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Escort carrier
Production information
Manufacturer

Kuat Drive Yards[1]

Model

Escort carrier

Class

Carrier

Cost

AurebeshSans-Serif credit3,500,000[2]

Technical specifications
Length

500 meters

Height/depth

150 meters

Maximum acceleration

4 MGLT/s[1]

MGLT

13 MGLT[1]

Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 1.0
  • Backup class 12
Shielding

Rated 1600 SBD[1]

Hull

Rated 912 RU[1]

Navigation system

Navigation computer equipped

Armament
Complement
Crew
Minimum crew

1,500

Passengers

800 (pilots and troops)[1]

Cargo capacity

5,000 metric tons[2]

Consumables

1 year[2]

Usage
Role(s)

Carrier

Era(s)
Affiliation

The descriptively named escort carrier was a transport ship designed to carry Imperial starfighters.

CharacteristicsEdit

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Escort carrier, port schematic view.

The ship looked like a 500-meter box with a small rear protrusion to cover the ship's sublight engines. The escort carrier closely resembled Kuat's Super Transport series of container ships, and was probably derived from their design.

A standard Imperial chute system provided for rapid deployment of TIE series starfighters and an onboard hangar allowed for minor repairs. The escort carrier was the smallest vessel that could carry a full wing of starfighters (6 squadrons of up to 72 craft). The ship also carried six shuttles, and could carry four more for each fighter squadron removed.

Armament included 10 Taim & Bak H8 dual laser cannons and 1 Krupx VL-6 warhead launch system. Though a capital ship, it was poorly armed and protected relative for its size, so it stayed to the rear of battle for its own safety while allowing its TIE fighters to engage the enemy.

HistoryEdit

Designed and built by Kuat Drive Yards, the escort carrier allowed the Imperial Navy to overcome the hyperdrive deficiency of its primary starfighters in the early years of the Galactic Civil War. The need for them was seen following the Battle of Ton-Falk.

Being purpose-built, escort carriers were much more economical to deploy than an Imperial Star Destroyer. Higher priority convoys often had an escort carrier, along with an EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate and CR90 corvettes.

It was also common for escort carriers to perform mini-hyperdrive jumps within a system, dropping off a squadron of starfighters with each exit. This tactic made it difficult for Rebel Alliance or pirate pilots to predict where the next attack would come from. In addition to the Empire, some ships were appropriated by the Rebel Alliance as well and added to their navy.

Notable shipsEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

The escort carrier bears a name very similar to that of the Imperial escort carrier featured in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike. Wedge Antilles's unfamiliarity with the name used by General Crix Madine for the starship in the latter game suggests that neither the Storm Commando vessel seen in Rebel Strike nor the standard Imperial Navy starfighter transport seen in TIE Fighter and its sequels were generally deployed (at least in operations Antilles might have been familiar with) prior to the raid at Bakura.

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


Kuat capital ship classes
Carriers
Escort
Assault ships
Acclamator I-class · Acclamator II-class
Corvettes
Broadside-class
Escorts/Frigates
Auxilia-class · Ardent-class · Arquitens-class
Corona-class · Dragon-class · EF76 Nebulon-B
Enforcer-class · KDY light cruiser · Lancer-class
Lupus-class · MedStar-class
Munifex-class · Nebulon-B2 · Pelta-class
Star Galleon-class · Zebulon-B
Cruisers/Star Destroyers
Captor-class · Gladiator-class · Imperial I-class
Imperial II-class · Interdictor-class · Multi kilometer-long type
Pellaeon-class · Storm Fleet · Tector-class
Venator-class · Victory I-class · Victory II-class
Battlecruisers/Star Battlecruisers
Imperial · Praetor-class
Praetor II-class · Procurator-class
Dreadnoughts/Star Dreadnoughts
Arc Hammer · Bellator-class
Eclipse-class · Executor-class
Mandator I-class · Mandator II-class · Mandator III-class
Sovereign-class · Super Star Destroyer prototype · Vengeance -class
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