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Imperial Navy Troopers,[2][7] also known as Imperial fleet troopers,[7] were elite soldiers of the Imperial Navy, the naval branch of the Galactic Empire's military. Those troopers, who were separate from the white-armored stormtroopers, were trained in advanced warfare and independent command,[2] which included shipboard combat, repulsing boarders, and pacifying escaped detainees. Additionally, most were cross-trained in some operational duty. Like gunners and ground crewmen, Navy Troopers played a vital role in the day-to-day operations.[3]

RoleEdit

While not as feared by Rebel troopers as their stormtrooper brethren, they still maintained an aura of importance as they participated in Imperial military assaults on installations such as during the Siege of Inyusu Tor,[1] the Battle of Endor,[8]and other ground based excursions, such as the investigation of Mitth'raw'nuruodo's planet.[9] However, they were most commonly found guarding and maintaining far-away outposts, mining stations, and jails, and generally were not as well trained or competent.[1]

Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin himself selected a number of Navy troopers, later known as Death Star Troopers, to set up a commanding force aboard the Death Star battle station. Aboard the Death Star, those elite troopers were charged with a variety of duties for which their combat skills were not necessarily required, such as guarding detention blocks and operating the battle station's planet-killing superlaser alongside Imperial weapons technicians.[2]

Gate officers were Navy Troopers who controlled which ships could pass through the Shield Gate over Scarif to reach the facilities below.[5]

UniformEdit

There were three different uniforms worn by the troopers, although all featured the distinctive large, black protective helmet with a chinstrap. The first uniform was a black Imperial officer's uniform, sometimes complete with code cylinders and a rank insignia plaque.[5] The other uniforms consisted of boilersuits similar to the ones worn by Imperial technicians. Just with technicians, they could be black[8] or light grey.[10]

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