat to Kenobi's position. Knowing his orders were to hold a blockade and that the enemy fleet would soon return, Trench decided against pursuing the task force and ordered two B1 battle droids of the Invincible's crew to recharge the cruiser's shields and allow their cannons to reset, stating that they had won the first round.
Behind the moon, Skywalker boarded the Negotiator, where he learned about the Republic's new prototype IPV-2C Stealth Corvette, a small starship equipped with a cloaking device that Kenobi wanted Skywalker to use to continue the mercy mission and deliver the supplies to Organa and the Christophsis resistance. When Skywalker, Yularen, and a crew of clones were aboard the cloaked ship, they managed to slip into the blockade without being detected. While the Republic recuperated, Trench asked his tactical droid TI-99 for an update on the surface attack. Reporting that he had estimated a half rotation before the Confederacy could successfully conquer the planet, Trench, believing that a concentrated attack from both air and ground would put pressure on the Republic and draw them out from behind the moon, ordered a squadron of Hyena-class bombers to be dispatched and launch a bombing run on Senator Bail Organa's position, and while the bombers made their approach to the senator on the surface and unknowingly flew directly over the stealth ship.
Destruction of the InvincibleEdit
After the bombing run, Organa contacted Kenobi, informing him that the Confederacy was attacking by aerial and ground assault, which forced Kenobi to launch a second attack on the blockade. Disagreeing with the strategy, Skywalker decided to instead go on the offensive and attack the Invincible directly, believing that the stealth ship stood the best chance of successfully defeating Trench, although Kenobi ultimately disapproved the reckless action Skywalker was planning to make.
Deactivating the vessel's cloaking device, Skywalker revealed himself to Trench and the entire Separatist blockade, and fired several torpedoes at the Invincible's command bridge, but were nonetheless repelled by the dreadnought's powerful thermal shields, and the Admiral swiftly ordered the bridge crew to prepare to fire all cannons. As the ship reactivated its cloaking device, Skywalker ordered the co-pilot to launch flares to avoid being struck by torpedoes, to which Trench responded by ordering the crew to fire a spread of lasers, although Skywalker successfully managed to navigate through the wall of cannon fire.
Despite being unsuccessful in hitting the stealth ship, Trench immediately came to realize that a clone trooper would be unable to navigate the entire wall of lasers and that they were instead dealing with a Jedi, and ordered the communications channel be set to an open frequency to relay a message to his opponents. Speaking to the crew, Trench informed them that they had made both a bold move and a grave mistake, and warned them that while they helmed such an impressive vessel, he had in fact dealt with ships of its kind in the past, and that as a result of their failed attempt, their allies fighting on the surface would perish and would consequently allow the Confederacy to take full control of Christophsis and its resources, advising them to retreat while they were still able.
Knowing that Skywalker was unlikely to retreat and will strike again soon, Trench understood that a stealth ship could have easily trespassed the blockade, but instead chose to attack. Informing Kenobi of Trench's statement, the Jedi Master explained that the Harch's records included previous engagements against vessels with cloaking devices, and that in each case, Trench managed to destroy them whether cloaked or not. Believing that Trench likely won by locking onto the magnetic signatures of the stealth ships, Skywalker requested that Kenobi refrain from attacking until the Invincible was destroyed, and disengaged the cloaking device, firing four torpedoes at the vessel, but were once again repelled by its thermal shields, allowing the cruiser to lock on to its magnetic signature before it could reactivate its cloaking device. Ordering TI-99 to fire tracking torpedoes, the tactical droid explained that they would have to deactivate the shields to fire, and Trench ordered the shields be lowered and fire the four tracking torpedoes. Followed by the torpedoes, the stealth ship turned around and Skywalker ordered the cloaking device once again be deactivated and that all power be rerouted to the engines, heading straight for the defenseless Invincible's command bridge and destroying the dreadnought, allowing General Kenobi and the rest of the task force to begin their assault on the blockade.
Attacking the Felucia medical stationEdit
Some time after the Confederacy's triumph over the Republic on Felucia to gain access to the Perlemian Trade Route in 21 BBY, the Separatist navy launched an attack on Felucia Medical Station HCTFF2, a Haven-class medical station located in the Felucia system, led by a Providence-class dreadnought and two Munificent-class star frigates, which resulted in the medical station's destruction.
Invasion of KaminoEdit
Despite the failure of their first attempt earlier in the Clone Wars, the Kaleesh cyborg General Grievous and dark acolyte Asajj Ventress of the Confederacy planned to launch a second invasion attempt on the cloning planet of Kamino. However, the Republic intercepted a transmission between the two detailing the invasion of Kamino, which resulted in the clones of the 501st Legion being deployed to help defend the planet.
Arriving in the Kamino system, Grievous commanded the fleet aboard his personal Providence-class dreadnought, flanked by several Munificent-class star frigates and Recusant-class light destroyers.
Battle of SullustEdit
Later on in the Clone Wars, a Providence-class dreadnought flagged a Separatist fleet that was placed under the command of the dark side assassin Asajj Ventress, crossed paths with a Republic fleet commanded by both Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, which resulted in a battle to claim control over the planet Sullust.
By the end of the battle, Count Dooku, who was ordered by his master Darth Sidious to destroy his assassin to prove his loyalty, instructed Ventress' tactical droid, TJ-912, to open fire on the Separatist command ship, where the dark acolyte was caught in a brief lightsaber duel between Skywalker and Kenobi, ultimately causing the dreadnought's destruction, but not before Ventress could narrowly escape the doomed vessel.
Discovering the Nexus RouteEdit
After Jedi Master Even Piell had discovered the location of the strategic Nexus Route hyperspace lane, Piell's forces were ambushed by a small fleet of Separatist warships led by a Providence-class carrier/destroyer, which led to the Jedi Master being imprisoned in the seemingly inescapable Citadel on the volcanic planet Lola Sayu.
Following Master Piell's capture by Separatist forces, the Republic dispatched a Jedi-led rescue team to extract their fellow Jedi from the Citadel to prevent the Confederacy from learning the hyperlane's coordinates. Entering the Lola Sayu system aboard a stolen Sheathipede-class Type B shuttle, the Republic's rescue team crossed paths with the Separatists' planetary defense fleet which was commanded by a Separatist dreadnought.
After the Jedi freed Master Piell from the Citadel, the stolen shuttle in which the Republic arrived on was destroyed while trying to make their escape, resulting in the Republic dispatching a task force of four Venator-class Star Destroyers led by Jedi Master Plo Koon to extract the trapped rescue team, forcing the dreadnought and the rest of the planetary defense fleet to engage the Republic task force.
Capture and rescue of Adi GalliaEdit
At some point during the Clone Wars, the Kaleesh cyborg General Grievous and his fleet of Separatist cruisers launched a surprise attack on Jedi Master Adi Gallia and her flagship near the planet Patitite Pattuna aboard his personal Providence-class cruiser-carrier, and successfully managed to capture her after engaging one another in a lightsaber duel aboard her Star Destroyer.
Some time after her capture, Grievous aboard his Providence crossed paths with the Weequay pirate ship Marauder, and immediately ordered the bridge crew to use it for target practice and destroy it. And while still being held captive aboard the dreadnought, a fleet of Republic Star Destroyers led by Jedi Master Plo Koon entered the system and began to fusillade the Separatist dreadnought, and successfully managed to retrieve Master Gallia while Grievous made his escape from the heavily damaged cruiser.
Battle of UmbaraEdit
Around the second year of the war, the Umbaran government seceded from the Republic after the death of Senator Mee Deechi, who had represented the planet in the Galactic Senate, and aligned themselves with the Separatist Alliance. The Separatists established a blockade, led by a dreadnought when the Republic forces undertook a planetary-wide invasion to reclaim the planet.
As the battle raged on, the Separatists dispatched a DH-Omni Support Vessel to reinforce the crumbling Umbaran forces in hopes of defeating the Republic troops led by Jedi Generals Kenobi, Skywalker and Pong Krell. To ensure that the supply ship reached its destination, the Separatists defended the vessel with a fleet that consisted of at least three Separatist dreadnoughts, four Recusant-class light destroyers, and eight Munificent-class star frigates.
Massacre of the NightsistersEdit
After Asajj Ventress' failed attempt to kill her former master Count Dooku and the betrayal of his new apprentice Savage Opress, and upon learning that his former assassin had returned to the planet Dathomir, Dooku ordered General Grievous to launch an invasion on the planet with the intent of exacting revenge on Ventress and Mother Talzin and wiping out the entire Nightsister clan.
Commanding his fleet of four Munificent-class star frigates, two Recusant-class light destroyers, two Separatist supply ships, and his personal Separatist dreadnought, Grievous and his forces traveled to the Dathomir system. Upon their arrival, Grievous ordered the Separatist forces to begin landing their droids on the surface below, successfully killing the Nightsister clan.
Infiltration of Aut-O's flagshipEdit
Later on in the war, the Republic, fearful of a major Separatist offensive on the verge of occurring after a secret transmission of General Grievous was cut off, dispatched a squad of droids led by Zilkin Colonel Meebur Gascon to infiltrate a Separatist dreadnought commanded by the super tactical droid Aut-O which was carrying an encryption module that would allow the Republic to learn of the Separatists' plans.
Defense of Cato NeimoidiaEdit
In the final year of the war, the Separatists invaded the Trade Federation planet of Cato Neimoidia, but were met with a Republic defense led by Skywalker, his Padawan, Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano, and the 501st Legion. After punching through the Separatist fleet in orbit, the two Jedi led a squadron of Z-95 Headhunters to the surface to engage the command ship and its accompanying cruisers.
Invasion of ScipioEdit
During the invasion of the InterGalactic Banking Clan world of Scipio, Count Dooku commanded the battle from his personal Providence-class dreadnought. After he had completed his mission to trick Rush Clovis into raising interest rates on the Republic and not the Separatists, with the arrival of a Republic fleet commanded by Anakin Skywalker, Dooku and his flotilla fled the system, allowing the Republic to gain control of Scipio.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Providence-class dreadnought first appeared in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, and was featured in a number of episodes from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. In the original continuity, the Expanded Universe established the ship as the Providence-class carrier/destroyer, but with the discarding of the Expanded Universe in favor of a new continuity on April 25, 2014, the initial official name was "Separatist dreadnought." The official Star Wars Encyclopedia uses the "dreadnought" spelling, though the actual URL for the ship's entry uses the "dreadnaught" spelling.
- (First identified as Separatist dreadnought)
- Ultimate Star Wars (First identified as Providence-class carrier/destroyer)
- Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 8 (Helmets: General Grievous; Highlights of the Saga: Kidnap of the Chancellor)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 20 (Databank A-Z: Saw Gerrera–Commander Gree) (Picture only)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 23 (Databank A-Z: Hassk Triplets–Holograms) (Picture only)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 24 (Helmets: In Pictures) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 1 (Droid Directory: R2-series Astromech Droids, Part 1) (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- Rise of the Separatists
- Collapse of the Republic
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 79 (Databank A-Z: Zabrak–Zillo Beast) (Picture only)
- (Picture only)
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Legacy"
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 Collapse of the Republic
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy
- ↑ 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Star Wars Battlefront II
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- ↑ Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 2
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Tarkin
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3
- ↑ Rise of the Separatists
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- ↑ Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
- ↑ (slide 11)
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the mission to Mustafar and the Zillo Beast incident to 21 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the episodes the other events are attached to according to , this event must also take place 21 BBY.
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Counterattack"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nomad Droids"
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Mon Cala and the skirmish in Theed to 20 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the episodes the other events are attached to according to , this event must also take place 20 BBY.
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Murders"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Plan of Dissent"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Massacre"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Secret Weapons"
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Sundari and Ahsoka Tano's departure from the Jedi Order to 19 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the episodes the other events are attached to according to , this event must take place in 19 BBY.
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"