Apparently we ran out of Eagles. Or that was the word by the time I was able to get logged in and join one of the reinforcement fleets. I had an Eagle. It was the ship I brought out on the first move op.
But it was too late by then. By the time I was in a fleet and up on voice coms we were being told to stand down, that we had been thwarted in our first major battle of the brewing war.
All of this was around the ihub in the system UALX-3… another system with some history, where another big fight took place… located in Tenerifis, where we were just a few weeks back. The Imperium had reinforced the ihub and the timer came out yesterday afternoon my time. PAPI decided to contest this and a tug of war over control of the system broke out, running for several hours. The joys of Fozzie Sov.
The system is not too far in from Catch, where we are staged currently, and would make a good forward base if we could grab it and hold it. However, we failed to do that. The battle report, which covers all of the systems in the constellation, because that is how the sovereignty contest system works, with nodes appearing constellation wide to fight over, showed very even numbers
Anyway, the header from the battle report:
1,400 pilots counted in the tally, divided between the two sides, though those who don’t get on a kill mail somehow, which often means logi, don’t end up on the main report. Still, a significant number of ships on the field, with 1,604 ships destroyed, which means there was significant numbers re-shipping and returning to the fight after they were blown up.
All told, just shy of 209 billion ISK was destroyed in the fight. We’re not into World War Bee top ten battles territory yet… not even close… but for the opening of a conflict it is not insignificant.
The Imperium lost both the objective and the ISK was and had to pull its forces back to its staging system to regroup. This failure means a reassessment of the plan of attack no doubt, along with a call for more supplies and more pilots to move to the staging Keepstar in Catch. Move ops are carrying on and contracts are going up on the market to supply the war effort.
We will see how the next strike fares.