- "What do we have parked at R/M, Colonel?"
"Several CR-ninety corvettes, two Carrack-class light cruisers, a couple of Victories, and a Venator-class destroyer—the Liberator."
- ―Wilhuff Tarkin and an Imperial colonel
The Victory-class Star Destroyer was a type of Star Destroyer used by both the Republic Navy and Imperial Navy that was capable of deploying a garrison base and making surface landings. In 14 BBY, several Victories were utilized by the Galactic Empire, including some based at Coruscant's Imperial Palace and Belderone's R/M Facility Four deepdock. During the Galactic Civil War, at least five Victory-class Star Destroyers served with the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader at some point following the Battle of Yavin.
A model of Star Destroyer, the Victory-class Star Destroyer featured a vertical structure rising from its central tower, as well as protruding flaps on both of its side edges. Additionally, it was propelled by seven sublight engines and was capable of carrying at least one garrison base. The Victory-class could also perform surface landings.
The Victory-class Star Destroyer originally saw use with the Republic Navy. Sentinel Base, a lookout station that monitored supply shipments going to the first Death Star battle station, was originally a garrison base deployed from a Republic Victory-class Star Destroyer, although it was later expanded with prefabricated modules.
Following the rise of the Galactic Empire in 19 BBY, the Victory-class was still used by the Imperial Navy. In 14 BBY, the landing field of the Coruscant Imperial Palace could accommodate the landings of Victory-class Star Destroyers. A group of stormtroopers commanded by Darth Vader transferred the Sith Lord's meditation chamber from a Victory parked at the landing field to the corvette Carrion Spike, in preparation for Vader's mission to Murkhana with Moff Wilhuff Tarkin.
At Murkhana, the Carrion Spike was stolen by rebel insurgents, who used it to attack Galidraan Station. Tarkin and Vader pursued the group to Galidraan III, but the insurgents soon fled the system. Tarkin then contacted an Imperial colonel and asked what Imperial resources were in the area, as he suspected the insurgents would strike again. Along with several other facilities, the colonel reported of the Imperial Navy R/M Facility Four deepdock at Belderone, at which several Victory-class Star Destroyers were parked, along with several CR90 corvettes, two Carrack-class light cruisers, and the Venator-class Star Destroyer Liberator. Tarkin decided to deploy the Liberator to Nam Chorios, as that seemed the most likely target in the vicinity, although the insurgents ultimately chose to attack Lucazec next.
Sometime after the Battle of Yavin, during the Galactic Civil War, at least five Victory-class Star Destroyers served with Vader's flagship, the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator, when the Sith Lord learned that the rebel who destroyed the first Death Star was named Skywalker. At some point, a Victory-class Star Destroyer was also attacked and damaged in space by the MC75 cruiser Aspiration.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Victory-class Star Destroyer first appeared in the new Star Wars canon in the 2014 novel Tarkin, written by James Luceno. It was first pictured in Darth Vader 6: Vader, Part VI, a 2015 comic book written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salvador Larroca. In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the Victory class first appeared in the 1979 novel Han Solo's Revenge, by Brian Daley.
- Tarkin (First appearance, simultaneous with Tarkin audiobook)
- Tarkin audiobook (First appearance, simultaneous with Tarkin)
- Darth Vader 6: Vader, Part VI (First pictured)
- Darth Vader 9: Shadows and Secrets, Part III (Cover only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Tarkin
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Darth Vader 6: Vader, Part VI
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel establishes that Sentinel Base was first utilized by the Galactic Republic. Since Tarkin previously established that this base was originally deployed from a Victory-class Star Destroyer, the Victory-class must therefore have been used by the Republic Navy.
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ The introductory paragraph of Tarkin states that the events of the book take place five years after the rise of the Galactic Empire, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, the events of Tarkin must take place in 14 BBY.
- ↑ Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: Armada – Profundity Expansion Pack (Card: )
- ↑ Han Solo's Revenge