Hammerhead corvettes were a model of corvette that saw wide use in the period leading up to and during the Galactic Civil War, where they would be fielded by a multitude of different rebel cells as well as the Alliance to Restore the Republic.
Hammerhead corvettes were inspired by a starship design that dated back centuries prior to the Age of the Empire. Throughout its existence, at least two different variants of the Hammerhead corvette existed. The one most commonly seen utilized by several different rebel cells as well as by their successor, the Alliance to Restore the Republic, featured its characteristic vertically-elongated bridge, a large ventral cargo bay, three dual laser cannons, and three engine units.
By 0 BBY, the Alliance had either modified its previous Hammerheads or had begun utilizing a slightly different model. This Hammerhead was structurally the same, although it featured the several new additions. These included two extra modules mounted to the port and starboard of the craft, six escape pods in place of the cargo bay, and a fourth sublight drive mounted on top of the primary three, giving it enough power to single-handedly move a disabled Star Destroyer. This was the version used the most during the Battle of Scarif.
After learning of the rebellion's losses at the battle on Garel, Imperial senator Bail Organa of Alderaan dispatched his adopted daughter, Princess Leia Organa, along with three Hammerhead corvettes—P1, P2 and P3—to Lothal to expand the rebel fleet, under the guise of delivering relief supplies to the people of Lothal. The princess planned for the rebels to steal them to conceal Alderaan's involvement with the rebellion, but Lieutenant Yogar Lyste installed gravity locks to prevent the corvettes from taking off. With the help of former Lothal governor Ryder Azadi, who had constructed the locks while he was in prison, the rebels were able to commandeer the corvettes and add them to their growing fleet.
Later, Phoenix Squadron escorted one of their transports to evacuate rebel sympathizers at Mykapo in front of an imminent Imperial takeover. The same transport, the red-painted P2, was later destroyed during the Battle of Atollon.
Galactic Civil WarEdit
- "Call up a Hammerhead corvette. I have an idea."
- ―Admiral Raddus during the Battle of Scarif
After the rebellion was reorganized into the Alliance to Restore the Republic, several modified Hammerheads partially made up the motley assortment of vessels that was the nascent Alliance Fleet. One such ship was the Lightmaker, which was a part in Admiral Raddus' fleet just prior to the Battle of Yavin, under the command of Kado Oquoné. The vessel was present at the Battle of Scarif. During the battle, Raddus ordered it to ram into the side of the disabled Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Persecutor, causing it to crash into a second Star Destroyer, the Intimidator, and then into the Shield Gate, allowing the Death Star plans to be transmitted from the planet's surface. After the transmission is received by the fleet, several Hammerhead corvettes, along with some of the fleet began the jump into hyperspace just before the arrival of the Devastator.
Behind the scenesEdit
Hammerhead corvettes first appeared in "A Princess on Lothal," the tenth episode of the second season of Star Wars Rebels, which also saw the introduction of Princess Leia Organa on the show. The ships are based on the Hammerhead-class cruisers from the now Legends video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
- Star Wars Rebels – "A Princess on Lothal" (First appearance)
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Homecoming"
- "The Gangsters of Galzez"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 20
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Forgotten Droid"
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Mystery of Chopper Base"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Holocrons of Fate"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Iron Squadron"
- Star Wars Rebels – "An Inside Man"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Visions and Voices"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Secret Cargo"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twin Suns"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
- Star Wars: Rogue One: A Junior Novel
- Rogue One, Part V
- Star Wars 26: Yoda's Secret War, Part I
- Backstories: Star Wars – Princess Leia: Royal Rebel (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 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 Star Wars Rebels – "A Princess on Lothal"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Secret Cargo"
- ↑ The events of this article take place in or after Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow, which is the first known episode to take place in the second year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that this event takes place in the second year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "The Holocrons of Fate"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Iron Squadron"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- ↑ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
- ↑ Star Wars 26: Yoda's Secret War, Part I