Catching a Titan

7 06 2008

Finally we are back were we belong. At the front line and in our combat ships. Orders went out that first OP would take place friday at 19:00. We were to meet in the system Airaken and assemble the fleet there.

Alliance and corp coms were pretty quiet when I turned up at 18:00 in my Deimos. At 19:00 we moved out with 30 ships of various classes. Heavy assault cruisers, interceptor, heavy interdictor, interdictors and reconships. All in all a very competent fighting force.

The contract we are on, is in support of the Goons moving into Geminate. They have taken the system of BWF-ZZ and are holding it while bringing in the capital fleet to take down the POS’s. Our small gang quickly went through the system as nothing is worse than a system filled with Goons. The local coms chatter is constantly filled with gibberish, obscenities and what is worse.

Our destination was set for P-E9GN. The trip was Quite uneventfull besides a mammoth we all tried to get a shot at but it simply got blown up too fast. New destination was set for 4D9-66 and on the way we ran into a passive tanked Myrm.

I flew beside one of our new additions to the alliance Midder of Obsidian Inc. who happens to fly a Deimos as well.

As we took down a Drake I noticed an alert on my neo com. Unferth Devastator pod transponder had come online. I reported this intelligence and reportedly Roadkill now had a Titan around somewhere. Not much notice was taken though.

By that time our fleet seemed a bit disorganized. For some odd reason orders did not go out clear and fleet members started to jump though stargates without orders to do so and when they jumped through some strated to align to next system. I really cant tell what caused it but we had a few new guys and we were comming back from from a cearbear break. Everyone should know how important it is to follow orders and hold cloaks.

That was when the Titan was reported in the next system. A clear trap had been lain by Roadkill in order to kill our fleet. A silence sweept over the fleet coms. Eddz took command and we made a count of how many HICs we had and interdictors. A member of the fleet reports he had a cyno generator. A picture became clear in all our minds. Catching a titan.

A quick survey of the troops concluded it was worth the try.

We knew there also was a Heretic on the other side and we would have to get out of a possible bubble. We all jumped in on order and started aligning. A doomsday devise has an approx 12 seconds timer from release till detonation. It should have been adequate time for our fast ship to clear the stargate and any bubbles and warp away, make a 180 degree turn and come back, trap it and call for backup.

To say the least it did not go as planned. Even though I was well clear of the gate and in warp the doomsday still caught up with me. Going over it later in our operations room well back in Airaken some of the losses was ascribed to the phenomenon I have described earlier. When Many ships jump through a stargate it takes time for sensors to readjust. Normally it is not that big a problem as we hold the jump in cloak but here we had to get out as fast as possible.

The result was a shattered fleet unable to catch even a lone Freighter had that been the target.

My Deimos disintegrated and I had to take the long way home in my pod that had ejected. Unferth Devastator and Roadkill had had a good start but we would be back for more. In retroperspective we would mostlikely do it again and try to trap the Titan. I hope we get the chance and it sticks its head out.

A quick trip to Jita and I was set to go again in a new Deimos, unfortunately I had to power down the engines as I ran into an old friend in Jita station. But our fleet reassembled and actualy got very good results later that same night.