The Imperial I-class Star Destroyer (also known commonly as the Imperial Star Destroyer) was a large and iconic capital ship used by the Galactic Empire.
The Imperial Star Destroyer had a striking resemblance with the Old Republic Venator Class Destroyer, supporting the same Dagger shape and a similar shape of the command center of the ship.
The Empire's wedge-shaped Imperial Star Destroyers formed the core of the Imperial Navy. True marvels of starship engineering, Star Destroyers were 1,600 meters long and had over one hundred weapon emplacements for deep space combat.
The mere presence of such a vessel in orbit was often enough to quell uprisings on rebel sympathetic worlds, and Star Destroyer commanders could engage whole Rebel fleets and still expect victory.
Standard Imperial Star Destroyers had sixty turbolasers for ship-to-ship combat and planetary assault. A Star Destroyer's sixty ion cannons are used to disable enemy ships in preparation for boarding. The Star Destroyer's superstructure featured an immense command tower housing essential systems, computer controls and the bridge. The command tower was topped by a pair of deflector shield generator domes.
Star Destroyers had two ventral landing bays. The aft docking bay-the main launch and landing bay for shuttles, support and cargo ships, and TIE Fighters. It connected to forward interior bays and storage sections, all of which connect to immense lift shafts. Ahead of the storage sections was the forward launch bay.
The forward launch bay was used primarily to deploy assault shuttles, walker landing barges and ground force vehicles; it also could serve as an auxiliary launch or landing bay for TIE Fighters if the main docking bay was disabled.
Star Destroyers carried planetary assault teams, with landing barges, drop ships, twenty AT-AT walkers, thirty AT-ST or AT-DP walkers, and 9,700 ground troops. For a long-term planetary occupation, the Destroyer could deploy a prefabricated garrison base with eight hundred troops, ten AT-ATs, ten AT-STs, and forty TIE Fighters. Full planetary invasions often required a full fleet, normally six Destroyers, heavy and light cruisers and carrier ships.
Notable Star Destroyers