Monday, 8 June 2015

News: Heavy Fighting Continues in and around Providence

Providence region. On the night of the 7th of June, heavy fighting occurred in and around the G-5EN2 system, as Providence Bloc continues to clash with Northern Coalition(dot) [NC] over the fate of the system.

The first clash was between Providence Bloc and [NC] in G-5EN2. [NC] once again deployed Sovereignty Blockade Units in the system. Providence Bloc answered the provocation with a 200 pilot Naga Battlecruiser fleet, with Stealth Bomber and E-war Frigate support.

The force made its way to the besieged system only to find that [NC] brought an entire Slowcat (Archon Carriers) fleet with some assorted Dreadnoughts, approximately 80 pilots. Unable to fight such fleet composition, Providence Bloc declined to engage, allowing the force to quickly reinforce both the Infrastructure Hub and the Station in the system. It is obvious that [NC] were not looking for a fight over the timer, considering the force brought.

Footage of the Northern Coalition(dot) Slowcat Fleet Reinforcing the G-5EN2 Station, courtesy of Mangraa Dementia

Instead, the Providence Bloc fleet made its way to the Assah system in the Derelik region, where Fidelas Constans [FCON] forces were busy engaging a Wrecked(dot) [REKT] Apocalypse Navy Issue Battleship fleet with Triage Carrier support on the Nakah gate.

[FCON] had a 70 pilot Ishtar Heavy Assault Cruiser fleet, and were engaged with [REKT] forces who had approximately 40 pilots including 2 Archon Carriers for Triage support. [FCON] forces were further augmented by Circle-Of-Two [CO2] Talwar Destroyer gang that arrived through a wormhole and a a small [FCON] Harpy Assault Frigate gang, estimated at 20 pilots.

The two sides exchange fire on the Nakah gate, with [FCON] commanders informing Providence Bloc of the engagement. Since [REKT] are allied with [NC], Providence Bloc decided to engage the [REKT] force and help [FCON] take down the Triage Carriers. The Providence Bloc fleet warped in range of the [REKT] force and put its considerable damage output on the Carriers. One after the other they went down in rapid succession.

With their Logistics gone, the Battleships were forced to disengage and jump out, retreating. With the [REKT] forces gone, both Providence Bloc and [FCON] left the field, choosing not to engage each other. Providence Bloc made way back to their staging system, only to be dropped on by [NC] in the 4B-NQN system in Providence, on the 9-F0B2 gate.

[NC] brought a 60 pilot Harpy fleet, and engaged the Providence Bloc ships. Though managing to take down quite a few ships, Providence Bloc managed to burn out of interdiction probes and return fire, causing some losses to the [NC] fleet. The fleet then warped to the 9UY4-H system and jumped through, pursued by the [NC] force.

However, by the time the [NC] force caught up again, the Providence Bloc fleet had burned a good way from the 4B-NQN gate, its guns at optimal range. A short brutal exchange convinced the [NC] force to disengage, allowing Providence Bloc to reach its staging system and stand the fleet down.

Battle report for the Assah system can be found here.
Battle report for the 4B-NQN system can be found here.

In the first battle, the system of Assah saw around 400 pilots in local, with Time Dilation not reported as a contributing factor to the fighting. The engagement went for approximately 20 minutes.

The second battle saw an estimated 300 pilots in local, with Time Dilation again not reported as a factor. The engagement lasted around 10 minutes in total.

All told, [NC] and their allies lost 9.4 Bil ISK in the 2 engagements, including 2 Carriers, 7 Battleships and 13 assorted ships. Providence Bloc lost 19 ships, mainly Battlecruisers for nearly 2 Bil ISK of damages. [FCON] and their allies lost 27 ships, culminating in 3 Bil ISK of damages.

It seems that [NC] has decided to seriously push for the G-5EN2 system, either hoping the pressure of losing sovereignty of the system will force Providence Bloc to bring a more "Serious" doctrine that it could contend with, or punish Providence Bloc for the string of embarrassing defeats it suffered by its hands. 

Regardless, it looks like [NC] has decided to reveal its true colors after the proclamation that they were here for "Fun fights". The EVE Scribe will keep you posted as the situation unfolds.

Special Thanks to Mangraa Dementia, of Blue Tridents, Sev3rance, for supplying the video footage

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