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Cmdr Baxter
The Synenose Accord
Celestial Imperative
Posted - 2011.07.13 02:58:00 - [1]

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[SYNE] Report on Nation Incursion in Altrinur System

Summary: From approximately 1900-2100 UTC on 12 JUL, 113YC Sansha’s Nation conducted operations in the Altrinur system. This AAR is being issued with specific notations on the use of asymmetric tactics, which were successfully employed to aid in the destruction of a Nation-class mothership.

Assessment: Based on the three most recent engagements in Hebisa (07.07.113YC), Hebisa and Zith (08.07.113YC), and Altrinur (today) SYNE continues to assess that (1) the destruction of organized capsuleer resistance, and (2) infliction of maximum casualties in all engagements, are the current pre-eminent short-term Nation strategic objectives. We have received no reports to suggest that the most recent incursions are being accompanied by the abduction of baseliners.

  1. Capsuleers were engaged today by second-generation vessels, in a repeat of the engagement on 08.07.113YC. Unlike the previous engagement, however, the number of Nation reinforcements was limited. Analysis of local communications suggests that jamming likely rendered the wormhole so unstable that by the time the third wave arrived – 12 minutes after ECM was activated – the reinforcing contingent was only at 40% strength.

  2. The use of improvised tactics in today’s engagement demonstrated flaws concerning design and construction of the Nation-class mothership (elaborated on in the attached report). It is possible that these flaws may also extend to capships other than the Nation-class mothership. We strongly recommend the continued use of similar improvised tactics in future engagements as a means to more quickly defeat this class of vessel.

  3. Tactics of note from today’s engagement included the deployment of mass gravimetric ECM from external sources, the use of MTACs and dropships to deploy squads of marines aboard the mothership through its hangar bays, and the use of the warhead from a Paradise-type cruise missile to generate an EMP field onboard the vessel. Communications intercepts suggest the three aforementioned tactics succeeded in weakening the Nation’s defenses to a significant degree.

Cmdr Baxter
The Synenose Accord
Celestial Imperative
Posted - 2011.07.13 03:03:00 - [2]

---------- ATTACHMENT AS FOLLOWS ----------

Summary: This document is being issued in order to call attention to the use of irregular tactics to exploit tactical vulnerabilities in Nation capships.

Background Information: In the four most recent incursions in Hebisa (07.07.113YC), Hebisa and Zith (08.07.113YC), and Altrinur (12.07.113YC), Sansha's Nation has demonstrated increasingly aggressive tactics in confronting capsuleers. SYNE has received reports of Schmael Medullas chasing capsuleers well outside the engagement zone in Zith, using wormholes as offensive weapons to surprise capsuleers in multiple engagements, and publicly challenging capsuleers to seek them out and engage them. We have received no reports of the common "safespotting" technique present in pre-January incursions, and no reports of baseliners being targeted in these attacks.

The common capship of choice by Sansha's Nation in the last four engagements has been the Nation-class mothership, described by SYNE pilots as a "beast of a warship." The class was clearly engineered to engage capsuleers: it has significant defenses, a large drone bay, and a robust powergrid and CPU. In the last three incursions no Nation has been successfully engaged and destroyed.

Assessment: The Altrinur engagement revealed a number of significant flaws in the design of the Nation class mothership, which were exploited by capsuleer forces. While it is probable that Nation will attempt to remedy these deficiencies prior to future engagements, it is most likely that not all of them will be corrected owing to the logistical and engineering challenges inherent.*

  1. Based on post-battle analysis, SYNE assesses that Nation-class motherships are structurally-weakest and most susceptible to battle damage in the hangar bay areas. On most contemporary carriers, hangars often have hazardous materials - such as munitions, flammables, and fuels - present in sizeable quantities. Reporting from marine survivors in today's engagement confirm this flaw remains present in Nation-class motherships.

  2. In today's engagement, dropships from multiple vessels were able to successfully breach the bay forcefields by using their kinetic velocity as an offensive weapon. This appears to demonstrate that the forcefields present in the vicinity of the hangar bay areas of Nation-class motherships are not designed to repel large-volume objects traveling at high rates of speed. The forcefields are possibly more consistent with safety devices designed to maintain safe-for-work conditions within the hangar bays themselves.

  3. Following withdrawal of the marine units, the warhead of a Paradise-class cruise missile was detonated within the vessel. Analysis of sensor records confirms that the detonation caused significant powergrid disruptions within the ship, suggesting that Nation has not internally shielded Nation-class motherships against this type of attack. Of all flaws listed, this one will likely be hardest to correct.

* For security reasons, not all assessed vulnerabilities have been listed.

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Encina Technologies
Namtz' aar K'in
Posted - 2011.07.13 12:11:00 - [3]

On behalf of crew I'd like to extend heart felt gratitude to all involved - fleet command, capsuleer pilot and crew.

Many have lost a beloved through these raids, and it's good to see their ships repelled.

Posted - 2011.07.13 13:09:00 - [4]

More good work from the SYNE crew.

Mebrithiel Ju'wien
Posted - 2011.07.13 17:27:00 - [5]

Very impressed, Baxter.

Shame I missed out on the fun.

The Antiquarian
Posted - 2011.07.13 18:39:00 - [6]

We thank you for the extensive report. Please keep up the terrific work.


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