The "Action VI Transport," sometimes referred to as the bulk transport and the modified action transport, was a popular freighter built by Corellian Engineering Corporation.CharacteristicsAction VI transports typically operated in convoys or in well patrolled areas of space, since they lacked even the most basic forms of self-defensive measures, such as armor and weaponry, making them prime targets for pirates, so had to rely on protection from other capital ships. The only reason they were used by the Galactic Empire, was because they were quite inexpensive (relative to Imperial wealth).HistoryThe Rebel Alliance also employed these cargo vessels, often as personnel carriers, but in much smaller quantities since they were far more expensive than GR-75 medium transports. Most Action VIs were stolen from the Empire.Pirates often modified Action VI ships into "interceptor frigates" capable of combating starfighters and corvettes. The most famous Action VI was Wild Karrde, the personal starship owned by smuggler Talon KARRDE. Another notable Action VI was Antan AZZAMEE'S personal starship, Big Score. He often used this ship for either transportation or his covert base of operations.An Action VI class bulk freighter fresh off the CEC's assembly lines would be a ponderous and ungainly space transport that lacked armaments of any kind and could hold immense amounts of raw materials in its vast holds.However, the Wild Karrde was no ordinary freighter. KARRDE had made many important modifications to his ship that allowed it to hold its own against the Imperial patrols that often came to check his stash. Three heavy retractable turbolasers were added, giving the ship a firepower that no pirate could ever expect. The entirety of the hull was doubly reinforced with giant durasteel plates that matched the color of the original, unmodified hull so as not to tip off pursuers. Deflector shields and a large power source were also secreted deep in the bowels of the ship.Talon KARRDE had a hand in almost all galactic affairs, and thus had a far-flung web of spies and informants spread across hundreds of worlds. In order to keep tabs on them and process all the incoming data, Karrde converted most of the passenger and crew quarters on his vessel into a cavernous communications nexus. A monstrous hyperradio rectenna gave Karrde instantaneous links to his spies, while stolen HoloNet transceivers intercepted and cataloged many thousands of transmissions from across the galaxy. This sensor package incorporated a cloaking device that was powerful enough to conceal the Wild Karrde from passive scans. The machinery also transmitted false transponders to any ship inquiring about the nature of the cargo aboard the Wild Karrde.A section of the cargo hold was outfitted with a life support system that was frequently utilized to conceal smuggled living beings. In this block was also a kennel for KARRDE'S pet vornskrs. At least one small repulsorlift vehicle was kept in yet another section of the bay at all times. A dedicated medical bay could care for crew members or passengers who had been hurt. Another space stored KARRDE'S small fleet of droids, which ranged from astromechs to GNK power droids. Finally, a small force tube positioned in the aft could generate a small pathway of oxygen in otherwise airless deep space. This exotic device was meant to rescue pilots trapped in the void.As is typical of smuggling vessels, the Wild Karrde operated under many false names and registries. One of these was Hab Camber, registered in Valrar to Abel Quiller, an alias of KARRDE'S subordinate DANKIN. This alias was used during the Battle of Bilbringi, when KARRDE'S Smuggler's Alliance was infiltrating the Imperial shipyards.HistoryIn 4 ABY, the ship was seen near Outpost 327, while Ace Azzameen was stealing the shuttle Tydirium.In 9 ABY, when Thrawn came to Myrkr to harvest ysalamiri, Karrde guessed that they were important and kept some in the Wild Karrde. Later that year, Karrde flew it to a meeting with some other smugglers, on Trogan.During the Almanian Uprising in 17 ABY, Karrde flew it during the Battle of Almania and succeeded in destroying a Victory-class Star Destroyer.Karrde still used it during the time of the Yuuzhan Vong War.
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|Manufacturer:||Corellian Engineering Corporation.|
|Product Line:||Action series.|
|Model:||Action VI transport.|
|Era:||Rise of the Empire era;Rebellion era;New Republic era;New Jedi Order era.|
|Affiliations:||Galactic Empire;Alliance to Restore the Republic;New Republic;Smugglers' Alliance;Galactic Federation of Free Alliances.|
|Hyperdrive Rating:||Class 1.0; Backup Class 10.|
|Shielding:||Warship-grade shielding with independent power.|
|Hull:||Reinforced with concealed armor.|
|Sensor Systems:||Warship-grade sensors.|
|Armament:||Retractable turbolaser turrets (3).|
|Complement:||Repulsorlift vehicle (1);Starfighter or shuttle (1) (optional, in cargo space).|
|Cargo Capacity:||90,000 metric tons.|
|Other Systems:||Hypercomm array;HoloNet transceiver;Medical equipment;Vornskr kennel.|
|Academy-Class Frighter/ACADEMY-Class Corvette schematics.||The Wild Karrde.|