The New Ships of the New Anglican Confederation Royal Navy
After Action Reports:
These are a list of the results of early encounters which involved the new ships of the RN. Some are real encounters whilst others are the results of Wargames and Simulations. Throughout they serve to examine the validity of new weapons configurations, fast fleet tactics and of course Long Range Sniping.
Deep Space Patrol Encounter with Kra'Vak Battlegroup:
Possibly the first major encounter with the Kra'Vak that involved a fleet of entirely new designs. The aptly names HMS Revenge led a medium flotilla of mixed fast ships to victory over a powerful Kra'Vak Battlegroup that was heading towards a strike on a refinery. Where exactly this encounter took place still remains classified, and the details are a little sketchy. By piecing together various rumors and pictures of battle damage to the ships the following report has been compiled.
Renown Class BC - HMS Revenge
Renown Class BC - HMS Royal Oak
Battleaxe Class CA - HMS Broadsword
Lancaster Class CL - HMS Kent
Tulsa Class DDE - HMS Toledo
Tulsa Class DDE - HMS Tucson
Cambridge FFT - HMS Cadiz
Cambridge FFT - HMS Caradoc
Troutbridge Class FF - HMS Tudor
Comanche Class CT - HMS Sioux
Kickback Class - SDN - Confirmed via video imaging
Kenny Class - BC - Probable
Kylie Class - CS - Confirmed via debris examination
Kestrel Class - CL - Possible
3 x Keg Class - CT - Probable
Upon sighting the Kra'Vak the RN jinked port whilst heading
along at 30 speed and then turned to starboard 90 degrees. Somehow this
wrong footed the usually more maneuverable Kra'Vak and landed with the RN
directly behind the Kra'Vak with the Krak rears facing them at medium
range. The Kylie Class disintegrated under the full weapons fire of the
entire RN flotilla, help along handily by solid hits by both of the Cambridge
The unexpected agility of the whole RN force must have vexed the Kra'Vak who were used to having turning circles in their flavour. In the second phase of the battle the Kickback retired with only the slightest damage, being unable to bring its main battery to bear even once. The Kenny took a few hits before running off in another direction; and two of the Keg Class were accounted for by medium range beam fire.
Throughout the entire battle the RN had a solid tactical advantage in speed and maneuver over the sluggish Kickback. Their advantage was definitely having an entire fleet of speed 6 ships, as opposed the mixed speed values of the Kra'Vak. Of special note were the Cambridge Class that in one turn did as much damage each as the Renown Class Battle Cruisers did. Whilst this is a statistical anomaly, it did lend some favor to the Kadogo Doctrine of long range Pulse Torpedo fire, that was pooh-poohed by some. Also of interest was the fact that the opposing fleets never got closer than 12 distance units to each other, meaning medium range fire was the norm, another feather in the cap for Long Range Sniping. Total losses for the RN were one a minor scratch on the HMS Cadiz and some major damage on the HMS Sioux. Only one crewmember was killed, a very positive result for an encounter with Kra'Vak.
Following this encounter a set of simulations were run which pitted similar forces against each other. The result, whilst still a minor victory for the RN in terms of shipping damage, was a tactical victory for the Kra'Vak as the RN left the combat area at high speed chasing a fleeing Kra'Vak unit.
In this encounter the Kra'Vak managed to get one turn of close range fire, it was enough to destroy one of the Renowns. After this once again the Kickback played no more part being totally outmaneuvered. Minor damage was also suffered by the other Renown and one of the Tulsa Class. Once of the Cambridge Class was destroyed. In response all of the Keg Class were destroyed, minor damage was inflicted on all the other Kra'Vak, with the exception of the Kenny Class BC which was almost destroyed.
Border incident with Phalon Raider Group: (added 26 March 2006)
This first encounter between an all New design fleet and the Phalons could be described as an unfortunate misunderstanding. Long range scans indicated a Phalon raider group inbound to one of the outer colony world. As was usual practice it was anticipated that a large show of force would be enough to cause the Phalons to back down and go elsewhere. To do this an RN flotilla was put together with the ships they had in the local area. This was quite a powerful mixed battlegroup. Unfortunately the HMS Hood one of the new Farragut Class who had very recently commissioned developed a major reactor lea, causing herself and several escort vessels to turn back to the closest FIMA station for repairs. This left a much reduced fleet to "talk sense" into the incoming Phalons. What happened next was a classic case of Phalon diplomacy. Seeing that a smaller fleet was trying to block their way the ignored RN attempts to hail them, instead charging weapons. There was bound to be bloodshed.
Midway Class CVL - HMS Leyte Gulf
Fearless Class CVE - HMS Biter
Renown Class BC - HMS Ramillies
Tiger Class CS - HMS Emerald
Tulsa Class DDE - HMS Biddle
Cambridge FFT - HMS Caesar
Troutbridge Class FF - HMS Tartar
Phalon: (all classes confirmed by short range scans)
1 x Paycheck Class - BDN
1 x Plonker Class - BB
3 x Pistol Class - DDH
1 x Phony Class - CT
6 x Pogo Class - BSC
Releasing their fighters early the RN broke into three groups heading in much the same direction with approximately 15 distance units between them. In the lead were the light ships hereafter referred to as the Destroyer Group. Second in line were the Ramillies and the Emerald, the Battle Group. And last were the Leyte Gulf and the Biter, the Carrier Group. Opposing them were the 6 Pogo class in one group, close by to their starboard rear were the rest of the Phalon ships, with the 3 Pistol class on the extreme starboard side.
First blood occurred shortly after the fighters were launched, with 2 Pogo's destroyed and 1 heavily damaged for the loss of no fighters as the Pogo's were cruising with their vapor shields up. This was followed by the shirting around the Starboard side of the Phalons by the Destroyer and Battle groups, narrowly avoiding a wall of Bolts fired by the Pistols class ships. Meanwhile the carrier group in an unexpected move turned to face the main Phalon group and exchange minor fire at long range with them. Three more Pogo's fell to the fighters for the loss of three fighters, leaving one lonely Pogo to face the wrath of the remaining fighters.
Hard starboard turns by all of the RN ships saw them coming around the rear of the slow moving Phalons, whilst the fast moving carrier group zoomed right past them. All of the battle and destroyer groups ships avoided the layer of heavy bolts fired at them, with the exception of the Emerald, who despite missing the bolts even with DDE assistance, managed to remain largely unhurt, losing only a starboard battery. The last Pogo managed to avoid most of the fighter attention, killing two of the only group to land on it and forcing them to back off. Other fire came from the rear starboard arc of the carrier group, where the Biter proved the value of all around class "2" beams. Damage was minor for both sides.
After this the RN timed it perfectly with the battle and destroyer groups coming in from the port rear of the Phalons and hammering two of the Pistols. Meanwhile the last Pogo finally went down to two fighter squadrons. return fire was fairly minor with the exception o moderate damage delivered to the Biddle.
Showing just how unpredictable space combat can be the next turn was disastrous for the RN, who looked to have the Phalons on the ropes. Some well placed bolts from the heavy Phalon ships saw the Emerald and Ramillies in all sorts of trouble. The Emerald performed some amazing point defence fire to reduce the bolt it face to a "2" intensity and then avoided the majority of the blast via its shield, even still she was not looking good. The Ramillies which managed to fly straight into a factor "5" bolt failed to den it at all with defensive fire, however once again shielding saw much of the damage diverted, resulting in a hi that was just shy of causing criticals. If that had been all the Ramillies would have survived the battle, however she had just misjudged her turn and strayed too close to the Paycheck; "18" beams later she was vaporized to the horror of the rest of the fleet. The Tartar was likewise turned into space dust by the Plonker. Revenge fire from the other units was hardly as effective, though they did manage to destroy the massive armored shell of the Plonker and reach the gooey bits inside. The Phony didn't have as good a turn, being promptly destroyed by the fighters with remaining fuel.
After this critical juncture of the battle the RN drifted away from the Phalons, conducting a slow withdrawal with no further losses, inflicting none either. However the RN carriers did hang around long enough to retrieve all of their fighters, having lost only 5 overall in the whole battle. Later debriefings criticized the Captain of the Leyte Gulf for not hanging around to finish off the damaged Plonker with a second strike. The Captain however had decided that the Phalons had been warned off of their raid, which they were, so that further loss of life was unnecessary. Given no formal state of war exists between the Phalons and the NAC perhaps he was right.
The final result was pretty much a draw, though the RN withdrew, they were able to recover all of their fighters and certainly weren't in any hurry. Without their gun vessels though they would have been reduced to relying solely on the carriers, which could have been costly for the carriers. The Phalons were certainly not the best for wear, their BDN was untouched, but their BB was in a poor position to take on any fighters. The rest of their fleet had ceased to exist, with three heavy destroyers, a Corvette and six battle scouts all having succumbed. For the RN the loss of the BC HMS Ramillies was a real blow, the loss of the HMS Tartar, whilst sad was to be expected in this sort of engagement. Overall the RN were able to do their job, but certainly wouldn't want to have to engage in such battles frequently. With their excellent speed and maneuverability they were able to avoid most of the Phalon Bolts and remain outside short range. When they did make a mistake and land in bolts and at close range they paid heavily.
Border incident with Sa'Vasku mixed Group: (added 9 April 2006)
The Sa'Vasku are hard to predict at the best of times, but when a medium sized fleet began to head towards the refineries of New Glasgow a fast Cruiser flotilla led by Commodore Spence was tasked with intercepting them and hopefully shepherding them away. As the Cruiser flotilla headed toward the Sa'Vasku fleet it became obvious that the Sa'Vasku were going to pay no attention to the cruisers. Hoping to avoid a direct confrontation Commodore Spence sent the corvette Black Foot to send a preformatted message of peace to the intruders. Unfortunately before the Black Foot could broadcast her message she was attacked and destroyed by a group of drone fighters; the Sa'Vasku fleet had a Broodship.
Tiger Class CS - HMS Jupiter
Battleaxe Class CA - HMS Scimitar
Battleaxe Class CA - HMS Crossbow
Lancaster Class CL - HMS Dorsetshire
Tallahacie Class DD - HMS Boise
Tacoma FFH - HMS Tampa
Troutbridge Class FF - HMS Karen
Comanche Class CT - HMS Chitimacha
Sa'Vasku: (all classes given closest designation based on mass/shape scans)
1 x Smudger Class - BB
1 x Stubby Class - CVE
2 x Stalker Class - CL
4 x Squid Class - FF
The inclusion of the Broodship caused Spence some consternation as his flotilla included no area defence ships. Regardless he arranged his ships into two groups. The first "Heavy Group" consisted of the Jupiter, Scimitar, Crossbow and Boise. The second "Light Group" comprised the Dorsetshire, Tampa, Karen and Chitimacha. Both groups began at speed "30". The Sa'Vasku began as a wedge formation centered around the two larger ships with a Stalker on either side and two Squids on either flank, they began at speed "20".
As Spence's two groups zigzagged towards the Sa'Vasku hoping to capture them in a pincer a sudden turn by the Sa'Vasku saw the Light group practically touching the Smudger. The first firing occurred when the Dorsetshire came under the fire of 12 drones. She limited point defence managed to down 3 of the drones before they inflicted only minor damage on her. Unfortunately for Dorsetshire her close proximity to the Smudger ensured as close range exchange of fire which resulted in minor damage to the Smudger, but the destruction of the Tampa and crippling of the Dorsetshire, whose bridge was totally destroyed resulting in her drifting out of the battle. After the loss of its two most powerful ships the Light Group had only two small ships to retaliate with. The Karen did nothing, but surprisingly the Chitimacha scored a lucky critical hit on one of the Stalker to leave it with moderate damage. Meanwhile over the other side of the Sa'Vasku fleet the Heavy Group was lined up perfectly to discharge its weapons on the unlucky Stubby and one of the Squids. The Stubby got away with minor damage to its carapace, whilst the Squid was vaporized after a perfect hit from the Crossbow's Plasma Torpedo. In reply the Heavy Group suffered only minor damage.
Heavy turns to starboard saw the Light Group out of danger, whilst a reduction in speed and gentle turn to port brought the Heavy Group into range of another Squid. The exchange of fire was one side with the squid all but destroyed. The drones made another ineffectual attack which cost them another two, they then turned away and returned to the Stubby paying no more part in the battle.
A 90 degree turn to port saw the Heavy Group come in from the flank of the Sa'Vasku fleet. After the Crossbow took some minor damage the Scimitar replied with a lovely plasma torpedo hit on one the undamaged Stalker leaving it heavily damaged. Meanwhile the third of the Squids had its carapace breached by medium range fire.
A further 90 degree turn to port saw the Heavy Group right behind the Sa'Vasku fleet which had begun to lost cohesion. Unfortunately the Light Group which had also completed a 180 turnaround, in the same tie as the Heavy Group, had found itself the recipient of long range Sa'Vasku attentions. After some minor fire onto the fourth Squid and second Stalker the Scimitar destroyed both Stalkers with beam fire and an excellent long range torpedo shot. At this point time ran out for the brave Chitimacha as a hole made earlier in her hull let the last of her air out.
The now lone Karen trying to avoid further battle turned unfortunately into the path of the Smudger and was destroyed by its concentrated short range fire, but not before scoring some lucky long range damage in the third Squid. The last of the Squid was then destroyed by the vengeful Jupiter who had by now taken moderate damage herself. With only the Heavy Group left Spence turned the Flotilla away to regroup and perform some damage control. Longer range scans indicated the Sa'Vasku fleet stayed around the area for about 6 hours and then jumped out of system.
After the battle the brave little Chitimacha was recovered and it was found several members of her crew who had survived by welding themselves into a small compartment and using a bottle of oxygen to breath. Many of the crew of the Dorsetshire survived by abandoning ship in escape pods, however many were severely wounded as a result of explosions set off by the Sa'Vasku attack on their ship. Only one crew member managed to survived from the Tampa as they had hidden in an escape pod at the beginning of the battle and were fired off automatically when the ship was hit, he was dismissed from the RN for cowardice shortly after being rescued. No survivors nor escape pods were found from the unfortunate Karen.
An interesting postscript to the battle was the later recovery of the HMS Dorsetshire half a light year away from where she should have been. She was found totally motionless in deep space, there were no remains of crew members who were killed during the Sa'Vasku attack. Nor were there any traces of the command crew in the demolished bridge, not so much as residual DNA. It has been theorized that the Sa'Vasku undertook an examination of the ship, but this would be outside of their recorded behavior. Another theory that the ships was taken under tow by pirates is unlikely given that valuable equipment was left strewn throughout the ships vacant corridors. Whatever happened the ship was taken back to the RN naval dockyard for refit, however many fleet members tell of an eerie feeling whenever they have walked through her corridors, and some will take postings on any other vessel to avoid serving on her.
The final battle result was considered an inconclusive draw given the RN withdraw, but the Sa'Vasku also later pulled out of the system. It was typical of the usual Sa'Vasku pattern that the reason for their incursion into NAC space and aggressive behavior remained a complete mystery. Losses were not as bad as many previous encounters with the Sa'Vasku, but regardless the total butchers bill was still high:
RN - 1x FFH and 1x FF completely destroyed; 1x CL and 1x CT crippled and abandoned; 1x CS moderately damaged, 2x CA lightly damaged
Sa'Vasku - 2x CL and 3x FF destroyed; 1x FF crippled; 1x BB and 1x CVE suffered only carapace damage
Incident in the Morrissey Belt: (added 6 May 2006)
Possibly one of the most unexpected occurrences in the recent history of the RN was the Incident in the Morrissey Belt. The belt is a minor communications route to some of the outer fringe colony of the NAC which runs through a sparse asteroid field. However it had never attracted any Sa'Vasku attentions in the past and there certainly wasn't any reason to expect their involvement in the disappearance of six merchant ships over a period of two months. Instead it was believed that a small pirate group was operating in the Belt. Therefore as a precaution the small number of merchant ships that were scheduled to transit the belt were held up for a fortnight and escorted in convoy. As an additional protective measure and in hope of luring the pirates out a powerful strike squadron was to travel in parallel to the convoy ender the area ECM of one of the recently refitted Drake Class ships. The merchants were happy because for once they seemed to be protected by an adequate escort, and additionally had the Q-Ship HMS Alexandria traveling in their columns. So when the picket scout communicated that there were multiple contacts inbound at high speed, it came as a big shock that it was a Sa'Vasku raiding group who had been causing the mayhem all along.
Free Trader - SS Janeel
Free Trader - SS Hunter's Pride
Light Freighter - SS Carneby
Medium Freighter - SS Laurence Castle
Medium Freighter - SS Proxima Star
Medium Q Ship - HMS Alexandria
Tallahacie Class DD - HMS Cobleskill
Achilles FFAA - HMS Agrippa
Troutbridge Class FF - HMS Kachin
Comanche Class CT - HMS Modoc
Comanche Class CT - HMS Wappinger
Arrow Class SC - HMS Spear
Lancaster Class CL - HMS Wiltshire
Tulsa Class DDAA - HMS Troy
Tallahacie Class DD - HMS Monticello
Drake Class EW - HMS Raleigh
Tacoma FFH - HMS Thessalon
Cambridge FFT - HMS Caspian
Cambridge FFT - HMS Carbuncle
Troutbridge Class FF - HMS Naga
Sa'Vasku: (all classes absolutely confirmed by detailed scans from the Spear)
1 x Smudger Class - BB
1 x Stubby Class - CVE
2 x Stalker Class - CL
4 x Squid Class - FF
The appearance took the convoy and escorts largely by surprise and they were cruising at velocity "12" when the Sa'Vasku first appeared on the long range sensors of the Spear. At first given the number of contacts and the speed with which they were closing it was thought to be a group of pirate strikeships. However when the Spear got a positive signature that they were Sa'Vasku she sent out an instant distress call which was relayed by the Alexandria to the close by ambush squadron. inclusion of the Broodship caused Spence some consternation as his flotilla included no area defence ships.
As the Sa'Vasku sped in the escorts all jostled around like upset ants, going all over the place at different speeds and directions except the Agrippa which held a steady course to cover the convoy from the Broodship the Spear had just detected releasing drones. Confusion was added by a large biological which chose that time to appear at the Forward Starboard Quarter of the Convoy from between the sparse asteroids. The Sa'Vasku appeared to be closing at "40" velocity and must have pick up the signal from the Alexandria as they fires at long range at her ignoring the closer light ships at he head of the convoy, luckily she was only lightly damaged and got off her signal. At this stage a group of 4 smaller contacts were spotted on the Starboard side of the convoy also.
As the main force of the Smudger and the 2 Stalkers raced past and performed a high G turn something very odd occurred with the group of smaller ships. As the 4 Squids performed a tight starboard turn in diamond formation to attack the convoy from the side something weird occurred. Instead of clearing the large asteroid which was clearly in their path the two flank Squids passed either side whilst the to central Squids slammed into the surface of the asteroid being obliterated immediately. Why this occurred has been the topic of great debate since, as it occurred next to the biological many theories have been that it had somehow distracted the Sa'Vasku biological ships. Whatever the reason it most probably saved the light merchant ships from almost certain destruction, and resulted in a weird series of maneuvers which almost ended in the remaining two Squids slam into the asteroid afterwards. Regardless the fire of the main Sa'Vasku ships destroyed the SS Laurence Castle and the HMS Alexandria take moderate damage. In reply the concentrated fire of the Human ships inflicted moderate damage on one of the Squids and the close range fire of the HMS Alexandria did light damage to one of the Stalkers.
Due to some very strange turns there was a brief reprieve for the Convoy, however it soon became obvious that the Broodship had released two full waves of 24 drones as it sat away from the unfolding battle. The only ship to take much damage was the unfortunate HMS Alexandria which the Sa'Vasku seemed to have some vendetta against.
Just as things were beginning to look very grim for the convoy the Ambush Squadron finally turned up. Meanwhile the Squids suddenly coming out of their series of radical turns draw a bead on the convoy as did half the drones, while the heavies sat off al long range. The drones homed in on the SS Proxima Star, but the HMS Agrippa put some weight in the defence of her class of ship by shooting down 4 of the little blighters. The surviving drones delivered much damage and then the damage Squid immediately finished off the Proxima Star. Meanwhile the HMS Alexandria decided it was payback time and delivered a beam volley which left the previously undamaged Squid heavily damaged. The SS Carneby suffered moderate damage from a long range attack which damaged her engine, leaving her in a perilous position as the began to fall behind the accelerating convoy.
At this stage the Commander Fraser of the HMS Agrippa gave
the command which earned him a Knighthood. Instead of heading off at high
speed with the two fast Free Traders, he instead ordered them to slow down so
that the SS Carneby could remain covered by the Agrippa's area defenses.
This action not only saved the Carneby, but may also have saved the Free
Traders. As a full group of 6 drones charged the damaged Carneby
Fraser coolly held his batteries to the last moment and let go with everything
the Agrippa had, and as all 6 drones were blown to pieces in quick
succession, so too were the arguments of the detractors of the Achilles
Class. Years later the Captain of the SS Carneby said that he and
all of his crews owed their lives to the men who, despite so much ridicule and
resistance from the Admiralty, had the courage to go forward with the FFAA
convoy escort program. While their own little battle was going on other
drone attacks were afoot. The heavily damaged HMS Alexandria hoping
to avoid the main fighting with 50% casualties already did a sharp turn to
Starboard only to find herself amid 12 drones. Despite bravely destroying
3 drones in the end the drones were too much and the brave Alexandria was
blown apart with only 3 survivors found later. Meanwhile the remaining
escorts and the ambush squadron has managed to perform a pincer move on the
Sa'Vasku heavy ships. First in was the HMS Cobleskill who up until
this point had been frustrated by lack of a good bead on the enemy. This
time she had the damaged Stalker dead ahead at point blank range.
Her volley took its toll and the Stalker was left heavily damaged.
Unfortunately she drew the attention of the undamaged Stalker who
delivered a devastating counterattack which totally destroyed the Cobleskill.
In vengeance the HMS Modoc used her small armament to cripple the Stalker.
Then the Kachin finished the job and destroyed the Stalker.
Then the Smudger fired at the HMS Wiltshire inflicting only minor
damage. The whole ambush squadron then opened up on the Smudger and
remaining Stalker with half firing at each. The HMS Naga not
to be outdone by her sister ship inflicted a devastating close range attack on
the Smudger, practically shearing its thick carapace off in one go.
Through its damaged shell ploughed the medium ranged beams of the Wiltshire
and a well placed torpedo from the HMS Carbuncle which caused the Smudger
to visibly shudder. The other half of the squadron didn't do so well, with
only the HMS Thessalon proving the continuing value of her class in a
period of new ship designs by slicing through the carapace of the Stalker
and into the pink squishy bits below.
At this stage the Sa'Vasku withdrew; the RN also happy to disengage and ensure the protection of the remaining merchants. After the battle a major examination of the Morrissey Belt found no trace of the Sa'Vasku, who must have left the area immediately. Why they had suddenly attacked was unfathomable and not really following any pattern that had been previously encountered. On a more positive note it seems that the Sa'Vasku had in their usual way played no favorites, when during the search the remains of a small pirate squadron were found drifting in a area with Sa'Vasku weapon traces on them. Commander Fraser was immediately promoted and given the command of the HMS Toledo. The Achilles Class having been vindicated by the encounter had its production quota immediately increased and is now a regular fixture on convoy escort duties.
The final battle result was considered a minor Sa'Vasku victory. However due to the performance of the Agrippa and promotion to Captain of Fraser, the failure to protect the convoy soon came to be touted as a great victory of spirit and sacrifice against heavy odds as is usually the case with NAC defeats. The successful performance of the HMS Raleigh and the true nature of the HMS Alexandria were quickly covered up as the existence of Q-Ships is officially denied by the RN, as is the full extent of the electronic capabilities of the Drake Class. However in Navy circles the ability of the Drake Class to mask a Squadron from Sa'Vasku technology was received with much excitement. The performance of the HMS Alexandria was not however, with many complaining about the lack of survivability of such an expensive vessel. Losses were high in merchants, but light in RN ships, which of course did little to impress the Merchant Navy:
MN - 2x MF destroyed; 1x LF moderately damaged
RN - 1x MFQ and 1x DD destroyed; 1x CL lightly damaged; 1x CT armor damage only
Sa'Vasku - 1x CL and 2x FF (hit asteroid) destroyed; 1x FF crippled; 1x BB and 1x CL lightly damaged; 1x FF suffered only carapace damage
RIMPAC Wargames between RN and UNSC:
In an attempt to improve relations between the NAC and the UNSC a series of Wargames was conducted where the new Technologies of the UNSC were pitted against the tried and trusted technology that was utilized in the new NAC designs. The results of the games were somewhat surprising, or shocking depending on what fleet you were in.
Farragut Class BDN - HMS Beatty
Thunderer Class BB - HMS Lion
Suffolk Class CE - HMS Jersey
Lancaster Class CL - HMS Cornwall
Tulsa Class DDE - HMS Toledo
Tallahacie Class DD - HMS Kitsap
Achilles Class CT - HMS Ajax
3rd Lancer Flotilla:
Attack MkII - HMS Ardent
Attack MkII - HMS Acute
Attack MkII - HMS Active
Attack MkII - HMS Adroit
Attack MkII - HMS Adder
Attack MkII - HMS Amphitrite
Point Class BC
Point Class BC
River Class CA
River Class CA
Mountain Class CL
Mountain Class CL
Warrior Class BCT
Warrior Class BCT
Admiral Hutchinson RN was the fleet leader in this particular exercise. He split his fleet into three discrete elements. A Battle element of the Beatty, Lion and Jersey (B Group). A Medium element of the Cornwall, Toledo and Kitsap (M Group). And he arranged the 3rd Lancer flotilla around the Ajax to afford the lancers some area defence (T Group). Admiral Lane UNSC arranged his fleet in a single large oval formation with the BC's at the rear and BCT's to the front.
The UNSC fleet entered the exercise area at speed 10 facing port forward. The RN units entered as follows: B Group - 20 facing forward; M Group - 30 facing starboard forward; T Group - 40 facing port forward.
T Group sped off in a wide arc away from the main forces, whilst both B and M groups moved to starboard around the other side of the UNSC fleet before turning slowly to port to close distance. The UN moved slowly towards them.
At an opportune moment T Group swung wildly to starboard, completing a 180 degree turn in two turns. Meanwhile the other two groups had begun to engage the UNSC at long range, destroying one of the Warrior Class BCT's.
Turn three saw some more heavy firing from medium range, which resulted in the moderate damage to the Toledo, leaving her with severe engine damage. In reply the RN inflicted heavy damage on one of the Mountain Class CL's, leaving it drifting without a bridge.
Turn four was the critical phase of the battle, having just finished their massive high speed turn T Group, now down to 34 velocity landed squarely behind the UNSC fleet at short range. B Group had closed to short/medium range, whilst a heavy turn to port landed M group in a world of trouble. The remaining Warrior Class had unleashed its two Atomics and landed one of them each on the Cornwall and Kitsap; the damaged Toledo had continued straight ahead and was now past the UNSC. The first atomic almost obliterated the unshielded Kitsap, leaving her with reactor core damage that ultimately destroyed her six turns later. The second atomic fell foul of the Cornwall's shield (inflicting 3 rather than 15 damage). B Groups massed battery and Pulse Torpedo fire was enough to cripple one of the Point Class BC's and to finish off the damaged Mountain. Meanwhile the concentrated close range fire of T group managed to destroy one of the untouched River Class CA's. In response the Beatty took moderate damage, losing roughly half her hull integrity, and the Lion had about one third of her hull destroyed. The Jersey took only minimal damage, but the 2nd Warrior Class had disappeared in all the beam fire.
From this point onwards both sides had several turns of minor beam exchanges from rear port or starboard arcs. The damaged Point Class BC at this time sustained a direct hit to her bridge that put her out of commission. Seeing that their position was hopeless, and fearing the roaming T group which was heading in for another go, they attempted an emergency jump. Luckily for the UNSC this was only a Wargame as it was determined that all three jumping UNSC ships would have been ripped apart by the close proximity to each other when initiating the jump.
So for the loss of the Toledo the RN had successfully annihilated the entire UNSC Fleet. There were many toasts in the wardroom on the Beatty after this exercise, and much sole searching by the UNSC aboard their flagship.
The tactic of splitting into several flotillas and the operation of Lancer Squadrons was certainly given a boost from this exercise.
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