re: re: re: Dreadnoughts (designations for)
In the old Brian Daley Novels (Don't know if they're still canon) there's reference to an old ship:
Even Rekkon hadn’t realized how security-minded the Authority was about Orron III. Moving up hard astern the barge was a dreadnaught, one of the military’s old Invincible Class capital ships—over two kilometers long, bristling with gun turrets, missile tubes, tractor-beam projectors, and deflector shields, armored like a protosteel mountain. The dreadnought hailed them with the demand that the barge halt, and at the same time identified herself: the Shannador’s Revenge.
In WEG's Corp Sector Auth Sourcebook (again....yeah yeah), it's described as:Invincible-class Dreadnaught heavy cruiser.
They're described as being designed 3,000 years ago; being one of the biggest ships in the Old Republic Fleet at the time -- the Sublight drives alone took up about 1/3 of the entire interior volume (Corp Sector never refitted newer engines into them).
It also describes the shifts between big ships and small ships in tactical doctrines and how the pendulum swings back and forth over the eras.
Some of this is now very
obsolete with what we know of the Prequels which show that the Old Republic had virtually no military to speak of and the new Canon Novels (Tarkin) which introduced the concept of Republic Judicials
, the Old Republic's Quasi-Military force that apparently was in between: Do Nothing
and Send the Jedi
. (Tarkin was a Judicial for a brief period of time, FYI.).
Regarding the designation WEG gave it; I think it's actually two parts; the first is the original class rating from 3,000 years BBY, and the second is the Corporate Sector Re-Rating 3,000 years later; similar to how in the Age of Sail, ships got razee'd
(cut down) from multi deck ships of the line to two or single deck frigates.