Dreadnaught Cruiser - Katana Fleet Refit
Medium - 120° Broadsides (1/8 aft)
Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruiser
The Katana fleet was a task force of two hundred Dreadnaught-Class Heavy Cruisers launched by the Galactic Republic during its final decades of existence, as part of an attempt to restore the Republic Navy to its long-gone glory. The fleet, however, was lost on its maiden voyage when a hive virus drove its crews insane and the task force's captain jumped the ships blindly into hyperspace. Five years after the Battle of Endor, Grand Admiral Thrawn of the Galactic Empire convinced smuggler Captain Hoffner into providing the location of the long-lost task force. Having learned of Thrawn's target, the New Republic entered the race for the lost fleet as well. However, the Empire managed to escape with 178 of the prized ships before the Republic arrived. In its waning decades, the Senate of the Galactic Republic threw money at many grandiose projects. One of them, which was completed in 46 BBY, was the Katana fleet, a task force of two hundred Dreadnaught-Class Heavy Cruisers, all carrying experimental AT-PT walkers. It was named after its flagship, the Katana. To counter the high-staffing requirements of such vessels, the fleet was extensively modified with full-rig slave circuitry, reducing the requirements to only about 2,200 per ship (instead of upwards of 16,000). To further distinguish the Katana fleet, Rendili StarDrive redesigned the entire Dreadnaught interior for the occasion, from the equipment and interior decor right down to the dark gray hull surfacing. The fleet earned the unofficial moniker "the Dark Force," partly because of the hull color, and partly because of the reduced need for interior lighting allowed by the smaller crew complements. With its advanced slave-rig technology, the Katana fleet was positioned to herald a new era for military warships.