Over this past weekend Caldari and Gallente forces crashed in Aivonen, a longstanding CalMil stronghold. Battles had been raging throughout the week over the frequently embattled Pavanakka so for this expedition, GalMil decided to take the fight to CalMil’s home system which was right next door.
3 minutes into the battle a potential disaster was already brewing for the GalMil fleet. An enemy Stork was screaming towards the Gallente Guardian detachment and at the last minute he fired up his Micro Jump Field Generator. The generator’s spool-up period only lasts a few moments but for the Gallente Logi it was a lifetime. Through good piloting and luck, the Stork only managed to jump off some drones, sparing the logistics wing from being separated and picked apart.
For a few minutes, the Gallente were perplexed why they were experiencing no incoming DPS. It was only after CalMil shot through a large portion of GalMil drones that damage against the Gallente fleet started in earnest.
At around 7 minutes into the fight, the vicious drone DPS from the Caldari Gilas started chewing into the enemy fleet and took down a Gallente Guardian. Second thoughts on whether logi could hold briefly flashed through comms but with enough of the fleet pointed, there was no choice but to stick it out the rest of the fight and hope that the reps would win the day. How exactly the Guardian was so easily destroyed remains a subject of controversy (mostly whether or not the low slots were truly absent from the fit or simply glitched on the killmail :-).
The battle then continued largely to be a battle of reps. The Gallente Guards were able to stave off losing any more critical ships but only just barely. Overheating reppers was common and throughout the fight many Guardians were jammed. The GalMil logi pilots used the time to repair heat damage and hope that the cap chain would get on OK without them. Caldari logi did admirably as well. Although both sides lost a few ships, the solid repping power of the Basilisk detachment on the CalMil side required very focused, discipline firepower to break.
The author flew a Guardian as logi anchor on the GalMil side of the battle. Despite not doing a very good job anchoring, I must say it is not often enough I get into a very challenging logi tug of war like this.
GF to all involved!