The call for a fleet op was out. Timers on some of our reinforced towers would be ticking down soon and the enemy was expected to show up and contest the systems to destroy the towers.
There was to be an alpha fleet as the main force and a Drake fleet in support.
Having fitted out a couple of Drakes to the new microwarp drive fleet standard in Mittaningrad, I opted for the Drake fleet. My Drake skills are excellent relative to the skills required for a Maelstrom.
Both fleets formed up at the local station and waited for orders to move out. There were, between the two fleets, over 400 ships.
We meandered about there for a while until finally the orders to move came.
Secret destination after the break!
We were going to 92D-OI… which I guess isn’t secret at all, since it was in the title.
This was part of the mining tower war that I mentioned in my previous post. We had towers in and around that system which had been put into reinforce mode and which would be coming out soon. It was expected that Raiden and allies would show up to take out those towers. So we were there to stop them.
We rallied in a station bubble at 92D-OI and started our vigil.
As part of the Drake fleet doctrine, we had been given a leader to follow. To pass the time, most of us began following him and we began to move like a school of fish around the inside of the bubble.
And we flew…
And we flew some more…
We did get called out to help a group that was trying to catch up to the fleet. A gate camp had been set up after we passed so we flew back a couple of jumps to clear their bubbles. The campers themselves fled, having lost a single ship for a couple of kills.
A mass of missiles took care of their deployed warp bubbles. My missiles, like most of the missiles fires, ran harmlessly down range as the weight of shot destroyed the bubbles very quickly.
Then it was back to 92D-OI where we patrolled for a while longer. We flew out of the POS bubble and around and back and forth and had a couple of Drakes fight each other for a bit to see who could break the whose tanks.
Finally, after about two hours had passed, it was reported that all timers had run down and that all towers had been repaired and refueled. The enemy had failed to show and the fleet was to stand down.
We made our way back to Mittaningrad, blowing up the deployed bubbles the gate campers had dragged out again along the way.
And so I did make it to a fleet op again, but remain without a single ship kill. My missiles didn’t even hit the warp bubbles.
I did, however, spend some of my fleet time with Fraps running and was able to put together a movie.
Granted, it is just our Drakes flying around, but it is kind of nice to look at at least once. The music is “Below the Asteroids,” which is part of the EVE Online sound track.
I particularly like the segment that starts at about 1:15 that is a close up shot of the Drake formation. I wish I had taken more clips like that.