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The Arquitens-class light cruiser, known more commonly as the Republic light cruiser or the Jedi light cruiser, was a Galactic Republic ship used by the Republic Navy during the Clone Wars.

CharacteristicsEdit

The Arquitens-class resembled a smaller version of the Venator-class Star Destroyer, with engines similar to the smaller Consular-class space cruiser. A docking ring was located on each side of the ship and a deep split cleaved the bow into two prongs.[2]

Atop the main hull was a small T-shaped command tower, with two quad laser turrets flanking it. Two identical emplacements were located on the ventral bow, while four dual-barreled turbolaser batteries were located on the sides of the cruiser. Large slits on either side of these cannons allowed them to be repositioned for frontal, broadside or backwards firing.[3] This function, combined with the dorsal & ventral turrets, granted the ship a good arc of fire.

All gun emplacements were retracted into the hull during re-entry to prevent the barrels from being damaged by sudden drag force.[3] The bridge/bow turrets descended/ascended into large trap-door hatches, while the flank cannons receded into the bow prongs.

The ship also had two pairs of missile tubes on the edges between its turbolaser cannons.[2]

Like the refitted Consular-class cruisers, ships of this kind were regarded as "escort-class" by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, contrasting the Venator-class which was identified as "cruiser-class."

RoleEdit

The Arquitens-class light cruiser was an escort cruiser.

HistoryEdit

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