The Providence-Class Dreadnought served as one of the CIS’s main battleships during the Clone Wars, as well as providing flagships for many commanders, lets take a look at them.
The Providence-class Dreadnought or cruiser-carrier or carrier/destroyer was one of the icons of the Separatist forces during the Clone Wars. These Dreadnoughts were powerfully armed ships that often served as command posts ad flagships for the naval forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and with good cause.
The Providence-class was one of the most powerful warships in their fleet, both in terms of raw firepower and sheer size, and against an opponent like the Republic, every advantage, even psychological ones, were necessary. A single Provience-class ship would outweigh and outmatch even an Imperial Star Destroyer in terms of sheer size, with a hull length of 2,177.35 meters. Add to that enough firepower to bring down an entire trading fleet: fourteen heavy quad turbolaser batteres, thirty-four dual heavy laser cannons, twelve twin light point-defense ion cannons, two heavy ion cannons, twelve heavy flak guns, and one hundred and two proton torpedo launchers.
That alone would make the Providence-class vessels imposing, but on top of that, they often carried their own squadrons of fighters–120 vulture droid starfighters, 120 droid tri-fighters, 10 droid bombers, droid gunships, even armored assault tanks and troop transports–including up to 1.2 million deactivated battle droids. A single Providence-class Dreadnought was enough to subjugate a world.
And no Providence-class vessel is more well-known than the Invisible Hand, which served as the flagship and personal vessel for General Grievous.
The Invisible Hand was a heavily modified Providence-class vessel, built as a coordinated effort between the Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps, Pamnant Docks, and Quarren engineers for the Trade Federation fleet. The vessel was large enough to need tensor fields to keep its hull from separating, and was bolstered with additional shielding and tractor beam projectors to allow prisoners and prey alike to be brought onto the vessel for Grievous to handle personally.
The Invisible Hand was particularly outfitted for ground warfare, and was capable of carrying full complements of battle droids, including more powerful B2 Super Battledroids, IG-227 Droid Tanks, and several hundred other ground vehicles. After the Malevolence was destroyed Grievous claimed the vessel as his own, and used it to great effect, taking the Invisible Hand to the heart of the Republic, invading Coruscant.
Grievous’ history with personal ships continued uninterrupted though, and after he was fought off by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, the ship was sent crashing into Coruscants atmosphere, causing yet another of Grievous’ ships to crash and burn.
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