- "A gem among the smaller capital ships."
- ―U.O. Statura
The Braha'tok-class gunship, known frequently as the Dornean gunship, was a model of gunship built by the Dornean Braha'ket Fleetworks Conglomerate. Armed considerably with turbolasers and concussion missile launchers, it could carry two starfighters to its underbelly. Braha'tok-class gunships were initially built to protect Dornea from the Empire, but many of them eventually saw service with the Alliance to Restore the Republic, especially during the Galactic Civil War. They was notably seen in battles such as the Battle of Atollon and the Battle of Endor.
The Braha'tok-class gunship also called the Dornean gunship 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. The Dornean gunship could reach speeds of 800 kilometers per hour and had a class 1 hyperdrive located in the rear of the vessel between its two sublight engines. Its command bridge was situated in the ship's bow. The Dornean gunship was also equipped with a navigation computer and a long sensor array.
Dornean gunships were powerful for their size, bearing an armament of eight concussion missile launchers and eight double turbolaser cannons. Two double turbolaser cannons were seen above and below the ships bow, with a dorsal and a ventral turret also found towards the center of the ship. Two side turrets were seen at the middle of the ship as well. Two starfighters could also be attached to the gunships undercarriage. A Dornean gunship could carry a crew of 75 personnel and 15 passengers with them. The Dornean gunship also had a cargo capacity of 300 and had enough consumables for its average crew to last eight standard months.
The Braha'tok-class gunship was originally designed for fast attack, bombardment, 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 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.
Early rebellion against the EmpireEdit
- "Commander, They've destroyed the Orion."
- ―A rebel, reporting the Orion's destruction to Commander Jun Sato
Dornean gunships were originally manufactured by Dornean Braha'ket Fleetworks Conglomerate to protect the Dornean homeworld, Dornea, from the Galactic Empire. 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.
Following the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic in the year 2 BBY, three Dornean gunships travelled with Dodonna's fleet to Phoenix Cell's base on Atollon in preparation for an attack on Lothal. However, both rebel cells were ambushed by the forces of Grand Admiral Thrawn. A battle ensued, and although many starships were destroyed in the battle, the Dornean gunships were able to hold their own. As his tactic became too costly, 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.
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 Dornean gunships managed to escape the battle alongside the light freighter Ghost and a few other rebel ships. The gunship made it to run the blockade, but was not able to escape the system with the other ships.
Galactic Civil WarEdit
In 0 BBY, at least three Dornean gunships served in the Battle of Scarif, the battle that began 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 the rest of the fleet before it could jump into hyperspace. One Dornean gunship barely avoided collision with the Star Destroyer and managed to escape soon after. The Battle of Scarif was a success for the Alliance, and after another decisive victory at Yavin, Dornea joined the rebel cause, supplying more gunships for the rebel war effort.
During the Galactic Civil War, a Dornean gunship, named the Apailana's Promise, served as the escort to the CR90 corvette Thunderstrike, the carrier of the Sixty-Eighth Infantry. 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, Commander Tohna was transferred to the corvette from 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 off-planet, but returned soon after and kept the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Herald distracted whilst the Sixty-First defended the Inyusu Tor mineral processing facility from the ground forces. The gunship survived the fight with its gun batteries drained and its shielding overheated but it's hull still intact.
Following the Battle of Hoth, a few Dornean gunships were stationed at the rebel base on 5251977 when the crew of the Mighty Oak Apocalypse joined the Alliance. In 4 ABY, at least four of these ships rendezvoused with the Alliance Fleet near Sullust and 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 was seen fending off TIE fighters and TIE interceptors when the Millennium Falcon passed it. When General Lando Calrissian ordered the fleet to engage the Star Destroyers, at least four Dornean gunships were at the vanguard of the fleet as it closed in on the blockade.
New Republic EraEdit
- "Who still uses these?"
"Dornea, my dear Statura. Dornea uses them."
- ―U.O. Statura and Admiral Gial Ackbar
Behind the scenesEdit
The Braha'tok-class gunship first appeared as a background ship in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. It appeared as the Dornean gunship in the 2015 novel Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, although it had no confirmation that Dornean gunship was the same ship. However, after the gunship reappeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016, the visual guide for the movie confirmed that it was called the Dornean gunship. It was later identified as the Braha'tok-class gunship in the reference book Star Wars: The Rebel Files, released in 2017. In concept art for Solo: A Star Wars Story, one was included in a depiction of a Corellian spaceport flying above a large landing area.
- "But fans always latch onto these little obscure background ships. So this ship has now been celebrated."
- ―Pablo Hidalgo, on how the Braha'tok-class gunship became celebrated.
Although the Braha'tok-class gunship, which was yet to have an in-universe name, was barely seen in Return of the Jedi fan latched onto the obscure background ship and, according to Pablo Hidalgo, it became celebrated. At some point Hidalgo found photos of the gunships original model and posted them on StarWars.com. 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.
- "…Bill George, the ILM model maker built it right. And he's, he's told me the story. He built it for like a background ship and Joe Johnston just didn't like it—he was like nah whatever it looks terrible—so it's barely in Return of the Jedi."
- ―Pablo Hidalgo, explaining the Braha'tok-class gunship's small appearance in Return of the Jedi
The Braha'tok-class gunship was initially designed by Bill George for Richard Marquand's film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi in 1983. 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. A new model of the Braha'tok-class gunship was eventually made for the Star Wars Rebels episode Zero Hour, which aired March 25 2017. The model was then translated into a photo real version for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
- Lost Stars (First identified as Dornean gunship)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization (as Dornean gunship)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (as Dornean gunship)
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi junior novelization (as Dornean gunship)
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files (First identified as Braha'tok-class gunship)
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Knights of Fate
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Knights of Fate
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Battlefront: Twilight Company
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Lost Stars
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- ↑ Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- ↑ The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4