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The Braha'tok-class gunship, also known as the Dornean gunship, was a model of gunship built by the Dornean Braha'ket Fleetworks Conglomerate for military use such as bombardment and fast attacks. Many of them saw service with the Alliance to Restore the Republic leading up to and during the Galactic Civil War.


The Braha'tok-class gunship[1] also called the Dornean gunship,[4] was a type of gunship built in a dagger shape. Although not designed as a carrier, two X-wing starfighters could be attached to its undercarriage.[2]


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Three Dornean gunships were part of Dodonna's fleet in the Battle of Atollon

By 2 BBY, at least three, including the Orion, were part of General Jan Dodonna's Massassi Group, one of the largest rebel cells against the Galactic Empire. Following the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic in the same year, three traveled with Dodonna's fleet to the Phoenix rebel cell's base on Atollon in preparation for an attack on Lothal. However, the fleet was ambushed along side Phoenix Squadron by the forces of Grand Admiral Thrawn, and all three gunships were destroyed in the battle.[5]

In 0 BBY, three Dornean gunships saw action in the Battle of Scarif, the battle that saw the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War and the theft of the Death Star plans, at least one of them was destroyed.[6]

Before and during the Mid Rim Retreat, the gunship Apailana's Promise, served under Commander Tohna as the escort to the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry's CR90 corvette Thunderstrike and saw action in many battles sometimes covering the Thunderstrikes escape in desperate situations. After the deaths of Captain Micha Evon and the Thunderstrike's main officers, Tohna was transferred to the corvette and First Officer Sharn took over. During the Siege of Inyusu Tor, it helped fight off the Herald after the Thunderstrike was shot down and the Sixty-First were left stranded. The Apailana's Promise survived the fight with its gun batteries drained and its shielding overheated.[2]

A few Dornean gunships were stationed at the rebel base on 5251977 when the crew of the Mighty Oak Apocalypse joined the Alliance.[4] In 4 ABY, at least three of these ships were part of the main Alliance Fleet gathered at Sullust and went on to participate in the Battle of Endor.[3]

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Behind the scenesEdit

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The Dornean Gunships design for Star Wars Return of the Jedi

The Braha'tok-class gunship first appeared in Richard Marquand's 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. The model—then only known as "ROJ BG ship"—was built by Bill George as a background ship for the "Battle of Endor" sequence. However, Art Director Joe Johnston did not think it looked good enough. Because of that, the model is barely visible in Return of the Jedi. But fans latched onto the obscure model and Pablo Hidalgo and his team had new models built and added into Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[7]



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