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Viscount-class Star Defender
Production information
Manufacturer

Mon Calamari Shipyards

Product line

Mon Calamari Star Cruisers

Model

Viscount-class Star Defender

Class
Technical specifications
Length

17 kilometers[4]

Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 1.0[4]
  • Backup: Class 12[4]
Armament
Firing arc: 10 batteries fore, 15 batteries starboard, 15 batteries portside, 10 batteries aft
  • Turbolasers (2,000)[4]
Firing arc: 10 batteries fore, 20 batteries starboard, 20 batteries portside
Firing arc: 100 fore, 50 starboard, 50 portside
Ammunition: 30 missiles per tube
Firing arc: 10 batteries fore, 20 batteries starboard, 20 batteries portside, 10 batteries aft
Firing arc: 20 batteries fore, 30 batteries starboard, 30 batteries portside, 20 batteries aft
Firing arc: 20 fore, 10 starboard, 10 portside
Complement
Crew

68,174[4]

Passengers

12,500 troops[4]

Cargo capacity

200,000 metric tons[4]

Consumables

6 years[4]

Usage
Role(s)
Era(s)
Affiliation

The Viscount-class Star Defender was a very large warship developed by the Mon Calamari for use by the New Republic Defense Fleet.[4][1]

Contents

Characteristics

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Dimensions

Side and top profile of the Viscount-class with the bow to the left.

The Viscount-class Star Defender was envisioned as the New Republic equivalent of an Executor-class Star Dreadnaught.[4] As such, it measured almost twice as much as the Mediator-class battle cruiser.[1]

Although slightly shorter in length than the Executor-class, the superior construction skills of the Mon Calamari enabled the vessel to carry more starfighters, as well as having a substantially smaller crew. Its shape was also more compact than the Executor-class[4] and it had heavier and more extensive armor.[5] Dozens of docking clamps allowed the vessel to directly dock with many other capital ships at the same time.[5]

Offensive and defensive systems

The Viscount-class was equipped with over nine thousand weapons systems, including heavy turbolaser batteries and assault concussion missile launchers.[4] The Viscount's shields had backups, like previous Calamari designs, and were thus highly regenerative. The computers, electronical equipment and sensor systems were above and beyond those of Imperial Star Dreadnought and it carried a HoloNet transceiver.[5]

Complement

Ships of the class could carry hundreds of starfighters, as well as dozens of small support vessels,[4] including frigate-sized ships.[5] The class was also fitted with enough life pods to carry the crews of the ship itself, and also those of whatever smaller support vessels were carried at the time. This totalled a passenger-capacity of 500,000 individuals. The ship was also equipped with enough repair droids to cover the entire vessel during emergency repairs.[5]

Other systems

To support wounded in combat, the Viscount-class had hundreds of self-replenishing bacta tanks in its medical wings.[5] It also had fighter repair bays, in these bays they would repair fighters and also maintain them.

History

Development

A Viscount's stern.

Despite having beaten the Executor in combat at the Battle of Endor, Admiral Ackbar saw the various Super Star Destroyers still in the Imperial hands, as the main threat to the burgening New Republic navy. With this in mind, he proposed the creation of Super Star Destroyer-scale warships to counter the Imperial vessels.[5]

It would take many years of development, and the threat of the rogue Executor-class Star Dreadnaught Intimidator during the Black Fleet Crisis[6] to hasten the development program and actually produce the larger dreadnaughts.[4]

Despite having used Mon Calamari battleships[7] and Bulwark-class battlecruisers[8] in previous decades, the New Republic had never constructed anything on this scale before. Regardless, the Mon Calamari began development on the Viscount-class.[4]

Construction on the class dragged on, as the threat posed by the Imperial Remnant diminished and the New Republic captured several Star Dreadnaughts during the war.[5]

Active service

A Viscount-class Star Defender engages Imperial-class Star Destroyers and an Executor-class Star Dreadnaught.

The first ship of the class, the Viscount, was eventually completed in time to engage rogue Imperial warlords, pirates and hideouts.[9][5] It was noted as being commissioned in 25 ABY, shortly before the Yuuzhan Vong War began.[1]

The extent of the Viscount's Civil War-related battles and their duration is not known, but they constituted the only events in which the Viscount-class was used for its original purpose, battling Imperial targets,[9][5] including at least one Star Dreadnaught.[10]

The Viscount-class, along with the Corellian Strident-class,[11] marked the first of the Star Defender ship type. When the New Republic government transitioned into the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, the Viscount-class continued to play a prominent role in the fleet,[12] with the ships being regarded as the backbone of the Galactic Alliance Defense Force.[5]

The power of a Viscount-class Star Defender was evident during the Battle of Mon Calamari. The Viscount herself was part of a trio of heavy warships, including the Executor-class Guardian and the Mon Calamari battle cruiser Harbinger, that was deployed by the Galactic Alliance Defense Fleet so they could use their heavy, long-range weapons to assault the center of the Yuuzhan Vong armada. The heavy guns of the Viscount were instrumental in destroying numerous warships.[12]

By the Sith-Imperial War, the Viscount-class and other heavy warship-designs had been phased out of service, as fleet doctrine moved towards smaller, compact weapons-platforms, like the Scythe-class main battle cruiser.[13]

Appearances

Sources

Viscount, the first in a new line of heavy New Republic warships.

External links

  • Starship Battles info

Notes and references

Mon Calamari starship classes
Transports
A-Z-Z-3 light freighter - Bantha-class assault shuttle - Crix-class armored shuttle
DeepWater-class light freighter - Kuari Princess - MC18 light freighter
MC80 evacuation cruiser - Mon Calamari ceremonial ship - Nautical Star
Sailfish-class transport - Simiyar-class light freighter - Wander-class Jump freighter
Starfighters
Amphibious fighter - Shark
Tankers
Calamarian Tanker
Carriers
Mon Calamari heavy carrier
Corvettes
Mon Calamari corvette
Frigates
MC30c frigate - MC40a light cruiser
Mon Calamari Star Cruiser (stocky) - Mon Calamari Star Cruiser (striped)
ShaShore-class frigate - Tri-Scythe-class frigate
Cruisers
MC80 Liberty type Star Cruiser - MC80a Star Cruiser
MC80B Star Cruiser - MC90 Star Cruiser
Battlecruisers
Mediator-class battle cruiser - Scythe-class main battle cruiser
Battleships
Imperious-class Star Destroyer - MC80 Home One type Star Cruiser
Mon Calamari capital ship (Clone Wars) - Viscount-class Star Defender
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