“Our actions are like ships which we may watch set out to sea, and not know when or with what cargo they will return to port.”
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
-————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
September 6th, 3024 : * Landhold : Garrison : Following the meetings with the various newly elected governors of the districts, and the offer of the Iron Dingoes to conduct a reprisal raid against The Tragnar Confederation, the Dingoes held a Command Council meeting to discuss options.
It was decided that the unit would conduct a raid against the military docks and its attached base on Sept 16th. With * “The Werewolves” enroute back to Terramatrix, they would be used to insert Loup-Garou as a scout force to observe the dockyards prior to the attack, while the more experienced Werewolves unit would conduct a raid of Tragnar’s CITEDEF facility, targeting its blueprints archives in the confusion.
The raid was to be conducted by the main line Mechs of the Dingoes, as a hot drop from “Brush Wolf”. “Relentless” would follow-up and perform a close-order landing in the naval facility, allowing the Dingoes Mechs and their scout force to escape the facility following the raid, along with whatever they might salvage along the way. The entire raid was to last less than 20 minutes, to minimize the response from Tragnar’s notably capable conventional air force.
September 10th, 3024 : Word came from Dame Modesty Scrope “Viper”, that the unit had made landfall at Tragnar, and had evaded customs. Regular reports from Lieutenant JG Rita Rose Vrataski “Full Metal Bitch” would be given daily regarding the target site.
September 12th, 3024 : Initial reports of the site listed the bulk of the naval assets on their “kill list” were present at dock, including both submarines, two of the destroyers and most of their transport fleet, including the marine landing craft, the “Hercules”. It also reported that several dozen Wheeled APC – “Broadsword-Class”s were positioned in the loading area, along with numerous Sniper Field Artillery Pieces and six Ferret Light Scout VTOLs; all under storage tarps and obviously left where they were, because the invasion they were supposed to attend had been called off. There were also four Oshkosh A1 “Interstellar” Tank Transporters while a pair of Partisan Heavy Tanks and a lance of Scorpion Light Tanks in the yard. Several Fledermaus Air Defense System were positioned around the area.
Crew activity aboard the combat ships and submarines was limited.
September 13th, 3024 : A trio of Mechs were moved into the naval base, identified as the remnants of the unit that raided the airfield at the beginning of the Small War, the Darkstars. The unit had replaced one of their Mechs with a shiny new FLE-4 Flea.
September 14th, 3024 : The scouts closely identified the ships present, and gave the unit the ability to plan where they would drop better.
September 15th, 3024 : The Brush Wolf was landed at Garrison’s Iron Dog Airfield, and the unit transferred their Mechs aboard her. Both DropShips were launched later in the day, and positioned carefully near “The Factory” for a quick burn down to the planet.
September 16th, 3024 : During the early hours of the new day, the Brush Wolf moved into position, escorted by the AeroFighters from the “Revolver”, with Relentless close behind. The Brush Wolf accelerated quickly into position and performed a low-orbital drop over the dockyards, seemingly taking the local defenders by surprise.
First to land was “Hells’ First Light”, landing in the cleared area between the walls and the vehicles on the cargo loading area.
Second to land was the “Pitbulls’ Pariahs”. Within seconds, they had dropped their jump pods and activated their ECM, drowning local command channels. Local marine platoons scrambled to defend the facility, and vehicle crews began activating their tanks. none of the defending anti-aircraft guns were able to respond, due to their position and inability to traverse their guns down into the compound.
The infantry quickly swarmed the attacking Mechs, trying to get in cheap shots, while they were blinded trying to shrug out of their jump-pods. The defending Mechs charged around their repair bays, along with the defending Scorpions, while the now active Partisans opened-up at point blank range. Still other infantry began to respond along the walls.
The unit split their attentions. The two eastern landed lances began concentrating on the docked ships destruction, and the western command lance concentrated on clearing the naval base of defenders and threats, to ensure quick and safe loading operations.
Last to land, was the “Blind Justice”. During the drop, Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” missed his drop due to a jump failure, and wound up hitting the bay on his back… hard. The rest of the unit landed intact. The landed lance moved forward and started firing on the submarines as their targets, with Trooper Mycroft Holmes “Oddball” scoring a killing blow that sunk the first vessel. Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster” began smashing Snipers.
Captain Pol Baca “Templar”, finally able to respond, opened up on two seperate infantry platoons with his flamers, and eradicated both. Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” opened on the Wasp, tearing through its RT with his Guass Rifle, and removing its LL with two Medium Lasers, knocking that Mech over and removing it from the fight. Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” opened up on the approaching Spider, and did multiple hits across its CT, blowing the vehicle apart. She also followed-up with a swift kick to the closest Partisan.
Defending infantry swarmed the closest Mech, Templar’s Crockett, and did some scattered damage before being eliminated from his flamers and several swift stomps.
The eastern lances of Hells’ First Light" and Blind Justice began opening up on the docked ships, which put up nothing more than token resistance. Within seconds, the entire bay was awash with burning fuel and the wreckage of a large portion of Tragnar’s naval combat fleet. Advocate slowly pushed his way around the corner underwater, forced to only use half his weapons due to flood damage, but was still targeting the cargo ships closest to him. Caboose_, Faith and Slayer all managed to get in ship kills, while Prince netted the the pride of Tragnar’s_ support fleet, the “Hercules” itself.
In the naval base itself, “Pitbull’s Pariah’s” concentrated most fire on teh command building, slowly tearing apart its hardened outer walls, while defending command infantry activated to try and defend it. Glamour tore into the Flea, tearing off its LA and doing other strikes. She then kicked the turret off a Scorpion next to her. Pitbull kicked the Wasp on the ground, tearing into its CT and destroying it.
The eastern units concentrated long-range fire on the remaining transports, while they moved around the bay to get better shots, but avoided the infantry protecting the anti-air batteries. Oddball and Fixer both destroyed yet another pair of transports tied to their docks.
In the base, Pitbull side-handed a shot on the Flea with a Gauss Rifle shot to its LT, destroying it. Glamour concentrated on the nearest Scorpions, destroying two of them. Defending infantry continued in firing on closest Mechs, while staying as secure as possible in their bunkers.
Just two minutes into their raid, the attacking Iron Dingoes began to see the defending forces fall apart. Glamour destroyed a remaining Partisan, while Wraith destroyed another Scorpion. The assault Mechs of the Command Lance opened with everything on the command bunker, and their combined fire and physical attacks resulted in Wraith dealing the killing blow that forced the hardened building to finally collapse under its own weight, crushing most of the defenders, and cutting-off the defenders ECCM and command advantages.
The eastern lances opened up fire on the nearby fueling depot, and the resultant explosion flattened the nearest buildings and destroyed another remaining transport tied to its dock.
The remaining defenders of the anti-air guns let off some scattered fire, but at the approach of the Mechs, bugged-out from their positions and disappeared into the nearby housing district. Advocate continued his slow, staedy return to dry land.
To the west, the complete failure of the defenders halted the approaching platoons of reinforcements, and seeing the fall of their command bunker, all defending tanks and the victorious, if battered Mechs, they surrendered the field, and melted away from the base as quickly as they could. The battlefield was the Iron DIngoes.
With a few minutes remaining until the Relentless landed, the Mechs cleared the field as best they could, dragging armor and Mech bits to the edges and allowing the DropShip an easier descent. The returning eastern lances began blowing fuel depots and anything else that seemed of value that they would leave behind, including APCs and Snipers.
When the Relenetless landed, gently setting down into the fort with skilled experience, its tech crews quickly deployed, and the Dingoes evacuated their most-damaged Mechs first, and the remainder held the landing perimeter, as the Techs did their jobs. The unit salvaged everything they could, including a pair of Scorpions, one of the Partisans, and every piece of Mech they could. As they left, the unit ordered all the abandoned anti-air defenses be taken, along with four Snipers and the APCs to haul them, and all six Ferret’s, aboard the ship.
Just under the half-hour mark of their initial landings, the Relentless buttoned its hatches and began clawing back through the atmosphere for high orbit. While there was some response by the air force, the handful of helicopters that appeared were not able to stop the DropShip from returning back to the relative safety of its landing field in Garrison.
Operation RECIPROCITY was a success.