Final fight in TVN

27 05 2008

It is friday. It is finaly friday. For some days there have been persistent rumors of a fleetbattle of scale. Gone is the tiredness, gone is the stress and in flows anticipation as the hour draws near. In the following event all numbers are estimates based on reports from Recons.

Tacticoverlay

19:00

We have good Intel that Hydra will move out in an hour. Our fleet is at 45 and number only 26 BS. Once again we are outnumbered and numbers were expected to be higher.

Hydra reportedly have around 30 capital ships in their fleet and we cannot hope to match such numbers.

Fleet chat is buzzing with the new addition of Majesta Empire. We have not heard of them and therefore they are an unknown. Unknowns are not good when deep in enemy space with a relative small fleet.

Next to me is Cheese Monkey this time in an Amarr Empire Armageddon class battleship. Cheese being a minmatar of birth makes it wierd to see him command such a ship that has brought a world of pain to his people.

The fleet is currently running tactical warps to the Hydra Station in TVN making sure everyone is on their toes and ready.

19:14

Our fleet is still hanging at the TVN station. There is some discussion if we can take on the ammount of enemies that are present in Hydra Fleet. I myself do not belive we have much of a chance vs the 30 caps reported. But who am I to question the chain of command. The answer is we dont. While not completely mindless the fleet must work in unison and only one or a select few call the shots. On one hand we dont mind going against a seemingly bigger enemy, on the other hand we wont make foolish gestures.

19:21

Main enemy fleet has eluded us. 34 Majestic Empire ships are reported in C-F. Calls are going out to our Recons, our eyes, our ears, or life. “Find main Hydra fleet at once”.

19:25

Hydra scout is sighted at the station. If not before, then they now know all we have on the field. This is both of good and evil. We want to fight them. But on our terms. This means they have to know what we have and measure it against what they have and belive they have a chance of winning. It is paramount they belive they have a fighting chance.

19:30

We are pulling back to the Death Star POS we have in TVN. The fleet was drawn out and incoherent, a regrouping is nessesary. The Hydra fleet is still not located which is wierd as our Recon pilots know how to locate an enemy. Reports are filtering throug that the Hydra Jump Bridge is down and that the cyno jammer effectively prevents them bringing in their capital fleet. Our numbers are rising ever so slowly. Where are the guys ? Where is our mainstay fleet ? We should number around 40-50 battleships.

19:31

Part of the Hydra fleet is located. 30 battleships hugging a POS in 1-G. 30 Majestic Empire reported in C-F and around 30 unaccounted for. Rumor has it that Majesta is here to see the KIA Titan. To trap it. To kill it.

19:34

Tjakka is apointed leader of the BS fleet. No big surprise there. He has seen us through most of this campaign, it is only fitting that he leads the final battle of this contract. What is a surprise is that the titan is taken out of the equation. Some muttering goes around. There is mild speculation as to if the allies of Hydra is going to come to their aid. The answer we all arrive at is probaly not.

19:40

Our number has increased and we have now achived critical mass of 40 BS. Hydras hessitation is going to cost them. The enemy fleet is numbering around 110. If earlier reports were accurate then around 30 of those are capital ships, here to kill our titan.

19:45

A quick survey of the Hydra jump bridge network reveals that their fleet is trapped in the northern sector and either have to come through T-GCGL or OMW gate or go the long way around. The last is not an option as their dicipline is lacking for taking such a route. Many ships would be lost in the process and they have no way of knowing if they will turn up in fighting condition.

TJ order bubbles to be put up on the T-GCGL gate but leaving the OMW gate open for the moment. The idea I assume is to force Hydra to go to the OMW gate and then bubble is with dictor bubbles if the jump through.

The Hydra fleet is reported to be of 40 BS and 50 odd ships. I will not call the 50 odd ships for a real and propper support fleet but none the less they do prose some threat as many Hydra alliance pilots fly the Caldari Black Bird. Rendering a young pilot able to effectively shut down an experienced pilot in a full tech II fitted battleship.

19:47

A small Hydra gang jumped out from TVN through the OMW gate. Caused some stir.
We estimate that Hydra commanders will gater their fleet now and come for us. As time goes our fleet grows strong while theirs remain the same or might even weaken.

19:49

Setting up the support gangs and put more bubbles on gates.
Lost intel on the main Hydra fleet. They have left 1-GBBP.

19:52

Hydra Intel is comming in. 20 sighted in 1-G and 30 in T-G. They are moving. The fleet coms fire up. Orders are barked out, long range Spike L ammo is slammed into the guns, torpedos loaded into tubes. Running final diagnostics on the armor and guns as the Megathron powers up for battle and passive align. TJ is letting everyone know the senario he sees unfold and how we are going to cope with it. Our fleet number 65 now and is all set . KIA is ready.

20:14

Hydra is for some reason backing off and reforming in 1-GBBP. KIA fleet is on stand down atm. Telling the crew to go take a piss and grab a Quafe.

20:29

Fleet had a brief discussion as to head up to 1-GBBP and fight Hydra there is they wont come to us. A fleet discussion is not a discussion at the higher command levels. Its merely a discussion among the pilots of the fleet in their own com channels but ofcource the commanders pay attention to utterings among the fleet members.

Taram, a seasoned Recon pilot of KIA, was uttering his displeasure with Hydra retreating.

Capital ships are ordered to attack the POS holding the Cyno Jammer to see if we can provoke a response.

20:53

Local is up by 10 and our fleet now number 79. Once again, due to slow Hydra response time we have grown from a target to a monster. Had they went at us 1 hour ago they would have been able to field greater numbers vs a much smaller target. We will try to take down the Cyno Jammer so Hydra can use its capital fleet. The Titan is back online and a spurr goes through the ranks. One can almost feel how proud the pilots of KIA is when the flagship is in space.

Hydra is in OMW and T-G now.
Allies of Hydra in C-F are warping to 1-GBBP.

8 Hostiles reported in T-G.
30 more Hostiles comming down from C-F.

We are ready.
Cyno jammer is down in 2 min by caps.

Dreads are prepared in Obe for an emergency cyno in should Majesta Empire catch the Titan.

All battleships have long range ammo loaded.
TJ run the fleet in cloacked ship.

Local has droped to 107.

Orders are to hold till the enemy jumps in and then warp in at long range while they are trapped in the bubbles.

Local numbers jumping to 131.

Carriers are at the OMW gate. Heavy drones released. It is the Majesta Empire fleet and there is a special suprise for them.

As previously mentioned Majesta Empire was reportedly here to kill our titan and though we had the option to use the Doomsday on the Hydra fleet it was a very concious choise that Majesta had a close up and personal meeting with her.

Our ships a few 100 thousand kilometers away could feel the blast from the EMP shockwave that is the result of many ships exploding to a Doomsday Device at the same time.

The first battle reports tickle in slowly and everyone is urging to get in the fight and know what is going on. Carriers have their Fighter drones out now and support is sweeping in.

Hydra and Majesta it seems had a plan of jumping in through two gates at once. Im not sure what their intent was to devide the fleet and the firepower. But I assume it was along the lines of a manouvre that would catch our BS fleet between the two of them.

Miscordination in the Hydra / Majesta Empire chain of command resulted in the two fleets jumping in sperately and instead of being one fleets that can work together as two groups they were now two small fleets who are miles appart. One of them dieing awfully fast and the other about to.

The Hydra fleet jump in at the OMW gate and orders start going out. For some reason our own fleet is a bit spread thin. I can feel my ship vibrate softly as I come under fire from small guns of their support fleet as Hydra land their support fleet perfectly right on top of our BS fleet. To my surprise the main fire is laid on my heavy armor repair drones in the mistake that they contribute more than my ship in keeping the whole fleet alive. I watch my drones as they go “puf”. In general the fire is uncoordinated and ineffective when they finaly turn their attention to our ships and my shield is ever so slowly going down.

No need to draw the drones in as the enemy use valuable time killing them, in a fight where they are already short of time. They need to get out of the bubble and save the Majesta Fleet they must belive are still alive. Alas little do they know, as they strugle to get safe out of the bubble loosing ships as they go, that our carriers are already aligning for OMW leaving the dead Majesta Fleet in its wake.

21:06

Hydra stand and die. That you have to give them. They take a punch in the moth and keeps staying on the field. My shield is stripped off under the fire of an angry Raven that is going down. I dont worry too much, as it will be out of its missery soon and the hail of cruise missiles stop. I dont even call for being locked by our logistic ships as a precaution.

After a few minutes the enemy fleet looses its will to fight as our main support fleet and the carriers warp in.

Slaughter and chaos is the order of the day as our light and fast ships assigned with fighters run down the heavier battleships of the enemy that are trying to get away.

Our fleet stays while the smaller ships clean up the battlefield. As I pour liquid coolant into the gun systems, my guns slowly cool down. The local com channels are filled with praise from all sides and though Hydra lost they still have the honor of giving praise to a victorious fleet.

I return to the POS in TVN and power down the ship. This consludes the final battle of our contract and orders are already going out that we withdraw tomorrow at 15:00.

A bed ! A real bed is mine by tomorrow. I long for the week long stand down before our next contract. I will however miss the Daisho guys. They have proved a most capable force with a capital section of highly professional pilots. I hope we will fly with them again sooner rather than later but rumor has it they have accepted a contract that does not involve the scale we combined present.

Fly safe DAI.

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