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Merai Shark
Shark
Production information
Manufacturer

Mon Calamari Shipyards

Technical specifications
Armament

Laser cannons (2)

Crew

Pilot (1)

Usage
Role(s)

Heavy starfighter

Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era

Earliest sighting

21.8 BBY

Destroyed

21.8 BBY

Present for battles/events

First Battle of Kamino

Affiliation

Confederacy of Independent Systems

Owner(s)

Merai

Commander(s)

Commander Merai

The Shark was Commander Merai's personal heavy starfighter during the Clone Wars. It was of Mon Calamari design.

HistoryEdit

Merai was a military officer who had aligned himself with the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and retained command of a Lucrehulk-class battleship. While outfitted with CIS assets, he made sure to keep the Shark in the hangar, often relying on his own piloting skills to take the fighter out and direct battle actions from it.

TheShark

Merai pilots the Shark while being pursued by Republic forces during the First Battle of Kamino.

Separatist leader Count Dooku approved Passel Argente's plan to attack Kamino, and Argente decided to employ Merai as the on-location commander of the assault forces. It was a poorly planned and coordinated attack, with the loosely defined objective of destroying the main reactor of Tipoca City, thereby hampering the Republic's ability to create clones. With such limited resources and intelligence, Merai charged headlong into the assault.

Within minutes, Merai's forces were engaged by Jedi starfighters defending Kamino. Merai's own warship was severely crippled, and true to form, he raced to the cockpit of the Shark. Bent on completing the objective, he pressed on towards to what was believed to be the reactor, only to encounter Jedi and Republic fighters waiting for him en masse.

Hounded and beset on all sides by the defenders who now became the aggressors, Merai turned the Shark back towards orbit, hoping to destroy as many hyperspace rings as he could, thus stranding the Jedi here on Kamino. With no other option left, he enacted the self-destruct, but even in this, the resulting damage was marginal in light of his own loss.

The battle concluded as a victory for the Republic, and Merai and his Shark became little more than footnotes.

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit


Mon Calamari starship classes
Transports
A-Z-Z-3 light freighter · Bantha-class assault shuttle · Crix-class diplomatic courier shuttle
DeepWater-class light freighter · Kuari Princess · MC-18 light freighter
MC80 evacuation cruiser · Mon Calamari ceremonial ship · Nautical Star
Sailfish-class transport · Simiyar-class light freighter · Wander-class jump freighter
Starfighters
Amphibious fighter
Carriers
Mon Calamari heavy carrier
Frigates and escorts
MC30c frigate · MC40a light cruiser
ShaShore-class frigate · Tri-Scythe-class frigate
Cruisers and Star Destroyers
Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser (on license) · Imperious-class Star Destroyer
MC80 Liberty type Star Cruiser · MC80a Star Cruiser
MC80B Star Cruiser · MC90 Star Cruiser · Republic-class Star Destroyer
Battlecruisers
Mediator-class battle cruiser · MC140 Scythe-class main battle cruiser
Battleships
MC80 Home One type Star Cruiser
Mon Calamari capital ship (Clone Wars) · Viscount-class Star Defender
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