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A cruiser class of Mon Calamari design was used as a trading vessel by the monarchy's Mon Cala Mercantile Fleet and was subsequently used by the naval forces of the Alliance to Restore the Republic as a warship during the Galactic Civil War against the Galactic Empire. The Geist, flagship of General Hera Syndulla, was one such cruiser, as was Commander Lajaie's cruiser. The cruisers were particularly involved in the mutiny on Mon Cala against the Galactic Empire, and subsequently in the Assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

General characteristics[edit | edit source]

A cruiser launching its starfighter complement

The cruiser class was designed by the Mon Calamari of the planet Mon Cala as part of their merchant fleet. The cruiser was equipped with four large sublight engines and a smaller engine unit in the center. Its hull was characterized by two blunt wings on its port and starboard sides, and had its bridge situated in one of two towers on its dorsal surface.[1] Additionally, it could be optionally outfitted with a longer tower on its ventral side at midship.[5] Characteristically, of other Mon Calamari vessels, the cruiser's hull was bulbous and had differing modules that lined the surface of the ship.[4] The cruiser also had a deflector shield generator, escape pods,[1] and had at least two hangar bays[5] that held starfighter squadrons.[4]

Shu-Torun systems[edit | edit source]

"The cruisers are refitted Mon Calamari ships. But from the hyperdrive to the comms, you'll find Shu-Torun systems. Each is fully outfitted with starfighter squadrons."
―Princess Leia Organa, to Queen Trios[src]

Similarly to the rest of the other types of Mon Calamari cruisers at Mako-Ta Space Docks, many of the cruiser's crucial systems were Shu-Torun systems,[8] that were refitted into the cruisers for several months, including its hyperdrive and communications systems.[4] The Shu-Torun blockers[8] circumvented the hardware of all the cruisers and allowed for sabotage, although it was possible that some bypasses could be operational.[1]

Additionally, like the other ships, the hangar doors could be sealed shut by Shu-Torun blockers, which stopped direct rebel control of the doors. Despite the Shu-Torun sabotage, the cruisers remained able to broadcast rebel signals[8] and the fail-safes were operational.[1] As such, the proximity sensors were able to detect[8] when a rebel transponder was flown nearby,[8] allowing the hangar doors to open as a response.[1] The Shu-Torun systems contained an override code which could reboot the systems within the refitted Mon Calamari cruisers.[5] The systems reboot once the chip containing the code was inserted into a cruiser's terminal.[9]

Role[edit | edit source]

The bridge of a cruiser from the class.

The Mon Calamari cruiser could serve as the flagship of a battle group,[4] and also served as a trading vessel.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

Mutiny on Mon Cala[edit | edit source]

"There's core circuitry of the highest quality. If we ever get our fleet, it'll be thanks to the Shu-Torun supplies. Weight against weight, I'd put the cruisers against any Star Destroyer."
―Gial Ackbar, to Princess Leia Organa on Shu-Torun's systems and the new fleet[src]

The Mon Calamari cruisers were active during the reign of the Galactic Empire, serving as commandeered Imperial trading vessels within the Mon Cala Imperial Trade Fleet due to the occupation of Mon Cala and served during the Galactic Civil War between the Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[6] During this time, between 0 ABY and 1 ABY[10] and following a battle for Jedha, Rebel Alliance Princess Leia Organa sought to forge new alliances and expand the Alliance Fleet.[11]

Cruisers of the class participated in the mutiny on Mon Cala against the Empire.

After a rebel team led by Princess Leia Organa attempted to persuade Grand Admiral Urtya to mutiny against the Empire failed, the team managed to record King of Mon Cala Lee-Char's final words before he was killed by Imperial stormtroopers. Although Urtya managed to seize the recording, he decided to send the recording to all starships of the trading fleet, causing their Mon Calamari crews to mutiny.[6] Several ships were above Mon Cala, including two of the class of Mon Calamari cruiser, when they revolted and were met with an Imperial blockade commanded by Admiral Meori.[7]

Rebel Alliance forces led by Admiral Gial Ackbar arrived to reinforce the mutineering vessels, and after the MC80A Home One Type Heavy Star Cruiser Aurora Flare managed to break the blockade by sacrificing itself and destroying the Imperial flagship, the Mon Cala and Rebel Alliance starships jumped to hyperspace and retreated. Months later, at least eight of these Mon Calamari cruisers were at the Rebel Alliance Mako-Ta Space Docks, where they and many other Mon Calamari starships had been refitted with Shu-Torun systems and had integrated with the Alliance Fleet.[7] At least two of these Mon Calamari cruisers served as flagships,[4] the Geist[3] serving as the flagship of Gamma Group, and Commander Lajaie's cruiser as the flagship of Beta Group.[4]

Assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks[edit | edit source]

Pinned down[edit | edit source]

"We're still slicing what we can from the Shu-Torun databanks. Not much yet… but it seems the sabotage is mainly blocking crucial systems. Just be grateful we didn't use Shu-Torun tech anywhere near the shields."
―General Davits Draven, to Princess Leia Organa[src]

Lajaie's cruiser evacuates

The Shu-Torun systems, provided by Queen Trios, were rigged for sabotage however, as Trios was secretly an agent for the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader. At the celebration for the launch of the Alliance Fleet, several of the cruisers were docked at the Mako-Ta Space Docks, with others flying in the vicinity of the station. When General Jan Dodonna,[4] commander of Sector Command,[12] was ready, Princess Organa asked several battle groups of the Alliance Fleet to call in when ready. Commander Lajaie from Beta Group acknowledged from the bridge of his cruiser, while General Syndulla acknowledged from the bridge of her respective cruiser. When the groups were ready, General Dodonna ordered the ships to hyperspace, but were unresponsive.[4]

At this time, Vader's Imperial Death Squadron arrived and after a momentary pause to let fear grow, attacked the Alliance Fleet, which was caught defenseless, exposed, and without the ability to launch starfighters. Vader's flagship, the Executor, first attacked the flagship of General Vanden Willard, destroying it. Afterwards, The Imperial fleet attacked various Mon Calamari vessels, and one cruiser of the class was near another model of Mon Calamari ship.[4] By the time the Millennium Falcon arrived at Mako-Ta, Commander Lajaie's cruiser was then attacked by the Executor as the rebels attempted to break through the system failure. Not having enough time, Commander Lajaie ordered all crew to evacuate the cruiser with the escape pods and for those who survive to inform other rebel personnel that some operating systems could be bypassed and further details that they learned about the failures.[1]

While sustaining a barrage, Lajaie's cruiser began exploding as its escape pods launched. Under orders from Vader, Imperial forces targeted the escape pods, and many were destroyed by TIE fighters. The cruiser eventually exploded into a large fireball and the Millennium Falcon flew through the fire and wreckage as it was chased by Vader in his TIE Advanced x1. The maneuver allowed the Millennium Falcon to have more distance, and launched C-3PO in an Model CEC Class-1 escape pod into the rebel flagship Republic to inform the crew about details they learned to circumvent Shu-Torun systems.[1]

Escape from Death Squadron[edit | edit source]

"General Syndulla here. My cruiser's up and ready."
―General Hera Syndulla, reporting that the Geist regained its systems[src]

After the Republic's starfighters launched, Luke Skywalker and Rogue Squadron ignited a display trail to gain the attention of the other rebel Mon Calamari cruisers and flew near the bay doors of the Geist, another cruiser of the class. When the ship's bay doors opened, Admiral Ackbar ordered for all fighters to launch if the bay doors responded to the transponders, and the Geist additionally launched its fighters. After Princess Organa and rebel forces investigated and located the transponder codes to deactivate Shu-Torun system blocks on the Executor, the rebels used the Shu-Torun cruiser to board the Imperial flagship. By this time, the battle escalated and more cruisers of the class were under attack and exploding.[5]

A cruiser from the class at Mako-Ta Space Docks.

Eventually, rebel forces realized that the hangar doors on their vessels would open if it detected a rebel transponder. After Luke Skywalker and the newly created Rogue Squadron managed to launch from the MC80A Home One Type Heavy Star Cruiser Republic,[1] and flew near a hangar door of the Geist, allowing the Geist to deploy its starfighter complement.[5] Escaping the Executor, Organa boarded the Republic and using the codes, managed to bypass Shu-Torun systems, allowing the Republic to escape and regroup.[9]

After returning, the Republic attacked the Executor and several Rebel Alliance shuttles landed on the surviving cruisers, including several of the class, and distributed the override codes. The Geist was able to reboot its systems, and attacked Imperial forces, while other vessels of the class remained under attack. After all cruisers were online and Alliance personnel were evacuated from Mako-Ta, General Dodonna ordered the surviving cruisers into hyperspace while the Republic guarded them. In the aftermath, the Alliance Fleet dispersed while Emperor Palpatine was satisfied with Vader's destruction of Alliance forces.[3]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Appearance and fan design[edit | edit source]

"Comic scripts typically don't specify."
―Leland Chee on Twitter, when asked if the Holocron contained a name for the cruiser class, among others.[src]

The 2014 fan design in question.

The Mon Calamari cruiser first appeared, albeit unidentified, in Star Wars 48, a 2018 comic written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salvador Larroca.[6] When asked on Twitter if the Holocron contained a name for the cruiser class, among others, Leland Chee stated that comic scripts typically did not specify as such.[13]

The design for the starship appears to be entirely identical to a fan-made design from 2014, by an artist with the username "Jonathan" on 3Dwarehouse.sketchup.com. The fan-made 3D model of the vessel contains features that are visually identical to those on the comic art, and additionally distinguishes a port and starboard hangar in front of the vessel's wings. The work is titled as "Croiseur Mon Calamari MC80."[14]

Art discrepancy[edit | edit source]

The art discrepancy in Star Wars 49.

There is an artistic discrepancy in a panel within Star Wars 49 which depicts the cruiser as being substantially smaller than the MC80A Home One Type Star Cruiser,[7] which is between 1,200[15] to 1,300 meters in length.[16] This length is comparable to that of the MC80 Liberty Type Heavy Star Cruiser, which is between 1,200[15] to 1,500 meters.[17] Despite being much smaller when compared to the MC80A Home One in the panel, the cruiser is depicted as being similar in size in a second panel within the same comic, as well as being a similar size once again to the MC80A and the MC80 Liberty in a third panel.[7] The similarity in size to the MC80 Liberty is kept consistent in Star Wars 50.[4]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 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 Star Wars 52
  2. StarWars-DatabankII.png Mon Calamari star cruiser in the Databank (backup link) establishes that the length of the MC80 Liberty Type Heavy Star Cruiser and MC80A Home One Type Heavy Star Cruiser is 1,200 meters, while Star Wars: On the Front Lines established a length of 1,500 meters for the MC80 Liberty Type and Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles established another length of 1,300 meters for the MC80A Home One. The cruiser is depicted in multiple panels in Star Wars 49 as being similar in size to both models of MC80s, and was kept consistent in Star Wars 50. As such, it can be deduced that the cruiser is similar in length.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars 55
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Star Wars 50
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Star Wars 53
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Star Wars 48
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Star Wars 49
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Star Wars 51
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars 54
  10. The mutiny on Mon Cala occurs between the Battle of Yavin, which takes place in 0 BBY as stated by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, and the Assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks, which Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition places one year after the Battle of Yavin. Therefore, that assault takes place in 1 ABY. As such, the mutiny on Mon Cala occurs between 0 ABY and 1 ABY.
  11. Star Wars 44
  12. Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  13. TwitterLogo.svg Leland Chee (@LelandChee) on Twitter: "Comic scripts typically don't specify." (backup link)
  14. Croiseur Mon Calamari MC80. 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com. Archived from the original on December 8, 2017.
  15. 15.0 15.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Mon Calamari star cruiser in the Databank (backup link)
  16. Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  17. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
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