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Several of Death Squadron's ships, including the Executor.

Death Squadron was the codename applied to Darth Vader's personal fleet of Star Destroyers following the Battle of Yavin, led by the Super Star Destroyer Executor. The fleet, designed to instill terror in dissidents of the Empire's New Order, was in fact tasked with locating and destroying the Rebel Alliance headquarters. Moreover, Vader used his fleet in a more personal mission to find and capture his son, Luke Skywalker. Death Squadron represented the largest fleet of warships ever gathered in the history of the galaxy.



About half a dozen or so Imperial-class Star Destroyers comprised Death Squadron at any one time, while Vader or the fleet's admiral could reassign ships from other fleets to Death Squadron whenever needed. Likewise, ships assigned to Death Squadron could be sent off from the main fleet on reconnaissance missions when appropriate.[1]

The centerpiece of Death Squadron was Vader's flagship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor, while a number of smaller vessels routinely acted as support ships, primarily including the Imperial-class Star Destroyers Accuser, Adjudicator, Avenger, Devastator, Stalker, and the Tyrant. Together, Death Squadron was the most powerful assemblage of warships in galactic history.[2][3]

Famed units attached to the fleet included Colonel Evir Derricote's 181st Imperial Fighter Group, Major General Maximilian Veers' Blizzard Force[3] and elements of Stormtrooper Commander Bow's 501st Legion.


The Star Destroyers Avenger, Adjudicator, and Stalker of Death Squadron in defensive orbit of the second Death Star over Endor.

Darth Vader formed Death Squadron after the Imperial defeat at the Battle of Yavin. For three years, Death Squadron hunted the Rebel Alliance from system to system under the command of Admiral Kendal Ozzel, mercilessly crushing any Rebel forces it encountered. Eventually, a probe droid launched by the Stalker succeeded in locating the Rebel Alliance base of operations on the ice world of Hoth.[4]

After participating in the space and ground battles at Hoth, Death Squadron pursued the Millennium Falcon, which was lost in the Hoth asteroid belt.[4]

One year later, Death Squadron, under the command of Admiral Firmus Piett, served as the core of the Imperial fleet at the Battle of Endor.[5] During the battle, Devastator and Executor[5] were destroyed, and a number of ships were captured. With the death of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, the unit was disbanded.

Ships under Vader's command


Executor-class Star Dreadnoughts

Imperial-class Star Destroyers

Victory-class Star Destroyers

Known officers


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  • The Final Trap
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars 39: The Empire Strikes Back: Beginning
  • Star Wars 40: The Empire Strikes Back: Battleground: Hoth
  • Star Wars 41: The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial Pursuit
  • Star Wars 42: The Empire Strikes Back: To Be a Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (arcade game)
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Notes and references

  1. The Official Star Wars Fact File 4 (HOT2, The Battle of Hoth)
  2. Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back, Second Edition
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  6. The Essential Atlas
  7. Star Wars Customizable Card GameSpecial Edition Limited (Card: Vengeance)
  8. "A World to Conquer" - Star Wars Adventure Journal 2

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Named after it's infamous Imperial predecessor, Death Squadron was the single largest fleet in the armarda of the Sith Order of Decreto and the personal fleet of the Dark Lord of the Decreton Empire, and the Sith Trinite.


The 39th Heavy Cavalry was first formed just after the battle of Fondor, when various vessels from many extrememly weakened fleets joined together during the Yuuzhan Vong War in order to form a large, cohesive fighting force; drawing upon the collective experience of all it's crews and service men. Just after the Defence of Fire Hill, on Kalarba the 39th was placed under the command of the recently appointed Jedi Knight, Jasca Ducato and ordered too the planet Duro to defend it against the invading Yuuzhan Vong, unfortunately for the 39th the first battle did not go so well, and the flagship of the fleet, Hunter's Dagger was destroyed.

And so, for the next year the 39th was forced to fight a rear-guard action, losing many vessels in the progress until eventually, the Yuuzhan Vong invaded Ylesia. It was here that the 39th acheived their first pitch-battle victory against the Yuuzhan Vong. Although eventually forced to retreat in the face of overwhelming numbers, Ducato's actions saw his promotion to the rank of Jedi Master, and the Galaxy-class Super Star Destroyer The Soiyo become his new flagship.

The 39th continued to fight for the rest of the war, seeing action at the battles of Ebaq 9, Dac, Corulag and Coruscant before it was retired from front line service to become a Jedi battlefleet, remaining under the command of Jasca Ducato. It would fight in the Swarm War, but served a much smaller role.

Not a year would pass after the Swarm War before the 39th, the most combat hardened fleet in the Galactic Alliance armarda was once again called to arms, this time to engage a strong pirate force in the Quelli sector, supposedly lead by a Dark Jedi. It was here that the 39th's devotion to their commander, Jasca Ducato was proven to be greater than their devotion to the GFFA when, following his fall to the darkside, the 39th joined him, including many of it's Jedi entourage. Being renamed Death Squadron, it would wreak havoc throughout the Outer rim. Many months would pass in which GFFA intreasts in the Outer rim were shook to the core before Darth Abeonis cold be tracked down and redeemed. Many of Death Squadron's vessels refused to return to the GFFA and were destroyed, those that survived were placed under the command of a new officer in the 4th fleet.

Sith Crusade

With the outbreak of war in 61 ABY the 4th fleet would be called upon to serve the GFFA against their former commander. They would not see actual action until the second year of the war when, under the command of Admiral Ema, the 4th fleet engaged another former comrade in arms, Admiral Strasbourg, who was leading the 2nd and 5th Sith fleets.

The 4th fleet stalled the invading Sith but at a heavy cost, most of the fleet was destroyed, and only the core vessels of the ex-39th remained. Ordered to retreat to Dac for refits, the 4th fleet would remain out of action for much of the year, until the Sith Lord Darth Abeonis arrived at Dac and reclaimed his lost fleet.

Once again a Sith fleet, they retook the title of Death Squadron, and would fight valiantly by their master's side.

See also

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