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"There hasn't been a mission Shadow Squadron couldn't complete."
"That's right. Minimal casualties, maximum effectiveness. That's us."
―Matchstick and Broadside — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Shadow Squadron was an elite starfighter squadron of at least twelve clone trooper pilots in service to the Republic Navy during the Clone Wars.[1]

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Matchstick's Y-wing is damaged as Shadow Squadron flies through the Kaliida Nebula.

Shadow Squadron was a starfighter squadron in the Galactic Republic that consisted of at least twelve clone trooper pilots that utilized BTL-B Y-wing fighter-bombers during the Clone Wars. In 21 BBY,[6] during the Malevolence campaign, Shadow Squadron was selected by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker to destroy Separatist Alliance General Grievous and his flagship, the Malevolence. Although sustaining heavy casualties during the Battle of the Kaliida Nebula, Shadow Squadron prevailed by disabling both of the starship's mega-ion cannons.[1]

Later during the war, Shadow Squadron participated in the Battle of Kamino, where they defended the planet from a Separatist invasion. General Skywalker led starfighter forces against Separatist warships, and in conjunction with the Republic blockade, managed to cripple various vessels. Although Separatist forces landed on Kamino's surface via the wreckage of the starships, the invasion failed and the Republic was successful in safeguarding the vital planet.[3]

By the end of the war, the pilots of Shadow Squadron were flying Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighters. In the waning months of the war, as one of the elite clone formations, they carried out critical missions that included escort duty for Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's personal Theta-class T-2c shuttle.[2] They also defended the Republic capital during the Battle of Coruscant.[5]

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Republic Navy units
Command units and bureaus
Admiralty · Republic Naval Intelligence · Resolute command
Armadas and major fleets
2nd · Seventh · Open Circle (Fifth)
Fleets
Bright Nebula Fleet · Coruscant Home Defense Fleet · Dao's fleet · Ferra sector fleet · Kamino blockade · Kit Fisto's fleet · Obi-Wan's fleet · Plo Koon's fleet · Plo Koon's second fleet · Ryloth invasion fleet · Unidentified Galactic Republic fleet · Unidentified reserve fleet · Wurtz's fleet
Battle groups
Even Piell's fleet group · Falleen battle group · Luminara Unduli's fleet group
Task forces
Aayla Secura's task force · Obi-Wan Kenobi's taskforce · Skywalker's fleet · Unidentified Galactic Republic task force · Unidentified task force
Minor formations
Geonosis Republic flotilla · Unidentified convoy
Starfighter squadrons
Blue (Group Two) · Clone Flight Squad Seven · Gold · Hazard · Red · Shadow
Other units
Republic Starfighter Corps · Yoda's Republic taskforce
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