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The Endurance-class had an extensively reworked hull from its Nebula-class origin.

A carrier was a type of military starship specifically designed to focus on the transportation of small starships. They were generally considered separate from the warship, any vessel honed to be a weapons-platform on its own.[1]

CharacteristicsEdit

The term carrier can be divided into two main types: dedicated carriers, generally with few weapons and weak shielding,[2] the other type being warships which also had a substantial capacity for carrying starfighters.[1]

HistoryEdit

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Vong carriers and Hapan Battle Dragons are caught in a blast from Centerpoint Station.

In the Clone Wars era, the Venator-class Star Destroyer was used as a dual destroyer/carrier. By contrast, the Victory-class Star Destroyer was assigned to strictly a destroyer role, as it had a small complement of fighters relative to its size.[1] This tradition of using similar hull design, but with a separate carrier and a destroyer version, was carried on in the New Republic's New Class Modernization Program, with the Endurance-class fleet carrier sharing the same hull as the Nebula-class Star Destroyer.[3]

Due to the pre-existing communication and coordination capabilities of carriers, they were often used as command ships. The New Republic's Fifth Fleet flagship during the Black Fleet Crisis was an Endurance-class carrier. In contrast, the Galactic Empire used different Super Star Destroyers for command and carrier purposes, respectively.[4]

EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigates and Strike-class medium cruisers regularly had a small complement of fighters.[2] Additionally, some other ships such as Corellian corvettes could be modified to carry a handful of fighters.[5][6] Carrack-class light cruisers did not have an internal hangar, so exterior rack was added for up to five TIEs for use on reconnaissance or courier duties.[2]

The carrier concept was not limited to the Republic, Empire, and New Republic, as at least the Ssi-ruuk[7] and the Yuuzhan Vong[8] had their own carrier analogs.

Known dedicated carrier designsEdit

A-vek IiluunuEdit

A Yuuzhan Vong carrier type, 800 meters long on average.

Acclamator-class assault shipEdit

A type of troop carrier used during the Clone Wars.

Defender Carrier
The Defender-class carrier.

Defender-class assault carrierEdit

The 700 meter Defender-class was originally developed for the Defender program in the early New Republic, but was taken up by the New Class Modernization Program and improved upon. The design also became an inspiration for the Majestic-class heavy cruiser, using its hull as basis.

Endurance-class fleet carrierEdit

Based on the Nebula-class Star Destroyer hull, the 1,040 meter Endurance-class carried a large complement of fighters.

Escort carrierEdit

A 500 meter Imperial support carrier design, it could carry up to 72 starfighters, like the Imperial-class Star Destroyer.

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The standard Imperial Escort Carrier.

Galactic-class battle carrierEdit

The 1,600 meter Galactic-class was based on earlier Star Destroyer designs, but with a larger mass, and extensive carrier facilities. It held several squadrons-worth of fighters.

Imperial escort carrierEdit

This escort carrier design was used exclusively by the Storm Commandos during the Galactic Civil War. In addition to a large, central hangar, the craft also had several heavy cannons lining its hull.

Kalla's StanchionEdit

This vessel resembled an over-sized EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate and had several hangars lining its hull.

Mon Cal heavy carrierEdit

This was a heavy warship class built by the Mon Calamari in the lead-up to the Second Galactic Civil War.

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Quasar Fire-class modified bulk cruiser.

Quasar Fire-class bulk cruiserEdit

This bulk cruiser design was retrofitted to serve as a dedicated fighter carrier.

Republic carrierEdit

These vessels served the Republic Navy as dedicated carriers rather than warships, during the Clone Wars.

Sh'ner-class planetary assault carrierEdit

This 750 meter carrier design was used by the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium and could store landing craft in its 12 launching bays.

Starfighter carrierEdit

The Galactic Empire employed some Super Star Destroyers as dedicated fighter carriers.

Dual-role carrier designsEdit

Providence-class carrier/destroyerEdit

The 1,088 meter Providence-class had an extensive hangar system lining its sides. On modified ships like the Invisible Hand, this was enlarged even further.

Venator-class Star DestroyerEdit

The 1,137 meter Venator-class Star Destroyer served the dual purpose of both a fighting ship and a carrier, being capable of holding 420 small Republic starfighters inside its dorsal hangar bays that ran along much of the ship's length.

Secutor-class Star DestroyerEdit

The 2,200 meter Secutor-class Star Destroyer served the dual purpose of both a fighting ship and a carrier. Its size would have normally qualified it as a Battlecruiser under the Anaxes War College System, but its relative lack of firepower as well as the aforementioned carrier capabilities placed it in the Star Destroyer designation.

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