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"I am looking through the viewscreen, and I believe I see a Star Destroyer. That cannot be. This mission will be easy, you said. But nothing about a Star Destroyer is easy."
Aleksin to Lando Calrissian[src]

The Imperial-class Star Destroyer, a symbol of the Emperor's power

A Star Destroyer was a powerful, feared, dagger-shaped line of capital ships that were put into use by both the Galactic Republic and Empire,[1] as well as the First Order.[2]

Notable examples of Star Destroyers include the Imperial-class Star Destroyer and its predecessor the Venator-class Star Destroyer.[1]

According to Everi Chalis, Star Destroyers were the most resource-intensive ships the galaxy had ever seen, and only Kuat possessed shipyards capable of supporting and maintaining more than a handful at a time.[3]


During the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic Navy fielded a fleet of Venator-class Star Destroyers. The Venator-class saw action in numerous battles against the Separatist navy including the Battle of Coruscant. Following the transformation of the Republic into the Galactic Empire, the Republic's Star Destroyers were incorporated into the new Imperial Navy.[4] Aside from the Venator and Imperial-class Star Destroyers, other known models in Imperial service included the Victory and Secutor-class Star Destroyers.[5]

During the rebellion and the Galactic Civil War, Imperial Star Destroyers took part in numerous engagements against the various rebel forces that eventually coalesced into the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[6][7] Star Destroyers were deployed during the secret mission to Tatooine[8], Battle of Hoth[9], and the Battle of Endor.[10]

Following the events at Endor, the Rebel Alliance's successor government, the New Republic, captured and destroyed numerous Star Destroyers in several engagements including the Battle over Naboo[11], the Rebellion on Akiva[12], the Battle for Kuat Drive Yards, and the Liberation of Kashyyyk.[13] By 5 ABY, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane estimated that 75% of the Imperial Star Destroyers before Endor had either been destroyed, captured, or lost in "confirmable if curious ways." While trawling through the archives at the Hall of Imperial Register on Coruscant, Sloane discovered that the remaining 25% had mysteriously disappeared and their purported destruction had been falsified.[13]

Later, Sloane learned that Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax secretly commanded Imperial fleets in the Almagest, the Recluse's Nebula, the Queluhan Nebula, the Ro-Loo Triangle, and the Inamorata. These fleets consisted of hundreds of Star Destroyers and thousands of smaller ships. Following the Attack on Chandrila, Rax ordered the Imperial fleets to assemble above the planet Jakku.[13] Numerous Star Destroyers including Captain Ciena Ree's starship Inflictor saw action during the Battle of Jakku; a cataclysmic battle which ended the Galactic Civil War in favor of the New Republic.[14]

Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, the barren surface of Jakku was still littered with the wreckage of countless Star Destroyers. These derelict starships were regularly targeted by scavengers.[15] The First Order, a remnant of the Old Empire, was also known to utilize Star Destroyers as part of its fleet.[16] The First Order's Resurgent-class Battlecruisers were inspired by the dagger-shaped design of the Old Empire's Star Destroyers.[17]


Imperial-class Star DestroyerEdit

Imperial I-class SD - RO

The Executrix, an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer

The Imperial-class Star Destroyer was a star destroyer employed by the Galactic Empire after the fall of the Galactic Republic as a replacement to the smaller Venator-class Star Destroyer.[1] The Imperial-class consisted of two variants; Imperial I-class[18] and Imperial II-class.[11]

Qaz-class Star DestroyerEdit

The Qaz-class Star Destroyer was a warship in use after the Clone Wars, equipped with powerful laser batteries.[19]

Secutor-class Star DestroyerEdit

The Secutor-class Star Destroyer was a model of Star Destroyer used by the Galactic Empire sometime after the end of the Galactic Republic.[5]

Tector-class Star DestroyerEdit


The Tector-class Star Destroyer

The Tector-class Star Destroyer was utilized by the Galactic Empire during the Battle of Endor.[20] It was very similar to the Imperial-class, except it had neither a ventral hangar bay or ventral bulb.[10]

Venator-class Star DestroyerEdit

Imperial attack cruisers

The Venator-class Star Destroyer

The Venator-class Star Destroyer was a Capital ship used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. It was eventually phased out by the Galactic Empire, in favor of the larger Imperial-class Star Destroyer.[1]

Victory-class Star DestroyerEdit

The Victory-class Star Destroyer was a model of Star Destroyer used by the Galactic Empire.[5]


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