Other ships were filled with machines and Hapans who had volunteered for the massive task ahead. Truth be told, Magnus was the inspiration behind it and Lieutenant Kuo was the spark.
Kuo was Hapan born but a gift saw her training with the witches to improve her standing in the galaxy. Magnus saw the same talent in her that the Naval academy did and embarked on this endeavor. It was also to strengthen the Hapes/Dathomir treaty and give back something to the witches.