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Various transports (not to scale)

"First of all, the term 'space transport' refers to any vessel that's bigger than a starfighter and smaller than a capital ship - of course, those boundaries aren't set in durasteel. But for the most part, space transports are defined by their function - moving people or cargo from one location to another. That could be across a space dock or across the galaxy, it all depends on the ship's capabilities and their pilot's intentions."
Sergeant Riij Brinwell, a Sector Ranger of the Parmic sector[src]

A transport or starferry[source?] usually referred to a starship that carried cargo or passengers,[1] but the term could also refer to other vehicles that performed the same function.


Transports came in a wide variety of sizes, from small light freighters like the Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300 to massive transports that could contain thousands of tons of cargo.[2]

Transports such as freighters and passenger liners were not designed for military encounters and were normally unarmed and slow-moving. However, transports were easy to modify and convert into effective combat vessels, which was done by pirates and smugglers.[1] Military organizations also adapted the transport to ferry troops and provide combat support. The Imperial Navy used the Sentinel-class landing craft by Cygnus Spaceworks to swiftly deploy its personnel to planets below. The Death Watch Mandalorians used Gauntlet fighters to transport Death Watch troopers and provide combat support.[3]

A non-spacefaring vehicle that was used as a transport was the Gungan bongo submarine, an underwater transport used by the Gungans of Naboo.[4]



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