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Norad III
Historical
Comissioned

March/April 2500

Destroyed

October 2500, Korhal IV

Physical
Race

Terran

Type

Behemoth-class battlecruiser (Norad-series)

Political
Affiliation

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a Alpha Squadron
Dominion Fleet
Role
Personnel
Commander(s)
Crew
  • Lieutenant Scott (formerly)


EdmundDuke SC1 HeadAnim1
Unit
Base unit

Battlecruiser

Properties
Size

Large

Sight range

11

Protection
Hit points

1500

Armor

5

Combat
Ground attack

ATS Laser Batteries: 50
Yamato Cannon: 260LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Air attack

ATA Laser Batteries: 50
Yamato Cannon: 260LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Cooldown

30

Attack range

6

The Norad III was the Dominion flagship before and during the Brood War. A top of the line battlecruiser, it could carry over a thousand soldiers and two dozen starfighters.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Great WarEdit

During the middle stages of the Great War, Alpha Squadron under Duke's command was deployed to Char to retrieve Sarah Kerrigan, who had been abducted by the zerg. The Norad III was Duke's flagship during the battle. However, the zerg attacked and defeated the terran fleet, and things weren't made easier when the Protoss Expeditionary Fleet arrived and destroyed most of the terran ships.

Though Duke's fleet suffered great losses during its attacks on Char, the Norad III managed to escape.[1]

Bhekar RoEdit

Main article: Battle of Bhekar Ro

After the Great War, Norad III led Alpha Squadron to Bhekar Ro, a backwater colony world which had then discovered a xel'naga temple. The Squadron's fleet was destroyed or disabled fighting the protoss and zerg attempting to secure the temple, and temporarily stranding the survivors.[2] Norad III was subsequently repaired and returned to service.[3]

The Brood WarEdit

Dylar IVEdit

Months later, with the onset of the Brood War, the Norad III led the Dominion Armada to the Dylarian Shipyards in a reprisal against the UED Expeditionary Fleet which had commandeered a number of battlecruisers in dry-dock. The Dominion force was repelled.[4]

Siege of AugustgradEdit

With the fall of Augustgrad to the UED, Arcturus Mengsk attempted to escape aboard the Norad III but was headed off by the UED flagship Aleksander. The ship was rescued by Jim Raynor and transported to Aiur via dimensional recall along with Raynor's flagship, the Hyperion, and a small protoss fleet.[5]

The Last BattleEdit

The Norad III returned to Augustgrad after the liberation of Korhal, but was ambushed by Infested Kerrigan's forces shortly after the zerg launched a sneak attack on Mengsk's base of operations. After a long battle the ship was destroyed with Duke aboard.[6]

NotesEdit

In Shadow of the Xel'Naga, Norad III was an extensively refitted and renamed Norad II. All of Alpha Squadron's battlecruisers were destroyed during the Battle of Bhekar Ro; if taken to mean the ships were unsalvageable this would preclude Norad III's appearance in StarCraft: Brood War.[2]

Firstborn stated that merely most of Alpha Squadron's ships were destroyed at Bhekar Ro. This allows Norad III to survive either by reflecting subsequent salvage or by retconning Shadow of the Xel'Naga's battlecruiser statement.[3]

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a joint Canadian/United States military organization.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rosenberg, Aaron (June 1, 2006). StarCraft: Queen of Blades. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-7434-7133-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Golden, Christie (May 22, 2007). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #1: Firstborn. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-7434-7125-3.
  4. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Dylarian Shipyards (in English). 1998.
  5. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Emperor's Fall (in English). 1998.
  6. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: True Colors (in English). 1998.

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