Today lets take a look at the ship that turned the tides of the Clone Wars, the main battleship of the Old Republic, the Venator Class Star Destroyer.
Venator-class Star Destroyers cut a sleek profile across the many battles of the Clone Wars. They were versatile capital ships that could fill almost any role needed by the Republic Navy, and over the course of the Clone Wars, served as cargo ships, troop carriers, main warships–even the occasional blockade breaker. Without these powerful Star Destroyers on their side, the Galactic Republic might have lost the Clone Wars–but the Galactic Empire might never have had one of its greatest weapons.
The Venator-class ship was the original Star Destroyer. Sometimes called the Republic Attack Cruiser or Jedi Cruiser, these wedge-shaped ships are sure to look familiar, for in their sleek, almost daggerlike design the origins of the Imperial II-class Star Destroyers can be seen, and it’s little wonder, considering these were designed by renowned shipyard, Kuat Drive Yards.
The Venator-class Star Destroyer was originally designed for massive hanger space–intended as a ship-to-ship combat cruiser, early models of the Venators were equipped with hyperspace transport rings for its accompanying fighters, they also had space for Republic Frigates to dock, and even would use its hangar bays to combat drop personnel onto the battlefield while supporting them with its massive firepower.
Kuat Drive Yards deigned the Venator to be as versatile as they could and that meant equipping them with a variety of weapons, from laser cannons to turbolasers, and all Venator designs had two bridges and ten engines, allowing it to act as a command center for a Republic fleet.
With the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Venator-class was the go-to ship for the ill-prepared Republic fleet. As the Jedi assumed leadership roles in the ongoing war effort, they routinely took command of these ships, leading to many troopers to call them Jedi Cruisers. They first saw heavy action in the battle of Christophsis, but were active throughout the various engagements of the clone wars.
Many famous figures commanded Venator-class Star Destroyers, including General Anakin Skywalker, General Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Jedi Master Mace Windu. And their heroic actions led to many victories for the Galactic Republic, including bringing relief to Ryloth, rescuing the planet Carida, fighting at the Battle of Coruscant, and laying siege to Mandalore. Without these ships, the Republic might have been lost… but out of them, the Empire grew.
May the Force be with you.