A Nyx Supercarrier belonging to Cecile Dantes from SKULLDOGS was destroyed 48 hours ago by a combined force of PURPLE HELMETED WARRIORS [PHEW] and Freight Club [FR8T] with some help from Touch Fiberoptic [WINRS] in Camal (Derelik).
During mid-January of this year, a corp belonging to Unclaimed. alliance (SKULLDOGS) began entering Camal solar system with a small number of capitals (10-12), subcap pilots showed up sometime later bringing their total number to around 25. During the week beginning January 21st, a Falcon decloaked off the Unclaimed. staging tower at Planet IX – Moon 2, subsequently lighting a cyno and jumping in an Erebus, which then slowboated into the unarmed tower. The PHEW scout informed a member of Freight Club, who were at war with Unclaimed at the time, and the Freight Club pilot did his best to scramble to Camal to keep the Erebus out of the bubble, but due to the time zone, we were unable to engage, resulting in the Erebus making it to safety. Unclaimed. later armed the POS with 5x ECM batteries, 4x Neutraliser batteries and approximately 15 guns of varying size.
As with many targets in our local area, one of PHEW’s directors (Simon Perry) did some digging and came up trumps. SKULLDOGS (corporation) was soon to be kicked from their alliance, though they currently had a Nyx in build and thus would be allowed to remain in the alliance until the build job completed. Further digging yielded the CSAA system’s name (ZS-2LT) and that they would be leaving some time on Feb 4th. This spawned a discussion in PHEW’s comms between its members (among whom is also a long time member of Freight Club). The chances are; the build job would finish on the 4th, probably around downtime – and we know where SKULLDOGS are staging; in Camal.
Date: 4/02/2013 / 11:30 EVE Time
Location: PHEW staging tower (Derelik)
Target: SKULLDOGS, Unknown Nyx Pilot.
Operation Specifics: Track Nyx Supercarrier from launch in ZS-2LT to Camal, and engage.
A neutral alt in a covops is in position at the build location (ZS-2LT) [50 jumps from home... simon was pretty mad... ololol] watching the CSAA tower. After downtime, local slowly rose from 3 to about 10, 4 of which are members of the target corp. We realise the target needs to take two midpoints assuming JDC 5 to reach Camal, and with a travel fit; this would take less than ten minutes.
During this time, PHEW’s fleet forms on the titan; though due to low numbers and the entire alliance being at work and such; only three pilots were available, who between us were providing eyes, the bridging titan, 3 supercarriers, a Leviathan, 3 HICs, a single triage carrier and a Machariel.
This left us majorly short of people, and a ping was sent out to call for more pilots; we’d need more HICs because of the ECM and neuts on the tower, more subcaps to keep the Nyx out of the tower; and extra carriers to make the Pantheon fleet effective. We got negative responses, so we were unable to muster the numbers ourselves. We knew this would be an issue. The night before, one of our number (who is both a senior member of PHEW, and a long-time Freight Club member) had made our long term friends in Freight Club aware of the situation, and they had offered their assistance should it be needed. Within minutes of them getting the call, their subcap numbers and extra HICs gave us enough to engage.
At approximately 12:30, the Nyx was launched from its CSAA and boarded by its new pilot, Cecile Dantes. It jumped out 15 minutes later, accompanied by an Ark piloted by Deepen. From this point we spammed locator agents on the Nyx pilot. During the course of the jump route, they made a third waypoint, presumably to move more cyno alts into position. At this point they paused, with still 1 mid point to go until they hit our target system.
After about 90 minutes, and still nothing we decided to move a scout down there. Moments later, a Magnate, accompanied by a Machariel, warped to the POS and took up a cyno position outside the tower’s shield. We guessed that they were now moving again, so depending on whether the Nyx was travel fit, (which if travelling with a JF it should be) it would be in system within the next 15 minutes.
At this point, our neutral cyno Pilgrim is cloaked 250km above the tower and aligned ready to warp, just waiting for the cyno to go up. Sure enough – the Magnate lit. The Pilgrim warps down to it at 10km, and holds its cloak. First, the Ark comes in and sits motionless; then the Nyx pilot enters local, and enters grid less than half a second later; by which point our cyno is up, and our bridge is open.
Supercap and subcap pilots (except HICs) had preliminary orders to tackle the Ark and to prioritize bumping the Nyx, but true to Freight Club’s nature, one of them soon points out that there’s a JF to be killed; which they are subsequently asked by the FC to ignore as the JF is well out of the shield and already pinned (supercap pilots have already received a whisper to volley it). The Freight Club members played a sizeable role in ensuring the Nyx is kept out of the forcefield. A status check on the HICs reveals that the tower is not actually shooting any of us.
There was some discussion in TS at this point regarding whether the Nyx is tank fit or not; though a quick look at the Supercap’s volley damage revealed that it was travel fit, but has a lot of armor. As it hit structure, it quickly became apparent that he didn’t have a Damage Control either.
Loot was subsequently split evenly between Freight Club and PHEW, the latter of which donating its share of the loot to our intel sources.
SKULLDOGS. has since been kicked from Unclaimed., though intel suggests that this was intended even prior to the Nyx’s departure from existence.
Unclaimed. alliance ALONE has sustained the loss of a Nyx and three JF’s totalling over 45 billion in value at the hands of Freight Club and ourselves in the space of three days; efforts for which I commend them and offer continued support whilst they reside within our bridging range.
So the Nyx was launched from the CSAA at approximately 12:30, and destroyed before 15:00.
It is also a fact that they have left Unclaimed. the same day, but whether they were kicked or left on their own accord is to be confirmed.
Freight Club, [PHEW] and friends keep proving that they are really good at what they do. 2013 has seen 7 freighters and a whooping 53 Jump freighters dying at their hands.