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"A gem among the smaller capital ships. Who still uses these?"
"Dornea, my dear Statura. Dornea uses them."
U.O. Statura and Admiral Gial Ackbar discuss the usage of Braha'tok-class gunships in 34 ABY[src]

The Braha'tok-class gunship, more commonly known as the Dornean gunship, was a model of gunship built by the Dornean Braha'ket Fleetworks Conglomerate for military use in such as bombardment and fast attacks. They were mainly used for the protection of Dornea, but many of them also saw service with the Alliance to Restore the Republic leading up to and during the Galactic Civil War in battles such as the Battle of Atollon and the Battle of Endor.

CharacteristicsEdit

The Braha'tok-class gunship[1] also called the Dornean gunship[7] for its use at Dornea. It was a type of gunship built at 90 meters long with a silver-plated hull to deflect solar radiation. Hazram Namir described it as a mean, compact, dagger of a ship.[2] The Dornean gunship could reach speeds of 800 kilometers per hour and had a class 1 hyperdrive located in the rear of the vessel[3] between it's two sublight engines.[8] It's command bridge was situated in the ship's bow,[3] The Dornean gunship was also equipped with a navigation computer and a long sensor array.[4]

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A Dornean Gunship

Two X-wing starfighters could be attached to the gunships undercarriage.[2] The ship bore an armament of eight concussion missile launchers and eight double turbolaser cannons. Two double turbolaser cannons were seen attached to the top and underbelly of the ships bow, two were seen on top and on the underbelly towards the back and two more were seen on each side at the middle of the ship.[8] A Dornean gunship could carry a crew of 75 personnel[3] and 15 passengers with them,[4] although the Apailana's Promise managed with only a few dozen navy veterans.[2] The Dornean gunship also had a capacity of 300 and had enough consumables for it's average crew to last eight standard months.[4]

RoleEdit

The Braha'tok-class gunship was originally designed for fast attack, bombardment,[1] and anti-starfighter roles. They were initially built for the protection of Dornea from the Galactic Empire, but many became a part of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. In the Alliance Fleet, Braha'tok-class gunships were still used for anti-starfighter roles[3] but some, like the Apailana's Promise, became escorts to larger capital ships like CR90 corvettes. The Apailana's Promise also took up the role of carrying the two X-wings owned by Twilight Company.[2]

HistoryEdit

Early rebellion against the EmpireEdit

Dornean gunships were originally manufactured by Dornean Braha'ket Fleetworks Conglomerate to protect the Dornean homeworld,[3] Dornea,[1] from the Galactic Empire.[3] Eventually some Dornean gunships saw service in the Rebel Alliance where at least three, including the Orion, were part of General Jan Dodonna's Massassi Group, one of the largest rebel cells that fought against the Empire.[6]

The Battle of AtollonEdit

"Commander, They've destroyed the Orion."
―A Rebel officer reports the Orion's destruction to Commander Jun Sato[src]
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Three Dornean gunships were part of Dodonna's fleet in the Battle of Atollon

Following the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic in the year 2 BBY, three travelled with Dodonna's fleet to Phoenix Cell's base on Atollon in preparation for an attack on Lothal. However, the fleet was ambushed along side Phoenix Cell by the forces of Grand Admiral Thrawn. The Dornean gunships held their own as other ships were damaged or wrecked in the battle. When other tactics became hopeless, Commander Jun Sato of Phoenix Cell ordered the fleet to charge the blockade and the three gunships advanced only for the Orion to be almost immediately be destroyed by TIE fighters.[6]

Soon after, Commander Sato and his flagship, the Phoenix Nest, were lost and the other two Dornean gunships were forced to retreat with the remaining ships. The ships housed themselves under the shield of Phoenix Cell's base, awaiting Thrawn's incoming ground forces. Thrawn's forces soon overran the base and in the midst of the chaos, one of the two Dornean gunships managed to escape the ground battle alongside the light freighter Ghost. However, when the remaining ships attempted to escape the blockade, the gunship was destroyed trying to evade the Star Destroyers and TIE fighters. The third Dornean gunship was lost before it could escape with the other ships.[6]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

Rebel victoriesEdit

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At least three Dornean gunships participated in the Battle of Scarif

In 0 BBY, at least three Dornean gunships served in the Battle of Scarif, the battle that started the Galactic Civil War, where they mainly saw action against the defending TIE fighters. During the fleet's attempt to escape the system, the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Devastator arrived and cut off one of the Dornean gunships before it could jump to hyperspace.[8] Another gunship avoided collision and managed to escape.[3] The Battle of Scarif was a success for the Rebel Alliance,[8] and soon after another decisive victory at Yavin, Dornea joined the rebel cause, supplying more gunships for the rebel war effort.[4]

Twilight CompanyEdit

"Your company, your show. The Promise will back you either way."
―First officer Sharn of the Apailana's Promise[src]

Before and during the Mid Rim Retreat, the Apailana's Promise served under Commander Tohna as the escort to the CR90 corvette Thunderstrike, the headquarters and troop transport of the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry—aka Twilight Company. The gunship saw action in many battles, sometimes helping the Thunderstrikes escape in desperate situations. On one occasion when it covered the Thunderstrike's escape from an Imperial Destroyer. After the deaths of Captain Micha Evon and the Thunderstrike's main officers, Tohna was transferred to the corvette and First Officer Sharn took charge of the Apailana's Promise. During the Siege of Inyusu Tor, the Thunderstrike was shot down and the Sixty-First were left stranded on Sullust. The Apailana's Promise initially retreated but returned soon after and kept the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Herald distracted whilst the Sixty-First defended the Inyusu Tor mineral processing facility. The gunship survived the fight with its gun batteries drained and its shielding overheated but it's hull still intact.[2]

Battle of EndorEdit

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A Dornean gunship in the Battle of Endor

Following the Mid Rim Retreat, a few Dornean gunships were stationed at the rebel base on 5251977 when the crew of the Mighty Oak Apocalypse joined the Alliance.[7] In 4 ABY, at least four of these ships rendezvoused with the Alliance Fleet near Sullust where one was seen flying in concert with the MC80 star cruiser Home One. The fleet went on to attack the second Death Star where they were quickly cut off by several dozen Star Destroyers. During the battle, a Dornean gunship fended off TIE fighters as the Millennium Falcon passed it. When General Lando Calrissian ordered the fleet to engaged the Star Destroyers, at least four Dornean gunships were at the vanguard of the fleet as they vectored towards the left of the blockade.[5]

New Republic EraEdit

In 34 ABY, Dornean gunships were still used[1] to defend[3] Dornea. After U.O. Statura questioned Admiral Gial Ackbar about who still used the Dornean gunship, Ackbar replied that Dornea still used them.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

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The Braha'tok-class gunship first appeared as a background ship in Return of the Jedi

The Braha'tok-class gunship first appeared as a background ship in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi.[5] It was later identified as the Dornean gunship in the 2015 novel Lost Stars by Claudia Gray.[7] In 2017 it was identified as the Braha'tok-class gunship in the reference book Star Wars: The Rebel Files.[1] In concept art for Solo: A Star Wars Story, a Braha'tok-class gunship was seen among the background ships in the air above a landing pad.[9]

Legends developmentEdit

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Pablo Hidalgo found pictures of the gunship's model and posted them on StarWars.com

At some point Pablo Hidalgo found photos of the model and posted them on StarWars.com.[10] In 2006, the Braha'tok-class gunship was identified and elaborated on in the StarWars.com Databank by StarWars.com member "Ello137" through the Hyperspace feature "What's The Story?". Ello137 saw the competition as an opportunity to link obscure elements of the Expanded Universe with obscure things in the movies.[11] From there, the gunship got it's name in-universe name, the Dornean gunship.[10]

CreationEdit

"Years ago I found photos of the model and so I posted it on the website. That became the Dornean gunship—that was it's in-universe name—and sure enough it ends up being fairly prominent in the end space battle because—spoiler—it's gonna show up in Rebels as well."
―Pablo Hidalgo explaining how the Braha-tok-class gunship made it into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star War Rebels[src]

The Braha'tok-class gunship was initially designed by Bill George for Richard Marquand's 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. At the time the kit-bashed model was called the "ROJ BG ship", standing for either 'Return of the Jedi background ship' or 'Return of the Jedi Bill George ship'. The ship ultimately had a very small role in the final film, because, according to Hidalgo, art director Joe Johnston disliked the model.[10]

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