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"Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness!"
―C-3PO, during the Devastator's attack on the Tantive IV[src]

The Devastator was an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer of the Imperial Navy famous for its participation in the capture of the Tantive IV and as Darth Vader's flagship for a time. It later participated in the Imperial victory at Hoth and was destroyed during the decisive battle fought at Endor.

DescriptionEdit

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Tantive IV is pulled into Devastator's docking bay.

The Devastator was 1,600 meters long, the standard length for an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer. As such, it was initially armed with turbolaser batteries, ion cannons, and several tractor beam projectors.[15]

UpgradesEdit

Several dozens of times in its service life, the Devastator was structurally altered from its original design to include the latest weapons and systems, which kept it more than competitive with the battleships that were commissioned later.[2] Unlike some other Imperial I-class Star Destroyers, such as Lawbringer and Relentless,[16] the hangars within Devastator's ventral docking bay were split into two smaller sections, and the aft side featured a cover, so that the bays behind weren't visible.[11] By 3 ABY, the Devastator was essentially indistinguishable from the Imperial II-class Star Destroyers that made up the bulk of Death Squadron.[3] This included its tractor beam targeting array with diagonal support beams[17] (located between its two deflector shield generator domes)[11] being replaced[2] with a communications tower with vertical support beams.[18]

HistoryEdit

Early YearsEdit

The Devastator was the last of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyers to lumber out of Kuat Drive Yards before the facility began producing the Imperial II-class.[6] Despite this, it was still considered a state-of-the-art warship, and had undergone numerous retrofits to keep it comparable with newer ships of the line.[14]

In 5 BBY,[9] fourteen years after the establishment of the Galactic Empire, the Devastator was the flagship of Lord Tion.[12]

Under the SithEdit

ScarifEdit

However in 0 BBY,[9] it now belonged to the Sith Lord Darth Vader, who used it in his struggle against the Rebel Alliance. Appearing over the planet Scarif near the conclusion of the Battle of Scarif, the arrival of the Devastator proceeded to cut off the escape of the Alliance Fleet, immediately destroying a GR-75 medium transport by colliding with it, and disabling several ships, including the Rebel flagship Profundity which had received the plans for the Death Star. After boarding the Profundity, Vader proceeded to cut through Rebel troopers who were delivering the plans. Vader failed, and the plans were delivered to Leia Organa, onboard the Tantive IV, a CR90 corvette that was docked onboard the Profundity. Fleeing at the last second, the Tantive IV escaped from the system and Vader pursued the starship in the Devastator.[10]

TatooineEdit

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The Devastator pursues the Tantive IV over Tatooine.

Arriving over Tatooine, a brief skirmish ensued over the planet, resulting in the Star Destroyer successfully capturing the Tantive IV. Imperial troops boarded the enemy ship, and the Devastator also targeted and destroyed any escape pods that were launched in order to ensure none of the Rebels escaped. The sole exception was R2-D2 and C-3PO's pod—which even then was only because Imperial Gunners did not detect any life signs in the pod, and dismissed it as a malfunction.[11]

The Cylo IncidentEdit

Vader used the Devastator to track Cylo's fleet of Whale-ships in the Crushank Nebulae, courtesy of information from the doctor's colleague Thlu-Ry. As the Star Destroyer approached the nebulae, many of the abominations fled. This caused Vader to lead the chase in his TIE Advanced, supported by many TIE/ln starfighters. However, Cylo's flagship broke off from the main group, and attacked the Devastator with an ion pulse. With the ship disabled, Vader flew his TIE into Tulon Voidgazer's ship, just before the fleet could jump to hyperspace.[19] They emerged over Kuat, the construction site of the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor, which was to be under the command of Grand General Cassio Tagge. Cylo took over the Super Star Destroyer,[20] but was soon killed by Vader, along with all of his abominations and staff. Due to Tagge's trust in Cylo, he was demoted by Emperor Palpatine, then killed by Vader. The Executor was then given to Vader for defeating Cylo.[21]

New CommandEdit

With the transfer of his flag, Admiral Jhared Montferrat took command of the Devastator. However, the legendary vessel remained a part of Death Squadron, Vader's personal flotilla.[2]

C-3POEdit

Task Force 99, an elite Stormtrooper squad, used the Devastator to interrogate C-3PO after he was captured during the hijacking of the Harbinger. Although Vader wanted the droid destroyed, Kreel felt it would be in the groups best interests to use him as bait to lure the Rebellion to rescue him.[7]

HothEdit

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Death Squadron

Under Montferrat's command, the Devastator notably participated at the Battle of Hoth,[2] a clear Imperial victory,[22] where it destroyed a transport.[2]

Endor and DestructionEdit

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The Devastator was one of many Star Destroyers protecting the Death Star II.

The Devastator, the pride of the Death Squadron, met its fate at Endor, during a battle which the Emperor had meant to be the end of the Rebellion. The ship, still commanded by Montferrat, stood between Blade Squadron, a group of Rebel B-wing pilots and the Death Star II. Ultimately, the ship was destroyed when two of those pilots, Gina Moonsong and Braylen Stramm, caused a chain reaction of explosions that led to the systematic demolition of the Star Destroyer.[2]

Commanders and crewEdit

Prior to the destruction of Alderaan, the Devastator was the property of Darth Vader himself. As of the Battle of Hoth, it was commanded by Jhared Monteferrat, who held the title of admiral when the ship was destroyed during the fight over Endor.[2] The senior ISB officer onboard was Captain Ronnadam.[14]

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SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 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 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 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 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 SWInsider "Blade Squadron"—Star Wars Insider 149150
  3. 3.0 3.1 TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter. “@LelalMekha It's supposed to be, though sometimes in ESB they use the 3-foot SD model as well as the 6-foot SD model.” (screenshot)
  4. Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
  5. Star Wars Rebels: Head to Head
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Star Wars 26: Yoda's Secret War, Part I
  8. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  10. 10.0 10.1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 The Rebellion Begins
  13. A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Lost Stars
  15. Encyclopedia-Logo Imperial Star Destroyer in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  16. Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
  17. ISD blueprint shown in the Star Wars Rebels chapter book Droids in Distress
  18. Star Wars: Card Trader
  19. Darth Vader 21: End of Games, Part II
  20. Darth Vader 23: End of Games, Part IV
  21. 21.0 21.1 Darth Vader 25: End of Games, Part VI
  22. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  23. No Good Deed...
  24. Darth Vader 22: End of Games, Part III
  25. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

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