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.
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 transgalactic military assault ship. In addition to role as a battle ship, the Acclamator-class was a transport vessel with a carrying capacity of 16,000 troopers.
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.
A force of clone navigation officers assisted in crewing the Navy's arsenal of warships. 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.
The Clone Wars beginEdit
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.
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. In the next battle on the planet of Teth squadrons of V-19 Torrent starfighters operated together with Jedi starfighters.
In the Mission to Rugosa Jedi General Yoda traveled aboard a refitted Consular-class cruiser. 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-B Y-wings with the purpose of destroying the Malevolence, but he initially failed, succeeding only in boarding the ship. Nu-class transports were employed in several battles in this period, such as on Christophsis, Ryloth, the Rishi moon, Vassek's third moon and Florrum. General Skywalker often used a G9 Rigger freighter named Twilight since the Battle of Teth, in which he stole the ship.
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. 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. Additionally, Pelta-class frigates were deployed to help the injured troopers. 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. The battle also used a Eta-class shuttle for the first time. 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. These kinds of ships were also used in the Battle of Sullust. 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.
The Clone Wars endEdit
Since the Battle of Umbara, Republic had used Clone Z-95 starfighters as its main starfighter forces. A large group of naval forces surrounded the space station Valor during the Republic strategy conference. 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 space 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. The gunship Havoc Marauder was used by Clone Force 99 in the Battle for Anaxes and the Mission to Skako Minor in the final years of the war.
Capital ship classesEdit
- Venator-class Star Destroyer
- Victory-class Star Destroyer
Cruisers and CorvettesEdit
- Arquitens-class light cruiser
- Consular-class cruiser
- CR90 corvette
- Pelta-class frigate
- Stealth ship
- Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry
- Low Altitude Assault Transport/carrier
- CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle
- Eta-class shuttle
- Nu-class transport
- T-6 shuttle
- Theta-class T-2c shuttle
Space stations and superweaponsEdit
- Haven-class medical station
- Regalia Station
- Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighter
- ARC-170 starfighter
- BTL-B Y-wing
- Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor
- Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor
- Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor
- V-19 Torrent starfighter
- Z-95 Headhunter
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