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Imperial Death Squadron
The Imperial Starfleet's Death Squadron was a naval squadron under the personal command of Darth Vader in the fictional Star Wars universe. It consisted of at least 5 Imperator-class Star Destroyers, and Vader's flagship, the Star Dreadnought Executor. This fleet was employed in the blockade of the Rebel-occupied ice world of Hoth in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Death Squadron delivered the troops and heavy armored assault groups of AT-AT and AT-ST walkers to the surface for the ensuing ground battle against the Rebel base. The Rebel's ground-based ion cannon managed to score a direct hit on at least one of the Star Destroyers in blockade formation, but the Imperial forces were still able to capture or destroy over half of the fleeing transports.
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