Arquitens-class Light Cruiser
The Arquitens-class light cruiser, also known as the Imperial light cruiser or communications ship, and previously known as the Republic light cruiser or Jedi light cruiser, was a model of light cruiser used by the Republic Navy during the Clone Wars.
It was equipped with multiple quad laser turrets and double-barreled turbolaser batteries, as well as concussion missile launchers. All gun emplacements were retracted into the hull during planetary re-entry to prevent the barrels from being damaged by sudden drag force. The bridge/bow turrets descended/ascended into large trap-door hatches, while the flank cannons receded into the bow prongs.
The Arquitens-class light cruisers where quicker and more maneuverable than a Star Destroyer.
Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi commanded one of these ships during the Battle of Saleucami. Several Arquitens-class light cruisers formed part of the fleet that protected Kamino when it was attacked by General Grievous and Asajj Ventress.
After the Galactic Republic was reformed into the Galactic Empire, the cruiser continued to see use under the Imperial Navy, who used them to send out long-range communications from worlds that lacked communication towers.
These vessels were also used for escort and enforcement duty, responding to transports and other Imperial ships in distress. Notably, two Arquitens responded to the distress signal of Gozanti-class cruisers under attack by the Lothal Rebels and Phoenix Squadron.