There are still a lot of somewhat low key operations running in the east of null sec on a regular basis. My own alliance has a deployment running and a lot of ops, though they tend to run when I am at the office. But Liberty Squad has me covered for US time zone evening ops.
There had been a warning ping about the approaching op, so when the real ping came over Jabber I was already logged into the game and ready to go. We were advised to bring plenty of structure bashing ammo (read: cheap T1 rounds) so it was clear what we would be up to.
Once we got the fleet assembled… which took a bit because there were other competing ops running… we were able to undock and head out. We even got a ride to our destination rather than having to gate our way out.
We landed in A-YB15 out in The Kalevala Expanse, which meant back to hitting Pandemic Horde structures to keep them from being able to turn the region into a rental income area.
We set up on anchor at a Fortizar and started shooting that, but it was clear to me what the real target of the night would be. We were just setting up the Fort for later, but there was an Ansiblex Jump Gate on the grid that would be ready to kill in under an hour.
We were just biding our time, setting ourselves in place for the real target and to be ready if Pandemic Horde came to defend it. But for the time being we were pretty much left to our own devices. Nobody even came out to gun the Fortizar.
The idea was to take up the time waiting for the Ansiblex by reinforcing the Fort, but we ended up done with that and still had 20 minutes on the clock before the main event. So we found a Raitaru in the system and shot that as well. That didn’t take long either. It was even unfueled, which meant we burned through both the shield and armor. We blamed RatKnight1 for speeding us up with his high DPS Kikimora.
It took me a moment when I first saw him out there. To my brain a solid red beam is a target painter and not the Triglavian weapon system. When spun up to full power he was doing considerably more damage than the average Eagle was.
With the Raitaru set, we just loafed around the Ansiblex, waiting for the timer to get down to zero so we could start shooting. There was some concern that Pandemic Horde would come out to defend it, since this would be a kill and, while it is easy enough to just drop a new one… it used to be the same deal with the POS jump bridges and so we wouldn’t kill them, just burn through their armor so the owner would have to work to finish the kill or repair the module… it does cost ISK to set these up over and over again as we kill them.
But they let us be and when the timer hit zero we opened fire.
I had a couple of combat drones in my drone bay and we were close enough that I was able to set them on the structure to get on the kill mail. However our FC, Zintage, was once again reminded that you cannot use a target painter on structures, and since that is all the monitor can mount, he did not get on the kill mail. But he had already been in on a Brothers of Tangra Ansiblex kill earlier, so he was ahead of the game.
The Ansiblex blew up shortly, leaving a glowing wreck behind as we aligned back for our staging base.
Thanks to cooperation with some of the locals we had a ride most of the way home as well, using one of their Ansiblex jump gates.
With rides both ways it ended up being a fairly short op for how much shooting we did. But I am sure there will be more to shoot again tomorrow.