The Babylon Project

G'Quan class heavy cruisers were the backbone of the Narn Regime's naval forces up until their defeat by the Centauri Republic in 2259. Ma'Kan Industries located at Wings of G'Lan facility over Narn is responsible for manufacturing this class of vessel.


The G'Quan-class cruiser was active at least since 2245. The majority of them were destroyed during the Narn-Centauri War, with the greatest losses suffered at the Battle of Gorash VII.

In an attempt to destroy the main Centauri supply base, Warleader G'Sten led an armada made up of the bulk of the Narn fleet in an all-out frontal assault on a planet called Gorash VII. Unfortunately, the planet was guarded by a small fleet of Shadow vessels which intercepted the Narn armada, completely annihilated it, and took only slight damage to one of its vessels.[3]

Despite this, about ten Narn warships, mainly cruisers, did manage to survive the war though most were crippled and left to drift during the Centauri's rush to advance on the Narn Homeworld; they were later salvaged by the Narn Resistance, often requiring one ship to be cannibalised to repair another. Only the G'Tok was left fully functional thanks to the intervention of Babylon 5 forces, and it would later play a key role in the war against the Shadows.[4][5]

Following the liberation of Narn from Centauri rule in 2261, the Narns quickly began to rebuild their fleet, and within a few years many new G'Quan-class cruisers had been placed into service.[6]

Notable Vessels[]


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The specifications of the G'Quan-class heavy cruiser varies widely in non-canon sources (roleplaying games and miniature tabletop games):

Traveller RPG: Babylon 5: Warships of Babylon 5

  • Mass: 140,000 tons
  • Armor: Crystaliron
  • Crew: 863 + 320 troops
  • Weapons: 4 heavy laser cannons, 6 missile banks (1,440 energy mines), 24 turreted double light pulse cannons, 80 turreted light ion cannons, 12 turreted double particle guns
  • Auxiliary Craft: 4 cutters, 4 shuttles, 12 Frazi heavy fighters

Babylon 5 Wars

  • Crew: 200 or 653
  • Length: 450 meters
  • Weapons: 2 heavy laser cannons, 4 light pulse cannons, 4 twin particle arrays, 2 energy mine launchers
  • Auxiliary Craft: 12 fighters, 2 shuttles

Babylon 5 the Roleplaying Game's Ships of the Galaxy

  • Crew: 111
  • Weapons: 1 twin-linked heavy laser cannon, 1 energy mine launcher, 3 particle arrays
  • Auxiliary Craft: 6 Frazi heavy fighters

Babylon 5 the Roleplaying Game's The Narn Regime Fact Book

  • Crew: 21
  • Weapons: 1 twin-linked heavy laser cannon, 1 energy mine launcher, 1 twin-linked particle arrays, 2 twin-linked light pulse cannon
  • Auxiliary Craft: 2 shuttles, 12 Frazi heavy fighters

Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (Game)'s Fleet Lists

  • Crew: 70
  • Weapons: 1 heavy laser cannon, 1 energy mine launcher, 4 light ion cannons, 4 light pulse cannons
  • Auxiliary Craft: 12 Frazi heavy fighters


In The Official Guide to Babylon 5 released by Sierra Entertainment, the ship's name was misspelled G'Quon.


Behind the Scenes[]

"I wanted it to look simple from afar, almost as if you were looking at a fighter, but as you got closer you got the feeling that the ship was immense."
– Paul Bryant interview for B5Scrolls

The G'Quan class was designed by Computer Imaging Supervisor and Foundation Imaging Co-founder Paul Bryant. The design was intended to echo the shape of the Narn fighter that had already been developed by Ron Thornton while the striped hull markings were meant to reflect tribal art and war paint.[14] The G'Quan first appeared in the episode "Revelations" as a replacement for the more rushed design of Narn cruiser used in the first season and would continue to be used as the primary Narn ship all the way through the rest of B5, into Crusade and a rebuilt version even appeared in the "The Lost Tales" DVD movie.




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