- "This, my friends.This is our rebellion."
- ―Senator Mon Mothma
The Alliance Fleet, also known as the Rebel fleet, the Rebel Alliance Navy, the Rebel Navy, or simply the Rebel Alliance Fleet, was the military naval force of the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. It was formed from starships of various rebel cells. Following the Battle of Endor and the formation of the New Republic, the Alliance Fleet transitioned into the New Republic Defense Fleet.
In 4 BBY, Phoenix Squadron dispatched three CR90 corvettes to rescue the rebel cell Spectres during a skirmish above Mustafar. The corvettes destroyed several TIE fighters before spiriting the Spectres away into space. The Spectres soon learned that they were one cell among many others. Later elements of the rebel fleet ambushed an Imperial convoy and stole several deflector shield generators. While hiding in deep space, the Phoenix Squadron's ships came under attack from the Sith Lord Darth Vader, who destroyed several A-wings and the Squadron's flagship Phoenix Home. Despite these losses, the rebels managed to flee into hyperspace before Imperial reinforcements arrived.
When the former Clone Captain Rex joined Phoenix Squadron, he supplied them with information on the location of former Republic bases in the Outer Rim Territories and some Mandalorian ones. Later, the rebel fleet made two attempts to breach the Imperial blockade of Ibaar. After losing a corvette, the rebel pilot Hera Syndulla managed to break through using a prototype B-wing starfighter. As a result, she was promoted to Phoenix Leader. Later on in 3 BBY, the rebel fleet was forced to abandon their facilities in Garel City after the Empire launched an attack on the planet Garel. At least one ship was shot down but most of the fleet escaped into hyperspace.
After learning of the rebel fleet's losses, Senator Bail Organa sent three Hammerhead-class corvettes to reinforce the fleet. The Spectres and Ryder Azadi managed to steal the ships from the Lothal Depot with the help of Princess Leia Organa. During a diplomatic mission to the Concord Dawn system, elements of the Phoenix Squadron were attacked by Fenn Rau's Fang fighters. In response, the rebels attacked the Protectors' encampment on the third moon of Concord Dawn and kidnapped Rau. As a result, Rau granted the rebel fleet safe passage through the Concord Dawn system.
Later, the loss of A-wings led the rebels to steal an Imperial Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier above Ryloth with the help of the Free Ryloth movement. The stolen Imperial ship became their new fighter carrier and flagship Phoenix Nest. The Empire later tried to lure the rebel fleet into a trap in the Yost system by attacking the Phoenix Squadron in deep space. However, the rebel astromech droid Chopper and the defecting Imperial inventory droid AP-5 gave the rebel fleet the coordinates to a safe planet called Atollon. Atollon became the site for a new rebel base called Chopper Base.
In 2 BBY, the Imperial tactician Grand Admiral Thrawn turned his attention to defeating the rebel fleet, which he viewed as a threat to the Empire's armada and the Emperor's plans. Under his orders, Governor Arihnda Pryce, Admiral Kassius Konstantine, and Agent Kallus intercepted Phoenix Squadron above the planet Yarma. However, Thrawn realised that this was not the complete rebel fleet and instructed his subordinates to allow the rebels to escape with five stolen Y-wing bombers. These Y-wings were later transferred to General Jan Dodonna's unit.
Later, the rebel fleet's Phoenix Squadron evacuated rebel sympathizers from the planet Mykapo prior to an Imperial crackdown. Commander Jun Sato also managed to rescue his nephew Mart Mattin and his Iron Squadron with the help of the Spectres. Thrawn allowed the Phoenix Squadron to escape into space since he was after the entire rebel fleet.
Following Admiral Kassius Konstantine's failed attempt to capture Senator Mon Mothma, starships from various rebel cells assembled at Dantooine to become the Rebel Alliance's fleet to fight the Empire.
Early rebellion against the Galactic EmpireEdit
- "...Thrawn believes this is the entire rebel fleet."
- ―Hera Syndulla
One of the first engagements the nascent Alliance Fleet took part in was defending Atollon–home to Chopper Base and Phoenix Squadron. The battle was a disastrous rout for the Alliance, with their base and nearly the entire fleet that engaged the Imperials being lost in combat. Only two Hammerhead corvettes, the CR90 corvette Liberator and a scattering of starfighters survived.
Galactic Civil WarEdit
Battle of ScarifEdit
The first major action of the Alliance Fleet, was at Scarif. Here, a fleet led by Admiral Raddus assaulted the Imperial outpost on Scarif, to support the theft of the Death Star plans. Despite being outgunned, as a majority of their ships were transports, the Alliance ships put up a fierce fight. Though they sustained heavy starfighter losses, the rebels managed to destroy two Imperial-class Star Destroyers and the Shield Gate, before being forced to retreat with the arrival of the Death Star and the Devastator. Even though the flagship, the Profundity, was disabled and other ships destroyed, a large part of the fleet managed to escape.
Following the Battle of Yavin, Admiral Gial Ackbar and the Rebel Fleet arrived at Yavin 4 to begin evacuating their base. Afterwards, the Rebel Fleet orbited the remote world of Orto Plutonia while waiting for a suitable base of operations to be established, sending rebel troopers to the planet below for training exercises. The mathematical genius Drusil Bephorin correctly predicted that the Rebel Fleet would be located there and was later rescued from her Imperial captivity by Luke Skywalker. Following the rebel attack on Cymoon 1, Princess Leia and her team rendezvoused with the fleet to meet Ackbar and Mon Mothma.
Battle of HothEdit
During the Battle of Hoth, many transports from the Alliance fleet were used to evacuate personnel and equipment from Echo Base. Although the battle was a loss for the Rebellion, a significant portion of the Rebels managed to flee Hoth. Following the Battle of Hoth, a new rebel base was erected on the remote world of 5251977. Following heavy losses after Hoth, the rebel fleet utilized the scatter protocol, splitting the fleet into small fragments spread out across the galaxy in an effort to deny the Empire a swift propaganda victory like it had on Hoth, as well as overextending the Imperial Navy in its effort to engage the rebellion. Unlike the previous bold encounters following the Battle of Yavin, the Rebel Fleet now waged a war of survival.
Assembling near SullustEdit
After a high-stakes meeting on the Outer Rim world of Zastiga, where numerous members of the Alliance learned of the existence and location of the second Death Star, the fleet gathered over the planet Sullust prior to their attack, knowing that their failure to immediately destroy the Empire's dreaded battle station would spell doom for the entire revolutionary movement. Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian joined the fleet here after rescuing Han Solo from Tatooine, where they were soon joined by Luke Skywalker after he returned from Dagobah.
Battle of EndorEdit
Upon arriving at the Forest moon of Endor, the larger capital ships engaged the Imperial Fleet in the Battle of Endor. At least two Mon Calamari star cruisers were destroyed by the second Death Star's operational superlaser, but the other ships were able to pull into close range of the Imperial fleet to attack. Despite heavy losses, they were able to defeat the forces massed at Endor. After the battle, the New Republic was established by leaders of the Alliance, and the Alliance Fleet was reorganized into the New Republic Defense Fleet.
Command and ControlEdit
The fleet and its activities were overseen by Alliance High Command, who managed the logistical and strategic matters of the Rebellion's efforts against the dominant Galactic Empire, with Gial Ackbar serving as admiral of the Fleet. As an all volunteer military, recruits could come and go as they pleased without reporting it to their superiors. Such practice, however, was frowned upon, while members would often stay with the fleet owing to a sense of camaraderie and impracticality of returning to their home systems, which were often under Imperial control. With the Fleet constantly moving, it could take weeks for a separated pilot to rejoin their squadron, owing in part to the scatter protocol for rebel pilots, which established a practice of randomly choosing a path to various worlds throughout hyperspace in order to lose any possible Imperial pursuit.
Groups under the Alliance FleetEdit
- Fleet Troopers
- Massassi Group
- Mon Calamari Exodus Fleet
- Phoenix Squadron
- Task Force Antilles
- Task Force Organa
- CR70 corvettes
- CR90 corvettes
- Hammerhead-class corvettes
- Heavy cruisers
- Star Cruisers
- MC75 cruisers
- MC80 star cruisers
- Atom Edge
- HWK-290 freighters
- Mighty Oak Apocalypse
- Trumpet's Call
- Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 cargo freighter
- Modified VCX-100 light freighter
- Modified YT-1300 light freighters
- YT-2400 light freighters
- DP20 Frigate
- EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate
- Modified Pelta-class frigates
- Braha'tok-class gunship
- Modified CR-20 troop carrier
- X4 line
- UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support crafts
- E-50 Landseer
- GX1 short hauler
- Lambda-class T-4a shuttles (Stolen)
- Sheathipede-class transport shuttle
- Taylander shuttle
- A-wing starfighters
- A/SF-01 B-wing starfighters
- Fang fighter
- Kom'rk-class fighter
- X-wing starfighters
- Y-wing starfighters
- Z-95 Headhunters
- CR25 troop carriers
- E-9 Explorers
- GR-75 medium transports
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