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Victory I-class Star Destroyer
Production information

Rendili StarDrive

Product line

Star Destroyers


Victory I-class Star Destroyer


Star Destroyer



Technical specifications

900 meters


564 meters


289 meters (including communication tower)

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

800 km/h

Engine unit(s)
Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 1.0
  • Backup class 15
Hyperdrive system

DeLuxFlux hyperdrive motivator

Power output

Peak: 3,6 × 1024 W[2]

Power plant

Hypermatter annihilation reactor[2]


Equipped (3,200 SBD)

Navigation system

Navigation computer equipped




  • 5,200
    • Officers (610)
    • Enlisted (4,590)
Minimum crew



2,040 (troops)

Cargo capacity

8,100 metric tons


4 years


Restricted to military

Year introduced

20 BBY


The Victory I-class Star Destroyer, also known as the Victory I-class Destroyer and Victoria I-class Star Destroyer, was a warship designed for planetary defense, planetary assault, ground troop support, and ship-to-ship combat. It was used by the Galactic Republic during the mid-Clone Wars,[4] the Galactic Empire and the Corporate Sector during the Galactic Civil War[5] and the Confederation during the Second Galactic Civil War.[6]





Victory I-class Star Destroyers were 900 meters long, making them some of the largest capital ships capable of regular atmospheric operations.

Offensive and defensive systems

Despite being several decades old at the time, the shields and hull armor of Victory I-class ships were still quite heavy compared to the other vessels used during the Galactic Civil War. They were equipped with 10 quad turbolaser batteries, 40 double turbolaser batteries, 80 concussion missiles tubes, and 10 tractor beam projectors. One Victory-class vessel was said to be capable of fighting a Dreadnaught-class cruiser to a stand-still.[7]


A single Victory I-class Star Destroyer required 4,798 crew members and 402 gunners for optimal operation and could transport up to 2,040 troops, 8,100 metric tons of cargo, several ground vehicles like the AT-AT, and two squadrons of starfighters.

Propulsion systems

Victory I-class Star Destroyer schematics.

The Victory I-class Star Destroyer's biggest disadvantage was its underpowered LF9 ion engines, which could not produce sufficient acceleration to pursue newer and faster ships, allowing them to escape ship-to-ship combat. This flaw was rectified in the limited Victory II-class, produced shortly before the advent of the Empire.[8]

Some variants of the Victory-class were designed with three main thrusters and four auxiliary thrusters, like the larger Imperial-class. Others, like the Harrow and the Protector, had two main thrusters and two auxiliary thrusters wedged in-between.[9][10]

The Victory Star Destroyer's DeLuxFlux Class 1.0 hyperdrive was superior to that of the Imperial Star Destroyer, allowing Victory ships to reach their destinations in half the time.

Unique among Star Destroyers, the Victory featured atmospheric maneuvering surfaces or "wings", making it one of the largest capital ships capable of atmospheric operations; in one of the most infamous examples of this capability, then-Captain Tarkin landed his vessel on a crowd of protestors in what would later be called the Ghorman Massacre. Such ships could take the battle to the enemy on the surface, rather than be restricted to orbital bombardments. The following Victory II subclass retained the wings but lost this atmospheric ability.

An additional Victory variant dispensed with the atmospheric maneuvering surfaces altogether. Star Destroyers of this kind fought in the Operation Shadow Hand, notably in the Second Battle of Balmorra.[11]


Republic origin

At the start of the Clone Wars and the introduction of the Acclamator-class assault ship, the Arch-Provost of Rendili ordered industrial spies and ship-designers to come up with a way to curb Kuat's lead on new contracts with the Galactic Republic.[12]

The two rival shipbuilders, Rendili StarDrive and Kuat Drive Yards, later embarked on a collaborative design-project while the war was still in its early phases.[13] This was called the "Victor Initiative Project", which resulted in the Victory-class. This design by Walex Blissex became a direct challenge to Kuat's Venator-class.[4]

A Victory-class Star Destroyer in an attack formation with an Imperial-class Star Destroyer and TIE series starfighters.

An early batch of Victory I-class Star Destroyers were deployed to defend Sector 0 against the Techno Union's fleet of Bulwark-class Mark I battlecruisers, which had escaped the blockade of Foerost.[4] This resulted in the deployment of the "Victory Fleet" six months ahead of schedule. Despite this, the majority of the initial commission group was not deployed until Palpatine had already dissolved the Galactic Republic and established his Imperial rule.[4]

A subclass known as the Victory II was introduced later in the Clone Wars.[14] Refitted with new ion engines by Hoersch-Kessel Drive to replace the underpowered LF9s, and trading the concussion missiles for ion cannons and extra turbolasers; this variant was designed with an emphasis on space combat, though at the cost of atmospheric capabilities. This newer class was externally very similar to its predecessor. Very few Victory II's were built, as they were introduced not long before the Imperial-class, which essentially supplanted it in the space combat role.

Imperial service

The abundant number of Imperial-class Star Destroyers, and the growing popularity of the Imperial-series amongst the Imperial Starfleet, led to many Victory-class Star Destroyers being decommissioned or sold to groups like the Corporate Sector Authority, which purchased 520.[3] Most of the Victory-series Star Destroyers still in Imperial service near the height of the Empire were often assigned to planetary defense roles.

Victory I cross-section.

Within the Imperial Navy, Victory-class Star Destroyers were considered second only to Imperial-class Star Destroyers for most operations in the Outer Rim Territories against pirates and Rebels. The Order of Battle considered one Victory-class Star Destroyer the equivalent of two Strike-class cruisers.

Heavy squadrons often featured Victory-class Star Destroyers; at the systems force level and above, they accompanied larger Star Destroyers, Star Cruisers, Star Battlecruisers, and Star Dreadnoughts in major assaults. Such as in the Second Battle of Ciutric IV, while other Star Destroyers used their turbolasers to strip the shields and armor of enemy capital ships, Victory Destroyers were called upon deliver devastating barrages of concussion missiles against their now-unprotected hulls. The ability to pursue enemies into planetary atmospheres also made Victorys an invaluable part of many Imperial squadrons.

A key disadvantage of the Victory I was its low speed which made its deployment difficult and allowed quicker foes to escape pursuit. During the Battle of Denab, the Rebel commander was able to defeat each Imperial squadron separately before they could come to each others aid, otherwise the greater firepower of the Victory ships would have prevailed. After that, Imperial tacticians necessitated assigning support ships, such as Interdictors, Strike cruisers, and Carrack cruisers, to make up for the shortcomings.[15]

A third Victory Star Destroyer variant at the Second Battle of Balmorra.

While Thrawn was a Vice Admiral, he had flown his flag on Victory ships such as the Stalwart and the Sceltor, as did Admiral Harkov with the Protector. Most notably, the Bombard and the Crusader all but wiped out the notorious Eyttyrmin Batiiv pirates during the Battle of Khuiumin; the pirates were aware of the impending Imperial attack but were overconfident in their ability to defeat a pair of "antiquated" Victory Star Destroyers.

When Grand Admiral Thrawn took control of the Imperial Remnant, this saw a return of the Victory-class to frontline duties, because of a lack of larger and more powerful ships such as the Imperial-class.

Galactic Alliance service

Following the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances commissioned an updated version of the Victory for use as pirate hunters across its territories. Some of these new vessels were fitted with large turrets on the upper hull, each housing a huge asteroid-tug tractor beam sold to the Galactic Alliance Defense Force by Lando Calrissian.

Prior to the Swarm War, the Killiks hijacked a Galactic Alliance Victory-class Star Destroyer called the Admiral Ackbar, which had been used by the Alliance for the blockade of the Utegetu Nebula, for the Killiks' invasion of the Chiss Ascendancy.

Behind the scenes

A Victory-class Star Destroyer (bottom) shown to scale with an Imperial-class Star Destroyer (1,600 m).

The Victory-series Star Destroyers were created from rejected Star Destroyer-concept art for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. They became a common sight in the Expanded Universe after the release of the Thrawn Trilogy.

The New Essential Chronology mentioned that the Victory-class was the product of a "Victor Initiative Project". This tied the Victory-class into the naming scheme used by other large Republic ship classes of the era, all of which had Latin-based names ending in -tor, such as the Venator-class, the Mandator-class, and the Imperator-class. "Victor" comes from the Latin vincere, victum meaning "to conquer".

Roleplaying game statistics published by West End Games originally gave the Victory I-class eighty concussion missile tubes, with an unknown number of missiles. This was later adjusted to twenty tubes with four missiles each by the book Starships of the Galaxy, published by Wizards of the Coast. However, in X-wing: Isard's Revenge, the "eighty-concussion missile launch tubes" of the Victory-class Star Destroyer Emperor's Wisdom and the comparable missile batteries of her sister ships Selonian Fire and Corusca Fire, play an important role in the storyline.

Star Wars: Empire at War is the first source to depict details on the Victory-class which appear to represent large cannons flanking the bridge superstructure, similar to the Imperial-class and Venator-class Star Destroyers. A comparison using the game's map editing program (which uses the game's own 3-D rendering engine and depicts all three ships in proper proportion to each other) shows these cannons to be roughly half the size of the corresponding units on the larger destroyers. Therefore, the presence of the cannons on the Victory-class in-game model is likely an unforeseen side-effect of it simply being a scaled down and modified version of the Imperial I-class model.



Notes and references

  1. Starships of the Galaxy (2001)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  3. 3.0 3.1 Han Solo and the Corporate Sector Sourcebook
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The New Essential Chronology
  5. Imperial Sourcebook
  6. Legacy of the Force
  7. Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire
  8. The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  9. X-wing Rogue Squadron: Battleground: Tatooine
  10. Star Wars: TIE Fighter
  11. Dark Empire II
  12. Attack of the Clones: Incredible Cross-Sections
  13. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
  14. The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
  15. Star Wars Sourcebook
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