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The Republic Navy, also referred to as the Republic fleet, was the military naval force of the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. Formed as a branch of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Navy served to transport the clone army across the galaxy while also engaging in ship-to-ship combat with the Separatist navy. Following the end of the war and the formation of the Galactic Empire, the Republic Navy transitioned into the Imperial Navy.

BackgroundEdit

The Republic Navy was the naval branch of the Grand Army of the Republic, a military force created to fight for the Galactic Republic against the Confederacy of Independent Systems in the Clone Wars. With a fleet of warships at its disposal, the Navy supported the Republic war effort by ferrying clone troopers across the galaxy as well as engaging in ship-to-ship combat with the Separatist navy. Among its naval assets was the Acclamator-class assault ship.[2] In addition to role as a battle ship,[12] the Acclamator-class was a transport vessel with a carrying capacity of 16,000 troopers.[13]

The formation of the Republic Navy also led to the introduction of a line of wedge-shaped capital ships known as Star Destroyers, beginning with the Venator-class Star Destroyer. Like the Acclamators, the Venator-class was a combat vessel and troop transport. It was also designed to be more versatile, allowing for Venators to be used as carriers for starfighter operations as well.[14]

A force of clone navigation officers assisted in crewing the Navy's arsenal of warships.[2] As part of a wartime bargain between the Office of the Chancellor and the Jedi Order, a cadre of non-clone veteran officers were assigned to work alongside the newly-appointed Jedi Generals.[15]

HistoryEdit

The Clone Wars beginEdit

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The Clone Wars was a galaxy-wide civil war that heralded the rise of the Republic Navy.

The Republic Navy participated in the Battle of Geonosis, the first battle of the Clone Wars, twenty-two years before the Battle of Yavin. Acclamator-class warships and Low Altitude Assault Transports were used to carry troops and vehicles on the planet, in an effort to help Jedi forces repel the Separatist Droid Army. Following the Republic victory on Geonosis, the Grand Army and its naval counterpart were presented on Coruscant to Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine and several members of the Galactic Senate, who witnessed clone regiments boarding Acclamators in preparation for deployment.[1]

Some time after the Battle of Geonosis, in the Battle of Christophsis Venator-class Star Destroyers were deployed instead of Acclamator-class ships, engaging Separatist battleships that were blockading the planet. A stealth ship prototype was tested in the battle and managed to destroy Admiral Trench's flagship, the Invincible.[16] In the next battle on the planet of Teth squadrons of V-19 Torrent starfighters operated together with Jedi starfighters.[2]

Subsequent campaignsEdit

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The Republic Navy was deployed across the galaxy, from Coruscant to the Outer Rim.

In the Mission to Rugosa Jedi General Yoda traveled aboard a refitted Consular-class cruiser.[17] The Separatist superweapon known as the Malevolence destroyed a group of Pelta-class frigates, used as medical transports by the Republic. Afterwards, Jedi General Anakin Skywalker led a squadron of BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bombers with the purpose of destroying the Malevolence, but he initially failed, succeeding only in boarding the ship.[18][19] Nu-class transports were employed in several battles in this period, such as on Christophsis,[2] Ryloth[20], the Rishi moon[21], Vassek's third moon[22] and Florrum[23]. General Skywalker often used a G9 Rigger freighter named Twilight since the Battle of Teth, in which he stole the ship.[2]

In the Battle of Malastare the Republic used many starfighters to bomb Separatist ground forces marching against them, consisting of Y-wings and ARC-170 starfighters.[24] In the Second Battle of Geonosis, the Republic deployed a great amount of naval forces, again using the Low Altitude Assault Transport/carriers deployed in the rescue of the Jedi team in the first battle.[25] Additionally, Pelta-class frigates were deployed to help the injured troopers.[26] In the Battle of Saleucami, after the capture of Eeth Koth, Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet included for the first time an Arquitrens-class light cruiser.[27] The battle also used a Eta-class shuttle for the first time.[27] Large naval forces were employed in the Defense of Kamino, when General Grievous struck the clones' home, including ARC-170 and Y-wing starfighters and Venator-class, Acclamator-class and Arquitens-class ships.[28] These kinds of ships were also used in the Battle of Sullust.[29] Later, modified LAAT/i's were deployed in the Battle of Lola Sayu to evacuate a Jedi rescue team run to save Jedi General Even Piell.[4]

The Clone Wars endEdit

Imperial attack cruisers

After the conflict, Republic naval assets were absorbed by the Galactic Empire.

Since the Battle of Umbara, Republic had used Clone Z-95 starfighters as its main starfighter forces.[30] A large group of naval forces surrounded the space station Valor during the Republic strategy conference.[31] Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano piloted Eta-2 Actis-class interceptors in the Defense of Cato Neimoidia; this kind of starfighter was used by Jedi often in the last part of the Clone Wars. A large formation of Republic capital ships attacked the ring station surrounding the world of Ringo Vinda, including ARC-170, Y-wing and Clone Z-95 starfighters, a Jedi ambassador shuttle, a Nu-class shuttle, Republic frigates, Arquitens-class, Acclamator-class and Venator-class capital ships.[32] The gunship Havoc Marauder was used by Clone Force 99 in the Battle for Anaxes[33] and the Mission to Skako Minor in the final years of the war.[34]

ShipsEdit

Starships used before the Clone WarsEdit

Cruisers and CorvettesEdit

ShuttlesEdit

Jedi StarfightersEdit

TransportEdit

Starships used during the Clone WarsEdit

Space stations and superweaponsEdit

Capital ship classesEdit

Assault shipsEdit

Cruisers and CorvettesEdit

GunshipsEdit

ShuttlesEdit

StarfightersEdit

Jedi StarfightersEdit

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dark Disciple
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Supply Lines"
  6. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Death Trap"
  7. Ultimate Star Wars
  8. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  9. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
  10. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Overlords"
  11. Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  12. Star Wars in 100 Scenes
  13. Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy
  14. StarWars-DatabankII Imperial Star Destroyer in the Databank
  15. StarWars-DatabankII Admiral Yularen in the Databank
  16. 16.0 16.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
  17. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  18. 18.0 18.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
  19. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
  20. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  21. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  22. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous"
  23. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gungan General"
  24. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast"
  25. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  26. 26.0 26.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  28. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
  29. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
  30. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
  31. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Point of No Return"
  32. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
  33. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
  34. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Distant Echo"
  35. 35.0 35.1 Obi-Wan & Anakin, Part V
  36. 36.0 36.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  37. 37.0 37.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
  38. Obi-Wan & Anakin, Part I
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 Star Wars 26: Yoda's Secret War, Part I
  40. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gathering"
  41. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Always Two There Are"
  42. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters"
  43. Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  44. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Point of No Return"
  45. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Kidnapped"
  46. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Clone Cadets"
  47. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bound for Rescue"
  48. 48.0 48.1 Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Three
  49. Kanan 8: First Blood, Part II: The Towers of the Temple
  50. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
  51. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
  52. Kanan 4: The Last Padawan, Part IV: Catch
  53. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  54. Star Wars in 100 Scenes
  55. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Before_the_Awakening
  56. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
  57. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Unfinished Business"
  58. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Secret Weapons"
  59. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destiny"

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