Sun Tzu (spaceship)

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This article is about the ship. For the person it was named after, see Sun Tzu.
Sun Tzu
Production information




Technical specifications
Engine unit(s)


Hyperdrive system


Power plant

Naquadah generators


Asgard shields


Naquadah/Trinium alloy


16 F-302 fighter-interceptors

Other systems
  • Battlecruiser
  • Deep Space Carrier
Year introduced




"How many ships do we have available?"
"Aside from ourselves, there's the Apollo and Sun Tzu."
Rodney McKay and Steven Caldwell[src]

The Sun Tzu is the fifth in the 304 series of intergalactic battlecruisers built by the Tau'ri which came into service by the year 2009[1]. It is the first ship to be crewed by the Chinese.[2]


Commanding officers

First officers

Known Crew

  • Major John Hunter - First Officer[3]


Main article: Battle of the Super-hive

The Sun Tzu's first known mission occurred in early 2009, when the Sun Tzu and Apollo jointly engaged the Super-hive on the edge of the Milky Way galaxy when the Hive ship needed to take a brief hyperspace pause. They were, however, unsuccessful in stopping the invaders due to its nearly impenetrable hull. Both ships suffered major damage, with the Sun Tzu faring less favorably than the Apollo. After the Sun Tzu began venting atmosphere, the crew abandoned the ship and boarded the Apollo, which had severe engine damage and was left a month away from the nearest planet with a Stargate. Colonel Abraham Ellis of the Apollo reported the aftermath of the battle to Stargate Command on Earth via a subspace message. (SGA: "Enemy at the Gate")

Following the battle, the Sun Tzu is abandoned in space, too badly damaged to repair right away. Around a month later, Colonel Samantha Carter tells Teyla Emmagan and Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard that the Sun Tzu has yet to be salvaged and they still have to if they can, indicating that the ship may have been damaged beyond repair. (SGA: "Legacy: Homecoming")

Major campaigns

Behind the scenes

  • The ship is named after the Chinese General and one of the greatest military strategists of all time, Sun Tzu, author of the Art of War, an ancient book on military strategy.
  • Sun Tzu was one of Lord Yu's Royal Guards, and was cloned several times, the last one being his last First Prime Oshu.
  • Joseph Mallozzi has confirmed that the Sun Tzu is crewed by the Chinese and is of the 304-class in his blog.

References and notes

Tau'ri Battlecruisers
BC-303 Prometheus
BC-304 Apollo · Daedalus · George Hammond · Korolev · Odyssey · Sun Tzu

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