Worldkiller Post-Battle Report

CLASSIFIED – S E C R E T ADMIRALTY EYES ONLY

DTG-3022.045/1605

SUBJ: FLEET STAFF ANALYSIS OF BATTLE OF GREENDREAM 3022.039

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SITUATION AT START – ON 3022.039/1755HRS(SECTOR 3 TIME) INTRUDER FORCE CONSISTING OF 5X WORLDKILLER AND 2X DOMINATOR ASSAULT SHIPS ENTERED GREENDREAM SECTOR. DEFENSE FORCES CONSISTED OF PLANETARY GUARD (4X OUTRIDER FORTRESSES AND ORBITAL SATELLITES) SUPPORTED BY COLONIAL (RESERVE) DEFENSE SQUADRON WITH 4X SPACETRAIN RESERVE CRUISERS, 2X K-WAGON LIGHT CRUISERS, AND 5X V-DUSTER PATROL FRIGATES. INTRUDERS ENTERED FROM GALACTIC WEST. COLONIAL FORCES WERE DEPLOYED IN LAYERED DEFENSE WEST OF PLANET WITH V-DUSTERS FORWARD, K-WAGONS IN SECOND TIER, AND SPACETRAINS AS FINAL LINE OF DEFENSE. ENSUING BATTLE WAS CONDUCTED IN FOUR DISTINCT PHASES:

PHASE 1- BREAK THRU: INTRUDER FORCE LED BY 5X WORLDKILLER STRUCK FIRST PICKET LINE OF V-DUSTER FRIGATES. LONGER ATTACK RANGE (3 CUBES) OF WORLDKILLERS ALLOWED STRIKES AGAINST FRIGATES THAT LACKED WEAPONS RANGE TO RESPOND (V-DUSTER ATTACKS LIMITED TO 1 CUBE RANGE). THREE OF FIVE V-DUSTERS DAMAGED SUFFICIENTLY TO PREVENT ATTACK OPERATIONS. WORLDKILLERS PROCEEDED IN-SYSTEM USING BETTER JUMP RANGE (3 CUBES) TO BYPASS SECOND DEFENSE LINE OF K-WAGON LIGHT CRUISERS. INTRUDER DOMINATOR ASSAULT SHIPS APPEARED PREPARING FOR LONG-RANGE STRETCH MANEUVERS WHICH ALLOW LONGER RANGE JUMPS BUT REQUIRES NO MOVEMENT/COMBAT IN PREPARATION.

PHASE 2- SPLIT DEFENSE AND STRIKE: GIVEN WORLDKILLER PENETRATION OF FIRST DEFENSIVE LINE AND BYPASS OF SECOND LINE, COLONIAL DEFENSE FORCES SPLIT INTO TWO TACTICAL TASK FORCES. 4X SPACETRAIN RESERVE CRUISERS COLLAPSED ON GREENDREAM ORBIT TO SUPPLEMENT OUTRIDER ORBITAL FORTRESSES. LIGHT CRUISERS AND FRIGATES CONVERGED ON INTRUDER DOMINATOR SHIPS STILL PREPARING FOR STRETCH. FINAL ATACK JUMPS UTILIZED POP MANEUVERS THAT ALLOWED ATTACKS BUT AT COST OF SELF DAMAGE. 2X DOMINATORS DESTROYED AT COST OF 2X HEAVILY DAMAGED FRIGATES. MEANWHILE, 5X WORLDKILLER COMMENCED ORBITAL RAIDS. INITIAL STRIKES TARGETED OUTRIDER FORTRESSES WITH ONLY LIMITED SUCCESS GIVEN LOW ATTACK STRENGTH (POWER 3) VERSUS FORTRESS DEFENSES (POWER 6). SPACETRAINS PROVED DIFFICULT TO STATION; SHORT RANGE OF WEAPONS (1 CUBE) AND WORLDKILLER USAGE OF VARIOUS ALTITUDES MEANT FEW OPPORTUNITIES TO ATTACK.

PHASE 3- CIRCLE THE WAGONS: AT THIS POINT IN BATTLE, COLONIAL DEFENSE COMMAND CORRECTLY SURMISED BATTLE WAS ONE OF ATTRITION. INTRUDER FORCE COMMAND CHANGED TACTICS AND BEGAN HIT AND RUN RAIDS ON PLANET DEFENSE SHIELDS. K-WAGONS AND V-DUSTERS BEGAN RETURN FROM FAR STRIKES ON DOMINATORS. INTRUDER WORLDKILLERS PROVED DIFFICULT TO KILL AS THEY POSSESSED DEFENSE POWER OF 6 AGAINST ATTACK POWER OF 5 FROM FORTRESSES AND 4 FROM SPACETRAINS. HOWEVER, LOWER WORLDKILLER ATTACK STRENGTH MEANT MORE STRIKES NECESSARY FOR DAMAGE/DESTRUCTION OF A GIVEN TARGET.

PHASE 4- ENDGAME: COLONIAL DEFENSE COMMAND DIRECTED OUTRIDERS TO STRIKE WORLDKILLERS WHEN IN RANGE. INTRUDERS UTILIZED FEW POP MANEUVERS ALLOWING FOR BETTER DEFENSE STRENGTH BUT MAKING THEM MORE VULNERABLE TO COUNTERMOVES AND ATTACKS. AS OUTRIDER FORTRESSES CRIPPLED WORLDKILLERS, SPACETRAIN RESERVE CRUISERS MANEUVERED TO EFFECTIVE FIGHTING RANGE. SHIELD ALPHA DOWN AT SAME TIME 2X WORLDKILLERS DESTROYED. SHIELD BRAVO DOWN AFTER 1X ADDITIONAL WORLDKILLER DESTROYED. LAST TWO WORLDKILLERS ENGAGED BY MULTIPLE FORTRESSES AND SPACETRAINS AS WELL AS RETURNING LIGHT CRUISERS AND FRIGATES. UNFORTUNATELY, SHIELD CHARLIE LOST AND GREENDREAM COLONY LOST TO NUCLEAR STRIKE JUST AS LAST WORLDKILLER ENGAGED AND DESTROYED.

BATTLE LOSSES – INTRUDER: ENTIRE ATTACK FORCE OF 5X WORLDKILLER, 2X DOMINATOR ASSAULT SHIPS LOST. COLONIAL DEFENDERS: NO SHIPS LOST BUT GREENDREAM COLONY DESTROYED BY INTRUDER NUCLEAR STRIKE.

STAFF ANALYSIS – SHORT ATTACK AND JUMP RANGE OF COLONIAL DEFENSE SHIPS MAKES USE IN MOBILE BATTLE PROBLEMATIC. COLONIAL DEFENSES SHOULD BE UTILIZED FOR CLOSE ORBIT DEFENSE OF PLANET. LONG-RANGE STRIKE AND DESTRUCTION OF DOMINATORS PREPARING FOR STRETCH MORE LUCK THAN SOUND TACTICS. RANGE OF STRIKES MEANT FORCES NOT AVAILABLE FOR CLOSE ORBIT DEFENSE OF COLONY. USE OF OUTRIDER FORTRESSES TO CRIPPLE INTRUDERS FOLLOWED BY DESTRUCTION BY MOBILE FORCES VALID TACTIC. IF INTRUDER HAD CONCENTRATED ON PLANET ATTACKS ONLY SHIELDS WOULD HAVE BEEN DEFEATED MUCH SOONER. GREENDREAM WAS A COSTLY VICTORY FOR INTRUDER; PLANET COLONY DESTROYED BUT AT HEAVY LOSS OF HULLS.

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