This Imperial II-class Star Destroyer served in Death Squadron. After the Battle of Hoth, it participated in the hunt for the Millennium Falcon in the Hoth asteroid belt. Its bridge was struck by a large asteroid, destroying the warship.
Serving Death SquadronEdit
- "Make ready to land our troops beyond their energy field and deploy the fleet so that nothing gets off the system."
- ―Darth Vader
In 3 BBY, during the Galactic Civil War, the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer was used by the Imperial Navy, under the command of a captain. It was one of the five Imperial-class Star Destroyers assigned to Death Squadron, Darth Vader's elite Imperial fleet, which was commanded by the Dark Lord of the Sith from his flagship, the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor.
At that time, as part of an Imperial operation known as Project Swarm, Death Squadron was searching for the Rebel Alliance's secret base. After a probe droid discovered the base on the ice planet Hoth, Vader and Death Squadron's admiral, Kendal Ozzel, led the fleet to the Hoth system to wipe out the rebellion. However, Ozzel had his ships drop out of hyperspace too close to the system, alerting the rebels to the Imperial presence and allowing them to deploy a deflector shield over their base, protecting it from orbital bombardment.
Hoth and rebel pursuitEdit
Because of the rebels' shield, Death Squadron was forced to deploy a ground assault, with its Star Destroyers forming a blockade to prevent the rebels from escaping. However, with the help of their v-150 Planet Defender ion cannon, which could disable a Star Destroyer, much of the rebel force on Hoth escaped, although the Empire did succeed in destroying their base. One of the last ships to leave Hoth was the rebel freighter Millennium Falcon, which was carrying the high-ranking rebels Leia Organa and Han Solo. Fleeing into the Hoth asteroid belt, Death Squadron pursued the rebel craft, despite the danger posed by the asteroids.
During the asteroid pursuit, the Star Destroyer was serving as an escort to the Executor, and its captain joined Captain Needa and another Imperial officer in a hologram report to Darth Vader. As Needa was relaying the last time the Falcon appeared in any of his scopes, the Star Destroyer's command tower was hit by an asteroid, obliterating it. The ship was then instantly engulfed in massive explosions, which destroyed it. As such, the captains's hologram disappeared from Vader's view as he was killed, although the Sith Lord ignored this disruption. Subsequently, Needa suggested that due to the amount of damage Death Squadron had sustained, the rebel freighter must have been destroyed, although Vader correctly maintained that it was still intact.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Imperial II-class Star Destroyer first appeared in the new Star Wars canon in the May 1980 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the vessel first appeared in the April 1980, in The Empire Strikes Back novelization by Donald F. Glut.
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back junior novelization
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Admiral Ozzel (★) (link)) (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Admiral Ozzel (★★★) (link)) (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z (Indirect mention only)
- Starships and Speeders (Indirect mention only)
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 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back depicts the Star Destroyer with what identifies as deflector shield generator domes and a communications tower.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, including the Star Destroyer's destruction, to 3 ABY.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back junior novelization
- ↑ Starships and Speeders
- ↑ Doctor Aphra 37
- ↑ The Empire Strikes Back novelization