[NC] brought 80 pilots in a Tengu Strategic Cruiser fleet, who promptly sat on the 9-F0B2 gate in the neighboring G-5EN2 system, waiting for Providence Bloc to form and engage them.
Providence Bloc, for its part, brought more than 200 pilots, divided into a main Ishtar Heavy Assault Cruiser fleet, around a 130 pilots strong, supported by a Goku wing and a regular Stealth Bomber wing.
Providence Bloc forces bridged into the 9-F0B2 system, in order to avoid possible confrontation with [NC] on route, and situated themselves on the G-5EN2 gate, deploying a Mobile Cyno Inhibitor and targeting the [NC] Sovereignty Blockade Unit. Once [NC] saw Providence Bloc had no intention of jumping into them, they took the imitative and jumped into the system, thus starting the fight.
A short battle ensued, with Providence Bloc and [NC] exchanging blows, [NC] targeting the Goku bombers, while Providence Bloc went straight for the Tengus. As the battle raged, Providence Bloc bombers made their impact, dropping round after round of Void bombs, effectively destroying the capacitor of the Tengus and their Logistics, enabling Providence Bloc to easily overpower the [NC] fleet.
This forced [NC] to retreat temporarily, allowing Providence Bloc to once again focus on the Sovereignty Blockade Unit. However, after a while [NC] returned to the field, and the battle resumed in earnest.
Just as before, the fight saw an exchange of bombers for Tengus, as more waves of Void bombs kept the [NC] disorganized, unable to maintain their tank or activate shield transfers in time. Once more, [NC] was forced off the field.
This proved to be the last attempt at a fight, as shortly after, [NC] forces attempted to leave the system back to Low Security space, with Providence Bloc hot on their heels. Once [NC] had left the system, Providence Bloc finished removing the hostile Sovereignty Blockade Units, thus securing the system once more before returning to their staging system.
The Battle from Providence Bloc's Perspective, Courtesy of Mangraa Dementia (Warning; Strong Language)
Battle report for the 9-F0B2 system can be found here.
The system saw more than 340 pilots at the peak of the fighting, with Time Dilation being a constant factor, reaching around 60% and slowly going down as time went by. The fight itself lasted only 15 minutes.
Providence Bloc lost 30 ships, the vast majority Stealth Bombers, for 1.5 Bil ISK damages. [NC] lost 19 ships, for a total of 6 Bil ISK of damages.
Rumors abound over [NC] Fleet Commander's response over the usage of Stealth Bombers, threatening to use Carrier fleets in the future. However, while [NC] views this war as a fun excursion, for Providence Bloc, its a fight for their home, and all means are legitimate when protecting it.
As one Providence Bloc Fleet Commander commented "Let him bring his Carriers, I will bring 200 bombers in response".
Clearly, things are heating up in the Providence region, for better and for worse.
Special thanks to Jin'taan, of Pentag Blade, Curatores Veritatis Alliance for granting an interview and Mangraa Dementia, of Blue Tridents, Sev3rance, for supplying the video footage.