Battle of Bilbringi, The
in the wake of the Galactic Civil War, the Bilbringi shipyards remained an Imperial depot, although they were open to most smugglers and other shippers. Grand Admiral Thrawn used the shipyards regularly, keeping his existing ships together while building new ships to expand his fleet. Just prior to this battle, Thrawn had managed to pen the New Republic on Coruscant by planting a number of cloaked asteroids in orbit around the planet. The Republic worked to locate the asteroids, and learned that they could detect them with the use of a crystal gravfield trap (CGT). The Empire had one stored at Bilbringi, and so the Republic devised a plan to steal it. At the same time, the rough smuggler's alliance was also trying to steal the Empire's CGT, in an effort to gain favor with the New Republic. Thrawn learned of the smugglers' plan, and laid a trap for the Republic. The trap was sprung, but the combined forces of the New Republic and the Smugglers's Alliance overcame the Imperial fleet. Thrawn's forces were driven away from Bilbringi. Thrawn was killed by his bodyguard following the battle.