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Endurance-class fleet carrier
Production information
Manufacturer

Republic Engineering Corporation[1]

Product line

New Class Modernization Program[2]

Model

Endurance-class fleet carrier[1]

Class

Carrier[1]

Technical specifications
Length

1,040 meters[1]

Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 1[1]
  • Class 10 Backup[1]
Sensor systems

Equipped[1]

Navigation system

Equipped[1]

Armament
Fire arc: 4 fore, 4 port, 4 starboard
Crew: 2
Space range: 75 km
Atmospheric range: 150 km[1]
Fire arc: 5 fore, 1 port, 1 starboard, 1 aft
Crew: 1
Space range: 50 km
Atmospheric range: 100 km[1]
Fire arc: 5 fore, 5 port, 5 starboard, 5 aft
Crew: 1
Space range: 25 km
Atmospheric range: 50 km[1]
Fire arc: 1 fore, 1 port, 1 starboard, 1 aft
Crew: 6
Space range: 30 km
Atmospheric range: 0 km[1]
Complement
Crew
Minimum crew

2,265[1]

Passengers

1,600 (troops)[1]

Cargo capacity

15,000 metric tons[1]

Consumables

5 months[1]

Usage
Role(s)
Era(s)

New Republic era[1]

Affiliation

New Republic[1]

The Endurance-class fleet carrier served as the centerpiece of modern New Republic fleets composed of New Class warships.

CharacteristicsEdit

The Endurance had a Class 1 hyperdrive and could carry 1,600 troops and enough consumables for five months. However, weapons had to be sacrificed to make room for extra fighters. Endurance-class fleet carriers were only armed with a secondary armament of twelve turbolaser cannons, twenty laser cannons, eight ion cannons, and four tractor beam projectors.[1]

While they boasted improved hull integrity, their shields were markedly less powerful. Although they were equipped with a formidable anti-starfighter weapon system, the fleet carriers were usually protected by screening ships and starfighters. They were not designed to enter the savage heart of battle, but to deploy and coordinate smaller ships.

The main fighting punch of an Endurance-class ship consisted of almost four wings of starfighters[2]. One wing was a short-range assault wing composed of K-wing bombers and Defender starfighters for close support. Another wing was a long-range superiority wing composed of hyperdrive-equipped fighters such as E-wings, A-wings, and X-wings.[1]

HistoryEdit

Fleet carriers represented a change in the Republic's military policy. While the Imperial Navy was built around larger, heavily-armed warships, such as the Imperial-class Star Destroyer, the New Republic had chosen to use much smaller gun platforms, with starfighters playing a greater role in power projection.

Following New Class practice, the Endurance-class fleet carrier was built upon the same basic hull and systems of the Nebula-class Star Destroyer—although this commonality disguises the fact that the Star Destroyer was apparently designed first, as part of the Defender project, so that the Endurance-class could also be seen as a Star Destroyer variant with heavy weapons replaced by extra fighters just as on the earlier Venator-class Star Destroyer.

Besides being a base ship for starfighters, the Endurance was also a command vessel. Task force commanders and fleet flag officers often used these carriers as their flagships.

Behind the scenesEdit

Until recently, the only official image directly depicting the Endurance-class fleet carrier came from the RPG sourcebook Cracken's Threat Dossier. In contrast with some of the other New Class Modernization Program designs supposedly based on shared hullforms, the image of the carrier resembled that of the Nebula/Defender-class Star Destroyer reasonably closely. The differences were that the bridge tower on the Endurance was topped off by a sizable saucer section (possibly representing the carrier's role as a command ship) and a second, smaller tower was located at the front section of the ship. Often, people have misread Before the Storm's description of the carrier, reading fat-hulled as flat-hulled. This discrepancy makes it somewhat easier to reconcile the CTD image.

Endurance Fleet Carrier

Early concept for the Endurance-class fleet carrier.

More recently, Starships of the Galaxy provided a new image of the Defender-class Star Destroyer (now retconned to being the Nebula-class), much sleeker in appearance and completely lacking a bridge tower.

A new image of the Endurance-class fleet carrier has appeared in the Essential Guide to Warfare. This image resembles the image of the Nebula-class Star Destroyer that appeared in Starships of the Galaxy.

Note and referencesEdit

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

External linksEdit


New Class Modernization Program Starship Classifications
Transports
Hajen-class fleet tender
Scouts
Ferret-class reconnaissance vessel · Prowler-class reconnaissance vessel
Carriers
Defender-class assault carrier · Endurance-class fleet carrier
Corvettes
Agave-class picket ship · Warrior-class gunship
Frigates
Belarus-class medium cruiser · Corona-class frigate · Sacheen-class light escort
Destroyers
Nebula-class Star Destroyer · Republic-class Star Destroyer
Cruisers
Majestic-class heavy cruiser · MC90 Star Cruiser
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