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After months of delays at dry dock caused by complications fitting the newer shield tech and targeting systems onto the re-activated Excelsior and Resolute class ships, Fleet Admiral Nicoli of the 65th Hawker Battle group was finally forced to put to space with whatever ships he could, due to reports of an encroaching Relthoza fleet causing havoc with commercial shipping. 

Aboard his Excelsior class Battleship, Endurance, he led a fleet of three Resolute cruisers and four Endeavour Frigates. His accompanying carrier force left behind due to potentially disastrous problems with their fold space drives. 

Almost as soon as they left space dock all three Resolutes reported new problems with their upgraded targeting suites but Nicoli was forced to push on regardless as his was the only fleet within striking distance of the latest reports of Relthoza attacks.

With orders given to his Resolute captains to revert back to their antiquated targeting systems if necessary, the fleet powered up their FSDs and jumped to the last known coordinates of the enemy.... 

 

 

Hi all, so I finally got to sit down and put my Hawker fleet to the test against my mates Relthoza in our first real game of FA despite having our fleets for nearly a year now. 

We had great fun at our local gaming shop and despite only playing four full turns due to time constraints we managed a bit of a slog fest which my Hawker one by a single battle log point. Due to setting up quite a distance apart on the table the majority of the game was a torpedo fest fought at long range with only the latter turn and a half really getting to weapons battery range. 

Stars of the game for me where my Endeavour frigates which went toe to toe against three Relthoza heavy cruisers for the majority of the game. By the end they had lost three of their number but had taken out one of the heavy cruisers and severely damaged another. 

My Resolutes on the other hand couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Managing some woeful rolls and causing only very minor damage to one or two frigates. 

And I was impressed at the firepower my Excelsior could both put out and soak up in return. 

 

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Cheers I'm glad you like the fleet. :)

 

....With a flash of incandescent light, the Endurance returned to the Tolian system where her berth lay in the Kestrel Ship Yards, a series of smaller bursts of light signalled the arrival of the remains of the fleet. As his engineering crews set about their repairs, Nicoli reflected on what had been an indecisive engagement. 

One of the xenos heavy cruisers had been confirmed destroyed by his Frigate hunter killer squadron, with possible heavy damage caused to another. However this had come at the cost of three of their number, the Indomitable being the only ship that survived to make the return jump. 

His own flagship, had confirmed the destruction of three of their smaller vessels, akin to our own Frigates or Escorts in size. But had taken some damage in return, nothing that would put her out of action but it would still cost valuable man hours to put right. 

His anger flared as the after action reports came in from the captains of the cruisers; Courageous, Fearless and Illustrious. Their new targeting systems having completely failed and rendered them toothless in the battle. The reports of each captain showing no confirmed hits on any enemy vessels throughout the entire engagement. The techs at Kestrel Station would pay for their mistakes, lives could and potentially were lost through his cruisers failings. 

The fact that the bulk of the Relthoza fleet had escaped relatively unscathed from the engagement would come back to haunt him. He knew this. Rarely can those cowardly spiders be drawn into a pitched battle, preferring to rely on their shifting cloaking fields to pounce on defenceless transports instead. The chance to cause real damage to that fleet had slipped through his fingers and he was not sure if or when he would get another.

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