Battle over Naboo (18)
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First appearance: The Phantom Menace
Previous event: Battle of the Great Grass Plains
Next event: Palpatine arrives on Naboo
Relations: Naboo
Known Facts (14)
Summary
Once in orbit over Naboo, the pilots of Bravo Squadron, including Porro Dolphe and Arven Wendik, the latter flying his personal starfighter Bravo 3 assaulted the Droid Control battleship, which coordinated all droid forces on the planet. Dinee Ellberger, flying her personal starfighter Bravo 5 also joined the assault. Squadron leader Ric Olie in his starfighter Bravo 1 ordered Bravo Flight A to engage the enemy fighters and Bravo Flight B to make a run on the transmitter. Various wings of pilots, including Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes, Rhys Dallows, Bravo Eight, and Bravo Twelve engaged the ship, taking down its first wing of droid fighters. DFS Starfighter Squadron, the squadron of starfighters assigned to protect Trade Federation command ships, featured advanced targeting routines. Dallows led the strikes on the battleship's fourteen Receiver Stations and knocked them all out. The loss of the control signal prevented the battleship from launching additional fighters. Three pilots chased the last droid starfighter and destroyed it. Dallows and other Naboo pilots then realized the ship would be destroyed only if they could enter it through one of the hangars and reach the main reactor. At that point, a mercenary leader, allied with the Federation, appeared and took out one of the Naboo starfighters. Dallows and other pilots engaged him before chasing him inside the ship, flying into the right-hand hangar bay when the hangar shield was lowered to launch another C-9979 landing craft. Dallows made it in after him but the others were cut off when the shield reactivated.
After the first wave of droid starfighters was down, Bravo Squadron moved in close to engage the Control Ship. Olie ordered Wendik to attack the bridge. One of the Naboo pilots and Rya Kirsch in his starfighter Bravo 4 were killed during a strafing run by the battleship's quad turbolaser cannons, which used complex recursive algorithms to target enemies, but the Naboo pilots managed to land hits on the Droid Control Ship with their proton torpedoes. The torpedoes were not strong enough to affect the Federation ship. Palmer was captured by the hangar tractor beams and drawn into range of the hangar guns. Her engines were knocked out, and she was sent plummeting down to the planet and her death. One of the Naboo pilots subsequently knocked out a tractor beam generator, then Sykes took out the remaining three. The battleship was able to reroute the control signal and launch additional starfighters to harass the Naboo pilots.
As the battle raged in space, down on the planet the young individual Anakin Skywalker accidentally entered the battle when he inadvertently launched his starfighter refuge and took off from the Theed Hangar on autopilot. He asked his astromech droid R2-D2 to disengage the autopilot. Skywalker then succeeded in taking down several droid starfighters before having his own starfighter shot down, and he landed in the battleship's left-hand hangar while its shield was down. In the hangar, Skywalker's ship landed on the hangar floor, overheated. He ducked down to avoid discovery as battle droids surrounded his ship and ordered the pilot to come out. While hiding, he also attempted to restart the fighter by fiddling with the controls. After his starfighter rebooted, he then fired his weapons and unintentionally launched a pair of torpedoes into the main reactor when trying to escape and fire on the droids. Communications officer Tey How reported the disturbance to Captain Daultay Dofine, who dismissed these reports after claiming that it was impossible for a starfighter to get past the deflector shields. However, the reactor explosion caused by Skywalker managed to create a massive explosion that ripped the ship in half. Shocked over the explosion, Skywalker quickly escaped through the ship's main hangar. The ship's impending destruction was also detected by the remaining Bravo Squadron pilots, initially baffling them as their strafing runs against the vessel seemed ineffective, until they saw Skywalker's starfighter escaping from one of the docking bays. A puzzled Dofine and crew saw the starfighters retreating from the ship in a fast manner, but failed to realize what was happening when the control computer in front of them malfunctioned and exploded, killing Dofine and the entire crew in an instant; this process deactivated all the battle droids stationed on Naboo and thus marked the end of the Federation's invasion of Naboo.

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Related organizations
DFS Starfighter Squadron
Bravo Squadron
Members (3)
Related units, characters and technologies
Anakin Skywalker
Rya Kirsch
Daultay Dofine
Jull Dremon
Dinee Ellberger
Tey How
Ric Olie
Sil Unch
R2-D2
R2-A6
Naboo N-1 Starfighter
Vuutun Palaa
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