The Clone Wars
The Clone Wars
Venator-class Star Destroyer
Venator CloneWars.jpg
Manufacturer: Kuat Drive Yards
Class: Star Destroyer
Technical Information
Length: 1,137 meters
  • 8 Turbolaser batteries
  • 2 Medium dual Turbolaser cannons
  • 52 Point-defense laser cannons
  • 4 Heavy Proton torpedo tubes
  • 6 Tractor beam projectors


Venator-class Star Destroyers were vessels employed by the Galactic Republic's Navy during and after the Clone Wars. This class of warship represented a return to grand displays of military power in ship design becoming the first line of starships to receive the "star destroyer" nomenclature which came to prominence during the reign of the Galactic Empire.

Venator-class destroyers were both heavily armed and armored capable of leading planetary assaults while at the same time being large enough to carry hundreds of starfighters or thousands of soldiers. The Venator-class mades up the bedrock of the Republic Navy at the time of the Clone Wars, often serving as the flagships of Jedi Generals, making them commonly known as Jedi Cruisers.

The Venator cruisers saw continued use by the Empire following the Clone Wars, stripped of their Republic colors and used to protect Imperial worlds. Three were used to bombard Tipoca City on Kamino after all viable clones and personnel had been evacuated. In time, the Venator-class would be phased out by a newer model of Star Destroyer.


The Venator-class Star Destroyer carried a large variety of weapons ranging from heavy turbolaser turrets, medium dual turbolaser turrets, point-defense dual laser cannons, and heavy proton torpedo tubes.

Three Venator-class star destroyers firing all batteries on the Malevolence

Suggested by General Skywalker later in the war, several SPHA turbolaser canons were installed within the lower hangar bay of some Venator-class ships of the Open Circle Fleet. These weapons would have considerable effect during the Battle of Coruscant.


The Resolute shortly before receiving the task of delivering Ahsoka Tano

The Venator-class was designed with additional starfighter carrier roles in mind. Jedi Cruisers could carry 420 fighters:

In addition to the lower hangar, the dorsal strip on the top of the cruiser opened to reveal a half kilometer-long flight deck. This hangar allowed the Venator to rapidly launch hundreds of fighters. Due to its carrier role, the Venator-class featured a dual bridge tower design; the port tower was the starfighter command bridge while the starboard side served as the ship's helm.

The detention block cells of the Venator cruiser, Tranquility

On the lower decks, the cruiser was outfitted with a detention level for transporting prisoners from their point of capture to Coruscant, such as Nute Gunray. The detention level was outfitted with numerous cell blocks with cells contained by ray shields and was intentionally located in a remote area of the ship that could only be accessed via turbolift, though Dark Side Acolyte Asajj Ventress succeeded in infiltrating the level through the ventilation shafts.


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