Friday, 1 May 2015

News: Skirmishes Continue in G-5EN2

G-5EN2 system, Providence region. On the 30th of April, at 20:30 EVE Standard Time, another battle was fought over the system between forces of Providence Bloc and Northern Coalition(dot) [NC], becoming another link in a long line of engagements between the two entities.

Sovereignty Blockade Units were once more deployed by [NC] in the system of G-5EN2, forcing Providence Bloc to hastily form up in order to take them down. 4 fleets were formed, with the main being a 130 pilot Proteus Strategic Cruiser fleet, supported by a Naga Battlecruiser wing, 40 pilots big, a Goku\E-war Frigate fleet and a regular Stealth Bomber wing. All told Providence Bloc had around 220 pilots, who promptly made their way to the besieged system.

[NC] for its part had a 90 Loki Strategic Cruiser fleet waiting in the system. As Providence Bloc forces entered through the 9-F0B2 system, the Loki fleet warped at its optimal range from their in-gate, starting the fight.

At first, Providence Bloc took a beating, as their fleets were scrambling to anchor up and position themselves. But after the first few minutes, the exchange started to look more equal, with [NC] losing Logistics ships and Lokis to the combined firepower of Providence Bloc.

As the Providence Bloc fleets continued to rain fire on the [NC] fleet, several attempts were made to take the Naga fleet out of commission. But after failed warp ins and losing more Lokis who got tackled by the main Proteus fleet, as well as suffering harassment from the Providence Bloc bombers, [NC] had no choice but to concede the field. Thus the Loki fleet disengaged, retreating back to Low Security space.

This allowed Providence Bloc the opportunity to take down the hostile Sovereignty Blockade Units. Having secured the system once more, Providence Bloc forces returned to their staging system without further incident.

The Battle from Providence Bloc's Perspective, Courtesy of Mangraa Dementia

Battle report for the G-5EN2 system can be found here.

All told the engagement was quite quick and low key compared to previous battles. Lasting less than 20 minutes, with local never exceeding 330 pilots at the peak of fighting. Time Dilation was not reported.

Providence Bloc lost 31 ships in the fighting, mostly support ships, for a total of 3 Bil ISK of damages. [NC] lost 20 ships, for a total of 7 Bil ISK.

Providence Bloc Propaganda Video Regarding G-5EN2, Courtesy of Yulai Federation Networks

As [NC] continues to adjust and re-build its strength after the Fountain-Delve war, many more engagements are expected to be fought in the Providence region, as it proves to still be the most popular place for large fleet action.

Special thanks for corebloodbrothers, of Volition Cult, The Volition Cult for granting an interview and Yulai Federation Networks and Mangraa Dementia, of Blue Tridents, Sev3rance, for supplying the screenshots and video footage.

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