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White Star
Babylon 5 - White Star.jpg
A White Star firing weapons.
First appearance Matters of Honor
Affiliation Interstellar Alliance
Launched 2260
General characteristics
Class Medium Cruiser [1]
Fighters 4 Nial fighters
Armaments 1 Neutron Cannon [1]
3 Twin Fusion Cannon [1]
Defenses Vorlon Bio-armoured hull
GraviticTractor beams
Minbari stealth device
Propulsion Stalasha Gravimetric Engine [1]
Length 475.6 meters

The White Star is a fictional, cruiser class combat spacecraft type in the science fiction television series Babylon 5.

Depiction

The White Star-class was designed and built through a collaborative effort between the Minbari religious caste and the Vorlon Empire. With the reorganization and revitalization of the Rangers as a force with which to fight the Shadows, it was imperative that they be provided with a warship that would not be inherently recognized as either Vorlon or Minbari. As such, the ship was designed and built in secret and in large numbers by the Minbari worker caste. These vessels proved devastating during the Shadow War and the subsequent Earth Alliance Civil War. After the dust had settled, they served as a vital part of the Interstellar Alliance's military assets.

The original White Star was vaporized as Sheridan crashed it into the largest city on Z'ha'dum while detonating two 500-megaton nuclear warheads.[2]

The White Star commanded by John Sheridan was thought to be unique until near the end of the third season (in And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place), where it was revealed that the first wave of 40-50 White Stars had entered duty. White Stars continued to be built and they were used extensively thereafter.

Unlike most other large ships in the series, White Stars were numbered, rather than being given unique names. At least 90 White Stars had been constructed by the end of the series.

The White Star was regarded as being amongst the smallest ships in the Babylon 5 universe which had the capability of opening its own hyperspace portals (known as "jump points") rather than relying on the jump gates already at a location used primarily by civilian craft, or upon jump points created by larger allied craft.

The heavy losses suffered in the conflicts of the Shadow War and subsequent liberation of Earth led to the design of the larger and more powerful Victory class destroyer as an Earth-Minbar joint project taking after Vorlon designs. The first results were two prototypes completed five years after the events of the television series.

References

  1. ^ a b c d The Official Guide to Babylon 5 (CD ROM)
  2. ^ "Z'ha'dum". Babylon 5.

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