Ahhh yes, probably one of the most intimidating shapes in space, the triangle. Since it’s first appearance in the Original Star Wars, in one of Star Wars’ most iconic shots, the Star Destroyer has become a symbol of power and terror in the Star Wars Universe. And as Eckharts Ladder’s video shows, they just keep getting bigger and bigger.
From Canon to Legends, here are some of the largest vessels in the Galaxy, from smallest to largest:
The Harrower-class dreadnought, known more infrequently as the Harrower-class battle cruiser, was a heavily-armed class of wedge-shaped capital ship that was the backbone of the Imperial Navy of the reconstituted Sith Empire during the Great Galactic War, the Cold War, and the Galactic War with the Galactic Republic.
Produced by Taerab Starship Manufacturing and measuring around eight hundred meters long with heavily-reinforced hull plating and shield generators, the Harrower-class dreadnought carried a complement of over one hundred starfighters, bombers, and shuttles; a single dreadnought required a crew of 2,400 and could carry 7,300 troops. Harrower-class dreadnoughts required an immense amount of energy and materials to produce, and a single dreadnought was capable of taking on starfighters and smaller warships on its own when it was not coordinating Imperial fleets as a command ship.
The Victory-class Star Destroyer was a type of Star Destroyer used by both the Republic Navy and Imperial Navy that was capable of deploying a garrison base and making surface landings. In 14 BBY, several Victories were utilized by the Galactic Empire, including some based at Coruscant’s Imperial Palace and Belderone’s R/M Facility Four deepdock. During the Galactic Civil War, at least five Victory-class Star Destroyers served with the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader at some point following the Battle of Yavin.
The Nebula-class Star Destroyer, also known as the Defender-class Star Destroyer, was the largest, most powerful warship design in the New Republic’s New Class Modernisation Program.
Although it was only 1,040 meters long (65% of the length of an Imperial-class Star Destroyer), the Nebula-class was built to be a match for an Imperial II. Even with a structure that was a significant departure from the Imperial-class, especially the lack of a command tower, the Nebula was often mistaken for an Imperial design due to its angular lines. Its small size often lead to it being referred to as a “pocket Star Destroyer”, much as the later Turbulent-class would be as well.
The Venator-class Star Destroyer, also known as a Republic attack cruiser or Jedi Cruiser, was a dagger-shaped capital ship used by the Galactic Republic Navy for ship-to-ship combat, capital ship escort, and fighter carrying against the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. Having eclipsed the Republic’s diplomatic frigate, the attack cruiser faced the Separatist dreadnoughts in some of the most well-known battles of the Clone Wars, including those of Sullust, Christophsis and Coruscant.
The Imperial-class Star Destroyer (ISD) known generally as the Imperial Star Destroyer or as an Impstar, was a product line of massive dagger-shaped capital ships of the Imperial Navy and later the Navy of the First Order. It consisted of two variants, the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer and the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer.
At the height of its power, the Galactic Empire operated over 25,000 of these ships. The distinctive profile of the Imperial-class instilled fear into the soldiers of rebelling factions, and the name of a Star Destroyer could be preceded by the ship prefix ISD (standing for Imperial Star Destroyer).
The Secutor-class Star Destroyer was a 2.2 kilometre long and had two ventral hangar apertures, serving primarily as a carrier. Its length and volume would normally have put it in the battlecruiser-scale of the Anaxes War College System, specifically under Star Cruiser, and it was even given the alternate designation of Secutor-class battlecruiser because of this, but it was lightly armed for its size, and had extensive carrier-capability and was instead designated as a Star Destroyer. The carrier was one of the largest dedicated craft in the Navy.
The Resurgent-class Star Destroyer, also known as the Resurgent-class Battlecruiser was an iconic model of battlecruiser and Star Destroyer built by Kuat-Entralla Engineering. It saw service in the First Order Navy during its conquest of the Unknown Regions after the signing of the Galactic Concordance.
Based on the Imperial-class Star Destroyers of the Old Empire and almost twice the length, it featured advanced weaponry and extreme size and represented the might of the emergent First Order throughout the galaxy. It was still considered a new model by 34 ABY.
The Praetor-class Battlecruiser Mark II possessed a dagger shape, similar to other prominent warships in the Imperial Navy and was part of the KDY Star Destroyer design family. Like the Bellator-class dreadnought and the Assertor-class Star Dreadnought, the Praetor Mark II-class battlecruiser was designed with a central “ridge” structure that went from the stern of the ship midway to the bow.
The ridge on the Praetor Mark II also extended behind the stern, beyond the main thrusters. The Praetor Mark II‘s size ranged from 4,800 meters to approximately 8,000 meters (that being the equivalent of five Imperial II-class Star Destroyers). The latter length estimate technically made it a Star Dreadnought under the Anaxes War College System, although it’s relatively light in armament compared to standard Star Dreadnoughts had it designated as a Battlecruiser.
The Bellator-class Dreadnought, also known as the Bellator-class Star Destroyer, was a warship in the Imperial Navy, as well as a divergent design in the Mandator-series of Star Dreadnought. The Bellator-class was a model of dreadnought based on the earlier Mandator– and Mandator II-classdreadnoughts. It was a scaled-down version, 800 meters shorter than its predecessors.
The Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought, also known as the Mandator IV-class warship and the First Order Dreadnought, was a model of Siege Dreadnought used by the First Order during their conflict with the Resistance.
It acted as an orbital gun platform, and had access to two orbital guns as well as 26 point-defense turret cannons on the dorsal side, which was comparatively flat. The ship also possessed six tractor beam projectors at its bow. The Resistance Ace Pilot Poe Dameron shortly before having his squadron take out the Fulminatrix also implied that the Mandator IV-class had enough firepower to wipe out entire fleets.
The Eclipse was the first Eclipse-class dreadnought ever constructed and the lead ship and prototype of its class. It was built as a flagship for Emperor Palpatine, who used it after being reborn into one of his clone bodies. Both a powerful technological tool and a potent psychological weapon, the Eclipse boasted a planet’s worth of weaponry and was almost unstoppable.
The Eclipse was equipped with a bevy of weapons and other technologies, including gravity well projectors, but chief among its weapons was an axial superlaser, capable of cracking a planet’s crust or destroying a capital ship in a single blow.
The Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor was the personal flagship of the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader and one of the largest and most powerful Imperial vessels ever constructed. Under Vader’s command, the Executor led the Death Squadron following the Battle of Yavin and oversaw the Imperial assault on the Rebel Alliance’s Echo Base during the Battle of Hoth. While serving as the Imperial command ship during the Battle of Endor under Admiral Firmus Piett, the Executor was destroyed after a wayward Rebel A-wing starfighter piloted by Arvel Crynyd crashed into its bridge, causing the Super Star Destroyer to lose control and smash into the Death Star II.
One of the largest and most powerful Imperial vessels ever created, the Executor was 19,000 meters long, eclipsing its escorting Imperial-class Star Destroyers, and boasted more than 5,000 turbolasers and ion cannons. The center of her arrowhead-shaped hull was covered by a city-like superstructure, while the underside hosted most of the engineering systems. The aft end of the Executor was marked by a trapezoid command tower crowned by two geodesic communication and deflection domes; at the bottom end of the hull were thirteen thrusters responsible for moving the vessel.
The Vengeance-class was based on the standard Super Star Destroyer design, the Executor-class. As such, the ship class was approximately 19 kilometers long. In addition, because of its dimensions, the ship class sometimes possessed the standard classification of a space station
In contrast with the Executor-class, the Vengeance-class’s frame was supplied with a slender build, more narrow than standard Star Destroyers, almost sword-like in comparison to the usual dagger shape.The Supremacy, disparagingly nicknamed “Snoke’s Boudoir,” was a Mega-class Star Dreadnought that served as the flagship of Supreme Leader Snoke and the mobile headquarters of the First Order.
The Supremacy was the sole Mega-class Star Dreadnought in the First Order’s service with a colossal wingspan of 60 kilometres. Its construction was undertaken on an unprecedented scale. As the First Order’s headquarters, the starship acted both as a command center and a battleship. Its size was gargantuan, easily outclassing all known ship sizes in galactic history, including the Star Dreadnoughts of the Galactic Empire, the trophy battlecruisers used by wealthy citizens of the waning days of the Old Republic, and even the various reconstructed versions of the flagship used by Xim the Despot.
These are vessels that can terrify even the bravest of pilots. So if you want to strike fear into your enemies, invest in a very large metal triangle of death.
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