The Victory I-class Star Destroyer was a model of the Victory-class Star Destroyer line that was used by the Galactic Republic. Plagued by design issues that caused constant maintenance, it had a negative reputation within the navy. Following the Proclamation of the New Order, the Victory I ships were inherited by the Imperial Navy of the Galactic Empire and underwent a service life extension program, known as the Victory II program. The program brought the Victory II-class Star Destroyer into service, though it did not amend all of the issues with the vessel.
A model of Star Destroyer, the Victory I-class Star Destroyer measured at 900 meters. The Victory I featured a class 1 hyperdrive, and was armed with twelve quadruple turbolaser batteries, forty dual turbolasers, ten tractor beam projectors, and concussion missile launchers. The Victory-class Star Destroyer line was an all-purpose heavy line-of-battle ship that was meant to support planetary landings and participate in fleet actions.
Victory I ships of the Galactic Republic were gray with red livery, and were dagger-shaped. A command tower rose near the aft of the ship on an elevated area, and two deflector shield generators were situated on top of the tower. Next to a dome on the portside, was a long antenna. Additionally, a spherical pole extended horizontally from the starboard side of the tower. Adjacent to the pole was a boxed structure at the center of the tower. The Star Destroyer also had two protruded sections, one on each side of the hull, partially covering the hull's side ridges.
The Victory I-class was introduced at the height of the Clone Wars by the Galactic Republic Navy after being rushed into production following many delays and political squabbles. As a result, the vessel had a degree of design flaws that required continuous maintenance by crew members to keep the vessel combat ready. The Victory-class gained the reputation of being an unlucky ship and as a spacefaring coffin.
Following the transition of the Republic into the Galactic Empire, the Imperial Navy inherited Victory-class Star Destroyers and were given a life extension service program and became the Victory II-class Star Destroyer. Despite extensive rebuilds, the Victory II-class failed to eliminate all of its predecessors issues.
Behind the scenes
The Victory I-class debuted in the new Star Wars canon when it was indirectly mentioned in the entry for the Victory II-class Star Destroyer in the 2020 Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Roleplaying sourcebook, Starships and Speeders. It was subsequently identified in "Ships of the Empire and the Rebellion," an encyclopedia issue from Star Wars Encyclopedia from De Agostini, which was released on October 12, 2021 in Spain and October 28 of the same year in France.
The Star Destroyer was then pictured on a card for the Victory I-class Star Destroyer in "Rapid Reinforcements I," a new print and play expansion that was released by Atomic Mass Games as a downloadable PDF document on April 7, 2022. The image was an edited and repurposed image of the box cover art for the Victory-class Star Destroyer Expansion Pack, which was released in May 14, 2015 by Fantasy Flight Games.
- Starships and Speeders (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)
- "Ships of the Empire and the Rebellion" – Star Wars Encyclopedia (First identified as Victory I-class Star Destroyer)
- Star Wars: Armada – Rapid Reinforcements I (Card: ) (First pictured)
Notes and references
- "Ships of the Empire and the Rebellion" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Armada – Rapid Reinforcements I (Card: ) depicts the Victory I-class Star Destroyer as having two deflector shield generator domes, as identified by .
- Starships and Speeders
- Star Wars: Armada – Rapid Reinforcements I (Card: )