- "There are several medical transports surrounding the station."
"Target the transports first."
- ―A B1 battle droid and General Grievous during the Battle of the Kaliida Nebula
The Pelta-class frigate, also known as the Republic medical frigate, was a model of frigate manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards. During the Clone Wars, they were used by the Republic Navy to safely ferry injured clones to medical stations for treatment, as well as serving as a supply ship to deliver armaments, medical supplies, or food rations.
These vessels were vital to Republic operations during the Battle of Ryloth and the Battle of Christophsis, which saw the use of Pelta-class frigates as blockade runners and supply ships. Serving as medcenters, a B1 battle droid informed Grievous that several vessels of the class were active during the Battle of the Kaliida Nebula, as they and the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center were a target of the Malevolence, captained by General Grievous. In the second year of the Clone Wars, Geonosian brain worms infected Tango Company, the escorting crew of TB-73, and one participated in recovery efforts of the survivors of the Endurance following a sabotage of the vessel. Pelta-class frigates also served in the capacity of supply ships during the mercy mission to Aleen.
During the rule of the Galactic Empire, Pelta-class frigates were used as medcenters by the early rebellion and subsequent Rebel Alliance, with a handful of them being retrofitted with turbolasers. Phoenix Home, a Pelta-class, served as a rebel command ship for Phoenix Cell, until it was destroyed by Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader during the Siege of Lothal.
- "We lost our shields!"
- ―A rebel crewmember, to Commander Sato
The Pelta-class frigate was a model of frigate that was manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards, measured at 282 meters, and had a crew of 900. It was equipped with a deflector shield generator and a Class 2 hyperdrive. During the Imperial Era, the early rebellion, and later the Alliance to Restore the Republic, retrofitted Pelta-class frigates with turbolasers and point-defense laser cannons to fulfill other roles. The Alliance also modified Pelta-class Assault Ships and the Pelta-class Command Ships, variants of the standard Pelta-class frigate. The Pelta-class frigate was equipped with sixteen escape pods. Some models of escape pods that the Pelta-class could be equipped with included Republic escape pods and RGC-6b escape pods.
On the aft of the Pelta-class frigate by its engine were two "wings" that were able to pivot and open. The rebellion was able to exploit this by adding additional engine units, albeit smaller, to the aft of the vessel. The Pelta-class frigate was also equipped with a docking port on the starboard and port sides near the mid-section of the vessel, and later modifications would alter the door and frame of the docking ports. Alliance modifications also replaced the ramp and cargo bay with a ventral hangar bay that was able to accommodate at least five RZ-1 A-wing interceptors. The hangar bay had walkways located above the starfighters to allow pilots to enter their respective starships.
Modified Pelta-class frigates were also fitted with deflector shield generators. On one occasion, a Pelta-class frigate was destroyed by a single TIE Advanced x1 starfighter after only several strafing runs, despite having a deflector shield.
- "I'll go to the reactor room and disable the thrusters. You head for the aft comm-center and send a warning to Master Fisto."
- ―Barriss Offee, to Ahsoka Tano
The interior layout of Pelta-class frigates were lined with ventilation shafts and white corridors with controls, and were equipped with a variety of facilities for the passengers and crew of the frigates, including a barracks for escorting troops, private quarters for higher-level passengers, and a mess hall for dining. The private quarters featured at least four beds, one located above the other, and was equipped with computer consoles on the opposite side of the entrance. The barracks were situated between the private quarters and the mess hall. The barracks had doors on opposite sides, and the bunk beds were lined parallel to the middle corridor. The mess hall also had two entrances, one opposite the other, with the food serving station was positioned on one side, vertical to the doors.
The bridge of the Pelta-class frigate was located at the top of the vessel and was the upper-most point of the ship. The Alliance to Restore the Republic would later use the bridge as a communications array, while another bridge was retrofitted at the bow and utilized as the ship's command center. Ray shields were equipped in a passageway to reach the bridge, acting as a security countermeasure. Pelta-class frigates also had a cargo bay for supplies, a reactor control room that included the controls for the coolant and power systems, and an aft communications station. The Pelta-class frigate also had a ramp on the keel that opened up for easy transportation of supplies, as well as six landing gear legs.
- "The destruction of our command ship has severely limited our ability to fight the Empire in this sector."
- ―Commander Jun Sato after the loss of the Pelta-class frigate Phoenix Home
The Pelta-class frigate served a variety of purposes during its service, seeing extensive use during the Clone Wars, primarily as a hospital ship and supply ship, in the Republic Navy of the Galactic Republic. During the Clone Wars, honorable Separatist generals were known to withhold from attacking the Pelta-class frigates. Pelta-class frigates were also used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic as command ships and hospital vessels. After undergoing weapon retrofits, the frigates served larger combat and command roles, as well as fire support, anti-starfighter roles, and communications responsibilities.
Rebel Pelta-class frigates, such as the Phoenix Home, were modified to carry several starfighters in a make-shift hangar bay, serving in the capacity of a starfighter carrier. While serving in the capacity of a carrier, the frigate would typically be flanked by escorts, such as CR90 corvettes.
Battle of ChristophsisEdit
- "General, one of the supply ships has been hit."
- ―A clone officer to General Anakin Skywalker during the Battle of Christophsis
The Pelta-class frigates saw early action on the onset of the Clone Wars, with three being deployed to Christophsis in 22 BBY to deliver much needed supplies to Senator Bail Organa and his relief effort which was cut off by Separatist forces during the early stages of the Battle of Christophsis. The frigates were escorted by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, Admiral Wullf Yularen, and three Venator-class Star Destroyers from Skywalker's task force. Although Skywalker was instructed not to engage the Separatist fleet by Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, Skywalker decided to engage the Separatist armada regardless, and was soon outnumbered and outgunned, as the Separatist fleet consisted of Munificent-class star frigates, Lucrehulk-class Battleships, and the Invincible, a Providence-class dreadnought. Unbeknownst to Skywalker and Yularen, the Separatist fleet was led by none other than Admiral Trench, who was thought to have been vaporized by the Republic at the Battle of Malastare Narrows when his ship was destroyed.
Skywalker and Yularen were able to briefly contact Organa, who warned that they were in danger of being overrun by Separatist ground forces. The transmission was cut off just as one of Skywalker's Venator-class Star Destroyers was hit by a barrage of Separatist laser fire. Soon, the Invincible began bearing down on the Republic fleet unopposed, and Trench ordered his forces to separate the Pelta frigates from their escorts. The Invincible launched a salvo of laser fire at the Republic fleet, resulting in the destruction of a Pelta frigate. Kenobi soon arrived in the Negotiator, contacting Skywalker and advising him to retreat as he had brought a new secret weapon that would give them an advantage in the battle. Skywalker reluctantly agreed, ordering the two remaining Pelta frigates to retreat to Kenobi's position behind Leesis, the moon of Christophsis, while Skywalker's Venators covered their retreat. Eventually, Trench was defeated when Skywalker used the secret weapon, a stealth ship, to destroy the Invincible, with Trench still onboard.
As the battle continued on the surface, Yularen and a Venator-class Star Destroyer were dispatched to a Haven-class medical station to pick up supplies and reinforcements, with several Pelta-class frigates also docking with the station.
Battle of RylothEdit
- "This is blockade runner 0-9-9, we have broken through!"
- ―A Pelta-class frigate relays that they have broken through the Separatist blockade
When the Separatists invaded the planet Ryloth in 22 BBY, the Republic Outer Rim garrison led by Jedi General Ima-Gun Di and the Twi'lek Resistance led by General Cham Syndulla were quickly overrun, Di attempted to contact the Jedi High Council for reinforcements. After some time of heavy fighting, Republic supplies were exhausted, and Republic forces were being overwhelmed. Di ordered the Republic fleet in space led by Admiral Dao to attempt to contact the Jedi High Council again for immediate reinforcements. Although Dao finally managed to contact the Jedi Council and inform them of their dire situation, the Republic fleet was destroyed and Dao was killed mid-transmission.
Since Ryloth was too far from the nearest Republic base to help in time, and Toydaria being the closest potential base to launch a humanitarian mission, the Jedi contacted Senator Organa and informed him of the situation on Ryloth, asking him to negotiate alongside Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks to persuade the Toydarians to open up their world as a supply base for several Pelta frigates to launch their aid mission to Ryloth from. After failed negotiations with the Toydarians at the impediment of Senator Lott Dod of the Trade Federation, King Katuunko approached Organa and Binks, stating that the Toydarians could not turn a blind eye to the suffering on Ryloth, and that the Republic may use Toydaria as a supply base on the conditions that it would only be the supplies that the Republic have already brought with them and that the Trade Federation would not be aware of the aid mission.
Organa devised a plan which included a special dinner for Katuunko, several of his advisors, and the representatives of the Trade Federation, all of which was a ruse to distract the Trade Federation of the three Pelta frigates which were loading up the supplies and leaving for Ryloth. The Trade Federation was unaware of the ruse until it was far too late, and so the three Pelta-class frigates, including blockade runner 0-9-9, successfully passed through the Separatist blockade of Ryloth and dropped relief supplies to the Twi'lek Resistance and their families, and with the sacrifice of Di and his men to cover their retreat, were able to continue their fight against the Separatists.
The threat of the MalevolenceEdit
- "Guide the patients that can be moved onto the transports as quickly as you can."
- ―Chief Nala Se, to a clone officer
After the Battle of Abregado, the new Separatist weapon, a Subjugator-class heavy cruiser named the Malevolence under the command of General Grievous, was tasked with destroying a convoy of at least three Pelta-class frigates and their escorting Venator-class Star Destroyer. The successful attack led to the entire convoy being destroyed, with survivors attempting to flee in escape pods. Soon after, Grievous was given new orders by Count Dooku to target and destroy a Haven-class medical station, the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, as it housed tens of thousands of wounded clone troopers, making it a target ripe for destroying. With Grievous forced to take a longer route around a large nebula to reach the station, the Republic deduced that based on the previous attack, the medical station was the next likely target, and Skywalker was dispatched along with his padawan Ahsoka Tano, Jedi General Plo Koon, and Shadow Squadron, to the medical station and destroy the Malevolence.
Yularen alerted the medical station of the incoming threat, with Chief Medical Scientist Nala Se informing Yularen that even if they had the necessary transports, there would still not be enough time to evacuate all of the wounded. Kenobi soon contacted Nala Se, informing her that the nearby planet Naboo was sending ships to aid in the evacuation. As Grievous was en route to the medical station, Pelta frigates began arriving and loading the more stable wounded patients to the frigates first, with the more critically injured having to wait. When Grievous and Skywalker arrived, Grievous opted to target a fleeing group of Pelta frigates first, and then deal with Skywalker and his squadron. After Grievous destroyed the fleeing group of Peltas, the Malevolence and its starfighters engaged Skywalker and his squadron, and in the ensuing battle, Skywalker lost nearly half of his squadron. At the behest of Tano and Koon, Skywalker decided to change his strategy of attacking the bridge to targeting the ion cannons of the Malevolence.
This strategy turned out to be successful, as the Malevolence received critical damage to both of its ion cannons and hyperdrive, with extensive damage throughout the vessel. As three Venators lead by Kenobi and Yularen arrived, Grievous was forced to call of his attack and retreat and call for reinforcements. In the aftermath of the battle, the surviving Pelta frigates returned to the medical station, the Separatist reinforcements were engaged by Jedi General Luminara Unduli and her forces, and the Malevolence would eventually be destroyed after its hyperdrive was sabotaged, sending it crashing into a nearby moon.
- "Very well. Take a medical frigate."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Ahsoka Tano and Barriss Offee
In 21 BBY in the aftermath of the Second Battle of Geonosis, Republic forces situated on Geonosis received a distress call from Jedi General Mace Windu and his forces on Dantooine. Windu's defenses held, but the battle was costly to his men and he requested medical supplies. With Skywalker, Kenobi, Unduli, and Jedi General Ki-Adi-Mundi occupied with the aftermath of the battle and the transportation of Archduke Poggle the Lesser to Coruscant for interrogation, Skywalker suggested that they let padawans Tano and Barriss Offee handle the supply mission and use TB-73, a Pelta-class frigate, to pick up the supplies from a Haven-class medical station and transport them to Dantooine. Tango Company was ordered to accompany the Jedi, however, unbeknownst to all of them, Scythe, a member of Tango Company, was infected by a Geonosian brain worm, previously seen and thought destroyed along with the Progate Temple, in which Queen Karina the Great used the brain worms to form a hive mind and reanimate dead Geonosian warriors to create an undead army.
An infected Scythe gathered more Geonosian brain worms and brought them inside TB-73, resulting in the infection of most of the crew, and soon took command of the bridge after killing the pilots. Tano and Offee, unaware of the dire situation, went to the mess hall to eat and relax when they were attacked by several infected clone troopers. Deciding to split up, Tano was able to communicate with Clone Captain CT-7567 and Skywalker, and informed them of her situation. Skywalker interrogated Poggle for information on how to stop the brain worms without the knowledge of the others. After Skywalker force choked Poggle, he informed Skywalker that the worms were affected by the cold. After Offee was infected, she engaged in a duel with Tano, with Tano being able to escape and rupture the coolant system onboard the ship as instructed by Skywalker.
One by one, the brain worms began to become affected by the severe cold, just as TB-73 came out of hyperspace. Jedi General Kit Fisto, who was onboard the medical station, dispatched two Republic tugboats to help guide the ship into the docking port. The spacetugs were having difficulty guiding the ship in, with the tug pilots deducing that the pilots of TB-73 were dead and that there was no one at the controls. After Tano briefly dueled Offee once more in the bridge, Tano was able to kill the brain worm that infected Offee, rendering her unconscious. The tugs were eventually successful in docking TB-73 to the medical station, preventing a collision between TB-73, the medical station, and other Peltas docked with the station. Republic forces quarantined the ship and rescued Tano, Offee, and the clone troopers, who were all able to recover from the cold and the infections.
- "Let's get these cans unloaded."
- ―Clone Commander Wolffe during the mission to Aleen
Later, after the Endurance was sabotaged by Boba Fett in a plot to seek revenge against Windu for killing his father, Jango Fett, the Endurance crashed on the surface of Vanqor, and a Pelta-class frigate under the command of Captain Silver arrived in the system to pick up survivors who evacuated before the ship entered atmosphere. The Pelta remained in the area until Skywalker and Windu, who evacuated the ship before it crashed, reported from the crash site that there were no other survivors. Later in the war, during the Battle of Sullust, as least one Pelta-class frigate participated in the battle, staying closer to larger Republic capital ships.
After earthquakes rocked the planet Aleen in 20 BBY, the 104th Battalion under the command of Clone Commander CC-3636 "Wolffe", were dispatched with an Acclamator-class assault ship and three Pelta-class frigates to give the Aleena supplies and help them rebuild. Later, following the conclusion of the Battle of Kadavo and the rescue of Togruta colonists of Kiros who were kidnapped to be sold into slavery, several Pelta-class frigates, a Venator-class Star Destroyer, and an Arquitens-class light cruiser were on site to aid the colonists.
In the aftermath of the attack on Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet and its destruction at the hands of Grievous near Florrum, Kenobi and his fellow survivors were rescued, and were situated in a Venator-class Star Destroyer with several Pelta-class frigates escorting, when Hondo Ohnaka and the remnants of his pirate cartel arrived with a group of Jedi younglings and Tano, who had previously been captured by Ohnaka and his gang until an attack by Grievous.
- "I will not abandon our command ship!"
- ―Commander Jun Sato during the attack on Phoenix Squadron
With the fall of the Galactic Republic and the rise of the Galactic Empire, the early rebellion, and later Rebel Alliance, utilized Pelta-class frigates as hospital ships, with several Pelta frigates being retrofitted with turbolasers and point-defense laser cannons to fulfill larger roles such as anti-starfighter, fire support, communications, and command roles. At some point during the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, Kaeden Larte enrolled in the medical program, and was stationed on a Pelta-class frigate that served as a medical frigate.
By 4 BBY, one retrofitted Pelta-class frigate, Phoenix Home, served as the flagship of Phoenix Cell that was under the leadership of Commander Jun Sato. The vessel was destroyed by the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, during the Siege of Lothal, when Vader used his TIE Advanced X1 during the attack with the objective of finding and destroying the fleet and capturnig the cell's leaders. After the destruction of Phoenix Home, Sato and other members of Phoenix Cell discussed the loss of their command ship, and they realized that they would need to establish a suitable base.
Sometime between 4 BBY and 3 BBY, following the blockade of Ibaar, Mon Calamari Admiral Raddus sent a document composed by his aides, Caitken and Shollan, to Commander Mon Mothma detailing the Alliance Fleet's current status. Attached to the document, Raddus wrote that the fleet was getting by with smaller vessels as the heavier starships were not yet online, and that the Alliance was not ready for fleet engagements against the Empire. The report detailed the major composition of the fleet, which included Pelta-class frigates, CR90 corvettes, CR70 corvettes, Hammerhead corvettes, Dornean gunships, and GR-75 medium transports.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Republic medical frigate first appeared in the 2008 theatrical film Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The frigate went on to appear in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series, and was prominently featured in the 2009 episode "Brain Invaders," where it served as the primary setting of the episode. The vessel was first provided with its proper canonical name in the Databank on the StarWars.com website.
The frigate was first named in the Star Wars Legends continuity via The Clone Wars Campaign Guide, which was released in 2009. In its entry for the Pelta-class frigate, the 2018 canon reference book Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles incorrectly identifies the model as a YT-2400.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Supply Lines"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mercy Mission"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nomad Droids" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Escape from Kadavo"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Necessary Bond"
- Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Lost Commanders" (Appears in hologram)
- "By Whatever Sun"—From a Certain Point of View (Mentioned only)
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 1.14 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Armada – Phoenix Home Expansion Pack
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
- ↑ 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide: Epic Battles
- ↑ 11.0 11.1
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
- ↑ 13.0 13.1
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mercy Mission"
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Supply Lines"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Escape from Kadavo"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bound for Rescue"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Necessary Bond"
- ↑ "Born in the Storm"—From a Certain Point of View
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels: Darth Vader, Rebel Hunter!
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "The Lost Commanders"
- ↑ Since the blockade of Ibaar takes place after the Siege of Lothal, which according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas is in 4 BBY, and before the mission on Lothal, which takes place in 3 BBY because Leia Organa joined the rebellion when she was 16 years old according to Leia, Princess of Alderaan. Because Leia Organa was born in 19 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas and is depicted as part of the rebellion during the mission on Lothal, and because the blockade of Ibaar is depicted in "Wings of the Master," which was released after Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal where the siege of Lothal was depicted and before "A Princess on Lothal" where the mission on Lothal was depicted, it can be deduced that the blockade of Ibaar takes place between 4 BBY and 3 BBY.
- ↑ The Clone Wars Campaign Guide