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"The second Death Star is gone, but the Imperial fleet is still a threat. Vanguard Squadron, let's make history."
―Lindon Javes[src]

Vanguard Squadron was a New Republic starfighter squadron that was active during the Galactic Civil War and was based on the Acclamator-class assault ship Lodestar, the flagship of General Hera Syndulla's battle group, some weeks after the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY. The squadron fought at the planet Argai Minor and was later present at the Pandem Nai system during the attack on the Galactic Empire's 204th Imperial Fighter Wing at the planet Pandem Nai.

Around 5 ABY, Vanguard Squadron went on a mission to the Bormea sector, with Syndulla going to aid them part way in. However, after the general's battle group was devastated by the 204th in the Cerberon system, Syndulla and Vanguard Squadron travelled to the star system to assist the remaining forces. The squadron lost at least two fighters, and it helped pursue the 204th, which escaped aboard a bulk freighter.

Description[edit | edit source]

"Fearless to the Finish."
―Vanguard Squadron's motto[src]

Vanguard Squadron was a starfighter squadron of the New Republic within the New Republic Starfighter Corps. They specialized in rapid response attacks, high-risk rescue missions, and ambushes on Imperial capital ships.[6] It consisted of at least five New Republic pilots, including the Mimbanese Vanguard Leader Kierah Koovah, the Trandoshan Feresk Tssat, the Mirialan Keo Venzee and two humans Grace Sienar and another pilot. Each member wore an orange flight suit, with the exception of the Trandoshan who wore a blue flight suit.[2]

The starships of Vanguard Squadron.

The squadron flew a mixture of T-65B X-wing starfighters, BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bombers, RZ-1 A-wing interceptors, and UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft depending on the mission needs. The squadron's starfighters painted with light green-and-blue markings.[2] The squadron was at one point, headquartered on the Acclamator-class transgalactic military assault ship Lodestar, which served as the flagship of New Republic General Hera Syndulla and her Barma Battle Group.[1] Then later on, headquartered on the MC75 Star Cruiser Temperance under the command of Commander Lindon Javes.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Operations on the Lodestar[edit | edit source]

"Vanguard Squadron and the rest of Syndulla's fleet are probably wrapping up on Argai Minor."
Nath Tensent[src]

Some weeks after the Battle of Endor[1] in 4 ABY,[7] fighters from Vanguard Squadron resided on the Lodestar for maintenance. The members of Meteor Squadron and Hail Squadron, the other two squadrons aboard the Acclamator-class assault ship, were unhappy when the mechanic Sergeant Ragnell prioritized Vanguard's fighters for repairs.[1]

Vanguard Squadron later went on a mission to aid ground forces against the Galactic Empire's Treinhaus Citadel on the planet Argai Minor. They were joined by Meteor and Hail Squadron as well as the rest of Syndulla's battle group. The fighting had been brutal, and the New Republic Intelligence suspected that the planetside Imperial forces planetside had been receiving logistical support from elsewhere, wondering whether the enemy supply lines reached all the way to the planet Pandem Nai, where the Empire's 204th Imperial Fighter Wing had established a base of operations. Syndulla subsequently brought in the New Republic's Alphabet Squadron to assist with patrols during the citadel salvage operation, due to their specializations in understanding the 204th.[1]

Later on, Vanguard Squadron and the rest of Syndulla's battle group travelled to the Pandem Nai system, forming a blockade outside of a minefield while Alphabet Squadron fought the 204th at their tibanna gas mining stations. When a fire broke out in the planet's tibanna clouds, Syndulla had her battle group pass the minefield to assist in quelling the issue.[1]

Nadiri Dockyards[edit | edit source]

"Hello Vanguard. Welcome to the Nadiri Dockyards."
―General Hera Syndulla, to Vanguard Squadron[src]

Vanguard Squadron later traveled to the Nadiri Dockyards, the site where the New Republic was constructing a prototype Starhawk-class battleship called the Starhawk.[2]

Battle of Troithe[edit | edit source]

"I understand you're leaving?"
"Not for long, I hope, but Vanguard Squadron needs support in the Bormea sector and I intend to give it to them. I'll need a few units with me, but the Lodestar will stay here. With any luck, I'll be back before the 204th comes out of hiding."
"Give Vanguard my regards."
―Yrica Quell and Hera Syndulla[src]

Around 5 ABY,[8] Vanguard Squadron went on a special assignment to the Bormea sector to help better the New Republic's starship supply. The squadron eventually needed support, which Syndulla chose to give by leaving the rest of her battle group at their own campaign in the Cerberon system.[5]

However, while Syndulla worked with Vanguard Squadron, her battle group was devastated by the 204th, the Lodestar being lost in the battle. Syndulla and Vanguard, aboard the MC75 Star Cruiser Temperance, travelled to the Cerberon system and joined a battle between a remnant force of the battle group and the 204th at the Core Nine mining megafacility on the planet Troithe. The X-wings of Vanguard Squadron engaged the 204th's TIEs, taking orders from Wyl Lark of Alphabet Squadron and assisting ground troops from the New Republic's 61st Mobile Infantry. One Vanguard fighter crashed into a canyon on near the mining facility.[5]

When the Alphabet Squadron pilot Chass na Chadic sang through the comms, the Vanguard pilots cursed and ignored her. Another of Vanguard Squadron's fighters was lost by the time the 204th began withdrawing from Core Nine on a bulk freighter. As one Vanguard pilot reported 204th TIEs docking onto the freighter, Tssat asked Lark where their squadron was needed. Lark ultimately had all fighters pursue the freighter and its escorting TIEs. The bulk freighter then launched missiles, which some of the New Republic fighters were distracted by while X-wings from Vanguard squadron continued to chase the freighter. The 204th ultimately escaped aboard the freighter, allowing the New Republic forces to claim victory.[5]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Vanguard Squadron first appeared in the 2019 novel Alphabet Squadron, written by Alexander Freed.[1]

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