Northern Coalition. has deployed to the region for the past few weeks, busying itself with harassing Imperium forces by reinforcing infrastructure and destroying towers in an attempt to provoke fights from local entities. This has led to a series of battles with local Imperium forces such as Get Off My Lawn [LAWN] and The Bastion [BASTN].
Northern Coalition. assembled a 125 pilot Proteus strategic cruiser fleet. The goal of the fleet was to hit a jump bridge belonging to the Imperium in the hopes of provoking a response.
As the force assembled, intelligence of an Imperium Proteus fleet of similar size moving through the region was received and the Northern Coalition. force attempted to ambush it on the jump bridge in the H-5GUI system in the Vale of the Silent region. After the Imperium forces jumped into the system and several of their pilots warped to the jump bridge, Northern Coalition. lit a cynosural beacon and bridged on top of them. While most of the Imperium’s Proteus fleet wasn’t present at the jump bridge and docked up instead in a system next door, those that were got caught and quickly dispatched by the Northern Coalition. fleet.
With the Imperium fleet docked up, Northern Coalition. forces set to the task of incapacitating the jump bridge, hoping to cause the fleet to un-dock and engage them. However, for the next half hour nothing happened as the jump bridge slowly took damage. Finally the Imperium fleet undocked, but instead of engaging Northern Coalition. it chose to exit the system, traveling to the MR4-MY system next door and setting up on the in-gate.
At this point Northern Coalition. had information of another Imperium fleet in the vicinity. Realizing they may be outnumbered and outgunned, the Northern Coalition. fleet commander explained the situation to his pilots, laying the two options on the table: Either retreat or stay and fight, possibly losing part of the force in the process. The pilots voted for the latter option and the fleet warped to the MR4-MY gate, jumping into the Imperium Proteus fleet. Once it loaded grid, the force quickly anchored up and exchanged fire with the Imperium fleet, starting the battle.
The first exchange proved brutal with both sides trading ships as the Northern Coalition. fleet burned away from the entry gate in order to disengage at any moment. However, Imperium interdictors kept the fleet heavily bubbled, denying it a chance for expedient retreat. As the Northern Coalition. fleet kept losing mainline ships, two triage Archon carriers were brought to the field, helping it stabilize for a bit. By this point an Imperium Hawk assault frigate fleet had arrived to the system and swarmed the Northern Coalition. fleet, tackling many of its ships.
Northern Coalition. quickly switched to the assault frigates which were easily volleyed, all the while hemorrhaging ships. By now the Northern Coalition. fleet commander realized a retreat was in order, and the fleet focused mainly on clearing interdictors and interceptors off the field. However, it was too late as two more Imperium fleets entered the fray, a Hurricane battlecruiser fleet and a Tengu strategic cruiser fleet. With 800 pilots in the system, Imperium forces started to systemically destroy the Northern Coalition. fleet, who could do little in return.
It seems that Northern Coalition. did not know of the other two fleets burning to the fight, thus caught flat footed. While nearly half the fleet had been destroyed, the rest managed to warp off grid and escape the system, allowing Imperium forces to claim victory of the field.
With no more enemies left to fight, Imperium forces left the system, ending hostilities for the day.
The Fight from the Perspective of the Imperium Proteus Fleet
Battle report for the H-5GUI and MR4-MY systems can be found here.
All told the battle on its two parts lasted 40 minutes with local hosting nearly 1000 pilots at the end and Time Dilation being particularly bad, going back and forth from 40% to 20%.
Northern Coalition. lost 65 ships including two carriers and 51 strategic cruisers for a total of 43.14 billion ISK damage. Imperium lost 122 ships including 6 strategic cruisers and 30 assault frigates for a total of 9.5 billion ISK damage.
Salivan Harddin is a member of Reikoku, Pandemic Legion, and covers battles across New Eden