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Alliance Fleet near Sullust.
"The Rebel Alliance is too well equipped. They're more dangerous than you realize."
General Tagge

The Alliance Fleet, also called the Rebel Fleet, referred to the various spacecraft operated jointly by the Rebel Alliance in their struggle against the Galactic Empire. Although it was minuscule in size compared to the Imperial Navy, and in many cases its ships were of non-military design, the fleet proved to be a thorn in the Empire's side throughout the Galactic Civil War.

Following the Battle of Endor and the creation of the New Republic, the Rebel fleet was renamed into the New Republic Defense Fleet.

Assorted Rebel warships.

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Overview

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Early history

The Rebel Alliance fleet was originally quite small, composed of small to mid sized cruisers, converted freighters, and outdated starfighters. Much war matériel had been scavenged from fleets of the former Confederacy of Independent Systems. In terms of organization, the Rebel fleet was scattered and under various command structures. All ships in service of the Rebel Alliance in the early years before the Battle of Yavin were owned and operated by each individual Alliance member, such as the Sullustans, Corellians or Chandrilans.

A portion of the Rebel fleet, after regrouping from being scattered at the Battle of Hoth.

These scattered units would coordinate from time to time, like during the Battle of Ylesia, but overall the space forces of the Alliance were not properly organized and equipped to seriously oppose the Imperial Navy.

A proper fleet

As the Galactic Civil War wore on, the ragtag fleet began to grow, as disaffected Imperials switched sides and numerous planets declared their support for the Alliance. When the Mon Calamari chose to join the Rebel Alliance, they brought with them their Star Cruisers, giving the Alliance the firepower to contend with Imperial warships.

Mon Mothma realized the need for a single and organized Rebel armada, and decided to appoint the Mon Calamari Ackbar to the rank of Admiral. With the rank came the position of Supreme Commander of the Alliance Fleet.

Father of the Alliance Navy

"The Fleet is firmly under the control of one being: Admiral Ackbar. He is the father of the Alliance Fleet. He created it from virtually nothing and wields as if it was an extension of his own body."
Voren Na'al
Ackbar, father of the Fleet.

Admiral Ackbar organized and trained the fleet into a first rate combat unit. The once scattered Rebel space forces were organized and assembled into a actual fleet, broken down into battle lines and task forces. Training was standardized and new line rear admirals were created to help command the elements of the fleet. Another benefit of the Mon Calamari joining was their sizable shipyards, which began producing new Star Cruisers, frigates, and corvettes. As the size of the fleet grew, so did the experience of its crews and officers.

Mon Mothma had given Ackbar seven orders when he was appointed commander of the fleet. The first was 'Avoid Battle.' The second was 'Send a Detailed Report on the State of the Fleet.' The third was 'Complete the Training of the Fleet.' The fourth 'Reorganize Fleet Replenishment.' The fifth 'Maintain a High Level of Morale in Your Command.' The sixth was 'Organize Raiding Forces'. The seventh, and final order was 'Be Prepared to go to Battle within a Month's Notice'.

While the fleet was never committed to full battle, elements and battle lines of the fleet were regularly detached from the main fleet to raid Imperial installations, attack isolated convoys, and ambush small detachments of the Imperial fleet. This tactic of seasoning a fleet through many small engagements served Ackbar well. Years later during the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion, a retired and ailing Ackbar would organize a similar plan to train the newer units of the New Republic fleet before they had to commit to a major engagement.

Yavin to Hoth

A considerable bulk of the Rebel fleet was ambushed nine months after the Battle of Yavin by a large contingent of the Imperial Navy under the command of Darth Vader. Vader had hoped to end the Galactic Civil War in a single, decisive battle. Although several transports and smaller capital ships were quickly destroyed, starfighters commanded by Wedge Antilles, including Rogue Squadron, were able to hold off the Imperials long enough to allow the Rebel fleet to scatter into hyperspace.

Between Hoth and Endor

Alliance warships on patrol.

To keep the location of the Rebel base a secret from the searching Lord Vader, the Alliance fleet was ordered away from Hoth, dispersed around the galaxy, prior to the evacuation, though some isolated and detached units did aid in the evacuation or create diversions. This was conformity to a tactical doctrine that Ackbar and the High Command had adopted—that the Alliance High Command should remain separated from the Alliance Fleet, since the Alliance could probably withstand the loss of either the Fleet or High Command, but not both.

After the defeat at the Battle of Hoth, Alliance High Command and a portion of the Rebel fleet regrouped at the secret rendezvous point beyond the rim of the galaxy. Later, when the Alliance had established itself on Arbra, the fleet was kept hidden within the corona of Arbra's sun. For much of the following year, the Rebel fleet remained hidden from the Empire, slowly building itself up and preparing for the inevitable conflict with a full Imperial fleet. Such a conflict would happen over the forest moon of Endor.

Battle of Endor

"Move the fleet away from the Death Star."
―Admiral Ackbar(audio)Listen (file info)

Following the discovery of the Death Star II, the majority of the fleet gathered at Sullust. Following a summit on the Rebel flagship Home One, the fleet launched towards Endor, intent on destroying the superweapon before it was completed. In what became known as the Battle of Endor, the Rebel fleet distinguished itself in facing down a sizable Imperial battle fleet, consisting of the Star Dreadnought Executor and around forty Star Destroyers.

Against incredible odds the fleet prevailed, securing a major victory for the Alliance and the birth of a new Republic. After the battle, one-fifth of the fleet was destroyed, but was able to rebuild itself when more worlds left the Galactic Empire once word of Emperor Palpatine's death had spread.

Command and Control

A Mon Calamari Admiral in the Alliance Fleet.

The fleet was controlled under the auspices of Fleet Command, the branch of the Alliance military that oversaw all fleet operations. Fleet Command was headed by the admiral of the fleet, which was Ackbar for the entire history of the Rebellion. While Ackbar was head of the fleet, he was assisted in command by a series of line admirals, who each were responsible for components of the fleet. Due to the importance of the fleet to the Alliance, Fleet Command was considered one of the most important Supreme Allied Commands.

When the Alliance became the New Republic, the Rebel Alliance Fleet became the New Republic Defense Fleet. Also under the New Republic military structure, starfighters were under Starfighter Command.

Organization

An Alliance Fleet Regiment.

The Fleet's starships were organized into lines of battle. Each line of battle was composed of four elements: heavy cruisers, support ships, picket craft, and starfighter squadrons. A battle line's size and composition differed depending on available units or the mission. In practice, the standard line consisted of three heavy warships like MC80 Star Cruisers, supported by several escort frigates, corvettes and starfighter wings. Yet, battle lines ranged in size from as few as one and as many as ten heavy warships.

By direct order from Mon Mothma, the Rebel fleet was never to have more than one quarter of its forces deployed as roving battle lines, such as the Alliance 14th Roving Line. All lines were commanded by line admiral appointed directly by Admiral Ackbar, though in reality there were few Alliance admirals. To remedy this, battle lines not possessing of an admiral were commanded by the senior captain of the line's cruisers.

The Fleet also maintained Fleet Regiments to assist in ship security, boarding actions and supplement Alliance and Sector Forces in ground actions. Fleet Regiments wore gray coverals, black vests and white streamlined blast helmets.

The Fleet also maintained marines for ship-to-ship defense and assault when two ships engaged in one-on-one combat or for tactical assault on a key ship.

Capital ship classes

"Our cruisers can't repel firepower of that magnitude!"
―Admiral Ackbar at the Battle of Endor — (audio)Listen (file info)
A Telgorn Shipyard installation

Space stations

Battleships

Mon Cal battleship Home One.

Battlecruisers

Cruisers and destroyers

Mon Cal cruiser Liberty.
The Quasar Fire-class often served as cruiser-carriers in the Alliance.

Carriers and assault ship

Frigates

An Assault Frigate Mk. II.

Corvettes and gunships

A CR90 corvette in the service of the Rebel Alliance Fleet.

Starfighters

Rebel X-wing starfighters heading into battle

Support craft

There were many YT-1300 light freighters in the service of the Rebel Alliance.

Logistics vessels

A Corellian heavy lifter.

Dropships and landing craft

Shuttles

An RM-09 shuttle.

Transports of unknown class

Known ships


Appearances

  • Death Star
  • Star Wars: X-wing
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Star Wars: Rebellion
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
  • Star Wars 58: Sundown
  • Star Wars Missions 2: Escape from Thyferra (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Missions 12: The Vactooine Disaster
  • Star Wars Missions 18: Rogue Squadron to the Rescue
  • Star Wars Missions 19: Bounty on Bonadan (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Empire 22: Alone Together
  • Star Wars Empire: A Little Piece of Home
  • Star Wars Empire: "General" Skywalker
  • Star Wars Empire: In the Shadows of Their Fathers (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Empire 35: A Model Officer (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Empire: The Wrong Side of the War (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Rebellion 0: Crossroads (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy
  • Star Wars Rebellion 6: The Ahakista Gambit, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Rebellion: Small Victories
  • Star Wars Rebellion: Vector
  • Gambler's World
  • Star Wars: TIE Fighter
  • Star Wars: X-wing vs. TIE Fighter
  • Star Wars: X-wing Alliance
  • A Valentine Story
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
  •  "Droids Can't Fly" - Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
  •  "Permission Granted" - Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
  • Shadows of the Empire comic
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 3: Mission to Endor
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 4: The Final Duel
  • Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi (Non-canonical appearance)
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Non-canonical appearance)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Non-canonical appearance)
  • The Vandelhelm Mission
  •  "A Credit for Your Thoughts" - Star Wars Gamer 2 (Mentioned only)

Sources

External links


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