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A carrier was a type of starship — whether Federation, allied or threat force — on which were embarked several types of auxiliary craft, including (but not limited to) attack fighters and shuttlecraft.


Designations within type

Appellations were dependent on size of the vessel (e.g., light carrier, heavy carrier, supercarrier) or purpose (e.g., attack carrier, escort carrier).

Escort carrier

An escort carrier, or CSE, is a type of Starfleet vessel capable of performing the roles of both a small spacecraft carrier and a cruiser. In fleet operations these vessels often protect the larger ships of the line. These vessels carry a variety of shuttles and star fighters, but cannot carry as many as the larger dedicated star carriers. In addition, they often carry a substantial armament of their own, which the larger carriers often lack as most of their space is dedicated to the air wings.

Classes of this type include the Constellation class, Excelsior II class and Akira class. (Star Trek: New Order)


The 23rd century designation shuttlecarrier for vessels exceeding a deadweight of 1,000,000 tonnes — e.g., Ariel-class, Fredrikstad-class and Normandy-class — has been largely supplanted by the term supercarrier.

Carriers by race






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Escort carrier
Production information

Kuat Drive Yards[1]


Escort carrier




3,500,000 Imperial credits[2]

Technical specifications

500 meters


150 meters

Maximum acceleration

4 MGLT/s[1]


13 MGLT[1]

Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 1.0
  • Backup class 12

Rated 1600 SBD[1]


Rated 912 RU[1]

Navigation system

Navigation computer equipped

  • Starfighters (72)[1]
  • Various support craft (usually 6 shuttles)
    • Can carry 4 more shuttles for each 12 fighters removed.
Minimum crew



800 (pilots and troops)[1]

Cargo capacity

5,000 metric tons[2]


1 year[2]




The descriptively named escort carrier was a transport ship designed to carry Imperial starfighters.



Escort carrier, port schematic view.

The ship looked like a 500-meter box with a small rear protrusion to cover the ship's sublight engines. The escort carrier closely resembled Kuat's Super Transport series of container ships, and was probably derived from their design.

A standard Imperial chute system provided for rapid deployment of TIEs and an onboard hangar allowed for minor repairs. The Escort carrier was the smallest vessel that could carry a full wing of starfighters (6 squadrons of up to 72 craft).

Armament included 10 Taim & Bak H8 dual laser cannons and 1 Krupx VL-6 warhead launch system. Though a capital ship, it was poorly armed and protected relative for its size, so it stayed to the rear of battle for its own safety while allowing its TIE fighters to engage the enemy.


Designed and built by Kuat Drive Yards, the escort carrier allowed the Imperial Navy to overcome the hyperdrive deficiency of its primary starfighters in the early years of the Galactic Civil War. The need for them was seen following the Battle of Ton-Falk.

Being purpose-built, escort carriers were much more economical to deploy than an Imperial Star Destroyer. Higher priority convoys often had an escort carrier, along with a Nebulon-B frigate and CR90 corvettes.

It was also common for escort carriers to perform mini-hyperdrive jumps within a system, dropping off a squadron of starfighters with each exit. This tactic made it difficult for Rebel Alliance or pirate pilots to predict where the next attack would come from. In addition to the Empire, some ships were appropriated by the Rebel Alliance as well and added to their navy.

Behind the scenes

The escort carrier bears a name very similar to that of the Imperial escort carrier featured in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike. Wedge Antilles's unfamiliarity with the name used by General Crix Madine for the starship in the latter game suggests that neither the Storm Commando vessel seen in Rebel Strike nor the standard Imperial Navy starfighter transport seen in TIE Fighter and its sequels were generally deployed (at least in operations Antilles might have been familiar with) prior to the First Battle of Bakura.

Notable ships


  • Star Wars: Rebellion
  • Star Wars: TIE Fighter (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: X-wing vs. TIE Fighter
  • Star Wars: X-wing Alliance
  • The Lost City of the Jedi
  • Omens


Notes and references

Kuat capital ship classes
Assault ships
Acclamator I-class - Acclamator II-class
Broadside-class cruiser kdb-1
Ardent-class - Class 1000 cruiser - Corona-class
Dragon-class heavy cruiser - EF76 Nebulon-B - Enforcer-class picket cruiser
Lancer-class - MedStar-class - Nebulon-B2
Pelta-class - Star Galleon-class - Zebulon-B
Destroyers/Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class - Imperial I-class - Imperial II-class
Interdictor - Kuat - Multi kilometer-long type
Pellaeon-class - Storm Fleet - Tector-class
Venator-class - Victory I-class - Victory II-class
KDY light - Kuat heavy
Battlecruisers/Star Battlecruisers
Imperial - Procurator-class - Vengeance
Battleships/Star Dreadnoughts
Eclipse-class - Executor-class - Mandator I-class
Mandator II-class - Sovereign-class
Production facilities
Arc Hammer

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