Wikia

Star Wars Fanon

Republic Merchant Fleet

Comments0
40,801pages on
this wiki
SVera-oldSVera-imp
Republic Merchant Fleet
General information
Leader(s)

Merchant Fleet Commandant

Headquarters

Coruscant

Locations

Galaxywide

Historical information
Formed from

Republic Navy

Founding

c. 25,000 BBY, Coruscant

Reorganization
Other information
Era(s)
Affiliation

Galactic Republic

The Republic Merchant Fleet, also known as the Merchant Navy or simply as “RMF” was a fleet of civilian-owned merchant ships operated by either the Republic government or the private sector. It engaged in commerce or transportation of goods and services in and out of the navigable space of the Galactic Republic. Some critics claimed that the Republic Merchant Fleet was a paramilitary organization, but officially, the Republic Merchant Fleet was not part of the Republic Armed Forces.

The Merchant Fleet was a uniformed service for the Galactic Republic and an auxiliary fleet for the Navy, but not an armed service, except in times of war when Merchant Fleet personnel were considered military personnel so that under the laws of war, they could not be executed as spies if they were serving on a battlefield. This also guaranteed veteran status to Merchant Fleet members who served during a war, so that they could receive the veteran's benefits.

The members received the same training and equipment as their Navy counterparts. Also, many services members of the Navy, Army and Marines started to work for the Merchant Fleet after their service time ended, but the Republic Merchant Fleet fell under the direction of the Ministry of Transportation, not the Ministry of Defense, even in times of war.

The Merchant Fleet was responsible for transporting cargo and passengers during peacetime. In time of war, the Merchant Freet acted as an auxiliary fleet for the Navy, and could be called upon to deliver troops and supplies for the Armed Forces or Jedi Order. Separate from the other military services, members who served in the Marchant Fleet were considered to be among the best-trained and best-equipped troops for logistical duties.

Merchant Fleet moved cargo and passengers between planets within the Galactic Republic, operated and maintained deep space bulk transport ships, evac ships, hospital ships landing crafts, lighters, light freighters, luxury liners, maintenance haulers, mobile repair bases, passenger freighters, passenger liners, small passenger ships, spaceboats, tankers, trade frigates, transport ships, tug ships and yachts.

Organization and ranksEdit

Basic unit structureEdit

The Merchant Fleet used the structure as the Navy when was separated from the it. Over the years however the Merchant Fleet modified the structure due the their needs. Roughly was the Merchant Fleet organized into Administrative divisions, Flotillas, Transport groups and Fleets. Most of the time however the ships operated on a individual for the different navy compartments direct under the command of a navy admiral . The organizational system was as follows:

Unit Commanding officer rank Duties
Administrative division
Rear Admiral
Hiring and training personnel
Flotilla
Commander/Captain/Fleet Captain
Operational forces
Transport group
Lieutenant Admiral
Operational forces
Fleet
Admiral
Operational forces

Merchant Fleet Starfighter SquadronsEdit

Starting in 1,000 BBY, during the reorganization prior to Great Peace of the Republic, the Merchant Fleet created the own starfighters squadron.

Up until then, Republic Merchant ships relied on starfighter support from the Navy and the Marines. However the armed forces where dissolved in 1,000 BBY and could no longer provide starfighters support to the Merchant Fleet. The Merchant Fleet was forced to create their own starfighter squadron to protected there Fleet. The starfighter squadrons got equipped with the Aurek-class tactical strikefighter.

The first wave of pilots came from the Navy and Marine starfighter squadron. At some point however the Merchant Fleet needed to start to train their own fighter pilots. The Merchant Fleet starfighter squadrons were readied and organized similar terms to the once Navy counterparts. The squadrons also used specific callsigns when communicating within the unit and with the rest of the fleet or ship they were attached to.

RanksEdit

The Merchant Fleet used the same rank system as the Navy when was separated from the it. Over the years however the Merchant Fleet added an removed some ranks due the their needs. After the Army Logistics Support Corps became part of the Merchant Fleet the rank system evolved once more, adding ranks from the Army.

However using a separate ranking system has some disadvantages when operating alongside Navy, Army and Marine personnel. The Merchant Fleet had Enlisted ranks, Junior Non-Commissioned Officer ranks, Warrant Officer, Officers and Flag Officers.

Enlisted ranksEdit

The lowest rank within the Merchant Fleet is the Recruit. This rank is hold by all newly-enlisted members of the Merchant Fleet during basic training. After graduated from basic training a recruit is promoted to Crewman Third Class. Members who have some pre-enlisted experiences in medical, engineer and some other fields are promoted to Specialist Third Class rank after basic training.

Merchant Fleet Navy Rank Requirements
Recruit Recruit Held until graduating from Basic Training.
Crewman Third Class (CTC) Apprentice Crewer Held by members who have graduated from Basic Training and are undergoing advanced onboard training.
Specialist Third Class (STC) none Held by members who have graduated from Basic Training and who qualified in special fields (medical, engineer etc.) same paygrade as CSC but not the same responsibilities.
Crewman Second Class (CSC) Crewer Held by members who have completed advanced onboard training. Normally reach after six months time-in-grade of CTC. This rank is also held by members who have followed a two years course at an JROTC school.
Specialist Second Class (SSC) none Held by members who qualified in special fields (medical, engineer etc.) same paygrade as CFC but not the same responsibilities. Normally reach after six months time-in-grade of STC. This rank is also held by members who have followed a two years course at an JROTC school and who qualified in special fields.
Crewman First Class (CFC) Senior Crewer CSC are normally promoted to CFC after twelve months time-in-grade. This rank is also held by members who have followed a four years course at an JROTC school.
Specialist First Class (SFC) none Held by members who qualified in special skills (medical, engineer etc.) same paygrade as SCM but not the same responsibilities. SSC are Normally promoted to SFC after twelve months time-in-grade. This rank is also held by members who have followed a four years course at an JROTC school and who qualified in special fields.
Senior Crewman (SCM) none CFC are normally promoted to SCM after eighteen months time-in-grade.

SFC are normally following up JNCO training within 12 months time-in-grade and are rarely promoted to SCM.

Non-Commissioned OfficerEdit

The non-commissioned officer corps is often referred to as "the backbone" of the Merchant Fleet, as they are the primary and most visible leaders for most of its members. Additionally, they are the leaders primarily responsible for executing the organization's mission and for training the junior members so they are prepared to execute the missions. NCO training and education typically includes leadership and management as well as service-specific and combat training.

Senior NCOs are considered the primary link between enlisted personnel and the commissioned officers in the organization. Their advice and guidance is particularly important for junior officers, who begin their careers in a position of authority but generally lack practical experience.

Junior Non-Commissioned OfficerEdit

Junior Non-Commissioned Officers are the lowest NCO ranks within the Merchant Fleet. The JNCO ranks are reached after completing basic leadership and management training course (BLMTC). The JNCO ranks are normally only used for members in non-combat units. Members who are serving in frontline units follow up the advanced leadership and management training course and are promoted to a NCO rank instead.

Merchant Fleet Navy Rank Roles and Responsibilities
Lance Petty Officer (LPO) Petty Officer Third Class First JNCO rank; also called "busted Petty Officer". A member is promoted to this rank after completing the BLMTC but not the service-specific training.
Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) Petty Officer Second Class Second JNCO rank. Normally reach after completing the service-specific training. SFC are promoted to PO3 after completing the BLMTC.
Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Petty Officer First Class Third JNCO rank. A PO3 can be promoted to PO2 after twelve months time-in-grade.
Non-Commissioned OfficerEdit

JNCO are promoted to NCO ranks after completing advanced leadership and management training course (ALMTC). Members who are serving in frontline units skip the JNCO ranks an follow up the ALMTC directly.

Merchant Fleet Navy Rank Roles and Responsibilities
Petty Officer First Class (PO1) None First NCO rank. A member is promoted to this rank after completing the ALMTC.
Lance Chief Petty Officer (LCP) None Second NCO rank
Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Chief Petty Officer Third NCO rank
Senior Non-Commissioned OfficerEdit
Merchant Fleet Navy Rank Roles and Responsibilities
Senior Chief Petty Officer (SPO) Senior Chief Petty Officer Fourth NCO rank
Master Chief Petty Officer (MPO) Master Chief Petty Officer Fifth NCO rank, same paygrade as FMO but not the same responsibilities.
First Chief Petty Officer (FMO) None Sixth NCO rank
Command Master Chief Petty Officer (CMC) Command Master Chief Petty Officer Seventh NCO rank, same paygrade as CFC but not the same responsibilities.
Command First Chief Petty Officer(CFC) None Eighth NCO rank
Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer (FMC) Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer Ninth NCO rank, same paygrade as FFC but not the same responsibilities.
Fleet First Chief Petty Officer(FFC) Sector Master Chief Petty Officer Tenth and highest regular NCO rank
Chief Petty Officer of the Republic Merchant Fleet (MFC) Chief Petty Officer of the Republic Navy Highest possible NCO rank

OfficerEdit

Warrant OfficerEdit
Merchant Fleet Navy Rank Roles and Responsibilities
Warrant Officer (WO5) Warrant Officer First Warrant Officer rank. Pilots with this rank are called Flight Officer (FO4).
Chief Warrant Officer Fourth Degree (CO4) Chief Warrant Officer Fourth Degree Second Warrant Officer rank. Pilots with this rank are called Chief Flight Officer Fourth Degree (FO4).
Chief Warrant Officer Third Degree (CO3) Chief Warrant Officer Third Degree Third Warrant Officer rank. Pilots with this rank are called Chief Flight Officer Third Degree(FO3).
Chief Warrant Officer Second Degree (CO2) Chief Warrant Officer Second Degree Fourth Warrant Officer rank. Pilots with this rank are called Chief Flight Officer Second Degree(FO2).
Chief Warrant Officer First Degree (CO1) Chief Warrant Officer First Degree Fifth Warrant Officer rank. Pilots with this rank are called Chief Flight Officer First Degree(FO1).
OfficerEdit
Merchant Fleet Navy Rank Roles and Responsibilities
Officer cadet Officer cadet Held until graduation from the Academy or ROTC.
Ensign (ENS) Ensign Lowest officer rank held by Academy and ROTC graduates
Lieutenant Junior Grade (LJG) None Second officer rank
Lieutenant Senior Grade (LT) Lieutenant Junior Grade Third officer rank
Captain (CPT) Lieutenant Senior Grade Fourth officer rank.
Major (MAJ) Lieutenant Commander Fifth officer rank
Lieutenant Colonel (LCL) Commander Sixth officer rank
Colonel (COL) Captain Seventh officer rank
Commander (CMD) Fleet Captain Eighth officer rank
Flag OfficerEdit
Merchant Fleet Navy Rank Roles and Responsibilities
Commodore (CMD) Rear Admiral (Lower Half) First flag officer rank.
Rear Admiral (RAD) Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Second flag officer rank.
Lieutenant Admiral (LAD) Vice Admiral Third flag officer rank.
Admiral (AMD) Admiral Fourth flag officer rank.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Republic Merchant Fleet is heavily based upon the United States Merchant Marine, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The ranks who have been used are inspired by the ranks who have been used the TV series Battlestar Galactica.

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki