The Huntress-class Pursuit Cruiser was designed for the Galactic Republic in the years following the Battle of Naboo, just preceding the Clone Wars. With the increasing unrest during the reign of Chancellor Palpatine, the need for more powerful capital ships for the Republic Navy became evident. Pirate raids became increasingly bolder and more ruthless, mercenary attacks became more frequent, and Republic citizens became outraged and demanded more military protection. This allowed Chancellor Palpatine to commission new craft for the Republic Navy. While the majority of the newer ships came from Republic Sienar Systems or Kuat Drive Yards, Loronar's design for a smaller, yet powerful, capital ship caught the eye of the power-hungry Palpatine.
The Huntress-class Pursuit Cruiser is designed to serve multiple functions, from system patrol craft, supplementary assault craft, pursuit vessel (this was its most common function, earning its common name), and even on occasion escort ship. It is outfitted to carry a compliment of a single squadron of starfighters, troops and troop transports, ground vehicles and support equipment, and even prefabricated buildings. This predecessor to the Strike-class Cruiser was employed all throughout the Republic, and was one of the first warning signs to Republic Citizens that Palpatine's taste for military control was a threat to all peoples, not just pirates or smugglers. Although outdated by modern standards, a few of these vessels can still be found on the outskirts of the Empire, as well as in the hands of various groups.
Hoersch-Kessel Drive has also received permission to manufacture and sell these vessels.
- Based on the SWRPG version.