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Providence-class carrier/destroyer
Production information
Manufacturer
Model

Providence-class carrier/destroyer[2]

Class
Cost

AurebeshSans-Serif credit 78 million [2]

Technical specifications
Length
  • 1,088 meters (stock)[5]
  • 2,177.35 meters (larger variant)[6]
Width

198 meters[5]

Height/depth

374 meters[5]

Maximum acceleration

2,500G[5]

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

1,050 km/h[2]

Engine unit(s)

3 Nubian Creveld-4 radial ion drives[5]

Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 1.5[2]
  • Backup: Class 10[2]
Power output

Peak: >1,08 × 1024 W[5]

Power plant

Hypermatter annihilation reactor[5]

Shielding

Equipped; thermal shield (some ships)[7]

Navigation system

Navicomputer[2]

Armament
  • Quad turbolaser battery[2]
  • Dual laser cannon batteries (3)[2]
  • Heavy ion cannons[2]
  • Point-defense ion cannon battery[2]
  • Proton torpedo launcher batteries (8)[2]
    • 2,800 proton torpedoes[2]
Complement

Landing craft/shuttles (8)[2]

Crew

22,350[2]

Passengers

48,247[2]

Cargo capacity

29,000 tons[2]

Consumables

1 year[2]

Life support

Equipped[7]

Usage
Role(s)
Year introduced

22 BBY[7][1]

Era(s)
Affiliation

The Providence-class carrier/destroyer, additionally designated as the Dreadnaught-class command ship and also known as the Trade Federation cruiser or the Separatist dreadnought, was a series of capital ship models fielded by the Confederate Navy during the Clone Wars. It was originally produced and used by the Trade Federation, hence the nickname.[11]

DescriptionEdit

DimensionsEdit

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A Separatist flak gun battery on board the Invisible Hand

Designed by the Quarren Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps, the rounded, pseudo-organic aesthetic capital ships, influenced by the planet Dac, would be echoed in the design of the later Mon Calamari Star Cruisers. The ships were operated by 600 droids, but commanded by sentient officers.[5]

Providence-class ships were massive, cylindrical 1,088-meter-long warships with a pointed nose that tapered towards the superstructure. Some Providence-class vessels were longer, measuring 2,177.35 meters. These ships were said to be some of the biggest in the Separatist fleet and were capable of holding a planetary blockade almost by themselves.[6] This enlarged model was billed as the "Separatist Dreadnought".[1] Rising from the stern portion of the vessel, was an elongated main communications and sensor pod.[5] The ships, like all Mon Calamari and Quarren designs, were designed to be capable of landing on water in case of emergencies.[2]

Modular compartmentsEdit

Providence-class ships featured modular compartments which made the vessels very easy to modify. This made it possible to easily upgrade the propulsion systems or weaponry of a given ship, as well as making it possible to convert the ships into starfighter carriers, or other variations. The Invisible Hand was one example of a heavily modified Providence-class ship.[2]

Offensive and defensive systemsEdit

The surface of Providence-class ships were covered with numerous heavy weapons emplacements. Modified vessels such as the Invisible Hand included a number of turret-mounted quad turbolasers, thirty-four dual laser cannons, two capital-scale ion cannons, twelve point-defense ion cannons, and 8 proton torpedo batteries.[2]

The reactors on-board each vessel produced so much power that even their point-defense ion cannons were each capable of delivering enough heat per shot to rival a 4.8 megaton bomb. This weaponry and armor made them capable of taking on Victory and Venator-class Star Destroyers.[5]

Propulsion systemsEdit

Engine settings
Emergency booster engines firing up (top); blast shields in the process of closing over the thrusters (bottom)

Along with thick and extensive hullplating unusual for most small-and medium-sized CIS warships, and a network of heavy combat shield generators, the ships relied on three Creveld-4 radial ion drive units for sublight propulsion and featured an advanced Class 1.5 hyperdrive. Standard vessels had their sterns filled with reactors and thrusters, while some ships were modified to allow for bigger hangar space.[5]

The thrusters could be arranged to provide different emergency settings, the main one using blast shields to redirect the ion particles exiting the thusters, and provide a breaking thrust which slowed the ship's movement during an atmospheric descent.[5] A similar setting utilized emergency booster engines to slow the ship.[8] In addition to thrusters, a Providence-class ship could utilize airbrake panels that lined the ship to slow descent in an atmosphere.[5]

Bridge towerEdit

The Providence-class command center was located at the front of the vessel, in a forward facing tower similar to the Recusant-class light destroyer; this setup made the Providence-class slightly more maneuverable than its Republic counterparts particularly in atmospheres[2]. The ship's commander was seated in the middle of the bridge, surrounded by control stations on all sides, manned by OOM pilot battle droids or living crew members. In case of a breach in the bridge transparisteel windows, shield doors could be activated to seal off the affected area.[8]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

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A Providence-class destroyer with two Hardcell-class transports.

The Providence-class came about as an updated model of Rendili StarDrive's Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser. Quarren manufacturers, originally working on license for Rendili, improved on the design and enlarged it several times to create new models for the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[1] The Providence-class destroyers were built on the Quarren-colonized world of Pammant. Their construction served to hide the more secretive building of the massive Subjugator-class heavy cruisers.[2]

Confederate serviceEdit

When the Quarren allied with the Confederacy, Providence-class ships became the heart of the Separatist starfleet, using their firepower to combat Republic cruisers and acting as point ships for planetary blockades, bombardments, and invasions. They proved problematic to other Republic capital ships, such as the Venator and Victory-class Star Destroyers.

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Invincible

Providence-class ships would be used extensively in Confederate offensives in the late Clone Wars, and would be present at several Separatist conquests.[12] During this time, the most famous vessel of the Providence-class was a modified specimen named Invisible Hand, which served as flagship for General Grievous.[8] Some commanders used the larger Providence-class variant examplified by the Separatist dreadnought Invincible, famously used by Admiral Trench.[13][1]

Post-Clone Wars serviceEdit

At least one Providence-class ship was used by Gizor Dellso's navy against an Imperial invasion force during the Battle of Mustafar.[10]

A heavily modified Providence-class vessel, Rebel One, later operated in the Rebel Alliance Fleet.[9] The Rebel One later took part in the battle of Deepspace Besh after the Rebel Fleet was ambushed.[1]

Known shipsEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

On the commentary track for Revenge of the Sith, Lucas refers to Grievous's ship as a "Star Destroyer". This might be an indication that the distinction between destroyers in the Galactic Republic/Empire and similar ships in other fleets is simply a case of semantics.

The craft loosely resembles the shape of real-life zeppelins and other airships. This is further brought out during one transition scene in Episode III when the Invisible Hand passes, as the sound effect for its motors resemble the engines on some airships.

In Star Wars: Battlefront II and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the ship is depicted as having 2 thrusters, but in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Clone Wars, the ship has 3 thrusters.

The Essential Guide to Warfare was the first source to state Mon Calamari involvement in the design of the ship. In part 12 of Jason Fry's endnotes for the book, Paul Urquhart mentioned that he mentioned the Mon Calamari involvement in the design due to the front of the vessels being similar. He also mentioned that he suspected that the similar design in Star Wars: The Clone Wars was deliberate.[14]

AppearancesEdit

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Providence-class carrier/destroyers invade a Purple planet.

Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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