Just as I was thinking it might be time to turn off the computer and head to bed early, a fleet op got called.
Nulli Secunda was in VFK-IV and the call was out for Drake Fleet for a Homeland Defense op.
I clone jumped into VFK, where I keep my no-implants clone and my fleet op ships, joined up with the fleet and waited for instructions. The first thing that went out was not to undock because Nulli Secunda had undock bubbled and a fleet of Nagas at range to snipe.
There was the usual confusion and mis-information and people undocking despite being told not to, but eventually we had a fleet assembled and were ordered to undock, so out we went.
We aligned to a distant object, used our microwarp drives to get out of their bubbles, and warped off to form up.
Once gathered, we aligned back to the station. Some people warped early and, as the FC said, died hilariously and alone. Then came the warp from the FC and we all headed into the battle. It was quite a mess.
In the fight it was a struggle for us to keep in range. It was the usual call the target, lock, and fire in the midst of chaos.
Things were not going well, but I was just locking and shooting as the FC called targets when rather suddenly I was in my pod, my Drake having vanished around me. My low point on the alphabetical sort did not save me this time around.
And there I was, in the middle of a bubble, 100km from the station, and in my pod. I wasn’t going to be a primary target any more, but you never know when somebody just wants a pod kill. I headed out of the bubble then warped around the system a bit until things settled down. Eventually the station was clear and I was able to warp back in safely.
The result of the battle itself was mixed. Looking at a battle summary, we clearly lost a lot more ships. However, as usual, we lost cheap ships, so the balance of ISK was more in our favor.
At least it was some action on a Sunday night. I suppose that is one thing about VFK, people will show up just for a fight.
And the insurance on that Drake was going to run out in a week in any case. Now we’ll see if I get any reimbursement.
Addendum: Nulli put up a video of the battle.