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This cruiser was a class of Mon Calamari starship that was active during the Imperial Era. It was part of the Mon Cala Mercantile Fleet and later part of the naval forces of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. It had three prongs on its dorsal side, seven engines, and a hyperdrive.

DescriptionEdit

This Mon Calamari cruiser[1] was a class of cruiser used by the Mon Calamari of the planet Mon Cala. Among its equipment was a hyperdrive[3] and seven engines. It had two wings, one on the starboard side and another on the port side, and had three prongs on its dorsal surface.[2]

HistoryEdit

Mutiny on Mon CalaEdit

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A cruiser during the mutiny on Mon Cala

This Mon Calamari cruiser was active during the reign of the Galactic Empire, and served in the Mon Cala monarchy's Mon Cala Mercantile Fleet, which was commandeered by Imperial forces and renamed the Mon Cala Imperial Trade Fleet as they occupied Mon Cala. By the time of the Galactic Civil War between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance, these cruisers served in the trade fleet.[5]

After a rebel team led by Princess Leia Organa of the Rebel Alliance attempted to persuade Grand Admiral Urtya of the trade fleet to mutiny against the Empire failed, the team managed to record Mon Cala King Lee-Char's final words in prison before he was killed by Imperial stormtroopers. Although Urtya seized the recording, he eventually decided to send the recording to all Fleet Captains of the trading fleet, causing their Mon Calamari crews to mutiny.[5] Several ships were above Mon Cala, including one of this class of Mon Calamari cruiser when they revolted.

The trade fleet was soon met with an Imperial blockade commanded by Admiral Meori, although Rebel Alliance forces led by Admiral Gial Ackbar arrived to reinforce the mutineering vessels. After the 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, several 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.[6]

Attack on the Mako-Ta Space DocksEdit

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One of the cruisers being fired upon

The Shu-Torun systems were sabotaged however, as they were provided by Shu-Torun Queen Trios a secret agent of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. When Vader's Imperial Death Squadron arrived and attacked, the Alliance Fleet was caught defenseless. The Imperial fleet attacked various Mon Calamari vessels, including these Mon Calamari cruisers.[6]

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 star cruiser Republic,[2] they were able to demonstrate to the rest of the fleet that they could launch starfighters.[1] During the battle, Leia Organa led a team to board the Executor and obtain the codes to bypass the Shu-Torun systems. Eventually, the Republic, managed to break through the sabotage and escape the battle. The Republic regrouped and returned to the battle and managed to transfer the codes to all other surviving rebel starships, allowing the survivors to escape, including several ships of this class.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

This Mon Calamari cruiser first appeared, albeit unidentified, in the 2018 canon comic Star Wars 44: Mutiny at Mon Cala, Part I, authored by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salvador Larroca.[7]

AppearancesEdit

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