- "This is my personal battle cruiser…and I did not name it the Executor for nothing!"
- ―Darth Vader, referring to his Super Star Destroyer
Battlecruiser, or battle cruiser, was a formal designation for the class of massive ships that fell between Star Destroyers and Dreadnaughts in size. In informal use, it was used for the largest and strongest warships in a fleet that were not battleships, as well as more generally for various types of warships, along with "cruiser".
Most battlecruisers were large and powerful ships that were among the most powerful in their fleets. A prime example was the Tagge battlecruisers used by the Galactic Empire, as well as the Mediator-class battle cruiser first deployed by the New Republic|
Due to different naming customs and design-capabilities, some vessels bore the designation of "battlecruiser" while serving as frigate-analogs on a galactic scale, like the Kaloth-class battlecruiser and the Hapes-built Nova-class battle cruiser. Others were comparable in role to the Star Destroyers of the Galactic Republic and the Galactic Empire, like the Centurion-class and the Scythe-class main battle cruiser employed by the Galactic Alliance Core Fleet.. By the time of the Galactic Empire, however, battlecruisers, although existent among the Imperial Military, had very few constructed, largely due to the battlecruisers neither having the versatility/cost-effectiveness of their standard Star Destroyer line nor did they compensate with a psychological effect comparable to that of their largest Star Dreadnoughts. At the smallest end of the Empire's battlecruisers were the Star Cruiser line.
Known battlecruiser designsEdit
Often nicknamed a "Heavy Star Destroyer," it was a 2,200m vessel that saw service throughout the Empire, and was also utilized within the reborn Emperor's empire. It also acted as a good example of the cruiser subclass of battlecruiser.
Bulwark-class battle cruiserEdit
The Bulwark-class was used for a series of battlecruiser designs from TransGalMeg Industries. The 1 kilometer long Bulwark Mark I served the Confederacy of Independent Systems, while a later, larger model was used by the Rebel Alliance as a command ship.
The 1,200 meter long Centurion-class served as command ships in the Republic Navy and Sith Empire of Darth Revan, taking the role earlier filled by the larger Inexpugnable-class tactical command ships.
The 307 meter Kaloth-class was a small warship built by the Kaloth. It was only used by pirates and slavers a few decades after its introduction.
The Praetor-class was a heavy Imperial warship with reactor equipment that eclipsed that on contemporary Star Destroyer designs.
The Praetor Mark II-class was an Imperial battlecruiser designed and unveiled during the early stages of the Galactic Empire's formation. Few were made largely due to the costs, lack of versatility, and lack of a terror-inducing shape of the Star Destroyers and the Star Dreadnoughts, respectively.
The Scythe-class was a heavily armed and armored battlecruiser design, serving in the Galactic Alliance Defense Fleet during the Sith–Imperial War. It was well-armored enough to withstand barrages of turbolaser fire from multiple Star Destroyers and Ardent-class fast frigates.
This line of battlecruisers, which possessed a similar design to the Star Destroyer-class, belonged to the House of Tagge and was pledged to aid the Imperial warships blockading the Gordian Reach after the Battle of Yavin in 0 ABY. The presence of the Tagge warships and their commander, General Ulric Tagge, allowed family patriarch Orman Tagge to conduct private operations under the Empire's radar.
Behind the scenesEdit
In Naval terms, battlecruisers are a type of naval warship that acted as an intermediary between battleships and cruisers. Namely, they are significantly more armored compared to cruisers, yet they are still somewhat short on armament compared to a battleship. They were prevalent during the first half of the 20th century, although by the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, they fell into disuse.
According to Jason Fry's Endnotes for The Essential Guide to Warfare, the battlecruisers were "neither fish nor fowl", although he had fun going back to Giel's previously unnamed flagship, the Helmsman.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Warfare
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
- ↑ Star Wars 31: Return to Tatooine
- ↑ The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime
- ↑ Galaxy Guide 9: Fragments from the Rim
- ↑ Cracken's Threat Dossier
- ↑ Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy 0½
- ↑ Jason Fry's Tumblr - Endnotes part 11
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