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Battle of Fresia


Battle of Turkana


Rescue at Mon Calamari

First Battle of Kessel

Galactic Civil War


c. 0.5 BBY


In orbit of Kessel


Alliance decisive victory


Alliance to Restore the Republic

Galactic Empire


Captain Raymus Antilles



  • Several TIE squadrons
  • Both Acclamator assault ships and their entire complements
  • All six Lambda-class shuttles captured
"Transmissions we've intercepted indicated that many of the captured scientists will be transferred to Kessel. We will not leave them to die in the darkness of the spice mines."
Mon Mothma briefing Raymus Antilles on the Kessel operation.

The First Battle of Kessel was a rescue operation during the Galactic Civil War.



After the Battle of Fresia, in which the Rebel Alliance extracted 4 X-wing starfighter prototypes from an Imperial depot on Fresia, the Galactic Empire retaliated by taking a number of Incom scientists hostage. The Imperial convoy transporting the hostages passed through The Maw and prepared to land on Kessel to deliver the scientists to the infamous prisons.

The Rebel Alliance quickly learned of this. Led by Captain Raymus Antilles, the Alliance Fleet sent a task force to Kessel consisting of a number of Y-wings. The bombers would prove invaluable during the operation to disable the Imperial Shuttles carrying the scientists, thus preventing them from descending into the planet's atmosphere.


The Rebels ambushed the Imperial Navy in a narrow corridor through an asteroid field. While the corvettes engaged the Imperial ships in combat, the Sundered Heart and a team of Y-wings disabled the shuttles.

The Y-Wings opened fire with their ion cannons, disabling the first transports. Moving quickly, the Sundered Heart docked with the shuttles. A small commando team boarded the shuttles and rescued the scientists. However, the Empire was determined to not allow the scientists to fall into Rebel hands, going so far as attempting to destroy the shuttles before they could be boarded. A call for reinforcements was issued by the Imperial commander, and two Victory-class Star Destroyers were detected entering the system.

As the last shuttle was boarded, the Imperial reinforcements finally arrived in the system and began to overwhelm the small Rebel force. With not a moment to lose, the Rebels cleared the asteroid field and jumped to lightspeed.


The freed Incom scientists would later prove to be invaluable to the Alliance, eventually establishing a new company named FreiTek, Inc that would go on to provide the New Republic with many fighter designs in the future.


  • Star Wars: Empire at War

This article uses material from the "Space Battle in the Kessel Asteroid Field" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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