The Acclamator-class assault ship, alternatively referred to as the Acclamator-class trans-galactic military transport ship or Acclamator-class transgalactic military assault ship, or by the shorter names Acclamator-class transport, Acclamator-class troopship, or the rarer Acclamator I transport, was an assault ship created for the Galactic Republic by Rothana Heavy Engineering. It was the predecessor of the Star Destroyer line.

Characteristics Edit

The 752-meter-long Acclamator-class assault transport carried thousands of Republic clone troopers into battle.The Acclamator favored a wedge or dagger shaped design due to its effectiveness it allowed concentration of firepower while minimizing target profile. This basic design was used in a number of larger craft predating it and would define Imperial ships for decades to come. These ships were armed with 4 heavy torpedo launch tubes; 24 point-defense laser cannons, rated at 6 megatons per shot; and 12 quad turbolaser turrets, each rated at a maximum of 200 gigatons per shot. They were also armed with Concussion missiles The sensor and communications suites were located at the front of the ship's command tower. The hull armor of Acclamator-class vessels was impregnated with ultra-dispersive neutronium that withstood and spread massive energy blasts. Fusion rockets fired by enemy forces barely made a scratch on the hull as a result.

Groups of these ships could perform a "Base Delta Zero", an orbital bombardment that would exterminate all life on the planet. The later Acclamator II-class assault ship could also serve as star frigates to support their landing groups. In addition to ground landings, Acclamator-class ships were capable of water landings, as displayed at the Battle of Mon Calamari.

Acclamator-class ships also carried support equipment and vehicles, such as the AT-TE and the SPHA walkers used to provide clone troopers with heavy battlefield support. Each Acclamator-class ship held 320 speeder bikes, used by clone troopers for fast battlefield reconnaissance and patrol duties. Eighty LAAT gunships were carried to insert personnel, vehicles, and cargo into battle zones in addition to providing close air support. Gunships were suspended along an overhead circulating rail in the upper hangar for maintenance procedures during travels. A lower, smaller hangar area was used to embark and disembark ground troops and material when landed. The two levels were connected with elevator platforms. Most of the passenger and barrack decks were located on the upper levels of an Acclamator-class ship.

The Acclamator-class's main reactor was located in the middle of the vessel, inside the main superstructure, and was preceded at the frontal half of the ship by multiple fuel tanks. The tanks compressed hypermatter to enormous density for storage. The tanks were connected to the main reactor via pipe assemblies. Secondary reactors were located towards the bow of the vessel. The ship's main thrusters were fitted with eight electromagnetic rudders that deflected the exhaust particle streams and gave boost when turning the ship. The secondary thrusters did not provide as much power, but were useful for maneuvering due to being placed further away from the ship's main axis. The massive fin at the stern of the Acclamator-class contained both the anti-gravity generator and the ship's hyperdrive generator. When landed, the repulsorlift carried much of the ship's weight, but the landing legs maintained a stable contact with the ground.

The bridge was located in the middle of an arrow-shaped command tower module that protruded from the dorsal superstructure. This tower module was a standard design for smaller ships in Kuat Drive Yards's starship catalog, which Rothana supplied vessels to. The main bridge and command center had no windows but relied upon advanced holoscreens shaped like the triangular viewports similar to the ones on other Kuat vessels. The bridge crew usually consisted of fully-armored clone pilots manning the control panels, with most operators being seated in twin crew pits below the command officer's area.

History Edit

The Acclamator-class design was already in development by Rothana and Kuat years before the start of the Clone Wars, and the design was tested as early as 32 BBY As the Jedi Master Yoda arrived on Kamino to gather an invasion force, dozens of Acclamator's had already been built and readied for the soldiers they were designed to carry. In their first engagement at the First Battle of Geonosis the class proved pivotal in the Republic victory, delivering legions of clone troopers to the battlefield while a large Republic fleet engaged the Separatist fleet in orbit. After delivering their troops, the Acclamators pulled back to provide orbital support, with only a portion of the ships ending up damaged in the battle.

Later service Edit

In addition to being a warship and a military transport serving forces in backwater areas,[2] some Imperial Acclamators were used as slave ships, transporting large quantities of enslaved people to various Imperial penal colonies during the Galactic Civil War.[16] Although they were initially not considered "Star Destroyers", the Acclamator-class was sometimes referred to as such during the reign of the Empire.[17] The Empire also modified a number of Acclamators, sacrifying weaponry to increase cargo capacity for use as Imperial cargo ships.[18]

Some fell into the hands of criminal groups such as the Zann Consortium.[19] The Empire continued to use them as of Operation Shadow Hand,[20] and by 13 ABY, an Acclamator was located in the headquarters base of the Restored Empire splinter faction of the Empire.[5] They were even used well into the Yuuzhan Vong War.

Behind the scenes Edit