- "Our problem is simple—the Separatist navy has four times the number of ships we do. We must slow down their ship production or this war will end quickly, and not in our favor."
- ―Mace Windu
The navy was organized around flotillas of destroyers and frigates built by hundreds of aggressively-independent star systems, who often donated them to the various commercial organizations frontlining the war. The main battleships were donated by the Trade Federation.
During the early days of the Separatist Alliance, the fledging Confederate Navy was complemented by Sabaoth Squadron, pledged to the Separatist cause by Cavik Toth just prior to the Clone Wars. Toth led his squadron during the First Battle of Geonosis.
Although the ships were often commanded by droid officers, many fleets and blockades were placed under the command of organic Captains and Admirals. While Dooku's most trusted Commanders, such as Durge and Asajj Ventress, retained leadership positions even within the Navy, Admirals like Pors Tonith, Kirst, and Trench were responsible for leading entire fleets and were important tacticians during the war. Trench in particular was a feared admiral whose tactics tore apart Republic fleets. The famed Admiral was presumed to have perished during the Battle of Malastare Narrows prior to the Clone Wars but had survived the battle and joined the Separatist Alliance at the outset of the Clone Wars. Trench was defeated and again believed to have been killed during the Battle of Christophsis in the second year of the Clone Wars. Trench actually survived the battle thanks to cybernetics which were used to replace much of the left side of his body.
At the beginning of the war, the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence used its deadly ion cannons to great effect, terrorizing Republic supply lines and making short work of multiple naval task forces, such as Plo Koon's fleet whilst stationed in the Abregado system . The ship was destroyed by a Jedi strike team, who reprogrammed the ship to collide into the Dead moon of Antar. The separatists did not give up on the Malevolence, however, and it was succeeded by its sister ship, the Devastation, which Dooku placed under the command of Nightsister Sai Sircu. Grievous would later attempt to rebuild his fallen flagship, dubbed the Malevolence II.
The navy depended on large shipyards administered by Overseers who watched over the slaves whom they depended on to build the massive warships quickly. They made use of organic workers rather than droids so that the Republic could not bomb their shipyards without immense civilian casualties. In an effort to halt production, a team consisting of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano infiltrated the Gwori shipyards and liberated the facility's slaves, allowing a strike team to bomb the shipyards. The destruction of the shipyard tipped the balance of the war away from the Separatists, allowing the Clone Wars to rage on.
During the course of the war, Separatist warships participated in various engagements, notably during the Quell, Kamino, and Umbara. Other times, such at Ryloth, Lola Sayu, and Serenno, Confederate ships served defensive purposes or blockades.
One of General Grievous's flagships, the Invisible Hand, led the navy on a hit-and-fade campaign that disrupted travel, communication, and commerce in the Rim regions, as well as mass invasions on vulnerable Outer Rim worlds.
Towards the end of the war, while hundreds of thousands of Separatist warships battled the Republic in vast Outer Rim campaigns, a task force led personally by General Grievous and amounting to several thousand ships made a fast snatch at Coruscant in an attempt to capture Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. This task force was defeated in the Battle of Coruscant and its remnants retreated into hyperspace.
At the end of the war, the Confederacy still had many more armadas of ships in its holdings in the Outer Rim Territories, but these were made redundant after the deactivation of most of the droid armies.
Years later, some remaining ships appeared in Gizor Dellso's Remnant Navy, a starfleet created by Gizor Dellso for his Separatist holdout on Mustafar. This fleet was destroyed in the 501st Legion's conquest of the volcanic world.
Throughout its existence, the Confederate Navy was composed of six levels to its command structures. The structure was as follows:
The Squadron was made up of three to four flights, and by extension, 6-12 sections and 12-64 vessels. It was commanded by a commodore.
The highest of the levels, the fleet, was composed of three task groups, and 200-4000 vessels among them. It was commanded by an admiral. At least a hundred fleets were comprised of the Confederate Navy.
Capital ship classes
- Banking Clan treasury space station
- InterGalactic Banking Clan gun platform
- Automated Vulture droid deployment station
Battleships and dreadnoughts
- Conqueror-class atmospheric dreadnaught
- Geonosian dreadnaught
- Lucrehulk-class battleship
- Lucrehulk-class Droid Control Ship
- Subjugator-class heavy cruiser
- Unidentified Starcrusher battleship class
Cruisers and destroyers
- Diamond-class cruiser
- Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser
- Fantail-class destroyer
- Lucrehulk-class core ship
- Lucrehulk-class cruiser
- Lucrehulk-class destroyer
- Providence-class carrier/destroyer
- Recusant-class light destroyer
- Sabaoth destroyer
- Separatist cruiser
- Separatist Star Destroyer
- Storm Fleet destroyer
- Munificent-class star frigate
- Sabaoth Frigate
- Separatist bombardment ship
- Trade Federation Missile Frigate
- Umbaran support ship
- Wavecrest-class frigate
- Corona-class armed frigate (the design was dismissed by the CIS due to it not operating effectively as a droid ship, with the design being discontinued shortly thereafter)
- Droid tri-fighter
- Ginivex-class starfighter
- Hex Deployer
- Mankvim-814 light interceptor
- Nantex-class territorial defense starfighter
- NovaSword Space Superiority Fighter
- Porax-38 starfighter
- Rogue-class starfighter
- Sabaoth Defender
- Sabaoth starfighter
- Scarab-class droid starfighter
- Spearhead droid
- Turbostorm-class gunship
- Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I
- Z-95 Headhunter
- BC-714 luxury transport
- Hardcell-class interstellar transport
- Punworcca 116-class interstellar sloop
- Sheathipede-class transport shuttle
- Tri-wing shuttle
- Battlecruiser 17
- Battlecruiser 19
- Colicoid Swarm
- Force of Commerce
- Invisible Hand
- Lapiz Cutter
- Last Call
- Lucid Voice
- Malvolence II
- Mersel Kebir
- Patriot Fist
- Rebel One
- Soulless One
- Tide of Progress XII
- Unlimited Projection
- Voice of Industry II
- Bulwark Fleet
- Christophsis blockade
- Confederate First Fleet
- Confederate Third Fleet
- D-1600 fleet
- Fighter Wing Zero-Zero
- Group One
- Rendili Home Defense Fleet
- Ryloth blockade
- Sabaoth Squadron
- Storm Fleet
- CIS Officers
- B-series battle droids
- IG-100 MagnaGuards
- OOM-series battle droids
- Pistoeka sabotage droids
- T-series tactical droids
- Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader
- LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars: Republic Commando
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- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 7"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 10"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 11"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars PhotoComic
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 20"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Supply Lines"
- The Clone Wars: Shakedown
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Clone Cadets" (Appears in Newsreel)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duel of the Droids"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sphere of Influence" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance
- LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 game (Non-canonical appearance)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 film (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
- The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
- The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part I)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duchess of Mandalore"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Plan of Dissent"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bound for Rescue"
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
- Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron
- Labyrinth of Evil
- Star Wars: Obsession
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 22"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 25"
- Reversal of Fortune (Appears in hologram)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith comic
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- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel
- Star Wars: Dark Times: Parallels
- Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
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- Attack of the Clones: Incredible Cross-Sections
- Revenge of the Sith: Incredible Cross-Sections
- The New Essential Chronology
- The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
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Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revenge of the Sith: Incredible Cross-Sections
- ↑ Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
- ↑ Star Wars:The Clone Wars:Jedi Alliance
- ↑ Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Card Commander"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars Volume 1: Shipyards of Doom
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Plan of Dissent"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Massacre"
- ↑ Star Wars: Battlefront II
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 The Essential Guide to Warfare
- ↑ "Decision: Almas"
- ↑ "Decision: Coruscant"