According to Everi Chalis, Star Destroyers were the most resource-intensive ships the galaxy had ever seen, and only Kuat possessed shipyards that were capable of supporting and maintaining more than a handful at a time.
- 1 History
- 2 Designs
- 2.1 Battlecruisers
- 2.2 Cruisers
- 2.3 Dreadnoughts
- 2.4 Other classification
- 3 Appearances
- 4 Sources
- 5 Notes and references
- 6 External links
History[edit | edit source]
During the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic Navy fielded a fleet of Venator-class Star Destroyers. The Venator-class saw action in numerous battles against the Confederacy navy including the Battle of Coruscant. Following the transformation of the Republic into the Galactic Empire, the Republic's Star Destroyers were incorporated into the new Imperial Navy. Aside from the Venator and Imperial-class Star Destroyers, other known models in Imperial service included the Victory and Secutor-class Star Destroyers.
During the rebellion and the Galactic Civil War, Imperial Star Destroyers took part in numerous engagements against the various rebel forces that eventually coalesced into the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Star Destroyers were deployed during the secret mission to Tatooine, Battle of Hoth, and the Battle of Endor.
Following the events at Endor, the Rebel Alliance's successor government, the New Republic, captured and destroyed numerous Star Destroyers in several engagements including the Battle of Theed, the Rebellion on Akiva, the Battle for Kuat Drive Yards, and the Liberation of Kashyyyk. By 5 ABY, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane estimated that 75% of the Imperial Star Destroyers before Endor had either been destroyed, captured, or lost in "confirmable if curious ways." While trawling through the archives at the Hall of Imperial Register on Coruscant, Sloane discovered that the remaining 25% had mysteriously disappeared and their purported destruction had been falsified.
Later, Sloane learned that Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax secretly commanded Imperial fleets in the Almagest, the Recluse's Nebula, the Queluhan Nebula, the Ro-Loo Triangle, and the Inamorata. These fleets consisted of hundreds of Star Destroyers and thousands of smaller ships. Following the Attack on Chandrila, Rax ordered the Imperial fleets to assemble above the planet Jakku. Numerous Star Destroyers, including Captain Ciena Ree's starship Inflictor, saw action during the Battle of Jakku, the cataclysmic battle that ended the Galactic Civil War in favor of the New Republic.
Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, the barren surface of Jakku was still littered with the wreckage of countless Star Destroyers. These derelict starships were regularly targeted by scavengers such as Rey. The First Order, a remnant of the Old Empire, was also known to utilize Star Destroyers as part of its fleet, such as the First Order's Resurgent-class Star Destroyers, which were inspired by the dagger-shaped design of the Old Empire's vessels.
Designs[edit | edit source]
Battlecruisers[edit | edit source]
Maelstrom-class battle cruiser[edit | edit source]
Resurgent-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
The Resurgent-class Star Destroyer was a model of Star Destroyer used in the First Order Navy, inspired by the Star Destroyers of the Empire.
Secutor-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
The Secutor-class Star Destroyer was a model of Star Destroyer used by the Galactic Empire sometime after the end of the Galactic Republic.
Cruisers[edit | edit source]
Acclamator-class Planetary Assault Ship[edit | edit source]
The Acclamator-class Planetary Assault Ship was a cruiser class used by the Republic Navy, and was considered a proto-Star Destroyer.
Interdictor-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
Onager-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
The Onager-class Star Destroyer, also known as the "Siege Breaker" was a model of Star Destroyer utilized by the Galactic Empire for large-scale planetary bombardments.
Dreadnoughts[edit | edit source]
Executor-class Star Dreadnought[edit | edit source]
Mega-class Star Dreadnought[edit | edit source]
The Mega-class Star Destroyer, more commonly known as Mega-class Star Dreadnought, was a massive vessel used by the First Order. There was only one Mega-class Star Destroyer in the entire First Order Navy, the Supremacy, which served as the flagship of Supreme Leader Snoke, and as the mobile capital of the First Order.
Other classification[edit | edit source]
Gladiator-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
The Gladiator-class Star Destroyer was used as a long-range patrol craft. At 600 meters, it was the smallest of Imperial Star Destroyers, but still packed heavy firepower.
Imperial-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
The Imperial-class Star Destroyer (ISD) was a Star Destroyer line employed by the Galactic Empire after the fall of the Galactic Republic as a replacement to the smaller Venator-class Star Destroyer. The Imperial-class consisted of two variants; Imperial I-class and Imperial II-class.
qaz-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
Tector-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
The Tector-class Star Destroyer was utilized by the Galactic Empire during the Battle of Endor.
Venator-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
The Venator-class Star Destroyer was a capital ship used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars, a hybrid serving as a capital ship in combat and which doubled as a starfighter carrier. It was eventually phased out by the Galactic Empire, in favor of the larger Imperial-class Star Destroyer.
Victory-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
The Victory-class Star Destroyer was a model of Star Destroyer used by the Galactic Republic and later the Galactic Empire.
Xyston-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
- Rogue One: Recon A Star Wars 360 Experience
- Star Wars: Puzzle Droids
- LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars – "The Chase with Han/Escape with Chewbacca"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- "Sithmas Battle"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- Battlefront: Twilight Company
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Forgotten Droid"
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Shattered Empire 3
- Aftermath: Life Debt
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Endor to 4 ABY and further dates Shara Bey and Kes Dameron's move to Yavin 4 in 5 ABY. The move is placed six months after the Battle of Endor by Before the Awakening. Since Aftermath: Life Debt is set just after Shadow Fall, which takes place around six months after the battle, the events of Life Debt must also occur in 5 ABY, around six months after the Battle of Endor.
- Lost Stars
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- Before the Awakening
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- Lead by Example
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
- Starships and Speeders
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
- "The Levers of Power"—The Rise of the Empire