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"This monstrosity has rained destruction and death on the citizens of Ryloth."
―Cham Syndulla[6]

The Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier, also known as the Quasar Fire-class bulk cruiser, or simply the Quasar-class carrier or the Imperial light carrier, was a starship line built by the SoroSuub Corporation. It saw service in the Galactic Empire's Imperial Navy, both as a starfighter carrier and a mobile base of operations.


A Quasar Fire I-class Cruiser-Carrier firing its weapons

The Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier[2] was built by the SoroSuub Corporation,[1] a Sullust-based shipwright corporation.[7] Its triangular structure made it similar to other dagger-shaped Imperial spacecraft, including Star Destroyers. Unlike Star Destroyers, however the bridge was located at the frontal point and the hangars at the base.[6] The structural integrity of the Quasar Fire spaceframe was questionable, being subject to micro-fractures while reverting from hyperspace to realspace. This much was alleged by a report issued by Mid-Rim Shipwrights.[8]

The Quasar Fire-class was 340 meters in length.[9] The four hangar bays had space to accommodate up to 48 starfighters,[8] however, some Imperial light carriers operated with as few as ten TIE/sa bombers and four TIE/ln space superiority starfighters.[6] The Empire used such carriers in orbit of occupied planets, allowing for easy dispatch of fighters whenever necessary.[2] The Empire deployed two different variants of the Quasar Fire: the Quasar Fire I-class and the Quasar Fire II-class.[4]


One Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier designated Imperial Cruiser 07200823 was used at the Carida Academy. During Han Solo's time as a cadet in the Academy, he and several other cadets were assigned to pilot the cruiser, transporting TIE fighter pilots for a training run.[10]

A Quasar Fire II-class Cruiser-Carrier with TIE/D and TIE/IN escorts

In the year 3 BBY,[11] the Spectres, alongside Cham Syndulla of the Free Ryloth Movement, stole a Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier in orbit of Ryloth for the rebellion.[6]

The stolen ship became the flagship of Phoenix Cell of the early rebellion, rechristened the Phoenix Nest, housing their RZ-1 A-wing interceptors, and even being repainted to show its new affiliation.[6] After coming under attack by Imperial forces, the starship fled with the rest of the rebel fleet to the planet Atollon.[12] After the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, it became part of the Alliance Fleet, with Colonel Anj Zavor recommending to Mon Mothma the procurement of more escort carriers from the Empire.[8] However, the Phoenix Nest was destroyed at the Battle of Atollon, sacrificed by its commander, Jun Sato.[5] During the early rebellion, one Quasar Fire-class was destroyed by a pair of Sphyrna-class Hammerhead corvettes around the orbit of a celestial terrestrial body.[13]

The Squall comes under attack from a squadron of A-wing interceptors.

At least one Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier was present at the Rebel Alliance's Mako-Ta Space Docks. After the surviving ships escaped the Empire's attack on the base, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa used the cruiser-carrier to rescue Han Solo and R2-D2, who were trapped in a damaged X-wing. Once Solo was aboard, the cruiser-carrier escaped to the moon Corosi 7, but was too damaged to make more than one hyperspace jump, so the rebels used it to land on Nar Shaddaa and find passage aboard the Volt Cobra, the ship of Sana Starros.[14]

At some point in the Galactic Civil War, the Imperial Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier Squall came under attack by a squadron of Rebel RZ-1 A-wing interceptors. It was defended by a squadron of TIE/sa bombers.[15] Also at some point during the reign of the Empire, the Pursuant was in service in the Imperial Navy.[16]

After the Battle of Endor, Shadow Wing used the Quasar Fire-class Aerie during their campaign against the New Republic.[17]

A year later, during the New Republic's siege of the Kuat Drive Yards, Blade Squadron attacked and destroyed a light carrier during the final stages of the battle.[18]

Behind the scenes[]

First appearing in the Star Wars Rebels episode "Homecoming," the Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier was first officially named in the StarWars.com Databank. The ship originated in the Star Wars Legends novel The Truce at Bakura, published in 1994, as the Quasar Fire-class bulk cruiser/escort carrier and was first depicted visually in the Legends video game Star Wars: Rebellion.



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 StarWars-DatabankII.png Quasar Fire-Class Cruiser-Carrier in the Databank (backup link)
  3. Armada.png Star Wars: ArmadaImperial Light Carrier Expansion Pack (Card: Quasar Fire I-class Cruiser-Carrier)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Armada.png Star Wars: ArmadaImperial Light Carrier Expansion Pack (Card: Quasar Fire II-class Cruiser-Carrier)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Homecoming"
  7. EA logo.png The Planets of Star Wars Battlefront on Electronic Arts' official website (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  9. AltayaCite.svg "Ships of the Empire and the Rebellion" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  10. Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 3
  11. According to StarWars.com Star Wars Rebels Returns...with Princess Leia on StarWars.com (backup link), "A Princess on Lothal" is "set roughly three years before the events of A New Hope. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of A New Hope to 0 BBY, "A Princess on Lothal" must take place in 3 BBY. Because Dawn of Rebellion states the events of "The Mystery of Chopper Base" occur three years before the Battle of Yavin, it takes place in 3 BBY. Since "Homecoming," is between these two episodes, the events of the episode must also take place in 3 BBY.
  12. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "The Forgotten Droid"
  13. Dawn of Rebellion
  14. Star Wars (2015) 55
  15. Armada.png Star Wars: ArmadaImperial Light Carrier Expansion Pack (Card: Squall)
  16. Armada.png Star Wars: ArmadaImperial Light Carrier Expansion Pack (Card: Pursuant)
  17. Alphabet Squadron
  18. SWInsider.png "Blade Squadron: Kuat" – Star Wars Insider 168