Specs: Venator-class [Star Wars]

Basics

  • Role: Cruiser [1]
  • Origin: Galactic Republic
  • Introduction: during or after 22 BBY [2]
  • Status: decommissioned
  • Primary User: the Galactic Republic and later the Galactic Empire
  • Number Built: possibly thousands [3]

Physical Characteristics

  • L x W x H: 1,137 m x 548 m x 268 m [4]
  • Crew: 7,400
  • Troops: >2,000 [5]

Standard Defences

  • Heavy Turbolaser Cannon x 16
  • Heavy Proton Torpedo Tube x 4
  • Turbolaser Cannon x >4
  • Light Laser Cannon x 52

Performance

  • FTL Hyperdrive-capable
  • Unrefueled Range: 60,000 light-years [6]

Embarked Craft

  • Light Aerospace Fightercraft x 384
  • Interceptor or Bomber x 36
  • Aerospace Gunship x 40
  • Surface Military Vehicles x 24
  • Shuttlecraft

Known Named Ships

  • Guarlara,
  • Negotiator,
  • Resolute.

Production Background

  • The Venator-class first appeared in Star Wars: Episode III—The Revenge of the Sith.

Further Reading & Viewing

  • Star Wars: Episode III—The Revenge of the Sith (2005),
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003–2005),
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–2014),
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections.

Footnotes

  1. While all dagger-shaped starships in Star Wars were typically called “star destroyers,” that term is just too vague to capture the essence of this fictional fighting vessel. It’s definitely not a destroyer, an escort for larger capital ships, for eleven-years since ROTS not a single Republic starship has appeared on TV or film that was larger than the Venator. Meanwhile, the Confederacy fielded many starship classes that were multiples larger than the Venator. In addition, in many canon series the Venator has been called by several characters as both a “Republic cruiser” and an “attack cruiser.” That makes some sense, and I would argue that the Venator was a cruiser, and neither heavy or light. Also, while its fighter complement seems quite generous, I wouldn’t call it a fleet carrier because it lacked escort ships, had an arsenal that was similar to the not-really-a-carrier Recrusant-class, and the Venator was usually seen in direct combat against enemy ships.
  2. But not before the Battle of Geonosis.
  3. A reasonable estimate, I think, for presumably the primary-warship of a galaxy-spanning civilization during a period of total war.
  4. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections.
  5. While these were the official figures from 2005, they seem far too small for a ship as big as the Venator-class. The Acclamator-class were stated to carry 16,000 troops and even the Galaxy-class, from Star Trek, could carry either 6,000 troops or 15,000 evacuees in addition to its thousand-strong crew.
  6. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections.
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