Gallente Militia Leadership Spotlight
With the increased aggressiveness of the GalMil in Black Rise, via offensive plexing and flipping systems, the Squids have begun to increase their patrols within the region. With Kadama under GalMil control, the attention of the Gallente has now turned to Reitsato. This is an ongoing conflict between the two warring factions for warzone control. On one side, you have the Squids trying to climb out of the borders of their tier two status, and on the other hand, you have the Gallente Militia focusing on maintaining control of their current systems to comfortably maintain their tier three status. In the middle of this conflict are two faction warfare powerhouses within the region; Black Fox Marauders and Brave Newbies Inc.
Shortly after midnight on November 19th, 2015, Eve game time, an organized Squid Rupture fleet was reported by GalMil forces in systems neighboring Reitsato. The Brave fleet patrolled the region, presenting a great show of force in numbers and on the directional scanner. Black Fox members were in Tama, fighting off a RvB fleet when they were notified of the Brave fleet. Black Fox CEO and FC, Roy Henry, instructed his fleet to return to Nisuwa and reship for a possible engagement with the Brave Rupture fleet. With only a handful of active members present at the time, Black Fox was only able to scrounge up a couple of Confessors, two Stilettos, a Jackdaw, and a Burst. The Rupture fleet was over double the numbers of the Black Fox fleet, sporting eight Ruptures, two Vigils, an Incursus, Malediction, and a Keres. The odds were against the Marauders, but they pressed on to the battle.
At approximately 0153 the Rupture gang was reported on the Reitsato gate in Kedama by a Black Fox Harpy pilot. Roy Henry quickly leaped his fleet into action, despite the difference in numbers. Confessors were ordered to warp in at fifty kilometers while the interceptors were instructed to warp to thirty kilometers. All parties sat ready for the skirmish and the Kedama gate in Reitsato began to flash, and the number of squids in local began to rise. The Brave jump cloaks were stripped away, and the battle ensued. The Brave Ruptures balled up as their fast tackle and Vigils spread out, seeking out their first prey. Roy Henry ordered his fleet into action, calling out primary and ensuring tackle was spread out. And thus, the costly and deadly waltz of destruction began.
First blood of the skirmish went to Black Fox. A Squid Keres was tackled by one of the Black Fox Stilettos and quickly burned down by the Confessors and Jackdaw. However, shortly after, the score was tied when the Brave Malediction got tackle on one of the Black Fox Stilettos, which the artillery fit Ruptures made quick work of. Seconds later, Roy and his other two tactical destroyer pilots primaried one of the Vigils, putting Black Fox back on top. The remaining Stiletto acquired tackle on its biggest threat, the Malediction. Again, the three tactical destroyers made quick work of the interceptor. By this time, the Brave Ruptures had gotten in range of the marauding tactical destroyers, who were forced to bounce out of the fight under the onslaught of the Ruptures’ artillery guns. The Black Fox Stiletto remained in the fight, orbiting at range, keeping the speed up to about 3800 m/s and using long point to keep tackle on the Squid fleet. The Rupture fleet responded with roughly fifteen light drones, which they sent after the Stiletto. Roy and his destroyers landed in just enough time to shoot the drones off the Stiletto, inevitably saving his ship. The second Vigil was called as primary and quickly taken out. The Ruptures claimed the second kill, this time landing an alpha strike on the Black Fox Burst. With the Brave support ships eliminated, the Black Fox fleet turned their sights on their first Rupture. The Stiletto warp disrupted the first Rupture on his list and called primary over comms. The Squids warped to a tactical above the gate, leaving their fleet member alone. His shields held briefly, but only just, and the Black Foxes claimed their first Rupture kill of the night. The Squids warped back to the gate at range and forced the tactical destroyers off the grid again. Another flight of light drones was launched at the remaining Stiletto, and again Roy landed in time to shoot them off him. A Black Fox Republic Fleet Firetail join the fight in enough time to assist with the second Rupture kill. At the same time, Brave reinforcements arrive in system, another Vigil and Keres, and tackled the unfortunate Firetail, who was taken out in quick succession. Shortly after, the Black Fox Jackdaw returned to the battle, this time in a Heretic. The primary was called on the Brave Incursus, who was becoming an increasing threat to the remaining Stiletto, and the three Black Fox destroyers did what they do best. By now the Stiletto was being harassed by the Keres and its highly effective remote sensor dampeners. Without waiting for tackle, Roy, and this fellow Confessor primaried the Keres and sent the pilot to his pod. Realizing their dilemma, the Brave fleet began to de-aggress in preparation for the jump. The Black Fox pilots were still shooting away at their enemy as they Squids jumped through the gate into Kedama. Roy instructed his interceptors and any available fast tackle to pursue the Brave fleet as soon as their aggression timers were gone. The Black Foxes did as ordered and managed to catch one more Rupture in Hirri.
Roy Henry himself probably summed up the engagement best when he said “I don’t always take on a Rupture fleet with a Stiletto and some tactical destroyers, but when I do…” Both FC’s where experienced capsuleers, and both fleets were fit for optimal effectiveness, but the Black Foxes gained the upper hand through the knowledge and experience displayed by Roy Henry during the battle. We hear time after time about these large scale engagements in null sec with Goonswarm and its allies dominating the battlefield. The Goonswarm warfare mentality is to blob its enemies with bigger ships and bigger numbers. Roy Henry has proved that through superior tactics, discipline, and leadership, a larger fleet can be engaged and defeated, and with minimal losses. For those keeping score at home, Black Foxes lost one interceptor, and two frigates during the engagement, compared to Brave, who lost two electronic attack frigates, an interceptor, three frigates, and three Ruptures. Roy Henry knew that the Rupture’s limited targeting range was its downfall, and used that weakness against the Squid fleet in a stunning display of skirmish warfare. It was one hell of a skirmish engagement, and I would like to thank all parties involved in the event personally.
https://zkillboard.com/kill/50242153/ (Republic Fleet Firetail)