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The Vindicator-class heavy cruiser, alternatively known as the Vindicator-class cruiser, was a class of heavy cruiser deployed by the Galactic Empire's Imperial Navy during its reign. One heavy cruiser served as system security for Ord Cestus.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The Vindicator-class heavy cruiser was similar to the smaller Surveyor-class reconnaissance frigate in that they had a thin, dagger-shaped hull, although the Vindicator-class cruiser had a command tower while the frigate did not. It could hold a complement of a contingent of TIE fighters that were larger than a flight.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The Vindicator-class heavy cruiser saw action during the Galactic Civil War, with one vessel of the class providing the only naval security for the planet Ord Cestus, which hosted a sprawling Imperial base. The ship's crew monitored system traffic, and was on alert for known smugglers and Rebel Alliance sympathizers. Despite this, its capabilities were limited, even with the low level of traffic that the system received, and watches were a task deemed tedious by its crew. Unless an incoming starship's transponder signal activated immediate warnings or is clearly hostile, the Vindicator-class heavy cruiser's crew did not take action.[1]

The cruiser that patrolled Ord Cestus was fully stocked with TIE fighters, of which a flight would be launched if a vessel was suspicious according to standard procedure. Similarly, if the Imperial base on the surface requested reinforcements, the heavy cruiser's fighter complement were the most significant military asset readily available for support.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Vindicator-class heavy cruiser was first mentioned in the 2016 Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Roleplaying sourcebook, Lead by Example, where it was only known as the Vindicator-class cruiser.[2] It was identified as the Vindicator-class heavy cruiser in the 2016 sourcebook Forged in Battle of the same roleplaying game by Fantasy Flight Games.[1]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Galactic Empire starship classes
Space stations
Class II · DS-1 · DS-2 · FireStar II-class · Golan I · Golan II · Golan III · Golan M3185 · Harbor-class · ICM-092792 · Imperial dockyard · Mk IX · Supertanker fuel depot
Star Dreadnoughts
Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class)
Dreadnoughts
Assertor-class · Bellator-class · Mandator-class
Battlecruisers
Maelstrom-class · Secutor-class
Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class) · qaz-class · Tector-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · Venator-class · Victory-class (Victory II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Interdictor-class · Vindicator-class
Cruisers
Cantwell-class · Detainer CC-2200 · Immobilizer 418 · Onager-class
Frigates
Active-class · CC-7700 · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · IR-3F-class · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Medical) · Razor-class · Surveyor-class
Carriers
Imperial escort carrier · Quasar Fire-class (Quasar Fire I-class · Quasar Fire II-class)
Light cruisers & corvettes
Arquitens-class command (Prison-tug) · Arquitens-class light · Carrack-class · Class 546 · Imperial Gozanti-class (Gozanti-class Assault · Gozanti-class espionage) · S-46I
Corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR90) · Raider-class (Raider I-class · Raider II-class)
Transports
Aerial landing platform · BFF-1 · Class four container · Eta-class · Theta-class · Xiytiar-class · Y-45 · Y-85 Titan
Light craft
Abecederian line (Delta-class T-3c · Lambda-class T-4a · T-5 Deliverance) · Action series (Action VI bulk freighter) · Assault gunboat · Escort gunboat · Harbinger courier · HAET-221 · Imperial Dropship Transport · Imperial heavy freighter · Imperial transport · Nu-class · Sentinel-class · Star Commuter 2000 · Stormtrooper transport · Theta-class T-2c · VT-49 Decimator · YT-2400 light freighter · Zeta-class Heavy Cargo · Zeta-class
Starfighters & bombers
Alpha-class Xg-1 · ARC-40b · ARC-170 · ARX-T3 Suncutter · Clone Z-95 · Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class · Eta-2 Actis-class) ·
TIE line (Auto-fighter · Outland TIE · TIE Advanced v1 · TIE Advanced x1 · TIE Avenger · TIE fighter prototype · TIE lander · TIE scout · TIE training drone · TIE/ag "Aggressor" · TIE/ca "Punisher" · TIE/D "Defender" (TIE/D Defender Elite) · TIE/fc · TIE/gt · TIE/IN · TIE/LN · TIE/ph "Phantom" · TIE/rb "Brute" · TIE/rc · TIE/rp Reaper · TIE/sa · TIE/sh · TIE/sk "Striker" · TIE/sr) · XL-5 Guardian
Other classes
Imperial Planetary Occupation Facility · Praetor II-class
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